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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

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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 Amazon.com 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

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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

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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