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Best practices for push notifications: Focus on quality, not quantity

Portland-based Urban Airship, a leading provider of mobile push notifications, released its latest Good Push Index report today, which examines the impact of push notification use on the company’s customers. The key takeaway from the company’s data is that, for mobile app developers, push notifications provide tremendous value when it comes to retaining users. That… Read More

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True Ventures’ VC Puneet Agarwal: The perception of Portland is very strong now

When Silicon Valley VC firm True Ventures first invested in Portland-based startups Puppet Labs and Urban Airship about four years ago, many had their doubts. “People thought we were kind of crazy, honestly,” True Ventures’ Puneet Agarwal said. “There was a lot of misconception about Portland, at least back then. People thought we were insane.” Agarwal, speaking on… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for the ‘Next Tech Titan’

Today’s featured category in the GeekWire Awards voting is a big one, literally. The Next Tech Titan — brought to you by Wave Business Solutions — will reward the company that’s moving from the tough trenches of startup land to the big leagues. The Pacific Northwest is loaded with those up-and-comer companies, and our judges… Read More

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Mobile marketing startup Urban Airship lands $25M

Urban Airship, the Portland mobile marketing startup that helps companies such as ESPN, Groupon, Waze and others with push messaging, has reeled in $25 million in fresh funding in a deal led by August Capital. Existing investors, including Foundry Group, Intel Capital, True Ventures, Founder’s Co-op and Verizon, also participated. Total funding in the company, which… Read More

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Push messaging developer Urban Airship acquires PassTools creator Tello

Mobile high performance push messaging software developer Urban Airship has acquired Tello, a Palo Alto-based startup that launched PassTools, a leading Apple Passbook management service. Passbook is an iOS app that lets you electronically store things like tickets, coupons and gift cards. Tello debuted its PassTools platform on September 19 and experienced tremendous success with… Read More

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Portland Digital eXperience: A few of my favorite things

Dude, seriously, you are beautiful. … You’re so sexy when you smile. These two phrases were emblazoned across the mirror of the women’s bathroom in a karaoke bar in Portland, and from my brief foray to the Rose City for the Portland Digital eXperience (PDX) conference, they embody the spirit of both the event and the… Read More

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Urban Airship lands former Skype executive as chief revenue officer

Urban Airship, a Portland upstart that provides behind-the-scenes services like push notifications and in-app purchasing for mobile apps, has named former Skype Chief Strategy Officer Christopher Dean to the position of chief revenue officer. It’s a big pick-up for the fast-growing startup. And it comes just two months after the company landed a $15.1 million venture capital… Read More

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Verizon, Salesforce lead $15.1M investment in Urban Airship

Investors including Verizon and Salesforce.com have invested $15.1 million in Urban Airship, a Portland company that provides behind-the-scenes services like push notifications and in-app purchasing for mobile apps from big brands such as Warner Bros., Groupon, and Yahoo, among more than 20,000 customers. The investment, announced this morning, follows Urban Airship’s acquisition last week of San… Read More

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Rapping VCs: This one goes out to all of you entrepreneurs

For those of you having a hard time getting back into the startup groove following the holiday weekend, here’s a little lighthearted fare courtesy of the rapping VCs at Foundry Group. This boy band of khaki and multi-colored suit-wearing investors certainly impresses. Led by Foundry’s Brad Feld, Seth Levine, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson, the quartet belts… Read More