Christian Chabot at the GeekWire Meetup earlier this year.

Tableau for Mac is coming … finally

For years, Tableau Software employees have fielded questions from companies and individuals asking when a Mac version of the data visualization software would be coming. The Seattle company always deflected those questions, too busy focusing on bigger opportunities. But not anymore. On a conference call with analysts Tuesday, CEO Christian Chabot noted that a Mac… Read More


Microsoft challenges GitHub with new Visual Studio Online

Microsoft just announced a public preview of a new service called Visual Studio Online that extends many of its services for software development teams to the cloud, including source control features and Git support. The service puts Microsoft in more direct competition with the popular GitHub development service, at a lower price in some cases…. Read More

David McCann

Nuance to buy Varolii to bolster automated customer support calls

You’ve probably received the call or text from an airline, sports team or bank — an automated message informing you that your flight has been canceled; game time has changed or bank statement is overdue. Now, Nuance — the giant speech recognition company — is buying a Seattle-based company that specializes in those automated alerts…. Read More

Oren Etzioni

Going beyond Siri and Watson: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen taps Oren Etzioni to lead new Artificial Intelligence Institute

Perhaps no one has been more synonymous with the startup ethos at the University of Washington than computer science professor Oren Etzioni, a mainstay on campus for more than two decades and an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs in academia. An expert in search, data mining and machine learning, Etzioni’s technologies have formed the basis of startup… Read More


Optimum scores cash to intelligently reduce energy use in buildings

Optimum Energy is heating up with additional cash from one of the country’s largest utilities. Edison Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International, today announced that it is contributing to Optimum’s latest financing efforts. The cash is an add-on to the company’s $12.2 million financing round, which was announced in June and included investments from Navitas Capital,… Read More


Bsquare CEO ‘disappointed’ with $805,000 loss in Q2

Bsquare CEO Brian Crowley said Tuesday that he was disappointed with the company’s second quarter performance, noting that revenue fell 11 percent and net loss grew to $805,000. But he also said that recent changes now taking place at the company are starting to take root. “During the quarter we completed the transition of our North… Read More


Moz to ink lease for 50,000 square feet in Seattle

Moz is getting a new home. The Seattle maker of inbound marketing software has secured a lease for 50,000 square feet in downtown Seattle at Second and Spring— ending a months-long office space hunt for the fast growing company. The new offices at 1100 Second Avenue are just four blocks south from the company’s current… Read More

P-I newspaper boxes. Photo Kurt Schlosser

The best and worst jobs in America: From software geeks to newspaper hacks

It’s a good thing we got out of the newspaper business. According to a survey out today from, newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America. “Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses have created very difficult conditions for newspaper reporters, which has been ranked as this year’s worst job,” the… Read More


Fast-growing Tableau Software files for $150M IPO

Tableau Software, the Seattle maker of data visualization products, has filed to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering. Founded ten years ago as a research project at Stanford University and led by CEO Christian Chabot, the company reported revenue of $127 million last year. That was more than double the total… Read More


Smarter package shipping: EnRoute nabs $1.25 million

Is there a smarter way to ship packages? Enroute Systems thinks so, and the Seattle startup just reeled in $1.25 million in fresh capital to continue developing technologies that help retailers determine the fastest (and cheapest) way to get packages from point A to point B. Customers using the technology include Zulily, Brooks Sports, Zumiez, VitaminLife… Read More


Powerit fuels up with new cash infusion, looks to cut energy bills for big industrial clients

Powerit Solutions, a 10-year-old Seattle company that helps large industrial customers reduce energy costs, has raised $2.5 million in fresh funding that it will use to embed its software in the industrial automation, utility, and smart grid infrastructure. The cash infusion also will help the company expand in Europe, and launch its Spara cloud platform next… Read More

Sunny Gupta, CEO of Apptio

Newsmakers 2012: Apptio’s Sunny Gupta swings for the fences

The thing we’ve always liked about Sunny Gupta is that he’s not playing “small ball.” Nope, the entrepreneur is taking a big swing for the fences with Apptio, a Bellevue company that’s developing new ways for corporate IT departments to manage costs. And Gupta, who previously co-founded iConclude, took a big step up to the plate… Read More