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

Avi Cavale, Manisha Sahasrabudhe and Ragesh Krishna of Shippable.

Techstars grad Shippable raises $2M to help developers ship code faster

Another Techstars Seattle graduate, another nice seed round. Following in the footsteps of fellow 2013 Techstars Seattle companies Everpath and Wire, today Shippable announced a $2 million seed round led by Founders Co-op with participation from fellow Seattle firms Divergent Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital and other angel investors. Shippable, an eight-person company founded by… Read More

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Taking on Snapchat: Former Amazon engineers raise $1.8 million for mobile messaging app Wire

Back at TechStars Seattle Demo Day one month ago, my favorite pitch was from Wire CEO Piragash Velummylum. I loved his energy, and more importantly, I was intrigued by the idea behind his company’s unique mobile messaging app. It seems investors feel the same. Today, the young Seattle startup announced a $1.8 million seed round from a… Read More

The Pansieve team: Galex Yen, Sethu Raman, Tomer Verona and Ping Wang.

Startup Spotlight: Microsoft vets start Pansieve to develop mobile forms for businesses

When it comes to gathering operational data, many businesses haven’t changed much from the past. Filling out business forms — from time cards to field reports — has been a mostly pen and paper task, and continues to be today. But the founders behind Pansieve Inc. think there’s room for improvement and innovation. Four Microsoft… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Inside Social helps brands measure social media ROI

Attracting Facebook likes and Twitter followers is important for businesses active on social media, but it can be difficult to pinpoint how exactly those metrics are affecting overall revenue for the company. That’s where Inside Social wants to help. The four-man startup, currently in Techstars Seattle, helps brands attribute value to specific social media actions…. Read More

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The 3 best pitches from the TechStars Windows Azure accelerator

Three months of hard work, coaching, mentoring and a whole lot of cloud applications culminated Friday afternoon at the Westin Seattle hotel for the Microsoft’s Windows Azure Accelerator Demo Day. One by one, ten entrepreneurs pitched their ideas, hoping to convince angel investors and venture capitalists in the crowd to open up their wallets. The Windows Azure accelerator program… Read More

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Meet the 10 startups Microsoft just accepted into the TechStars Windows Azure accelerator

Microsoft is back with a new crop of companies for its Windows Azure accelerator program, operated in conjunction with TechStars. The companies just started working today at Microsoft’s offices in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, with each receiving $20,000 in startup capital, $60,000 in Azure credit and access to resources from BizSpark. We’ve… Read More

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Realty Mogul raises cash to bring crowdfunding to commercial real estate

Realty Mogul, a recent graduate of MIcrosoft’s Windows Azure Accelerator, has raised $500,00 in seed funding from Gust CEO David S. Rose, Zillow board member Gordon Stephenson and serial entrepreneur and Sky Kruse. The company also announced that LA-based real estate investment company AH Capital recently used Realty Mogul — a crowdfunding platform that allows investments to… Read More

MetricsHub founder Charles Lammana pitching at the Windows Azure accelerator Demo Day

Microsoft acquires cloud startup MetricsHub, taking hatchling under its wing

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than two months after graduating from the Microsoft Windows Azure accelerator, Bellevue-based MetricsHub has been acquired by … Microsoft.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is the first acquisition of a company from the Windows Azure accelerator program, which was formed last year in conjunction with TechStars… Read More

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TechStars grad FlexMinder raises $1.4 million to better manage healthcare accounts

The health care system in the U.S. remains a confusing landscape, which is creating all sorts of new business opportunities. FlexMinder, which aggregates and automates the reimbursement process for healthcare flexible spending accounts, believes its software can help solve an important piece of the health care puzzle.  And some investors agree. FlexMinder, a 2011 graduate… Read More

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Meet the 10 startups from the Windows Azure accelerator

It’s not easy to stand in front of a packed room of angel investors and venture capitalists and ask for money. But on Thursday afternoon, that’s exactly what 10 entrepreneurs attempted to do as part of Microsoft Windows Azure accelerator, a new incubator program supported by TechStars.  After months of preparation, Socedo founder Aseem Badshah… Read More