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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geek of the Year

It’s time to kick off the voting in another key GeekWire Awards category — Geek of the Year. This is a special award, designed to recognize not just technical prowess but also efforts to strengthen the broader technology community. Reflecting that spirit, the voting in this category last year resulted in a rare tie, with computer scientist Oren… Read More

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WeDay 2014: Pete Carroll and Seattle tech execs deliver empowerment message to kids

More than 15,000 energetic students from over 450 schools in Washington state packed an electric Key Arena on Friday for We Day Seattle, an event co-sponsored by Microsoft that celebrates youth empowerment. Every student in attendance today participated in a year-long education program called We Act. To attend the event, which features 45 speakers like… Read More

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Rover.com fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of Fab.com, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… Read More

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Startup field trip: Seattle’s top female CEOs help 7th-grade girls learn about entrepreneurship

Inside the pink-laden walls of Julep’s office lobby, the high-pitched demands of seventh-grade girls fill the room. Julep CEO Jane Park stands in front of a flatscreen, showing off her company’s style profile quiz that matches individual customers with Julep’s products. Park, who is teaching the values of brand building, asks the girls to help fill… Read More

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Techstars grad Shippable raises $2M to help developers ship code faster

Another Techstars Seattle graduate, another nice seed round. Following in the footsteps of fellow 2013 Techstars Seattle companies Everpath and Wire, today Shippable announced a $2 million seed round led by Founders Co-op with participation from fellow Seattle firms Divergent Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital and other angel investors. Shippable, an eight-person company founded by… Read More

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Battery-free wireless communication technology highlights UW computer science show

The impressive work coming out of University of Washington’s computer science department was on full display Wednesday evening inside the Paul G. Allen Center. As part of the University of Washington’s Industry Affiliates Annual Meeting, nearly 100 research groups made up of more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students showed off their work in a poster and… Read More

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Tech Moves: Former Razorfish exec Jeff Lanctot named CEO of Mixpo; Skytap adds VPs; and more

—Mixpo, the six-year-old online video advertising startup, has named former Razorfish and aQuantive executive Jeff Lanctot as CEO. He replaces founder Anupam Gupta, who will remain on the board of directors. Lanctot has served on the board of Mixpo for the past four years. “I believe in our people and our product, and more importantly,… Read More

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DogVacay looks to be top breed in pet boarding, laps up $15M to bite back at Rover.com

It’s turning into an epic dog fight. DogVacay today announced that it has secured $15 million in fresh funding, money that the Santa Monica, California company plans to use to expand its pet boarding service and compete more aggressively with Seattle-based Rover.com. In fact, the funding — provided by Foundation Capital, Benchmark, First Round Capital, DAG… Read More

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iSpot.tv raises $5M, looks to provide better advertising insights by analyzing 35,000 TV commercials

Sean Muller didn’t have to raise cash for his fast-growing Seattle area startup iSpot.tv. After all, the 15-person company — which measures thousands of TV commercials and provides competitive intelligence to advertising agencies and cable networks — has been signing up big-name customers like ESPN, Jos. A Bank and GroupM at a rapid clip in… Read More

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Headwinds persist for VC funds: 56 funds raise $4.1 billion in Q3

U.S. venture capital funds had a bit more success raising money in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter, despite big shifts in government regulations that are changing the methods by which startups can attract financing. According to the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, 56 funds raised $4.1 billion during the quarter…. Read More