Twitter mystery: The strange case of Lockerz and the Ethiopian supermodel

Lockerz, the heavily-funded Seattle social commerce startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures and others, is going through a transition with executives departing; products changing and assets being sold off. And now something funky is going on with the company’s Twitter account, which up until a few days ago boasted more than 600,000 followers on… Read More


Amid transformation, Lockerz sells AddToAny back to founder

Yesterday, Michael Birch announced that he had successfully re-purchased Bebo for $1 million from AOL, the company that originally bought the social networking upstart for a hefty $850 million. Now, here comes word of yet another startupper who is getting his baby back. Pat Diven, who originally sold the social sharing platform AddToAny to Seattle-based… Read More


Seeking a new combination, social commerce startup Lockerz confirms cutbacks

Lockerz, the heavily-funded social commerce startup, has reportedly laid off a chunk of its staff and closed down an office in San Diego. TechCrunch reports that about 30 percent of the staff at the headquarters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood lost their jobs in the restructuring, including chief product officer Michael Walton. We’ve reached out… Read More


After CEO departs for Yahoo, Lockerz raises more cash

Seattle startup Lockerz lost its founder and CEO — retail and PR vet Kathy Savitt —  to an executive role at Yahoo in August. But that’s not slowing the company’s enormous appetite for capital. The social shopping service — in which teenagers and twenty-somethings earn points for sharing content or watching videos — has pulled in an additional $7.5… Read More

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Lockerz makes another buy, unlocks deal with Wishpot

Sometimes you run into stories in the strangest places. On an elevator ride in Pioneer Square this morning, I bumped into Wishpot founder Max Ciccotosto who let me in on a little piece of news. Ciccotosto’s six-year-old social commerce startup, which developed a service to make it easy to share gift lists with friends, has been acquired… Read More

Kathy Savitt goes to Yahoo, Lockerz names new CEO

Marissa Mayer continues to put her mark on Yahoo, announcing today that Seattle public relations veteran and entrepreneur Kathy Savitt has joined the company as chief marketing officer. Savitt previously served as CEO of Lockerz, a heavily-funded social commerce startup backed by the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and others. “We are very… Read More


Tech Moves: Pearl Jam Web developer joins Seattle’s Yabbly; Rosenthal leaves Madrona; etc.

Ian Shafer has joined Yabbly, a new social decision making app created by former Marchex exec and Google product manager Tom Leung.  A 2001 graduate of the University of Washington’s computer science and engineering department, Shafer worked at as a software engineer before moving on to lead Web development for Pearl Jam’s online storefront. He… Read More

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Lockerz buys online fashion site Chick Approved

Lockerz continues to bolster its ranks through acquisitions, with the fast-growing Seattle social shopping company announcing that it has acquired online fashion community Chick Approved. Chick Approved — founded by Jeff Turnbull, Brett Miller and David Dripps – allows its users to get feedback on fashion choices. As part of the deal, Lockerz will continue to… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Lockerz CEO Kathy Savitt

Some of the biggest names in venture capital are putting their faith in Lockerz, a Seattle upstart that came on the scene in a big way in 2011. The company, which is building a social networking service where teenagers and twenty somethings earn points for sharing content or watching videos, landed a massive $36 million… Read More


Zulily, Redfin named to list of the 100 most valuable startups

Fast-growing Seattle startups Zulily and Redfin have been named to Alley Insider’s Digital 100 ranking of the most valuable startups in the world. Zulily debuted on the list at #28, with the daily deal site boasting an estimated value of $700 million. (GeekWire reported last month that Zulily’s latest $43 million financing round came with… Read More


Lockerz makes another buy, gobbles up video service Vodpod

Heavily-funded social networking startup Lockerz, which just scored $36 million in venture capital financing, is using some of that cash to expand its online video offerings. Today, the Seattle company announced it is buying an other assets from Remixation. The acquisition will allow users of Lockerz to create personalized video channels featuring content from… Read More


Heavily-funded social networking upstart Lockerz buys AddToAny

Fresh off its $30 million venture capital round, Seattle-based Lockerz has purchased AddToAny for an undisclosed amount. AddToAny, whose free widget is used by online publishers, describes itself as the “world’s best sharing platform.” It has been installed on more than 1.6 million WordPress sites to date. “With over 60% of all sharing activity not… Read More


Lockerz unveils iPhone app, creating new ways to earn PTZ

Lockerz boasts more than 19 million members of its social shopping service. But until today it was largely a Web-based experience. That’s changing with the company’s introduction of a free iPhone app, a mobile experience that will allow users to earn the company’s virtual currency, PTZ, while on the go. Founder Kathy Savitt said that… Read More


Meet Marcy: An original Web comedy from Lockerz

Lockerz just scored $30 million in venture capital financing from the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and former Microsoft CFO Greg Maffei. And how is the Seattle social networking upstart — geared toward teens and twenty somethings– using some of that cash? Well, meet Marcy. That’s the title character of a new original comedy… Read More