Ignition-backed Splunk files for IPO

Fast-growing business intelligence software company Splunk — a San Francisco company that established a branch office in Seattle last year — has filed to raise up to $125 million through an initial public offering. Today’s filing should not come as a big surprise, since Bloomberg News reported last October that the company was considering an… Read More


Flotype raises cash from Ignition, Salesforce and others to help coders build applications faster

Flotype, a cloud startup led by former Amazon.com and University of California Berkeley employees and researchers, has raised $1.4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, Yuri Milner, Salesforce.com and Y Combinator. Based in Berkeley, the seven-person company is led by Darshan Shankar, Eric Zhang and Sridatta Thatipamala. The company’s first product, known as Bridge, allows… Read More


Adam Bosworth’s Keas scoops up $6.5 million to make corporate America healthier

Ignition’s insane investment pace for 2011 is finishing with a bang. The Bellevue venture capital firm has partnered with Atlas Venture to lead a $6.5 million investment in San Francisco-based Keas, a social gaming startup that’s looking to promote better health and wellness at corporations. To date, Pfizer, Bechtel and Progress Software have deployed the… Read More


Ignition, Trilogy bankroll cloud database startup Xeround

Cloud database startup Xeround has reeled in $9 million in venture capital financing from Benchmark Capital and Giza Venture Capital. Seattle area investors Ignition Partners and Trilogy Partnership also participated in the latest funding round for the company, which describes itself as “an elastic, always-on database-as-a-service for your MySQL applications.” Xeround moved its headquarters from Israel to Bellevue… Read More


Ignition backs San Francisco cloud application service Iron.io

Ignition Partners continues to pump dollars into cloud computing startups — most of them which happen to be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The latest example is Iron.io, a San Francisco company that today announced $1.4 million in venture funding from Ignition, Baseline Ventures, Cloud Capital Partners, Citrix Systems and others. Iron.io is… Read More


Ignition’s Frank Artale leads $15M round in ServiceMesh

Back in August, I interviewed Frank Artale of Ignition Partners about the torrid investment pace that he’d engaged in since joining the Bellevue venture capital firm in March.  Well, that pace has continued right into the fall, with the former Microsoft and Citrix exec earlier this month leading a $40 million investment in Palo Alto,… Read More


Redfin picks DocuSign for electronic signatures

Two Seattle companies are hoping that they can help streamline the way people buy or sell homes. DocuSign announced today that agents at Redfin — the fast-growing real estate brokerage firm — will use its electronic signature technology during transactions. It’s a big win for DocuSign in its hometown, and interestingly enough comes just a… Read More


Ignition scares up another deal in San Fran, backs 19-year-old’s MinoMonsters

For the third time this week, Ignition Partners has pumped cash into a San Francisco Bay Area startup. This time, the Bellevue venture capital firm is bankrolling MinoMonsters, which is developing a monster battle and trading game for the iPhone. Joining the $1 million round are Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel and Y Combinator. Interestingly, SV Angel —… Read More


Ignition backs Parse, another hot San Francisco startup

Another day, another investment by Ignition Partners in the Bay Area. The Bellevue venture capital firm, which earlier this week announced that it was leading a $40 million deal in Palo Alto, California-based Cloudera, has pumped $5.5 million into San Francisco-based Parse. Parse helps developers manage the back-end of mobile applications, similar to what former Microsofties… Read More


Hey, we’re no Silicon Valley, but Seattle is rising as a tech hub

I am always interested in how national publications perceive Seattle’s technology community. After all, as long time journalists covering the daily gyrations of the tech industry here, you sometimes need a good 30,000-foot view of the situation from an outsider. Today, Bill Rigby at Reuters provides that perspective in a story titled: “In Microsoft’s shadow,… Read More


Social media monitoring firm Visible Technologies adds $1.5M

Visible Technologies has reeled in an additional $1.5 million, bringing total financing in the maker of social media monitoring technologies to $50.5 million, GeekWire has learned. Advertising giant WPP, an existing investor in the company, added cash in the most recent round. The financing comes on top of the $4 million venture round that we… Read More


Tech Moves: Isilon vet joins Skytap; Sewichi bulks up; and more

Brett Goodwin, a former marketing executive at Isilon Systems and RealNetworks, has joined fast-growing Seattle cloud computing startup Skytap as vice president of marketing and business development. Goodwin was employee number 15 at Isilon, the Seattle storage company that sold to EMC last year for $2.25 billion. Before that, he spent six years at RealNetworks…. Read More


BlueStacks raises cash to run Android apps on Windows PCs

BlueStacks wants to make it easier to get your Android apps, in full-screen mind you, on Windows PCs. And the Campbell, California company just landed a new strategic investment from AMD, Citrix Systems and others to make that vision a reality, bringing total capital raised in the upstart to $14 million. The concept is pretty… Read More


Ignition-backed Splunk eyes IPO

Splunk, a fast-growing business intelligence company backed by Ignition Partners and others, is considering an initial public offering that could value it for as much as $1 billion, sources tell Bloomberg News. San Francisco-based Splunk established a branch office in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood last year under the direction of former Microsoft Technical Fellow… Read More


Nuance to acquire Swype for more than $100 million

Nuance has agreed to purchase Seattle startup Swype for more than $100 million, according to GeekWire sources. The news was first reported in Uncrunched. We’ve reached out to executives of the company for comment, and will update the post as we learn more. A GeekWire source with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, though we… Read More


Social media monitoring firm Visible raises $4 million

Visible Technologies, the Bellevue company which provides social media monitoring technologies to Boost Mobile, DirecTV, Vail Resorts and others, has scored an additional $4 million in venture capital financing from existing investors. That brings total financing in the company to nearly $50 million, following a $6 million round in March. As I pointed out in an earlier… Read More


Bezos, Schmidt, Ignition and others toss support behind API marketplace Mashape

Some heavy hitters in the technology industry are tossing their support behind Mashape, a San Francisco startup that’s building a marketplace for Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. Among the investors in the company’s $1.5 million round are Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Bellevue venture capital firm Ignition Partners. Other investors… Read More