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IPO market for venture-backed companies remains strong, but M&A deals slow

It’s still a good time to go public. Twenty-eight venture-backed companies completed initial public offerings during the second quarter, raising $4.9 billion. That was a 45 percent increase in dollars raised compared to the previous quarter, according to an analysis by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association. It was the fifth consecutive quarter… Read More


Cancer research startup Immune Design files for $60 million IPO

Immune Design Corp., a Seattle biotechnology company developing technologies to activate the body’s immune system to fight cancer, has filed to raise $60 million through an initial public offering. The company Like most biotech companies, Immune Design is losing money. It posted a net loss of $16 million last year, and has compiled an accumulated… Read More


Seattle pet health insurance company Trupanion files for IPO

Is Fido hurt? Does Max need a little treatment? No worries, Seattle startup Trupanion is looking to fill your pet health insurance needs. The Seattle company, backed by Seattle-based Maveron and others, today filed to go public in what would be the latest company from the region to price an initial public offering. It did not list… Read More

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Online storage company Box reportedly files for IPO

Box, the Los Altos, California-based online storage company that was started by Mercer Island High School grads Dylan Smith and Aaron Levie, has reportedly filed to raise cash through an initial public offering, according to The Wall Street Journal and Quartz. The documents were filed secretly with the SEC. Box, which competes against Dropbox, raised $100… Read More

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Appature parent IMS Health files for $100 million IPO

IMS Health, the healthcare data company which last year acquired Seattle-based Appature, has filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health employs 9,300 people, including a growing presence in Seattle, and posted revenue of $2.44 billion in 2012. It has more than 5,000 clients in 100 countries,… Read More


The year in quotes: From Ballmer to Bezos to Bitcoin

Wow, what a year! From Amazon drones to Steve Ballmer’s retirement to spectacularly performing IPOs, the tech industry took some wild twists and turns in 2013. Here’s our look back at the action, with some of our favorite quotes of the year. What are your favorite (or least favorite) moments of the year? December  “I… Read More


Zulily shares soar 7%, tops $5 billion market value

Seattle’s newest publicly-traded company is continuing to shine on Wall Street after its spectacular IPO last month. The stock of the daily deals company jumped more than seven percent in value today, giving it a whopping market value of $5.58 billion. (There are currently 132.2 million outstanding shares).  That’s more than both Zillow and Tableau… Read More


Maveron-backed PotBelly fills tummy with spectacular IPO

Well, the sandwiches are delicious. But it’s not just meatball subs that’s getting Wall Street excited about PotBelly Sandwich Shop. Shares of the Chicago-based company soared in a stock market debut today, jumping more than 130 percent to $32.76. The stock priced at $14 per share, above the previously stated range. So, why might you ask… Read More

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A good showing: 26 venture-backed IPOs completed in Q3

The market for initial public offerings continued to accelerate in the third quarter as 26 venture-backed companies started trading on the public markets, more than double the totals for the same period last year. In fact, the report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association indicated that Q2 and Q3 marked the first… Read More


Maveron-backed Potbelly Sandwich Shop files for $75M IPO

This IPO could be really yummy? Potbelly Sandwich Shop, a Chicago restaurant chain founded in 1977, has filed to raise up to $75 million in a public offering. The company is backed by Maveron, the Seattle venture capital firm led by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and former investment banker Dan Levitan. In fact, Maveron Equity Partners… Read More