Startup Spotlight: Trackolade helps remote teams collaborate effectively

There are lots of project management tools out there, but a new company from Seattle thinks it’s created something a little different that will help employees collaborate more effectively and efficiently. Bootstrapped with less than $2,500 in capital, Trackolade launches later this week to provide a project management app that allows teams to plan, organize… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Grayl’s reusable water cup filters your H2O like a french coffee press

What happens when you apply the filtering method used by a French press, but replace coffee with water? The answer is Grayl, an innovative water filtration cup designed by two Seattle-area entrepreneurs who believe they’ve created the world’s best portable water filter. Grayl co-founders Nancie Weston and Travis Merrigan started their five-person company last year and… Read More


Startup Spotlight: PitchBook provides robust private equity market data for VC professionals

For nine years, John Gabbert led the team at a venture capital data provider called VentureSource. But while there, he saw the need for something that combined private equity data with a robust technology platform. So Gabbert made the startup leap and founded PitchBook. Six years later, the Seattle-based company employs 175 and is one of… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Forks offers instant ways to save money on food in a crowded coupon space

Juggernauts like Groupon and Living Social certainly have a strong presence in the digital coupon space. But one Seattle-based company has carved its own niche with a location-based app that offers instant redeemable coupons at quick service and sit-down restaurants. Founded in 2010, Seattle-based Forks launched its app earlier this year and already features 18,000… Read More

The Pansieve team: Galex Yen, Sethu Raman, Tomer Verona and Ping Wang.

Startup Spotlight: Microsoft vets start Pansieve to develop mobile forms for businesses

When it comes to gathering operational data, many businesses haven’t changed much from the past. Filling out business forms — from time cards to field reports — has been a mostly pen and paper task, and continues to be today. But the founders behind Pansieve Inc. think there’s room for improvement and innovation. Four Microsoft… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Inside Social helps brands measure social media ROI

Attracting Facebook likes and Twitter followers is important for businesses active on social media, but it can be difficult to pinpoint how exactly those metrics are affecting overall revenue for the company. That’s where Inside Social wants to help. The four-man startup, currently in Techstars Seattle, helps brands attribute value to specific social media actions…. Read More

Avi Cavale, Manisha Sahasrabudhe and Ragesh Krishna of Shippable.

Startup Spotlight: Shippable helps developers speed up software deployment

After more than a decade working in various roles at Microsoft and a few years with a startup, Avi Cavale had an epiphany: Developers spent way too much time integrating and deploying software as opposed to writing code. So Cavale teamed up with co-founder and former Microsoft colleague Manisha Sahasrabudhe to start Shippable. The eight-person company helps developers… Read More


Startup Spotlight: TruBalance predicts what will happen to your money

Many financial applications help consumers look into the past, indicating where things stand once the money is already gone. TruBalance, a Seattle startup that emerged from last year’s Seattle Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition, has another idea: Help predict where the cash is going to go in the future. “TruBalance helps you take charge of your… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Former Microsoftie taps African roots to transform money transfers

CoinFling co-founder and CEO Musse Roble is looking to change the way people transfer money — driven by his own personal frustrations sending money to relatives in Africa. The former Microsoft manager was tired of the travel, fees, and difficulty of the traditional monetary transfer system. His frustration led to CoinFling, a soon-to-be-released app that… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: OnContracting looks to be the Zillow of temp staffing

OnContracting founder Pradeep Chauhan wants to change the way people find contract jobs. The former Microsoft manager and  graduate of the Founder Institute incubation program is starting that quest in Seattle, and already boasts more than 1,000 recruiters and contractors in his marketplace. Soon, he plans to take the idea to LA and San Francisco. We caught up… Read More


Nike Accelerator Spotlight: GeoPalz motivates kids to exercise with reward system

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day. Check out past Spotlights below.  As technology becomes more prevalent in today’s world, seeing… Read More