IT automation software firm UC4 sold for $270 million

UC4, a Bellevue maker of IT process automation software, has been purchased by private equity firm EQT for $270 million. The company had previously been owned by The Carlyle Group, which purchased the company in 2006. UC4′s software is used by more than 2,000 companies such as Cracker Barrel and DoubleClick, helping them automate tasks… Read More

CEO Adina Mangubat

Startup Spotlight: Spiral Genetics offers software to help scientists analyze DNA

DNA analysis allows scientists to dig deep into one’s genetic makeup, discovering if an individual is predisposed to a certain disorder or disease.  While advances around DNA analysis have allowed scientists to more quickly analyze one’s DNA, a Seattle startup by the name of Spiral Genetics believes it can do it even faster and cheaper Scientists come… Read More


As violence rises in Seattle, city considers acoustic sensors to pinpoint gunshots

Could a high-tech solution help solve Seattle’s rising gun violence problem? On Thursday, The City of Seattle’s Public Safety Committee plans to discuss the possibilities of installing ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system that uses acoustic sensors and software to triangulate where shots were fired. Meanwhile, an accompanying video surveillance system can be used to capture images of… Read More


Meet the future: These 21 UW computer science grads are ready to change the world

It’s a good time to have a degree in computer science. And it’s not just because Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft are paying big bucks to hire the best-and-brightest software developers and engineers. Computer science is transforming the world, radically changing industries as diverse as health, transportation, media and communications. With that in mind (and with the… Read More


Amazon launches new online store for cloud-based software

Amazon Web Services is hoping to make it easier for customers to find Web-based software with today’s launch of AWS Marketplace, a new online store where customers can purchase software and pay by the hour or month. The new store features products and services from companies such as Couchbase, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Zend…. Read More


Ask Andru: How can I make my iPad louder?

In today’s Ask Andru column, we get a question about an issue with the iPad that we’ve actually experienced ourselves for years. Ever since the release of the original iPad, it’s been painfully obvious that the speaker on the Apple tablet isn’t exactly up to snuff. It’s fine if you’re somewhere quiet, but go somewhere that… Read More


Microsoft cautions ‘Piracy Lurks Everywhere’

To help inform small businesses of the risk of being lured by counterfeit software offerings, Microsoft has launched a worldwide online video awareness campaign that calls attention to software acquistion methods that may lead to purchasing pirated content.  The digital video campaign is designed to provide more information and heighten awareness of the risks associated… Read More


UC4 Software buys Ventum

UC4 Software, a Bellevue company that specializes in IT process automation software, has acquired Ventum Solutions for an undisclosed price. The company said that the deal will bolster its capabilities in helping organizations struggling with “DevOps, IT as a Service, Cloud and Big Data initiatives.” “With the acquisition of Ventum, UC4 now has an end-to-end solution… Read More


Paul Allen-backed Audience files for $75 million IPO

Audience, an audio software company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has filed to raise $75 million in an initial public offering. The Mountain View, California company claims to have created the “world’s most intelligent voice processor,” a technology that delivers crystal clear sound in noisy situations. “Our products enable a more consistent voice and… Read More


San Francisco taps EnergySavvy to help homeowners cut through the fog of energy bills

EnergySavvy is marching into the Bay Area, inking a deal with the City of San Francisco to help homeowners reduce energy costs through specialized online home audits. The program will allow residents to compare their energy usage to other homes across the city, and receive information on energy rebates and contractors. It’s also designed to… Read More


What Seattle really needs: A world-class private tech university

Seattle has top-notch engineers, well-respected technology giants and a culture of entrepreneurialism and risk taking. So, what’s the region really lacking when it comes to becoming a world-class technology hub? I get asked that question a lot, and many of you have shared your thoughts on the matter in the comment threads of GeekWire over… Read More

David J. Anderson

Q&A: How an automotive secret can make for better software

Having studied the work of W. Edwards Deming and other pioneers in just-in-time auto production back in college, I was intrigued when I found out that a leading expert in applying those practices to software development, management consultant David J. Anderson, is located (relatively) nearby in Sequim, Wash. He’s a veteran of companies including Microsoft… Read More

HasOffers founders Lucas and Lee Brown

HasOffers to help mobile app developers track installations

HasOffers today is rolling out a new product today called Mobile App Tracking, which like the name suggests allows developers of iPhone and Android apps to keep track of installations and where they are coming from. Peter Hamilton, the chief marketing officer of HasOffers, admits that it is an area of mobile advertising that is… Read More

Scott McFarlane

Fast-growing Avalara scores $7 million to cash out early investors

Avalara, the fast-growing Bainbridge Island company that helps online merchants manage sales tax collection, has raised an additional $7 million in venture capital financing. Sageview Capital provided the funding, which is being used to cash out early investors in the company, said CEO Scott McFarlane. The deal follows a $14 million round that Avalara closed… Read More