Microsoft Ventures invests in mobile productivity startup Zula

Microsoft historically hasn’t spent much time investing in seed-stage startups. That’s part of the reason why today’s investment by Microsoft Ventures — the newly-formed unit that consolidated startup-oriented programs such as BizSpark and Bing Fund under one roof — is interesting. Microsoft Ventures announced today that it has invested an undisclosed amount in Zula, an… Read More

Dan Rosen

Startup leaders not happy with securities administrator’s support of regulations that could ‘cripple’ startups

Seattle angel investor Dan Rosen has worked hard in recent months to shed light on the potentially damaging effects that proposed regulations in the JOBS Act could have on startups, pointing out how the new rules would have the unintended consequence of making it harder for companies to raise money and potentially “cripple” angel investing in the… Read More


VC deal activity hits highest mark since dot-com boom

It may feel a little frothy out there in startup land. And a new report out from CB Insights shows just what’s going on. Venture capital deal activity continued to climb in the third quarter as a total of 857 companies raised money during the period — up from 807 deals in the previous quarter… Read More


Angel investing: The walls come tumbling down

Today is the first day it becomes legally permissible for startups and emerging companies to advertise their offerings. Or to tweet that they are raising money. Or to generally solicit for investors at public pitch events. What’s that you say? Startups have been generally soliciting at pitch events, demo days, conference contests, for some time now?… Read More


Turtles and Flywheels: How to build a startup community

(Editor’s note: Chris DeVore gave the keynote speech at Thursday night’s GeekWire Awards. These are his prepared remarks, with full video of the talk above). I want to talk to you tonight about two things: Turtles And flywheels Some of you may have heard the story about the Hindu wise man who explained to a… Read More

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Former Microsoft CFO John Connors named to Midas List for top investors

John Connors, a venture capitalist at Bellevue-based Ignition Partners who previously served as CFO of Microsoft, was named to Forbes’ 2013 Midas List that honors tech’s top investors. Connors has made a number of good investments in companies like Splunk, which went public last April, Heroku, XenSource and Parse, which was just acquired by Facebook. Connors, who… Read More


Google Ventures, Maveron and others bankroll crowdfunding platform CircleUp

Maveron, the Seattle venture capital firm led by Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and former investment banker Dan Levitan, has joined with Union Square Ventures, Google Ventures and Clayton Christensen’s Rose Park Advisors to bankroll crowdfunding startup CircleUp. The San Francisco company is bringing in $7.5 million in series A funding, described as the largest fundraising for an… Read More

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Proof of concept: Majority of angel investments made in revenue producing startups

Angel investors historically have placed bets at the earliest stages of a company’s formation, oftentimes when the business is nothing more than an idea on the back of a napkin. But as the venture capital marketplace shifts, so is angel investing. According to a new report out today from The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights,… Read More


Kleiner Perkins says VC fund performance is weak, and they’re going to fix it

Here’s a sign of the changing winds in the venture capital business. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms, recently told a group of its limited partners that fund performance has not met expectations. Citing people familiar with the discussions, Reuters reports that partners at the firm recently told… Read More


Lighter Capital ignites with three new investments

Seattle’s Lighter Capital, which offers an alternative to venture capital and traditional bank loans, today announced three new investments in startups based in Dallas, Minneapolis and the Seattle area. It is backing Dallas’ BinaryWave, developing products and services for the support of Microsoft SharePoint; Bellevue’s HarborCloud, creating virtual desktops for QuickBooks, PeachTree and other services;… Read More

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Internet companies and the billion dollar money drain

Over the last ten years, more than $43 billion was invested in 7,200+ Internet-related companies, according to the PWC MoneyTree report. Fifty percent of those companies will disappear within the first three years of operations, and the average venture capital fund will fail to even return back the capital plus management fees as per the… Read More

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Crowding out angels from startup financings?

As early as next week, we may know whether Congress will change US securities laws to permit startups to sell stock to the general public over the internet. You know how, today, companies raise money on Kickstarter by offering products, t-shirts, and other bennies? Imagine those same companies selling stock to investors over a Kickstarter-like… Read More

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Angel groups in Seattle: How they’re doing, what they cost

Over the past three days, GeekWire Chief Business Officer Rebecca Lovell and I both have moderated panels about the state of angel financing in Seattle. The discussions have been lively, and fun. [Previously: Angel mind meld: What early-stage investors really want] But, at the end of the day, what entrepreneurs really want to know is where… Read More


Meet the 9 startups bankrolled by the Northwest Energy Angels

The Northwest Energy Angels, a 50-person angel investment group, said today that its members invested more than $880,000 in nine clean tech startups last year. Of course, that’s a drop in the bucket, especially in the capital-intensive arena of clean technology. (The MoneyTree report found that venture capitalists invested $4.3 billion in 323 deals nationwide last… Read More

Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi to Michael Arrington: Valuations are ‘out of control’ and Seattle is a ‘viable’ startup hub

We’ve been talking a lot about the startup ecosystem in Seattle and what needs to happen to make the region an even better place for entrepreneurs. Given that discussion on GeekWire, I was particularly interested in some comments that Seattle entrepreneur-turned-angel investor Hadi Partovi made at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week…. Read More


Bubble 2.0: The infographic

We’ve been writing a lot about some of the frothy conditions in the tech market. And the bubble talk was highlighted today when money-losing online radio service Pandora went public with a $3 billion valuation, and last month when Microsoft agreed to shell out $8.5 billion for Skype. Now, the folks over at Udemy, have compiled… Read More