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Mobile app Pirq expands beyond restaurants, adds new reward system

Pirq is moving beyond the restaurant business, announcing today that its mobile app now includes real-time deals in categories such as retail, recreation and beauty. It also rolled out a new digital punch card service that allows consumers to compile rewards from local merchants. Like the coupon offering, users of the app compile points for… Read More

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Pirq picks up another $1.2M, preps for national launch

Pirq is looking to expand its mobile restaurant deal offering nationwide. And to do that, the Kirkland company has received a commitment for another $1.2 million in venture funding, with TechCrunch reporting that CEO James Sun is on the prowl for an even bigger round. (A Pirq representative said that the new round has not yet… Read More

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Loyalty card program FiveStars raises $13.9 million from Ali and Hadi Partovi, DCM and others

We’ve been tracking a lot of activity in customer loyalty programs in recent weeks, from shopping apps such as Qthru to Madrona Venture Group’s bankrolling of RewardLoop to a new breed of loyalty cards from TangoCard. Now, here comes another player. Mountain View, California-based FiveStars just scored a big $13.9 million round of cash from… Read More

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University of Washington alumni to get exclusive restaurant deals via Pirq

The deals just keep coming for restaurant deal operator Pirq. The Kirkland company today is announcing a partnership with the University of Washington’s Alumni Association, providing exclusive restaurant deals in the Seattle area to its 55,000 members. Pirq is a mobile app that gives restaurant-goers instant access to discounts at local restaurants, with users saving… Read More

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Apple employees to get exclusive restaurant deals with Pirq

With a market value of more than $530 billion, Apple has created enormous wealth for thousands of employees who live, work and play near its Silicon Valley headquarters. It’s the kind of money that restaurant owners would salivate over, and now they’ve got a new way to tout their wares to this desired group of… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: James Sun, Pirq

Inspired by Bill Gates, James Sun baked philanthropy directly into Pirq’s business model from the outset. Ten percent of the revenue from the restaurant deals offered in the Pirq mobile app goes to feeding hungry people in King County. “That felt right,” said the former star of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. Now, cheap eats can… Read More

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Tech Moves: Sony vet hired at WildTangent; Keegan Hall joins Pirq; RescueTime and more

Mark Donohue, a former senior vice president of ad sales at Sony Digital, has joined WildTangent to oversee the Redmond game company’s advertising sales business. Donohue will oversee the company’s social and mobile gaming ad business, and assist with international expansion. WildTangent operates offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Redmond, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. “WildTangent is… Read More