Kelly Smith

Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith heading to Shanghai to lead Starbucks digital push in China

Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith is headed to Shanghai. But Smith — the founder of RocketVox (sold to ThePlatform), ImageKind (sold to CafePress) and Zapd (sold to RealSelf)— isn’t checking out China’s startup scene. Instead, he’s been tapped by Starbucks to lead digital efforts in the fast-growing country, one of the coffee retailer’s most important… Read More


Scoutzie: A new way to find the best mobile designers

Already this year we’ve seen two Pacific Northwest mobile app development shops gobbled up by big companies: Ubermind was acquired by Deloitte, and Portland’s Small Society was purchased by Walmart. Obviously, mobile app development is hot. And there’s a mad dash to try to find the best mobile designers and developers. A new Seattle startup… Read More

Brian Fioca has joined Zapd

Tech Moves: RescueTime’s Brian Fioca zips over to Zapd; and more

Four years ago, Brian Fioca co-founded RescueTime to help individuals better manage how they spend their time in front of a computer. Now, the developer is moving on. Fioca has joined fast-growing Seattle mobile upstart Zapd where he’ll be working as a lead architect alongside founder Kelly Smith, basically serving as an “an all-purpose, proactive… Read More


Madrona, Rob Glaser and others pump $3.5M into mobile app Zapd

PressPlane, a Seattle startup which incubated the mobile application Zapd, has raised a little more than $3 million from Madrona Venture Group, RealNetworks chairman Rob Glaser, Second Avenue Partners, PhotoDisc co-founder Tom Hughes and others. Zapd, which allows users to create Web sites in a matter of minutes, has recorded 320,000 downloads of its iPhone app since… Read More


How to become Apple’s iPhone ‘App of the Week’

That right there is the type of publicity a startup can’t buy — a huge graphic currently promoting Seattle’s Zapd as the “App of the Week,” smack in the middle of the Apple App Store. As you might expect, the featured spot has resulted in a big boost for the free website publishing app, taking… Read More


Zapd tops 100,000 downloads, aims for 900,000 more

People must really want to build Web sites, and build them fast. Zapd, the new iPhone app developed by Seattle entrepreneur Kelly Smith, today provided an update on the adoption of the mobile application after its first two weeks in existence. Zapd has recorded more than 100,000 downloads via iTunes, with sports fans, photographers and… Read More