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Men’s fashion site Indochino sews up $13 million to help guys sharpen their style

Indochino, the Vancouver, B.C.-based men’s fashion site, has pulled in $13 million in fresh funding that it will use to build out its e-commerce site for suits, shirts, and other custom menswear. The deal was led by Highland Consumer Fund, with existing investors such as Madrona Venture Group, former Yahoo executive Jeff Mallett and others participating… Read More

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How big data will transform politics, education and just about everything else

Big data requires big thinkers. And some of Seattle’s top minds — from University of Washington computer scientist Oren Etzioni to Context Relevant CEO Stephen Purpura to Amazon.com’s Charlie Bell — turned out this week as Madrona Venture Group hosted a round table discussion on the topic with authors Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier. Madrona’s Matt McIlwain,… Read More

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Madrona backs Mobilewalla, team relocates to Seattle

Mobile analytics startup Mobilewalla has raised $4 million in new funding, including a cash infusion from Madrona Venture Group and several angel investors. As a result of the financing, the founding team behind Mobilewalla are relocating to Seattle, setting up temporary offices in the venture capital firm’s downtown Seattle offices. A spokeswoman for Madrona describes… Read More

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Ignition’s Cam Myhrvold: The problem in Seattle isn’t money, it’s the entrepreneurial talent

What’s the missing ingredient in Seattle’s startup community?  Is it a lack of smart money? Or a lack of solid entrepreneurs? Well, for one of Seattle’s top venture capital firms the answer is pretty clear: It’s the entrepreneurs.  Cam Myhrvold of Ignition Partners delivered some bitter medicine about the Seattle startup community in remarks Wednesday afternoon at… Read More

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Hey, engineers: Don’t forget to add some personality

“Why so serious?” — The Joker in Batman Returns. If you are fortunate enough to be building software for a living, do us this small favor: Put a little more personality into your products. The best products pay deference to their creators. They’re functional, but they also can be fun at times, whimsical, punchy, interesting, sexy… Read More

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On the prowl for more laughs, Cheezburger gobbles up cash

Cheezburger Network, the Seattle online comedy network behind Fail Blog, I Can Has Cheezburger, The Daily What and dozens of other sites, has raised an additional $5 million in funding. A SEC filing today notes that the new cash is part of a $6.1 million round. “The funds will be used to continue to build… Read More

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From Space to SOPA: 10 Tech Triumphs of 2012

Rovers, particles, and skydiving from the edge of space. And that was just the beginning. Earlier this week, GeekWire documented our favorite lowlights of 2012 with our list of biggest Tech Debacles of the Year. Now it’s time for the highlights, starting with a series of breakthroughs and accomplishments at the intersection of technology and… Read More

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Seattle cloud services startup 2nd Watch raises $4.2 million

Madrona Venture Group is finishing the year with a bang, bankrolling a series of startup companies.  The latest is 2nd Watch, an Amazon Web Services premier partner and cloud services startup that just pulled in $4.2 million in funding. The 2nd Watch technology allows companies to operate more efficiently in the cloud, helping customers like… Read More

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A familiar face at AdReady: Aaron Finn returns as CEO

AdReady co-founder Aaron Finn stepped down from the online advertising rat race a few years ago to return to his home in Iowa. But now the former Classmates.com executive, who co-founded AdReady in 2006, is back at the helm of the Seattle startup. AdReady today is announcing that Finn has returned as CEO, taking over… Read More

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Tech Moves: aQuantive co-founder Galgon joins Real’s board; Madrona hires PR vet; Expedia changes; etc.

Rob Glaser continues to overhaul the board of directors at RealNetworks, today announcing that aQuantive co-founder Mike Galgon has joined as a director. “Mike is one of the more accomplished technology entrepreneurs in Seattle’s history,” said Glaser in a press release. “We look forward to tapping into his deep understanding of digital media, advertising, and e-commerce… Read More

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TechStars grad Bizible lands $1.7M to help businesses measure whether ads work

The rub on the advertising has long been that companies couldn’t really tell what was working and what wasn’t, best symbolized by John Wanamaker’s famous quote: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Bizible, a Seattle startup that recently graduated from the TechStars incubator program, wants to… Read More

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What happens when your startup misses the mark: Kelly Smith on Zapd’s complete ‘rewrite’

Seattle’s Zapd came on the startup scene in a big way more than a year ago — boasting an experienced entrepreneur at the helm (Kelly Smith) and a marquee group of investors (Second Avenue Partners, RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, Madrona Venture Group, etc.). But even though Zapd appeared to be poised… Read More