In shift from Lockerz, fashion startup Ador raises more cash

Ador will soon be taking the wraps off of its new fashion shopping service. But the company, which emerged from heavily-funded social networking site Lockerz earlier this year, first is raising some fresh capital. The company has pulled in an additional $8.9 million in venture funding, according to a SEC filing today. Ador CEO Mark… Read More

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Venture capitalists invest $8.1B in Q3, IPO market surges with 25 pricings

Venture capitalists continue to find solid opportunities, despite big regulatory changes that could eventually alter the way startup companies raise money. In the third quarter, VCs pumped $8.1 billion into 806 deals, an uptick in dollars invested compared to the previous quarter and the same period last year. The number of deals, however, declined slightly,… Read More

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Going beyond Siri and Watson: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen taps Oren Etzioni to lead new Artificial Intelligence Institute

Perhaps no one has been more synonymous with the startup ethos at the University of Washington than computer science professor Oren Etzioni, a mainstay on campus for more than two decades and an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs in academia. An expert in search, data mining and machine learning, Etzioni’s technologies have formed the basis of startup… Read More


BuildersCloud raises $1.1M from super angels Dave McClure, Rudy Gadre, others

BuildersCloud, a Bellevue company that helps construction companies share files and mobile collaboration for construction professionals, has raised $1.1 million in funding from a group of angels that includes 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, former and Facebook exec Rudy Gadre, Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel and others. Construction giant McKinstry also participated, alongside Denny Hill… Read More


VC returns are improving, but they still aren’t beating the public markets in many instances

Here’s the good news: Venture capital returns are on the rebound across many time horizons. Now, here’s the bad news. You’d still have made more money investing in the public markets. That’s the latest takeaway from the Cambridge Associates U.S. Venture Capital Index, released today by the National Venture Capital Association. “The surge of the public markets in… Read More


Tech M&A slows in Q2, volumes now at 4-year low

Technology companies aren’t buying up other companies with as much vigor as they once did, but things may change in the second half of the year, according to a new report out today from PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Technology companies face the constant conundrum of a need to balance key investment initiatives while navigating fears of future downturns… Read More


How youth sports made me a better startup founder

A few recent conversations have turned towards youth sports participation and the valuable life lessons they provide.  One in particular stood out to me – youth sports participation is one of the best training grounds for a startup founder. How would I know?  I was a competitive athlete pretty much since the time I could… Read More