No more slacking in class: Highlighter unveils Groups to boost student engagement

As students head back to college campuses this fall, here’s a new technology from a Seattle startup which might change the rules on those well-known slackers who’ve been known to skip homework and reading assignments. Highlighter’s latest offering, dubbed Groups, is a free online tool that allows professors to form private online groups where students,… Read More


Seattle group wins $1.2 million for new startup gaming accelerator

Seattle’s gaming industry is often overlooked, but it is an economic force in the region with more than 150 companies employing upwards of 15,000 people. And with recent deals like Electronic Arts buying Seattle-based PopCap Games for up to $1.3 billion, there’s certainly a need to make sure that the next-generation of gaming companies take… Read More

Dave Schappell

The entrepreneurial ‘petri dish’ at General Assembly, and why one geek would love to see it in Seattle

Let’s get one thing cleared up right away. TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell’s investment in General Assembly does not indicate that the New York City-based startup incubator, co-working space and technology education firm is planning a Seattle branch campus. At least, not anytime in the near future. But, would Schappell, who joined with the likes of… Read More


Bezos, Schultz and others back NYC startup incubator General Assembly: Time to bring a branch to Seattle?

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s venture capital firm, Maveron, are tossing their support behind General Assembly, a New York City startup incubator which started last year with “little more than an idea and concrete floor.” The Seattle entrepreneurs — joined by well known investors such as Yuri Milner and Tom Vander… Read More


Why we joined TechStars

Guest Commentary: Most of the time people associate accelerators like Y Combinator and TechStars with teams who have little to no entrepreneurial experience. My co-founder, Marcelo Calbucci, and I are not the stereotypical team. We are both experienced entrepreneurs and yet we decided to apply and participate in the TechStars Seattle program. Fortunately, we were… Read More


Meet the lucky two percent: A peek at the startups that just entered TechStars Seattle

TechStars Seattle just accepted their second batch of entrepreneurs — 10 new hatchlings who are furiously writing code (probably right now as we speak) in all-out effort to create the next big thing. Historically, the high-tech incubator has kept the names of the companies secret until Demo Day when entrepreneurial teams emerge from their dark… Read More


Google tosses support behind the Portland Incubator Experiment

We’ve talked before about how Google has Portland fever — using the Rose City to test new products like Google Offers and real-time transit information. Now, the search giant is tossing its weight behind the Portland Incubator Experiment  – the startup incubator better known as PIE. Rick Turoczy, who leads PIE, confirmed that Google is… Read More

Red Russak

Startup Spotlight: Toolz.me helps organize your tools

Talk about building a startup in hyperspeed. Seattle entrepreneur and WordPress guru Joshua “Red” Russak came up with the idea for Toolz.me on May 15th, and just a few days later was rolling out a new way for people to share the online and real-world tools they use for work and play. It is a… Read More


Wired goes inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s hottest tech incubator

I just finished reading Wired’s in-depth piece on Y Combinator, the 6-year-old Silicon Valley incubator which in the words of author Steven Levy offers an “unmatchable entrée into the otherwise closed world of high-stakes Internet entrepreneurship.” It’s a great piece, partly because it describes how Paul Graham is shaking up the venture capital landscape through… Read More

Andy Sack in the KIRO-FM studios

Rewind: Andy Sack on startups, TechStars and the promise of Seattle’s tech scene

Joining us for our latest GeekWire Podcast was Andy Sack of TechStars Seattle, Founders Co-op and Revenue Loan — the hard-charging startup guru whose clarion call for the Seattle tech community is to “Get F—ing Aggressive,” commonly abbreviated “GFA” in polite company (and on G-rated podcasts). We had a great discussion about what’s happening, what’s… Read More