9Mile Labs sets up new accelerator at SURF Incubator

This is a new one. It’s an accelerator inside an incubator. 9Mile Labs, the newly-formed startup accelerator that’s focusing on hatching new B2B companies, has picked SURF Incubator in downtown Seattle as its new home. “We believe it’s significant that our two organizations, both deeply committed to energizing the startup ecosystem, are coming together to… Read More


Bring out your dead: Startup offers $1M to ‘acqui-hire’ alums of TechStars, Y Combinator and 500 Startups

The hiring crunch for developers in the tech industry is a pain point we hear about nearly every day. Now, a San Francisco startup called Twice — that specializes in selling secondhand clothes of all things — is taking one of the more unusual approaches we’ve encountered to get developers in the door. Today, the year-old… Read More

McKinstry's new innovation center in Spokane

McKinstry to expand clean tech incubator in Northwest

McKinstry is expanding its clean tech incubator program, adding an additional 18,000 square feet of space and a conference center at its facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood and opening a new 38,000-square-foot center at a historic electric railcar station in Spokane. “Our vision was to create a springboard for the green economy – from clean tech… Read More

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Meet Fledge: The first incubator for ‘conscious’ companies

Michael “Luni” Libes has spent the past 20 years building software companies, creating new upstarts such as Ground Truth, Medio Systems, 2Way and Nimble Corp. But Libes is now switching gears with the formation of Fledge, a new Seattle incubator which he says modeled on TechStars but is specifically designed for non-tech companies. “There is… Read More

Edward Jiang and Tyler Menezes

Y Combinator for high-school kids? It’s students only at this new startup incubator

StudentRND has been gathering geeky and entrepreneurial high school and college kids for weekend hackathons for three years now. Now, co-founder Edward Jiang is looking to expand his growing empire, launching a new 8-week tech incubator this summer that’s modeled on successful programs like TechStars and Y Combinator. “It makes sense: Students they want to… Read More

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The entrepreneurial ‘petri dish’ at General Assembly, and why one geek would love to see it in Seattle

Let’s get one thing cleared up right away. TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell’s investment in General Assembly does not indicate that the New York City-based startup incubator, co-working space and technology education firm is planning a Seattle branch campus. At least, not anytime in the near future. But, would Schappell, who joined with the likes of… Read More


Google tosses support behind the Portland Incubator Experiment

We’ve talked before about how Google has Portland fever — using the Rose City to test new products like Google Offers and real-time transit information. Now, the search giant is tossing its weight behind the Portland Incubator Experiment  – the startup incubator better known as PIE. Rick Turoczy, who leads PIE, confirmed that Google is… Read More


Wired goes inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s hottest tech incubator

I just finished reading Wired’s in-depth piece on Y Combinator, the 6-year-old Silicon Valley incubator which in the words of author Steven Levy offers an “unmatchable entrée into the otherwise closed world of high-stakes Internet entrepreneurship.” It’s a great piece, partly because it describes how Paul Graham is shaking up the venture capital landscape through… Read More