Opscode founder Jesse Robbins, left, handed the CEO reins to tech veteran Mitch Hill, right in 2011.

Cloud infrastructure startup Opscode nearly doubles staff, expands in Europe and Asia

Cloud infrastructure automation startup Opscode continues to grow at a rapid pace, announcing today that it is expanding operations in Europe and Asia. The Seattle startup has been on an accelerated growth path in recent months, nearly doubling its staff since closing its $19.5 million venture capital round from Ignition Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and… Read More


Cloud startup Tier 3 raises $10 million

Tier 3, a Bellevue upstart that helps businesses manage IT infrastructure in the cloud, has raised $10 million in new financing. Backers of the 50-person company include Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group, two of Seattle’s most prominent venture capital firms. Intel Capital, the venture arm of the semiconductor giant, led the round. “We are big… Read More

Ignition's Frank Artale has been leading the charge on many of the firm's new cloud and infrastructure deals.

Ignition snaps up stake in San Mateo’s SnapLogic

Ignition Partners’ investment pace hasn’t been quite as robust as last year, likely due to the fact that the Bellevue venture capital firm is trying to raise a new early-stage fund. But the firm has uncovered yet another new deal in California, joining Triangle Peak Partners and Andreessen Horowitz in a $20 million round for San… Read More


Ignition bankrolls Ratify to help corporations view network data in one spot

Ratify, a Bellevue startup that’s developing technologies to allow corporations to view network data in one place, has landed $2 million in venture funding from Ignition Partners and Jafco Ventures, according to a SEC filing. The company is led by former Microsoft Vice President Kurt Kolb, who previously led the software giant’s worldwide OEM licensing, anti-piracy… Read More


Google Ventures joins in DocuSign’s huge $55.7 million venture financing round

DocuSign has closed out its whopping series D financing round at $55.7 million, including new participation from Google Ventures. We reported on the first portion of the funding, at $47.5 million, last month. The maker of electronic signature technology, with operations split between Seattle and San Francisco, has been growing rapidly. It is now attracting… Read More


Ignition joins $12M round for mobile app builder Xamarin

There’s no shortage of startups trying to help mobile developers quickly and easily build cross-platform apps for an ever-expanding line-up of gadgets, from iPhones to Android tablets to Windows Phone devices. Now, a new San Francisco startup by the name of Xamarin, which rose from the ashes after layoffs at Attachmate’s Novell unit, is making… Read More


Social media monitoring firm Visible Technologies gets $5M

Social media monitoring firm Visible Technologies has raised an additional $5.5 million, bringing total funding in the company to $57.5 million. Existing investors, including WPP, Ignition Capital and Investor Growth Capital, participated in the round. The funding came in conjunction with the acquisition of Cymfony, a Kantar Media company that Visible purchased in April for about $18… Read More


Chinese game publisher Forgame raises cash from Ignition, TA and others

Forgame Tech, a Chinese developer of more than two dozen online games, including Ming Dynasty, Soul Guardians and Legend of Chaos, has raised an undisclosed round of capital from TA Associates, Ignition Capital Partners and Qiming Venture Partners. Forgame was founded in 2008, operating game development brands such as Feiyin and Jieyou, and a publishing platform… Read More

Howard Lee

With founder and VC connections, Spoken buys HyperQuality

In a deal of undisclosed size, Bellevue-based Spoken Communications today announced its acquisition of Seattle’s HyperQuality. These two companies should know each other very well. Not only do they share the same venture capital backer — Ignition Partners — but Spoken CEO Howard Lee previously founded HyperQuality.  Both companies develop software used in customer support… Read More


Top secret project under wraps at SEOMoz: Is the Moz coming?

SEOMoz is one of the most transparent startups we’ve ever come across, with CEO Rand Fishkin openly discussing everything from revenues to challenges as an entrepreneur to problems raising venture capital financing. That’s why we were so intrigued to stumble upon this Web site, which features the company’s robot mascot and the words “top secret”… Read More


Prosodic reels in $1.4M to help big brands target Facebook posts

Fast-growing social media startup Prosodic has nailed down $1.4 million in seed funding, money that the Seattle company will use to help media companies, publishers and other big brands target their Facebook posts to users when they are most likely to be online. The service also analyzes past Facebook page posts, and then makes predictions about… Read More


Tech Moves: Robert Wise joins MTN; RealNetworks taps CFO; REI’s promotions; and more

Robert Wise has been named chief innovation officer at MTN Satellite Communications, charged with building up the company’s product and technical team in Seattle. Wise most recently served as an engineering vice president in HP’s public cloud computing business, and before that served as an executive at Seattle mobile music startup Melodeo and as a… Read More


Ignition leads $19.5 million investment in Seattle’s Opscode

Opscode has raised $19.5 million in venture capital financing, the second large funding round in a Seattle area business-to-business software company this month. The deal, which was led by Bellevue-based Ignition Partners and included participation from Battery Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, follows the $50 million round that Bellevue-based Apptio raised on March 15th. As a… Read More


Spoken Communications dials up $11 million in funding

Spoken Communications, a 7-year-old Bellevue company led by former HyperQuality and PhotoWorks CEO Howard Lee, has raised $11.5 million in funding from Ignition Partners and Ignition Capital. Spoken Communications uses speech recognition technologies to automate processes in call centers, with the company saying that the service processes millions of minutes of customer service interactions each… Read More


Ugh, this doesn’t look so good: Venture capital investing in Washington state plummets

It seems that every quarter in the venture capital industry brings a bit of good news and bad news. So, where do you want to start this time? Let’s start with the good. The National Venture Capital Association, Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers today released numbers showing that venture capitalists pumped $28.4 billion into 3,673 deals… Read More


Ignition Partners bankrolls flash storage startup WhipTail

Ignition Partners is continuing its transformation into a national venture capital firm. The latest example is WhipTail, a Whippany, New Jersey company that today announced a second round of venture capital financing from RRE Ventures, Spring Mountain Capital and Ignition. The size of the investment was not disclosed. But, as part of the deal, Ignition’s… Read More