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Glassdoor raises $20M, tops 14 million registered users

Glassdoor, which compiles compensation data on tens of thousands of companies, is getting its very own payday. The Sausalito, California-based company, led by former Expedia executive Robert Hohman and backed by Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, today is announcing $20 million in new funding from DAG Ventures; Benchmark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Battery Ventures. Total funding… Read More

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Rich Barton, Nick Hanauer bankroll stealthy Front Desk

Some entrepreneurial ideas are born in the lab. Jon Zimmerman’s latest entrepreneurial effort emerged at the Crossfit gym that he co-owns in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Encountering paperwork challenges at the gym, Zimmerman figured there had to be a better way to streamline the daily activities that many small businesses encounter. Zimmerman joined with another former… Read More

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VCs come knocking as Nextdoor lands $18.6 million

Nextdoor, a San Francisco startup that operates social networks for more than 3,500 neighborhoods across the country, has raised $18.6 million in financing from a large syndicate of investors that includes Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners, Shasta Ventures, Allen & Company and Pinnacle Ventures. Among other things, consumers use Nextdoor to answer questions from… Read More

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Microsoft Windows as a ‘beautiful metaphor’ and other comments of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Windows really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective.” –Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a blog post describing the concepts behind the company’s new Windows logo. “Whenever you answer something,… Read More

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Zillow’s Rich Barton: Why 50-50 equity splits between co-founders are extremely dangerous

Entrepreneurs need to be flexible and pick themselves up even after things don’t go as planned, because invariably things will take unexpected turns during the startup journey. Those were some of the words of advice from Zillow co-founder and former Expedia CEO Rich Barton who addressed a crowd of entrepreneurs today at The Startup Conference… Read More

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Entrepreneur alleges that Benchmark stole his idea

Entrepreneurs sometimes fear pitching their ideas to investors out of concern that the business concepts will get stolen. There’s not much an entrepreneur can do, however, given that most venture capital firms refuse to sign non disclosure agreements. But a nasty legal situation is unfolding in California over stolen ideas at a startup, and everyone… Read More

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Bill Gates was lucky … and good

Was Bill Gates just a lucky upper middle class kid who happened to stumble into the PC revolution? Or was there something else at work that made him one of the biggest entrepreneurial successes on the planet? A new book by author James Collins — known for his business titles such as “Good to Great”… Read More

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Video: Zillow co-founder Rich Barton’s Seattle rallying cry

Zillow co-founder Rich Barton thinks Seattle needs to do more to support its own technology products and entrepreneurial ventures, emulating the “high RPM spin-cycle” that’s so prevalent in Silicon Valley. “But what bugs me is any old thing down there (in Silicon Valley), especially something that includes a viral component, everything gets a shake. Like… Read More

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Rich Barton lends hand to Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors

Back in 2007, Zillow unveiled a new offering called Neighborhood Pages that was designed to better connect home owners to their local communities. The idea didn’t really take off. But fast-forward four years, and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton is back at it. This time, the Internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Benchmark Capital is tossing… Read More

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From CD-ROM to dot-com, Expedia celebrates 15 years

Fifteen years ago, Expedia took flight under the wings of Microsoft as a maker of CD-ROM travel guides. Today, it is a giant of online travel, with more than 2,000 employees in Bellevue and a market value of $7.7 billion. Expedia celebrated 15 years in business last week with presentations by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and… Read More

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Here’s who is coming to the GeekWire Meetup, are you?

TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell will be there, so will some of the goofy geeks from Giant Thinkwell. And word is that 96-year-old Geek of the Week, the legendary Bill Sleeper, also will make an appearance. That’s right, the first ever GeekWire Meetup is just around the corner, a week from today. We’re expecting more than… Read More

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Travel photo service Trover arrives on Android

Trover launched its iPhone app to much fanfare three months ago, creating an easy way for travelers to share their photographic memories of cool spots around the globe. Now, the Seattle company is looking to build on its initial success with the launch of a new Android app. “The launch of Trover on Android represents… Read More

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Internet kings celebrated on … old-fashioned billboards

King of the Web is a quirky Web-based competition where individuals compete to win monthly online elections by posting funny or offbeat videos on the site. It’s kind of like American Idol — for the YouTube generation. But when it comes to congratulating the winners, King of the Web is taking a very low-tech approach…. Read More

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Rich Barton unveils Trover, a new way to explore the world through photos

Rich Barton may be best known for Zillow or Expedia. But the 44-year-old entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist has a few other things up his sleeve. And one of those is officially launching today. Trover, as the Seattle upstart is known, describes itself as a “mobile discovery network.” What’s that? Essentially, it is a free mobile application that allows individuals… Read More

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Room 77 checks in with $10.5M

We’ve seen a lot of activity in the online travel space recently, including new cash for Seattle startup Buuteeq and the launch of Adam Doppelt’s Dwellable. Now, Room 77 — a Sunnyvale, California startup whose investors have deep connections in the Seattle tech community — has raised an additional $10.5 million. Backers of the company… Read More