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Jintronix raises more cash from Madrona to help patients rehab with Microsoft’s Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor isn’t just for playing games — it’s also being used to help physical therapy patients recover from injuries in more efficient ways than ever. One company making this possible is Jintronix, a Seattle-based startup that is set to raise a $1.2 million round led by Madrona Venture Group. The company, which moved its… Read More

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Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More

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Charts: The growth of venture capital in the Pacific NW

The Pacific Northwest may be home to Microsoft, Expedia and Amazon.com. But the region’s startup ecosystem is growing in size, according to a report released today by CB Insights. “Over the past five years, total funding to the Pac-NW has doubled, seed funding has grown, and top tech acquirers have been actively buying in the… Read More

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Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More

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ExtraHop looks to build business analytics powerhouse, lands $41 million from early Splunk investor

ExtraHop CEO Jesse Rothstein doesn’t think his business analytics startup is simply creating a great product. The pony-tailed entrepreneur — who prior to co-founding ExtraHop worked as a senior architect at F5 Networks — believes they are doing much more than that by defining an entirely new category. Some big-name investors agree. ExtraHop today is… Read More

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Ex-Digg CEO raises $3.5M from Jeff Bezos, Andreessen Horowitz and others for Pro.com, giving you price estimates for home projects

There’s a new online home improvement startup in town, and this one comes with an experienced tech executive at the helm and some serious deep-pocketed investors. Former Digg CEO Matt Williams, who ran Seattle-based LiveBid.com from 1996 to 1999, when it was acquired by Amazon.com, has formed a new startup company by the name of… Read More

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Stealthy data center infrastructure startup Igneous Systems raises $23.6M series A from NEA, Madrona and others

Igneous Systems has been operating in stealth mode since the company was formed with a $3 million seed round last fall. And not much is going to change now that a huge $23.6 million series A financing has arrived from New Enterprise Associates, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures and Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel — a round… Read More

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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