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Kyle Kesterson relocating to Vegas after raising $350K for Freak’n Genius from Tony Hsieh’s VC fund

Freak’n Genius is moving south. The Seattle animation startup is re-locating to Las Vegas after receiving $350,000 in funding from the VegasTechFund, a seed stage investment group that includes partners like Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Freak’n Genius founder and CEO Kyle Kesterson will be packing up and moving his company to Sin City, where he’ll… Read More

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Can technology end homelessness? These Seattle entrepreneurs are aiming to solve the problem

At the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood exists a unique juxtaposition. Inside a two-story brick building is the Impact Hub co-working space and business incubator, a place where entrepreneurs are busily working on ideas to improve the world we live in. But walk outside the Impact Hub’s doors, and you’ll enter an entirely different world. Homelessness. Drugs. Violence…. Read More

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Microsoft to debut new Kinect for Windows this summer

Just a few days after showing off photos of the new Kinect for Windows, Microsoft announced at its Build conference that the motion-tracking device will hit shelves sometime this summer. The Redmond software giant previously said that the Kinect for Windows v2 would be arriving in 2014, but hadn’t specified a time. Microsoft notes that… Read More

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Startup advice from Haiku Deck CEO: It’s not about the product — it’s how you make people feel

Adam Tratt’s first slide at yesterday’s Seattle Tech Meetup was simple: A picture of himself with the words “Don’t Be Like Me.” No, he wasn’t talking about the Adam Tratt of today, who is running an up-and-coming iPad presentation helper that won GeekWire’s App of the Year. Rather, he was referring to the Adam Tratt who started a… Read More

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Shopping, sword-fighting and silliness: Meet the first-ever WIN Reactor graduates

From a retro-futuristic driving game to a healthy shopping and eating app, more than six months of stealth startup work going on at the Washington Interactive Network (WIN) accelerator was shown off at a demo day on Thursday afternoon. It’s been nearly two years since WIN was awarded a $1.2 million grant for what’s now called the WIN Reactor, also known… Read More

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How this startup went from Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator to creating a kickass iOS app

If you haven’t heard of Freak’n Genius, well, the past week at the company will tell you everything you need to know. The Seattle-based startup just debuted a extremely funny mobile app called YAKiT, which lets you manipulate the mouths of your family, friends, cats, dogs, celebrities and really, just about anything. To help promote and market… Read More

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Hilarious Freak’n Genius app YAKiT lets you move mouths to make photos funny

The folks over at Seattle-based Freak’n Genius certainly know how to make us laugh, and their newest app is no exception. The latest LOL-inducing program is called YAKiT, a mobile app that lets you manipulate the mouths of your family, friends, cats, dogs and really, just about anything. It’s essentially just like JibJab, but with added messaging and social… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year

We’ve collected hundreds of nominations and listened to the feedback of dozens of expert judges. Now, it’s your time to vote for the best and brightest in the Pacific Northwest technology community. We’re kicking off public voting today for the GeekWire Awards. Over the next two weeks, you’ll get the chance to vote in 14… Read More

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Freak’n Genius: Animation startup uses Microsoft Kinect to tap your inner goofball

Kyle Kesterson may be known around Seattle as a talented designer, artist and active participant in the Startup Weekend hackathons. But did you know that the entrepreneur also was the Geico Gecko? During University of Washington basketball games back in 2009, Kesterson donned the mascot costume of the insurance giant, entertaining fans with his outrageous… Read More