Bryan Mistele

INRIX CEO Bryan Mistele on surviving 70 VC rejections

Bryan Mistele wants to eliminate one of society’s biggest issues — traffic. How’s he going to do it? Find out in this episode of Nextcast. Growing up, Bryan knew he wanted to run his own tech company. After spending time in high school working with electrical engineers, he wrote down a life goal: start and… Read More

Tracy Daw

IPO-bound INRIX hires former RealNetworks legal chief

Is RealNetworks becoming a farm system for the Seattle region’s aspiring public companies? Tracy Daw, who resigned as RealNetworks’ chief legal officer earlier this week, has been hired as general counsel by INRIX, the Kirkland-based traffic technology company that has made no bones about its plans to eventually file for an IPO. “We are thrilled… Read More


Watch my dog help me make the picks for the WTIA awards

We’ve already made it through Oscar season, and now we’re gearing up for March Madness. But before we get there, I’ve got one piece of business to take care of. The Washington Technology Industry Association is celebrating its 17th annual Industry Achievement Awards on Thursday night at the Showbox Sodo. As in years past, I’ve… Read More


Newsmakers 2011: Bryan Mistele guides Inrix on road to success

With Bryan Mistele at the wheel, Inrix was on the move in 2011. The Kirkland provider of real-time traffic information raised a $37 million venture round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, signed a multi-million dollar deal with Google and purchased its biggest European rival. The $60 million buyout of ITIS Holdings added $27 million… Read More


Traffic navigation startup Waze nets $30M from Inrix backer KPCB

People must really hate getting stuck in traffic. Waze, a Silicon Valley startup, just landed a whopping $30 million in venture capital financing to help people better navigate through congested highways and side streets. That followed a $25 million round for the company last year, creating a potentially interesting dynamic with Kirkland-based rival Inrix. Inrix,… Read More photo

Inrix speeds ahead with buy of rival ITIS, looks to reduce global traffic congestion

Inrix, the provider of real-time traffic information, just got a lot bigger. The Kirkland company said that it has completed its acquisition of UK-based ITIS Holdings, which bolsters Inrix’s already fast-growing revenue base by $27 million and brings on board 155 new employees. Inrix announced its $60 million bid for ITIS late last month, just… 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


Traffic tech company Inrix bids $60M for European rival

That didn’t take long. A few days after landing $37 million in venture capital financing, saying it planned to use the money to pursue acquisitions, Kirkland-based traffic data company Inrix today announced a $60 million bid to acquire traffic technology and data company ITIS Holdings, its primary competitor in Europe. Inrix, which specializes in real-time… Read More photo

Inrix scores $37 million from Kleiner Perkins and others, eyes initial public offering

No matter whether you live in Copenhagen, Chengdu or Cincinnati, everyone hates traffic jams. But that very painful aspect of commuter life represents a very big business. And Kirkland-based Inrix, which today is announcing $37 million in venture capital financing led by venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is poised… Read More