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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

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IronBox wants to make email encryption seamless

While revelations from Edward Snowden and others have led to people worrying about the security of their digital correspondence, actually securing email is a harder task. Many of the tools that have been created for that purpose can be difficult to use, or hard to understand. IronBox wants to help. The Redmond-based security startup announced… Read More

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Boosting support of startups, Washington Technology Industry Association acquires NWEN

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) today announced that it has acquired the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), combining efforts of the two non-profit organizations The WTIA will acquire all of NWEN’s intellectual property — brand names, member lists, program plans, historical files, etc. In addition, NWEN’s two marquee events — First Look Forum and Entrepreneur University — will now… Read More

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Why I support Washington’s proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington state legislature has a unique opportunity in front of it right now. It can pass a state-specific crowdfunding law. You can read the bill, which has already unanimously passed out of a House committee here. The bill would allow Washington state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period from Washington… Read More

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Seattle online ad startup A6 acquires ReachLogic Media

A6 Corp., a Seattle online advertising startup led by veteran entrepreneur William Urschel, has acquired New York-based ReachLogic Media in a deal of undisclosed size. “We needed a way to service advertisers directly, and we needed to be in New York,” said Urschel in a release. “ReachLogic has a great team of (real-time bidding) experts… Read More

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National security expert Richard Clarke to advise Seattle big data startup Context Relevant

Seattle big data startup Context Relevant has struck a partnership with Richard Clarke’s cybersecurity consulting firm Good Harbor Security Risk Management. As part of the deal, Clarke, the former counterterrorism chief in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, is joining the company’s advisory board. “Cybersecurity is both a national security and an economic challenge… Read More

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Skytap lands $6.45 million, plans global expansion

Skytap, a Seattle startup that allows companies to test development environments in the cloud, has raised an additional $6.45 million in series C financing from existing investors OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and WRF Capital. The company, led by CEO Thor Culverhouse, is growing fast. It boosted headcount by 30 percent in 2013, and… Read More

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Here’s why this startup ditched Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services has allowed countless startup companies to ramp up back-end infrastructure quickly and cost effectively. But, at a point, at least for some companies, AWS becomes too clunky and … too expensive. That’s what happened to Moz, the fast-growing Seattle maker of marketing software. In a blog post, newly-appointed CEO Sarah Bird explained… Read More

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Jawfish Games flops, lays off staff after acquisition tanks

Jawfish Games appears to have taken its last breath. The Seattle online gaming startup, led by former professional poker player Phil Gordon, laid off its staff this week and is now in the process of “wrapping up operations,” according to a message posted to a Google Group Wednesday. According to the message from Gordon, Jawfish… Read More

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Meet ZipDigs: Yes, here comes another real estate startup

Seattle, for whatever reason, has emerged as the epicenter of all things online real estate. From Redfin to Imprev to Zillow, the region has spawned a number of innovative up-and-comers in the category. (See last weekend’s podcast for more on this topic: How tech is reshaping real estate, with Estately’s Galen Ward). Now, here comes… Read More

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Commentary: An MBA’s take on Seattle’s tech scene

Even before coming to Seattle for the first time on MIT Sloan’s Tech Trek, I had a feeling that I’d like this place. I’d heard how it’s laid back and outdoorsy. Yeah, rainy weather, but I’d also heard how friendly everyone is. Having just returned from our visit, I can say that the city lived… Read More