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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

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Looking to reinvent publishing process, Booktrope wins $205K at Seattle Angel Conference

Booktrope, a two-year-old startup that’s attempting to transform the way authors publish books, won first place at the fourth Seattle Angel Conference on Wednesday night. The company, also a finalist at our GeekWire Startup Day pitch session, took home a $205,000 angel investment award from the Seattle Angel Conference IV LLC. Booktrope founder and CMO Katherine Sears… Read More

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Ex-Amazonians raise $1.1M for online instruction platform Everpath

It’s been less than a month since the folks at Everpath graduated from Techstars Seattle, but things are already rolling for the young startup. Everpath, which offers a one-stop platform for online instructors to host their lessons, has raised a $1.1M seed round from Seattle and Bay Area angel investors including Geoff Entress, Dave Schappell, Dan Shapiro… Read More

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Former Cheezburger and Garden.com exec launches firm to gobble up emerging digital media properties

Seattle Internet executive Cliff Sharples is currently on an around-the-world adventure with his wife and five kids — writing about the adventures they experience as they bump between places like Greece, Spain and Tanzania. But he’s not letting a little travel get in the way of his next venture. Sharples, a former HomeAway and Kinetx… Read More

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DocuSign co-founder Court Lorenzini now leading cooking-focused stealth startup CookBrite

Court Lorenzini, a longtime Seattle-area entrepreneur who co-founded DocuSign back in 2003, is now leading a stealth startup in the cooking space. Lorenzini told us that his new company, CookBrite, is nearing completion of a $1.5 million round from angel investors. It’s the first funding the startup has taken outside of investment from the founders. Lorenzini was… Read More

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Digital marketing firm AudienceScience lands funding

AudienceScience, the Bellevue-based digital marketing company, has raised additional funds according to a recent SEC filing. The company declined to comment on exactly how much the company raised and what it plans to do with the new money. The SEC filing indicates $16.7 million raised out of a $16.9 million round. Back in April, the firm… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: PitchBook provides robust private equity market data for VC professionals

For nine years, John Gabbert led the team at a venture capital data provider called VentureSource. But while there, he saw the need for something that combined private equity data with a robust technology platform. So Gabbert made the startup leap and founded PitchBook. Six years later, the Seattle-based company employs 175 and is one of… Read More

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Tacoma’s IID looks to help curb cyberattacks, secures $8M from Bessemer in first-ever financing

IID has been helping organizations mitigate cyberattacks for the past 17 years, building a 65-person company in Tacoma. Now, the company, which earlier this year rolled out its ActiveTrust platform for sharing cyberattack incident data, has reeled in $8 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners. It marks the first outside investment in the company, which… 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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Shopping app Zoomingo raises cash, inks deal with Simon Malls

Seattle shopping startup Zoomingo has raised an additional $1.25 million in financing and inked a deal with Simon Mall Properties, the largest mall operator in the U.S. Shoppers at selected malls in Washington state and California will be alerted to retailers’ sales and deals when they are nearby, and shoppers also can earn bonus Zoomingo… Read More

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In shift from Lockerz, fashion startup Ador raises more cash

Ador will soon be taking the wraps off of its new fashion shopping service. But the company, which emerged from heavily-funded social networking site Lockerz earlier this year, first is raising some fresh capital. The company has pulled in an additional $8.9 million in venture funding, according to a SEC filing today. Ador CEO Mark… Read More