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Cash-based payment platform PayNearMe lands funding from Maveron

PayNearMe, a cash-based payment platform based in Silicon Valley, just raised a $10 million Series D round from investors including Seattle-based Maveron. This is interesting to note because Maveron, the consumer tech-focused VC firm, is co-led by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Back in August, Starbucks invested $25 million in Square, the well-known mobile payments company…. Read More

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Red Tricycle pedals ahead with $1.5M from Maveron and Zulily to help parents discover more family fun

Jacqui Boland started Red Tricycle in Seattle six years ago when she was pregnant with her son, creating an online city guide for new parents who wanted to discover restaurants, day trips, events and other activities for families. Today, Red Tricycle boasts nearly 400,000 email subscribers, attracting about a million page views per month to… 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Decide.com trumps outdated Consumer Reports, study says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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Consumer Reports for geeks: New ‘Decide Score’ uncovers the best and worst products

Decide.com already tells consumers when they should buy cameras, phones, refrigerators and other gadgets and appliances, analyzing price drops and increases. Now, the Seattle startup and brainchild of University of Washington computer scientist Oren Etzioni and others is getting into the recommendation business, assigning a score of 1 to 100 on more than 22,000 products… Read More

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Lemon squeezes cash from Maveron for digital wallet

Silicon Valley-based Lemon received a substantial boost of $8 million in investment funding to fuel its “Smarter Wallet,” a digital wallet that allows your smartphone to snap and store every image in your wallet, including credit cards, IDs, health-care cards, receipts and more. The investment was led by Maveron, the consumer tech-focused firm co-founded by… Read More

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Startup advice from Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens: Move fast, because speed matters

For the past few years, Keith Vernon of Bristlecone Advisors has taken the stage at the University of Washington’s annual business competition awards dinner and read a popular children’s story. The idea is that important entrepreneurial lessons can be gleaned from children’s literature, like last year when Vernon read “The Little Engine That Could.” This year… Read More

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Decide.com brings gadget price predictions to the iPad

Decide.com has been on a roll in recent weeks, unveiling a new daily deal service, hiring top talent such as social media expert Shauna Causey and introducing a new service that tells shoppers the best time to buy home appliances. Now, the Seattle startup — co-founded by University of Washington computer scientist  Oren Etzioni and… Read More

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Social media vet Shauna Causey leaves Nordstrom for Decide.com

Decide.com wants to transform the way people shop for consumer electronics, appliances and other products online by telling people the best time to buy. And now the Seattle company has landed a top storyteller to help inform the world of that mission. Shauna Causey, who most recently led social media efforts for Nordstrom, has joined Decide.com… Read More

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Tech Moves: Scott Blanksteen leaves AppStoreHQ for Amazon; Maveron promotes Jason Stoffer; and more

Fast-growing Amazon.com continues to gobble up talent from the Seattle tech community. The latest addition is Scott Blanksteen who just left his gig as CEO of Founder’s Co-op-backed AppStoreHQ to become director of product management for Amazon Digital. That’s the group responsible for delivering the Kindle and Kindle Fire. (Just last week we reported that RealNetworks vice… Read More

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Decide.com’s new iPhone app helps gadget shoppers find a better deal nearby

There’s no shortage of mobile applications that allow shoppers to scan product bar codes and retrieve product information, with eBay’s RedLaser and Amazon.com’s mobile app two of the most readily that come to mind. But Seattle startup Decide.com — which launched its consumer electronics shopping service earlier this year — thinks it has a twist… Read More

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Bezos, Schultz and others back NYC startup incubator General Assembly: Time to bring a branch to Seattle?

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s venture capital firm, Maveron, are tossing their support behind General Assembly, a New York City startup incubator which started last year with “little more than an idea and concrete floor.” The Seattle entrepreneurs — joined by well known investors such as Yuri Milner and Tom Vander… Read More

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Zynga co-founder Andrew Trader joins Maveron, looks to bankroll ‘rock star entrepreneurs’

Ten months after joining Maveron as an entrepreneur-in-residence, Zynga co-founder Andrew Trader has strengthened his role with the Seattle venture capital firm. Trader today was appointed to the position of venture partner, operating from the company’s San Francisco offices. “Together we’ll invest in rock star entrepreneurs and help teams build successful businesses,” said Trader in… Read More

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Maveron’s counterintuitive bet: House parties to sell women’s handbags

Maveron likes to place bets on new consumer-oriented startups. Those range from sandwich shops (Potbelly) to pet insurance (Trupanion). Now, the Seattle venture capital firm led by former investment banker Dan Levitan and Starbucks’ Chief Executive Howard Schultz is expanding its focus to women’s handbags. The firm has led a $3 million investment in Gigi Hill, a… Read More

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Startup advice: Take that first step

The key to any entrepreneurial venture is taking that very first step, even if you aren’t sure about step two or three. That was some of the advice passed on Thursday night by Maveron co-founder Dan Levitan, Cozi CEO Robbie Cape and Earth Class Mail CEO Sara Carr who participated in the “Startup And Scale Up” panel… Read More