The Maptia team

TechStars Spotlight: Maptia charts course with interactive map

[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 November 1] Dorothy Sanders’ entrepreneurial passion started at the age of eight when she organized… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Ex-Amazon, Microsoft workers create a social network for sports nuts

Startups face all sorts of complex challenges. For Sidelines founders Vinay Kuruvila, Arka Ray and Marios Assiotis, the biggest hurdle was whether they could actually build their startup in the U.S. Two of the three co-founders, though previously working in various roles at and Microsoft, didn’t have work visas when they started kicking around the idea… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Charlie Kindel’s BizLogr automatically tracks your mileage

Charlie Kindel spent more than two decades at Microsoft, working on everything from  Windows Phone to Windows Home Server. Now, after that long career, the 46-year-old tech vet has partnered with another former Microsoftie, Stefan Negritoiu, to create BizLogr. The company’s primary product, MileLogr, just got a facelift with additional functionality. We caught up with Kindel… Read More


Startup Spotlight: KitchenPC cooks up recipe search engine

There’s no shortage of places to find recipes online. And now you can add yet another to the mix. KitchenPC is a new Seattle area recipe search site whose goal is to help you find the best bets on everything from chocolate chip cookie to lasagna. Developed by former Microsoftie Mike Christensen and launching today, KitchenPC faces a slew… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Gazeable’s iPad apps help travel nuts explore the world in photos

Ram Singh loves to travel. And it’s that love that sparked the 42-year-old former Microsoft engineering manager’s latest pursuit: Gazeable. The company’s two iPad apps — Gazeable and TripRaves — essentially are pictorial guidebooks that help people answer questions like: “Which of my friends have been to Hawaii?” or “What are the most-liked photos from Spain… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Nuubuu creates a marketplace for your content creations

Nuubuu founder Ameya Bhatawdekar wants to make it simple for everyone to upload and sell their digital creations, from electronic books to designs to music to photos. There’s no shortage of places to do that now, including offerings from upstarts like Sellfy and Pulley. Founded just four months ago, Nuubuu charges five percent, plus a 25 cent transaction fee… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Well Crafted’s platform helps designers display portfolios

The world of design has recently been brought to the forefront of the startup world. With 500 Startups launching their “Designer Fund,” solely focused on helping companies founded by designers, there’s even money out there specifically for it. Former Seattlite Kirill Zubovsky also recently graduated from Y-Combinator’s summer class with his startup Scoutzie, a site that… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: MakeGood looks to help firms make sense of online ad campaigns

The world of online advertising can be convoluted and complex, making it challenging for advertisers, agencies and publishers to track campaigns. MakeGood Software, a three-year-old startup located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is looking to help companies make better sense of the data and eliminate bulky spreadsheets in the process. The 4-person online data management startup launched… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Duxter is a LinkedIn for your gamer life

Hard-core gamers are a different breed. So, it makes some sense that they need their own social network. Duxter, which recently relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle, is hoping to be  that place where gamers of all stripes hang out. Even better, users of Duxter earn rewards — known as Duckets — that they can spend… Read More


Startup Spotlight: RockStar Motel aims to put the power in the hands of music fans

Music is one of the scariest industries for startups. With giant record labels dominating, it’s hard to move quickly without running into roadblocks. RockStar Motel is working to take the power out of the record labels’ hands, putting it into fans’ hands. The Seattle startup allows fans to “sign” different artists, stream songs and buy tracks… Read More

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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

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Startup Spotlight: Qoiza helps you share your favorite products with friends, and earn rewards along the way

The recent explosion of sites dedicated to sharing products that you love (Pinterest, Fancy, Wanelo) has brought another trend to the startup world, analytics and rewards platforms.  Companies want to know who is sharing their goods and, and they want to reward them.  Services such as Klout play in this space with their “perks” feature,… Read More