co-founder Aaron Levie

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

imshealth-appature-logo (1)200

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

Photo via Bigstock

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


Uh, oh! Down rounds on the rise

Things appear to be humming in the venture capital world. Returns are improving (though in many instances they are still behind the public markets). IPOs, one the big ways that VCs cash out, are happening with more regularity. And venture dollars are increasing, though modestly over levels earlier this year. But here’s a stat that… Read More


Nanostring IPO disappoints as shares fall 20% on first day

It was a tough first day on the stock market for Seattle’s NanoString Technologies, with shares falling 19.4 percent on Wednesday as the stock closed at $8.06. The 138-person company, a maker of genomic analysis tools which spun out of genomics pioneer Leroy Hood’s Institute for Systems Biology in 2003, earlier this month planned to sell shares in the range of… Read More


Strong debut: Tableau closes first day of trading up 63%

Champagne corks were popping this morning at Tableau Software offices as the Seattle-based company celebrated the biggest tech IPO so far this year. And I am sure the bars in Fremont — the quirky Seattle neighborhood that Tableau calls home — are crawling with newly-minted paper millionaires tonight. (Tableau execs are under a lock-up, preventing… Read More