Simply Measured captures last year's Startup of the Year Award.

Social media analytics startup Simply Measured raises $20M, wants to be Seattle’s next tech titan

Simply Measured is simply on fire. Less than a year after the company took home GeekWire’s 2013 Startup of the Year award, the Seattle-based social media analytics startup is announcing a $20 million Series C round led by Trinity Ventures. CEO and co-founder Adam Schoenfeld said that the fresh funds will help the company grow its… Read More

Last year's expert champ, Avi Cavale, of Shippable.

How I raised $2 million in funding by playing ping pong

It all started at last year’s GeekWire ping pong and anniversary bash. I had just founded my company, Qhode (now called Shippable). We were building a geeky product, a continuous integration and deployment service targeted at software developers. Even though we were solving a real problem, I had no idea how to market it. I… Read More

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Study: Ugly men have a tougher time raising venture capital

When it comes to raising cash, you’re better off looking a bit like Brad Pitt or David Beckham. A new study out from researchers at MIT, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania indicates that men who are less physically attractive have a much harder time raising money. It also indicates that women have a harder… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: CarcodeSMS helps car dealerships use texts to communicate with buyers

There’s plenty of room for innovation in the car-buying space, and one Seattle startup thinks it has a great solution. Founded in 2011, CarcodeSMS gives car salespeople a phone number that helps them text and communicate with buyers more efficiently. The startup also offers an app that dealership staff can use to manage communication with… Read More

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This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More

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Rover.com fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of Fab.com, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… Read More

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Rudy Gadre unplugged: Seattle super angel on what he looks for in entrepreneurs and more

Seattle super angel Rudy Gadre has probably done more than just about anyone to keep the entrepreneurial flames burning bright in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past three years, the former Facebook general counsel and Amazon.com exec has invested in a mind-numbing 60 startup companies, everything from online dating service Likebright to mobile shopping app… Read More

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Tech Moves: Paul Allen names space chief; Bsquare’s new CEO

—Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has named a new space commander to lead the charge on his ambitious Stratolaunch project. He’s tapped Charles Beames — a Department of Defense veteran and Air Force Academy grad —as executive director of Stratolaunch. “Stratolaunch is the next step in America’s drive for even more viable and flexible commercial space… Read More

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Jawbone exec: Startups need designers, not just engineers

SAN FRANCISCO–While startups are often on the lookout for new engineering talent, renowned hardware designer Yves Behar said that they need to place a similar priority on finding good designers. As the founder and CEO of fuseproject, Behar partners with startups, like Maveron-backed home automation startup August, to take their designs to the next level…. Read More

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Why Seattle needs a WhatsApp

I woke up this morning thinking about WhatsApp. Not so much about the mouth-dropping $19 billion price tag that Facebook put on the five-year-old Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, the biggest venture-backed M&A exit ever. But why a deal of this size, style and scope is so desperately needed in Seattle. I’ve argued in the past… Read More

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From Picnik to PicMonkey: How these entrepreneurs rebuilt one of Seattle’s hottest startups

When Google shut down the photo-editing site Picnik in early 2012, millions of users were left frustrated and angry. Some of Picnik’s original employees shared a similar sentiment. So, they packed up, bid adieu to the corporate world and quickly got to work recreating what was lost with a new service called PicMonkey. “Sixty million voices cried out when… Read More

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Koru allies with 13 universities, looks to help grads find jobs

Seattle startup Koru, which charged on the scene last year with $4.45 million in funding from Maveron, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, is pushing ahead with its mission to help college grads land great jobs. The company, led by Onvia co-founder Kristen Hamilton and Josh Jarrett, who previously oversaw the higher education innovation efforts at the… Read More

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Impinj bounces back as RFID heats up, expands in old Seattle grocery store

Over the past 14 years, Impinj has weathered two economic recessions, not to mention a slow-to-develop market for its radio frequency identification products. Under normal circumstances, that combination would have killed most companies. But Impinj, founded in May 2000 by leading scientists Dr. Carver Mead and Dr. Chris Diorio and backed with more than $110 million in… Read More