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


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


Tech Moves: Ratio Interactive hires Kevin Dillon; Apple fires exec in charge of maps mess; etc.

Ratio Interactive has hired Kevin Dillon as president, a new position for the Seattle digital agency. Ratio, whose customers include Condé Nast, Intel, Meredith and Microsoft, has hired 30 employees this year and expects revenues to nearly double. Dillon joins CEO Paul Kim and Chief Strategy Officer Russ Whitman on the management team. “We are thrilled to have… Read More


TechStars Spotlight: Nveloped helps secure your email

[Editor's note: GeekWire is running a series of profiles on the startups participating in this year's class in the TechStars Seattle incubator program. Check back each day at 1:30 p.m. for a new profile, leading up to Demo Day on Nov. 1] Sending important medical or financial documents via email can worry those concerned about… Read More


Bring out your dead: Startup offers $1M to ‘acqui-hire’ alums of TechStars, Y Combinator and 500 Startups

The hiring crunch for developers in the tech industry is a pain point we hear about nearly every day. Now, a San Francisco startup called Twice — that specializes in selling secondhand clothes of all things — is taking one of the more unusual approaches we’ve encountered to get developers in the door. Today, the year-old… Read More


Microsoft and TechStars tap 10 startups for new Windows Azure Accelerator

After receiving 600 applications, Microsoft this morning named 10 startups to participate in its Windows Azure Accelerator, a three-month program focused on creating new business apps and building new companies on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and related technologies. The accelerator is a partnership with TechStars, and a follow-up to the similar Kinect Accelerator program that… Read More


TechStars Seattle grad GoMiles acquired by Traxo

GoMiles, a Seattle startup that allows consumers to better manage frequent flyer miles, has been acquired by Dallas-based Traxo in a deal of undisclosed size. Led by Michael Komarnitsky and Marc Kamaka, GoMiles was part of the TechStars Seattle 2010 class. I caught up with the company (and the other TechStars’ grads last year), and at… Read More


Meet the startups that just got accepted into TechStars Seattle

TechStars Seattle just accepted its latest batch of companies, choosing 10 young upstarts from around the world to participate in the technology incubator. About 600 companies applied for this year’s class, and this marks the first time that TechStars Seattle has welcomed two female CEOs. A number of the companies also have already raised angel financing… Read More


Business is booming on Kinect as Microsoft embraces hackers

Walking the floor at Microsoft’s conference center in Redmond yesterday for the conclusion of the three-month Kinect Accelerator startup program, it was remarkable to see not just tech demos but full-fledged companies being built on the company’s Kinect sensor. A Los Angeles-based startup called Styku has struck a deal to pilot its Kinect-powered virtual fitting room… Read More