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Startup Spotlight: PayRange announces $2.7M round from PayPal co-founder, ex-Google Payments boss

PayRange, a startup that allows vending machines to receive smartphone payments, today confirmed a $2.75 million round and announced notable investors like former Google Payments head Osama Bedier and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. We noted the fresh funding last month, but now the Portland-based company has revealed its investors, which include people like Bedier, Levchin, former Visa… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Keebitz uses incentives to accelerate the referral process for dentists

Earlier this week, Keebitz, a service that helps dentists manage their referrals, celebrated its first birthday — and $4 million generated for its customers. Keebitz, which participated in the Microsoft Azure Accelerator powered by Techstars last year, has built a simple system that rewards patients with electronic gift cards when they refer their dentist. While the company hasn’t exactly reinvented… Read More

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The top 10 biggest financing deals in the Pacific NW

Juno Therapeutics stunned the startup community earlier this week when it announced $134 million in venture funding, bringing total financing in the Seattle cancer research startup to $310 million. Amazingly, it raised all of that cash in less than 10 months. That got us wondering if Juno is the most heavily-funded startup in the Pacific… Read More

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Tune, formerly HasOffers, buys MobileDevHQ to help clients boost app downloads

Seattle startup MobileDevHQ has been acquired by Tune, the Seattle company formerly known as HasOffers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MobileDevHQ’s tools help mobile marketers track keywords and competitors, helping to boost app downloads in the process. The company offers a free “professional” product, which allows users to track up to three apps… Read More

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Chart: Venture capitalists are once again seeing solid returns (and beating Wall Street)

The high-risk, high-reward game of venture capital appears to be paying dividends again. After a long dry spell in which investors were better off putting money into public stocks, venture capitalists are now beating their public market compatriots. Venture capital fund performance improved in nearly every time period for the quarter ended March 31, with… Read More

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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