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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

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Want rewards? New Placed app offers incentives for having your location tracked

Some people would do anything to avoid having their location tracked via their mobile devices. But Seattle startup Placed today introduced a free app that encourages people to let companies track their location in exchange for possible rewards. It’s called Placed Panels, and it lets marketers create a unique panel for their company for free and recruit participants,… Read More

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Todd Sawicki departs Cheezburger, eyes next big thing

Cheezburger’s former chief revenue officer is moving on. Todd Sawicki tells GeekWire that he’s left the Seattle-based online comedy network, a move that comes just a month after he transitioned to a new role at the company. “I like the 2 people to 100 person ride — 100 to infinity is very different,” Sawicki tells… Read More

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Mobile security startup Mobilisafe acquired by Rapid7

Seattle startup Mobilisafe has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Boston-based Rapid7, a heavily-funded security company that raised $50 million last year. The deal comes just four months after former T-Mobile USA engineers Giri Sreenivas and Dirk Sigurdson launched Mobilisafe, which was bankrolled by Madrona Venture Group and Trilogy. Sreenivas tells us that they weren’t looking… Read More

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Decide.com trumps outdated Consumer Reports, study says

Out with the old and in with the new — that’s what a study comparing Consumer Reports to Decide.com concludes. PricewaterhouseCoopers/AEV conducted research on the two recommendation agencies and found Consumer Reports several steps behind Decide.com in various areas like product availability and an up-to-date database. The study, which was sponsored by Seattle-based Decide, analyzed… Read More

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Cloud startup Tier 3 raises $10 million

Tier 3, a Bellevue upstart that helps businesses manage IT infrastructure in the cloud, has raised $10 million in new financing. Backers of the 50-person company include Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group, two of Seattle’s most prominent venture capital firms. Intel Capital, the venture arm of the semiconductor giant, led the round. “We are big… Read More

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Tech Moves: Optify hires Doug Wheeler; Starbucks vet joins Auction Edge; and more

Optify, a Seattle startup specializing in marketing software, has named 25-year- marketing vet Doug Wheeler to the position of chief marketing officer. Wheeler most recently worked at TappIn, which was acquired last year for up to $17 million by GlobalScape. Wheeler previously held executive roles at DocuSign, Citrix and Compaq. “Optify and its inbound marketing… Read More