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Ex-Diapers.com CEO raises $55M for Jet, looks to battle Amazon with new online ‘shopping experience’

Amazon.com made a bold move three years ago, buying the parent company of Diapers.com for a reported purchase price of more than $500 million. Last year, technology journalist Brad Stone — writing in his book The Everything Store — uncovered some of the heavy-handed tactics that Amazon utilized to take over the fast-growing upstart. Now,… Read More

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Biotechnology investor Accelerator Corp. lands $51 million, expands in New York City

Accelerator Corp, the Seattle biotechnology investment fund started in Seattle 11 years ago, has raised $51.1 million in capital as part of a first closing of its fourth fund. Accelerator also announced plans to expand operations in New York City with new offices at the Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan’s East Side Medical Corridor…. Read More

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Startup Spotlight: GiftStarter uses a crowdfunding platform for group gifting

Arry Yu arrived at Seattle’s Startup Weekend in March armed with little more than an idea and a 60-second pitch. Over the course of the weekend she found a team and garnered the necessary votes to win first place. Three months later, with backing from Startup Next Seattle, GiftStarter.co was born. The three-person startup aims to personalize and simplify… Read More

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Q&A: Nokia HERE targets iOS and Android, expanding its role as the ‘location cloud’

The launch of Amazon’s Fire phone today marks an important step for Nokia’s HERE location-technology business, which is supplying the underlying mapping platform used by the new smartphone. But it’s just part of a broader expansion strategy for the Nokia-owned company — including the planned release of new consumer services for iOS and Android later this year. That’s one of the… Read More

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Venture capital investments surge 73% in the Pacific NW

Cash was flowing to startup companies during the second quarter in the Pacific Northwest as venture capitalists pumped $410 million into 40 deals, including fast-growing companies such as ExtraHop Networks, Puppet Labs, Igneous Systems, Smartsheet.com and Avvo. That was a 73 percent uptick from the same period last year in which venture capitalists invested $237… Read More

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Ex-Amazon engineers raise $8.5M to help retailers set dynamic pricing

Boomerang Commerce, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup led by former Amazon.com engineers Guru Hariharan and Madhusudhan Rao, has raised $8.5 million in series A financing from Trinity Ventures and Madrona Venture Group. The company also is officially unveiling its first product today, a new Dynamic Price Optimizer that’s designed to help online retailers dynamically set… Read More

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Valant raises $11M to develop software for behavioral health practitioners

Valant Medical Solutions, a Seattle startup that develops software to help behavioral health practitioners manage billing and electronic medical records at their offices, today announced a $11 million round that will allow the Seattle startup to further develop its product line while also hiring more than 20 new employees. Founded in 2005 by brothers David Lischner, a psychiatrist who… Read More

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Ex-Amazon product manager launches Lish as food delivery bubble expands

There’s something brewing at the intersection of food delivery and technology. In the past few years, we’ve seen several new startups help bring lunch and dinner to our doorsteps — and now there’s yet another company launching in Seattle doing the exact same thing. Ex-Amazon product manager Aakhil Fardeen and his former colleagues today officially launched Lish, a startup that prepares on-demand meals priced at… Read More

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Yahoo executive, a former Seattle startup CEO, sued for sexual harassment by employee

Former Seattle startup CEO Maria Zhang, who joined Yahoo as a senior mobile engineering director when it acquired her company, Alike, was sued for sexual harassment Friday by a female employee who worked for Zhang at Yahoo. Yahoo is denying the allegations and saying it intends to “fight vigorously” to clear Zhang’s name. Zhang was a GeekWire Geek of the… Read More

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Charts: The growth of venture capital in the Pacific NW

The Pacific Northwest may be home to Microsoft, Expedia and Amazon.com. But the region’s startup ecosystem is growing in size, according to a report released today by CB Insights. “Over the past five years, total funding to the Pac-NW has doubled, seed funding has grown, and top tech acquirers have been actively buying in the… Read More

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Startup road trip: Why we’re exploring South America’s entrepreneurial cultures

We’re embarking on the entrepreneurial journey of a lifetime. As recent college graduates who view the world as their playground, nothing was going to hold us back from combining the two things we love: innovation and travel. Sure we could have taken steady jobs after graduating. And sure, that may have been the safe choice…. Read More

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GeekWire 200 update: The hottest startups in Seattle tech

During the month of June, companies were moving up and moving off the GeekWire 200, our ranking of the top technology startup companies in the Pacific Northwest. Those climbing up the list include Seattle online photo editing startup PicMonkey, which now ranks #4; and cosmetics startup Julep, which ranks #5. Julep, led by former Starbucks exec and… Read More

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Can Millennials make it as tech entrepreneurs? Here are my 5 tips

You’ve heard the stereotypes: Millennials are entitled, narcissistic, and lazy. They are the Instagram junkie, selfie-taking, “Me! Me! Me!” generation, as Time Magazine put it. Yet while Boomers and Generation X struggle to adapt to the millennial mindset in the workplace, members of this new generation are carving their own paths as entrepreneurs – which… Read More