This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More


Early stakeholders in Scout Analytics claim venture capitalists engaged in ‘self dealing, corporate waste’ prior to $32M acquisition

Not everyone is happy about today’s $32 million acquisition of Scout Analytics by ServiceSource. A group of series A preferred stockholders filed suit last week in King County Superior Court alleging that Scout Analytics’ board, including CEO Mark Upson and venture capitalist John Connors, engaged in “self-dealing, corporate waste, and gross negligence” by failing to explore… Read More


Communications startup Twisted Pair acquired by Motorola Solutions

Seattle startup Twisted Pair Solutions has been acquired by Motorola Solutions in a deal of undisclosed size. Twisted Pair’s technology creates an integrated communications system for smartphones, tablets and PCs into secure communication, allowing those devices to talk to each other seamlessly in mission-critical business, public safety and military applications. “The acquisition of Twisted Pair… Read More


Apple buys Ignition-backed Topsy to boost its social cred

The Apple acquisition train keeps on rolling. This week, the Cupertino-based company scooped up Topsy Labs, a startup that specializes in Twitter analytics, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Bellevue-based Ignition Parters was one of the firms backing Topsy, and it seems like they’ve made out fairly well for themselves. Sources close… Read More


Storage startup Coho Data raises $25M from Ignition, Andreessen Horowitz

Coho Data, an integrated storage startup with offices in Vancouver, B.C. and Sunnyvale, Calif., has raised a $25 million venture round from Ignition Partners and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The company was started by veterans of Xensource, where Ignition’s Frank Artale previously worked. “Flash technology has been limited to point use cases to date, but with… Read More


Headwinds persist for VC funds: 56 funds raise $4.1 billion in Q3

U.S. venture capital funds had a bit more success raising money in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter, despite big shifts in government regulations that are changing the methods by which startups can attract financing. According to the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, 56 funds raised $4.1 billion during the quarter…. Read More


Ignition leads $15M round in private cloud startup BlueData

Ignition Partners has led a $15 million venture capital round in BlueData, a stealthy Mountain View, California startup that’s developing private cloud technologies for businesses. Other investors in the round included Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective. BlueData was founded last year by former VMware employees Kumar Sreekanti and Tom Phelan. The company… Read More


Cisco buys Ignition-backed flash storage startup Whiptail for $415M

Cisco today paid $415 million to acquire New Jersey-based Whiptail, an all-flash enterprise class storage startup bankrolled in part by Bellevue venture capital firm Ignition Partners. WhipTail describes itself as an all-flash enterprise class storage array, a solution that boosts storage performance. More than 100 customers are currently using the technology, including inVentiv Health, The… Read More

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Glympse drives past 10M users, makes big international push

Seattle startup Glympse announced a key milestone this morning, touting that it now has more than 10 million people using the real-time location sharing application. The company, which is backed by Ignition Partners and Menlo Ventures, also announced a big international expansion with versions of the service for languages such as Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish…. Read More


Report: Portland’s AppFog to be acquired by Savvis

Portland platform-as-a-service startup AppFog is set to be acquired by Savvis, the big co-location and data center operator that’s owned by CenturyLink, according to a report in GigaOm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But it could mark an exit for three Seattle venture capital firms — Ignition, Madrona Venture Group and Founder’s Co-op…. Read More


Microsoft vets raise cash for productivity startup Tipbit, backed by Ignition and Andreessen Horowitz

A startup by the name of Tipbit — backed by Ignition Partners and Andreessen Horowitz —wants to make you more productive. The company is currently accepting folks into a beta program, noting in an email to prospective users that the service is designed to make “everyday business tasks faster and easier.” We discovered Tipbit through… Read More

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Former Microsoft CFO John Connors named to Midas List for top investors

John Connors, a venture capitalist at Bellevue-based Ignition Partners who previously served as CFO of Microsoft, was named to Forbes’ 2013 Midas List that honors tech’s top investors. Connors has made a number of good investments in companies like Splunk, which went public last April, Heroku, XenSource and Parse, which was just acquired by Facebook. Connors, who… Read More


Is this the end of the road for Ignition-backed Ratify?

Bellevue-based Ratify, a stealthy startup that was developing a data analytics platform to better understand network information, notified employees this week that it is ceasing operations, according to a source who was familiar with the changes. It’s unclear why the company pulled the plug, or what’s next for the Ratify technology. However, the company’s Web… Read More


Ignition’s Cam Myhrvold: The problem in Seattle isn’t money, it’s the entrepreneurial talent

What’s the missing ingredient in Seattle’s startup community?  Is it a lack of smart money? Or a lack of solid entrepreneurs? Well, for one of Seattle’s top venture capital firms the answer is pretty clear: It’s the entrepreneurs.  Cam Myhrvold of Ignition Partners delivered some bitter medicine about the Seattle startup community in remarks Wednesday afternoon at… Read More

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Ignition changing course as it seeks to raise new fund

Ignition Partners has experienced a number of transformations over the years, launching a fund in China and debuting a fund just for later-stage deals. Now, the Bellevue venture capital firm — a backer of Splunk, Hipmunk, DocuSign and others — is getting ready for its biggest change yet. The firm, which is currently in the… Read More


Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

It’s been a good week for Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm. On Wednesday, Citrix Systems announced its intentions to acquire Ignition portfolio company Zenprise in a deal that Fortune pegged at $355 million. Now, Cloudera, a four-year-old Hadoop based software startup led by ex-engineers from Facebook, Google and Yahoo, has scored $65 million… Read More

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SEOmoz buys GetListed for $3 million to help small businesses track directory listings

SEOmoz is gobbling up another Portland startup, this time acquiring GetListed for about $3 million in cash and stock. The deal follows SEOmoz’s acquisition of Portland-based social media analytics upstart FollowerWonk in August. Founded in 2009, GetListed operates a service that helps small businesses determine how their listing information is appearing on search engines such… Read More

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Former Microsoft CFO John Connors joins board of INRIX

INRIX continues to add horsepower to its board, as the Kirkland provider of traffic data preps for an initial public offering. The latest addition is John Connors, a venture capitalist at Bellevue-based Ignition Partners who previously served as CFO of Microsoft. That’s a big-name election for INRIX, which crowd sources data from nearly 100 million… Read More


Avanade buys Azaleos

Technology consulting firm Avanade has entered into an agreement to purchase eight-year-old Seattle technology company Azaleos. As a result of the deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, the 200 employees at Azaleos will be offered positions at Avanade. Azaleos describes itself as a provider of remotely managed services for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, allowing… Read More


Ignition-backed photo sharing app Batch pulls the plug

Batch is latest casualty in the online photo sharing arena. The company, which was backed by the likes of Ignition Partners and Sequoia, told customers today that it is shutting down service with photos available for download through November 8th. “Just over a year ago we launched Batch, and the time has come for us… Read More


MTN Satellite opens Seattle office, plans to double staff

MTN Satellite Communications, a provider of wireless communications technologies to the maritime industry, has officially opened its Seattle operation under the direction of technology veteran Robert Wise. We reported on Wise’s appointment as chief innovation officer at MTN in April, at the time noting that the Ignition-backed company planned to grow its presence in the… Read More


Ignition backs cloud messaging startup Message Bus

Ignition Partners has invested in yet another cloud computing startup, backing 2-year-old Corte Madera, California startup Message Bus. North Bridge Venture Partners led the $11 million deal, with True Ventures and a number of angels also participating. With customers such as Qualaroo, SmartWaiver and AffordableTours.com, Message Bus has developed a service that increases the deliverability rates… Read More