Ignition, Founder’s Co-op and Madrona join forces to back AppFog

Three Seattle area venture capital firms are allying to back Portland’s AppFog, which has created new technologies that allow developers to quickly build Web applications. Ignition is leading the $8 million venture capital round, which also included participation from existing investors Madrona Venture Group and Founder’s Co-op. Other investors in the round include Simon Crosby,… Read More

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Ignition continues blistering pace, leads $14 million round for Couchbase

Another day, another investment by Ignition Partners. The Bellevue venture capital firm today announced that it has led a $14 million investment in Couchbase, a Mountain View, California-based NoSQL database company. Yesterday, Ignition announced a $10 million round in New York cloud computing startup Apprenda, and word is that yet another deal is coming later this… Read More


Ignition leads $10 million round in New York’s Apprenda

We’ve been writing a lot lately about how Ignition Partners is transforming itself into a national firm, doing deals wherever they find them. And here’s the latest example of that. The Bellevue venture capital firm just led a $10 million round in Apprenda, a Clifton Park, New York startup that helps businesses manage cloud-based applications…. Read More


Airbiquity lands $4M as company sees growth in ‘connected car’ services

Another Seattle area company that’s building some of the underlying technologies for the “connected car” has scored a new round of cash. Airbiquity, whose customers include OnStar, BMW and Ford, just landed $4 million in fresh capital from existing investors, including  Acorn Ventures, Ignition Partners, Kirnaf Ltd, Shell Internet Ventures. Total funding in the company… Read More

Swype (the unofficial version) comes to the iPhone

Swype raises more cash, looks to top 100 million installs

Swype, which allows mobile device owners to input text with the swipe of a finger rather than the traditional tap, has pulled in an additional $2.5 million in venture capital financing from existing investors, reports All Things D. The money comes on top of a $3.5 million round that closed in late March, and brings… Read More


Ignition continues blistering pace, backs stealthy Bromium

Ignition Partners certainly is busy these days. For the third time this week, the Bellevue venture capital firm has invested in a new technology company. Earlier today, we told you about Ignition joining with Menlo Ventures to co-lead a $7.5 million round in Redmond mobile startup Glympse. Now, word comes that the venture capital firm… Read More


Running late for a meeting? Glympse attracts $7.5M to help mobile phone users share locations with friends

There’s no shortage of applications that help mobile phone users share their physical locations. Even so, Glympse — a Redmond startup co-founded by two former Microsofties — believes it can stand out from the pack. And some very large venture capital firms tend to agree, with Glympse announcing today that it has scored $7.5 million… Read More


Ignition, Accel pump $11M into cloud startup ScaleXtreme

Ignition Partners and Accel Partners have invested $11 million in ScaleXtreme, a Palo Alto, California-based cloud computing startup. As a result of the investment, Ignition’s Frank Artale — a former Microsoft general manager and ex-CEO of Consera Software — will join the startup’s board. ScaleXtreme’s product allows IT administrators to manage Amazon EC2 and VMware… Read More


Adam Bosworth unveils Keas, a social game that uses peer pressure to make co-workers healthier

It has been two years since Ignition Partners backed Adam Bosworth’s stealthy consumer health startup Keas. But the London-born entrepreneur, who was famously accused of violating a non-compete agreement when he left Microsoft to form the startup Crossgain in 2000, is taking the wraps off the San Francisco-based startup today. The idea? Keas uses game… Read More


Ignition joins with Ron Conway, Dave McClure and others to back stealthy Inporia

Ignition Partners has joined with angel investors Ron Conway, Dave McClure and others to back Inporia, a stealthy e-commerce startup that’s described as a “personal shopping concierge.” The company is led by Ryan Junee, who sold his previous startup, video upstart Omnisio, to Google in 2008. TechCrunch reports that the Palo Alto, California-based Inporia has… Read More


Growth spurt continues at DataSphere; hyperlocal blog platform to hire 220 in Ariz.

DataSphere Technologies may specialize in hyperlocal advertising. But the Bellevue company is undergoing  what can only be described as … hypergrowth. The company, which raised $10 million from OVP Venture Partners, Fisher Communications, Ignition Partners and others last fall, said today that it plans to open a new facility in Tempe, Arizona with room for… Read More


Exclusive: Fast-growing Swype scores cash from Ignition, hints at Apple iOS integration

One of Seattle’s hottest startup companies has scored cash from one of the region’s biggest venture capital firms. Swype, which allows consumers to input text on mobile phones and tablet computers with the “Swype” of a finger, has landed $3.5 million in a deal led by Bellevue-based Ignition Partners. Swype CEO Mike McSherry tells GeekWire… Read More


Ignition Partners, Madrona back Tier 3 with $8.5 million

Two of the Seattle area’s best-known venture capital firms have joined forces to back Tier 3, a five-year-old Seattle company that helps businesses manage IT infrastructure in the cloud. Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group are pumping $8.5 million into the company, which was founded five years ago and now counts Slalom Consulting, Exterro, Mars… Read More