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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

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Startup Spotlight: Tether Technologies makes sure you never lose master keys again

Tether Technologies founder Randy Neely’s entrepreneurial spark occurred more than a decade ago when a security company he managed lost the master keys for a high-rise office building in Seattle. Neely not only looked for the keys, but more importantly for a technological solution so building keys wouldn’t be lost again. He couldn’t find anything… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Lacuna alerts IT staff of potential problems before outages hit

Pinpointing technical glitches before they occur is kind of like finding a needle in a haystack. But Kirkland-based Lacuna Systems — led by former employees of Amazon.com, Classmates.com and aQuantive — believes that its new Indico platform can save IT managers time and money by locating problems before they arise. It does this by intelligently analyzing… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Codeproof IDs jailbroken phones, ‘malicious apps’ and other mobile threats

Make no mistake about it, life is challenging for corporate IT managers these days. Not only must they now deal with ongoing cyberthreats, but an increasing number of employees are connecting to the corporate network with their personal devices, like iPads and Android phones. That trend — known in tech speak as BYOD or Bring Your… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: GIVINGtrax helps businesses manage donations for social impact

It started out as a plan to create a simple tool to manage business donations. But then, Karrie and Lance Hungerford realized the opportunity grow something that connects traditional workplace giving and employer-matched donations. The answer was GIVINGtrax, a Seattle-based startup founded in August 2010 that helps both businesses and their employees manage donations for social impact… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Zoomstra helps authors turn content into interactive workbooks

Zoomstra wants to re-invent the way people publish and distribute marketing materials and books, allowing authors to add multi-media elements, Web content and detailed instructions in the form of interactive workbooks. The year-old company, which employs four people, recently launched its zWorkbooks publishing platform. “With zWorkbooks, these experts can easily turn their content and knowledge… Read More

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TechStars Spotlight: Nveloped helps secure your email

[Editor's note: GeekWire is running a series of profiles on the startups participating in this year's class in the TechStars Seattle incubator program. Check back each day at 1:30 p.m. for a new profile, leading up to Demo Day on Nov. 1] Sending important medical or financial documents via email can worry those concerned about… Read More