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


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

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 In fact, the funding — provided by Foundation Capital, Benchmark, First Round Capital, DAG… Read More

ispot-amazon 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 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


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


Optify hits the wall, lays off staff

What’s up at Optify? From what we’re hearing, the company is on its last legs. Multiple sources informed us on Friday that the company — a maker of inbound marketing software — laid off a number of staffers in advance of a closure. Chief Marketing Officer Doug Wheeler declined to comment, referring us to CEO… Read More

Stephen Purpura

Data analytics startup Context Relevant scores $7M series A from Madrona, Bloomberg and others

Context Relevant has reeled in $7 million in fresh funding, money that the Seattle company will use for continued development of its advanced analytics software. Investors in the round include Madrona Venture Group, as well as new investors such as Bloomberg Beta and Paul Allen’s Vulcan. Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress also made a large… Read More


Report: Portland’s AppFog to be acquired by Savvis

Portland platform-as-a-service startup AppFog is set to be acquired by Savvis, the big co-location and data center operator that’s owned by CenturyLink, according to a report in GigaOm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But it could mark an exit for three Seattle venture capital firms — Ignition, Madrona Venture Group and Founder’s Co-op…. Read More

Julie Sandler

Q&A: Madrona’s Julie Sandler on startups, women in tech and getting promoted at Seattle’s top VC firm

Venture capitalists tend to have sharp elbows and prickly demeanors. But Julie Sandler, who joined Madrona Venture Group two years ago after a stint on’s Kindle team, is taking a different approach as she builds bridges in the Seattle entrepreneurial community. “Our entrepreneurs rave about working with Julie,” says Madrona’s Greg Gottesman. “One of… Read More

Apptio CEO Sunny Gupta

Apptio raises $45 million at a hefty valuation, plans to accelerate ‘on all fronts’

Apptio is not playing small ball. Just 14 months after raising a $50 million venture round, Bellevue-based Apptio is back with a little more cash in its pocket. The company, which offers on-demand software and services for managing corporate IT departments, today is announcing that it has raised another $45 million in series E funding. It marks… Read More


Heralded UW computer science professor scores $6.75M for GraphLab, looking to make better online recommendations

It was a major coup last summer when The University of Washington hooked computer science professor Carlos Guestrin, a leading data scientist and expert in machine learning. What wasn’t widely known at the time was that the Guestrin-led open source project, an ambitious undertaking known as, would soon sprout into its very own startup. But that’s… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Startup of the Year

We’re nearing the end of the voting for the GeekWire Awards, and today we’ve got a big category on hand: Startup of the Year. To qualify for Startup of the Year, companies had to be three years or younger, and on a fast-track to success. We’re expecting a tight competition in this field of contenders,… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Startup Deal of the Year

OK, geek fans, we’re back for another round of voting in the GeekWire Awards. And today’s category promises to be a fun and competitive one: Startup Deal of the Year, presented by UK Trade & Investment. We’ve got some top-notch companies and firms in the running this year, and we’re curious to see how this one… Read More