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Corporate wellness company Keas snags $8M from Ignition and Atlas Venture

Keas, a corporate wellness program based out of San Francisco, has just received $8 million in funding from Ignition Partners and Atlas Venture. The company’s product is a gamified fitness program for companies to motivate their employees towards wellness. The company also announced new partners for its system, including Fitbit, RunKeeper and LabCorp, a company… Read More

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Seattle’s AdXpose sells out to comScore for $22 million

Seattle startup AdXpose, which has had more lives than a cat since it was founded in 2005, is getting ready for a new one. The company, formerly known as Mpire and WidgetBucks, has agreed to be sold to comScore for $22 million. AdXpose is an ad verification and optimization technology which helps online advertisers make sure… Read More


Liberty Dialysis to sell for $1.7B

Liberty Dialysis Holdings, a Mercer Island company that operates 260 dialysis clinics across the country, has entered into an agreement to be sold to Germany’s Fresenius Medical Care for $1.7 billion. Liberty Dialysis, which merged with Renal Advantage last year to become the third largest operator of dialysis facilities in the U.S., has annual sales of… Read More

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Ignition backs Motif, ex-Microsoftie’s startup for ‘investing in ideas’

Bellevue-based Ignition Partners led a $20 million financing round in Motif Investing, a San Mateo, Calif.- based company founded by former Microsoft general manager Hardeep Walia and former hedge fund analyst Tariq Hilaly around the concept of investing in ideas. The deal, announced today, was also joined by existing Motif investors Norwest Venture Partners and Foundation Capital…. Read More


Ignition backs Topsy, a real-time search engine

Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm, continues to plow cash into Bay Area startup companies. The latest to benefit is Topsy, a San Francisco real time search engine that today announced a $15 million investment. Ignition’s return backing of Topsy follows investments in San Fran consumer Web services, including SocialEyes and Hipmunk. Other investors… Read More