InCycle Cups by MicroGREEN

MicroGreen gets even greener, raising $17m in capital for earth-friendly food containers

MicroGreen Polymers, which has come up with a way to turn disposable water and soda bottles into durable and light-weight coffee cups, has raised $17 million in additional capital. The Arlington, Wash.-based company, which spun off from University of Washington after winning second-place in the University’s business plan competition in 2002, has a very “green” pitch: One that’s… Read More

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Three mobile startup veterans raise $1.5M to provide cookie-like data for mobile apps

PushSpring has raised $1.5 million in capital to help mobile developers know their customers better so they can display more relevant ads inside of their applications. The Seattle-based company, which has been operating quietly for the past year, was founded by three Seattle mobile veterans: Karl Stillner, Steve Dossick and Tyler Davidson. Stillner, who is PushSpring’s… Read More

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Jobaline raises $7M to expand hourly jobs marketplace to 50 cities in six months

Jobaline, a bilingual marketplace that helps businesses hire dishwashers, construction workers, mechanics, landscapers and janitors, has closed a second round of funding totaling $7 million. The Kirkland, Wash-based startup will use the money to expand from the 10 cities it operates in today to 50 of the top metropolitan areas by the end of the year. Jobaline’s… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

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Hey, startups: Pretty soon you’ll be able to talk about your fundraising efforts

The world changes for startups on September 23. How? On that date, thanks to the JOBS Act, it will become legal for startups to “generally solicit” and “generally advertise” their securities offerings. Startups haven’t been able to actively promote their private fundraising efforts, well, since before we were all born. This is big deal. What do these… Read More

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VC report: First-time financings on the rise and software leads the way

Venture capitalists are putting more cash to work in early-stage companies, boosting the dollars and deals in the category. That’s one of the latest findings in the second quarter MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The number of first-time financing deals rose 10 percent to 302 companies, while dollars into those… Read More

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Former Microsoft CFO John Connors named to Midas List for top investors

John Connors, a venture capitalist at Bellevue-based Ignition Partners who previously served as CFO of Microsoft, was named to Forbes’ 2013 Midas List that honors tech’s top investors. Connors has made a number of good investments in companies like Splunk, which went public last April, Heroku, XenSource and Parse, which was just acquired by Facebook. Connors, who… Read More