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Startup Spotlight: Tohula helps families connect with nature (and earn rewards)

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend in Seattle, and I’m already planning to get the family outdoors to enjoy some much-needed sunshine. (Mountain Loop Highway or Chuckanut Drive is the question?) With Tohula, a new Redmond startup led by nature lovers, tech geeks and Founder Institute grads Sebastien Fouillade and Matthieu Lefort, I could chronicle my experiences… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Jobaline looks to help hourly workers hook a job

We write a lot about the shortage of workers in the fields of software development and engineering. But the majority of workers in the U.S. — roughly 59 percent —  pull down hourly paychecks in jobs such as dishwashers, baristas, sales clerks, landscapers and janitors. Jobaline, a six-month-old Kirkland startup led by former Microsoft manager Luis… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Cart Blanche wants to be the TripAdvisor for the shopping mall

Cart Blanche founder Joel Espelien is trying to change the way you shop at the local mall, combining the best of social networking technologies with the brick-and-mortar retail experience. His new startup, which is launching Friday at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum, allows shoppers to rate, review and share  the items they find on the… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Healthentic looks to reduce health care costs using ‘big data’

Can we make the world healthier with big data? Healthentic thinks so, and the Seattle startup is hoping to reduce health care costs along the way by helping big corporations better analyze health care data of employees. The company’s Wellness Decision Engine allows benefits managers to better analyze insurance claims, and then used that data to create… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Enliken helps consumers control personal data and market it to advertisers

Advertisers are getting to know more about each and every one of us, especially as behavioral targeting technologies allow big brands to more directly target messages to individuals with specific interests and Internet browsing patterns. But what if the consumer had more control of that data? And what if you could earn value from marketing… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: High school whiz kids create Q&A website Junglr

For most teenagers, balancing homework and a social life is plenty of work. But for three Mercer Island High Schoolers, that wasn’t enough. Zack Elliott, Isaac Diamond, and Robert Sun have been working for over two years to develop the question-and-answer site Junglr. “Our goals were not lofty,” said 18-year-old CEO Elliott, who interned at Microsoft… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Your Brandlive helps Internet retailers communicate with shoppers

Portland-based startup Your Brandlive formally launched today, announcing a new video social commerce platform designed to help make the retailer-customer relationship more personal. Essentially, Your Brandlive is a project of Cascade Web Development, connecting online retailers with online shoppers through live video chat. One sales person is able to communicate with hundreds of customers at once. “The… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Pinterest rival Clipboard looks to make screenshotting a breeze

If you’re tired of taking those messy screenshots and arduously cropping them to the perfect size, the solution may be here. Clipboard is a Bellevue-based company that allows users to cleanly grab images or boxes of text from anywhere on the Internet and save them to folders on the site. The service often draws comparison to Pinterest, which was… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: BuildersCloud makes construction document sharing a breeze

We first encountered BuildersCloud at GeekWire’s Startup Day last fall when 28-year-old co-founder Andrey Nokhrin took the first place prize in the Elevator Pitch competition. Well, the Bellevue startup continues to make headway, landing an investment from construction services giant McKinstry and attracting interest from other investors. Nokhrin actually knows the challenge of sharing building plans… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: ShopIgniter helps big brands sell on Facebook

ShopIgniter has assisted Nike in selling golf balls and Levi’s in selling jeans, but not from the traditional storefront. Instead, the 4-year-old Portland startup is helping big brands tap into the power of social networks, making it easier for them to attract new customers via channels like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The 4-year-old company, which landed $8… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Amazon vet Rob Frederick guides Gripwire to profitability

Not many of the upstarts we feature in the Startup Spotlight have hit profitability. But Rob Frederick’s Gripwire — a developer of mobile games and apps — is an exception. Bootstrapping his way to success, Frederick has built a profitable startup from almost day one, creating its own mobile games like Doodle Trivia and helping organization’s like Bob… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Diptic app makes photo collages a breeze

Peak Systems has been around for more than a decade, building Web sites and mobile applications for a number of companies and organizations (including the original touchscreen kiosk ordering system for Pepsi Center in Denver and the Warren Miller Entertainment Web site). But the company is making waves with its very own app, called Diptic…. Read More