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Social media analytics startup Simply Measured raises $20M, wants to be Seattle’s next tech titan

Simply Measured is simply on fire. Less than a year after the company took home GeekWire’s 2013 Startup of the Year award, the Seattle-based social media analytics startup is announcing a $20 million Series C round led by Trinity Ventures. CEO and co-founder Adam Schoenfeld said that the fresh funds will help the company grow its… Read More

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Study: Ugly men have a tougher time raising venture capital

When it comes to raising cash, you’re better off looking a bit like Brad Pitt or David Beckham. A new study out from researchers at MIT, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania indicates that men who are less physically attractive have a much harder time raising money. It also indicates that women have a harder… Read More

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This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More

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Rover.com fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of Fab.com, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… Read More

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Education startup General Assembly lands $35M, tops 100,000 students

General Assembly has reeled in $35 million in fresh funding, money that the New York-based company will use to continue expansion of its unique educational community. The company also announced that more than 100,000 students have participated in the community to date. Maveron, the Seattle venture capital firm behind companies such as Zulily and Capella… Read More

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Maveron’s Dan Levitan to step down from Zulily board as stock soars to new heights

Early Zulily investor Dan Levitan, the Maveron co-founder and partner, will not seek re-election to the company’s board of directors, and will step down following its next annual shareholder meeting, the company said in a Form 8-K filing with the SEC today. Zulily also said that it appointed John Geschke, Zendesk’s General Counsel, to the board. “We are thankful to… Read More

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Opal Labs raises $2.1M to help big brands streamline social media campaign production

Opal Labs, a Portland-based startup that helps businesses streamline the production of social media campaigns, today announced $2.1 million in seed funding. The round, led by Oregon Angel Fund, will help Opal Labs continue building out its Opal Moments software that helps big brands plan and manage their content across social media streams. Opal Moments lets… Read More

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Marshall Kirkpatrick’s social media search startup Little Bird raises $1.7M, adds execs

Little Bird, a Portland-based startup that helps businesses identify top influencers on social media, today announced $1.7 million in additional funding and two new executives. The new investment was led by Oregon Angel Fund and ups total funding for the company to $2.7 million. Little Bird, an alum of Portland’s PIE incubator, was founded in October 2012 by… Read More

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Front Desk raises $4M to help small service businesses manage scheduling, payments

Front Desk, the Seattle startup that helps businesses manage scheduling, payments, and other administrative tasks, has raised an additional $4 million. This round, led by Floodgate and a few of the region’s top angel investors, follows a $1 million round this past September. Total funding for Front Desk is now $7.2 million. The one-year-old Seattle company, led by… Read More

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Skytap lands $6.45 million, plans global expansion

Skytap, a Seattle startup that allows companies to test development environments in the cloud, has raised an additional $6.45 million in series C financing from existing investors OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and WRF Capital. The company, led by CEO Thor Culverhouse, is growing fast. It boosted headcount by 30 percent in 2013, and… Read More

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Biotech investor Thong Le named CEO of Accelerator Corp.

Thong Le has taken the helm of Accelerator Corp., the Seattle-based investment firm that bankrolls emerging startups in the biotechnology arena. Le has served on the board of the organization for the past six years, but with the shift to CEO he will take over day-to-day operations at a critical time. First priority, Accelerator —… Read More

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VisibleBrands validates digital coupon service in supermarkets, raises $2.3M

An in-store digital couponing platform built by VisibleBrands seems to be catching on with at least a few retailers and investors. The Kirkland-based startup today announced a $2.3M Series B round as it prepares to expand its reach outside of Washington. VisibleBrands’ technology allows grocery stores to display promotions on a shelf-mounted touch-screen device in the… Read More

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Early stakeholders in Scout Analytics claim venture capitalists engaged in ‘self dealing, corporate waste’ prior to $32M acquisition

Not everyone is happy about today’s $32 million acquisition of Scout Analytics by ServiceSource. A group of series A preferred stockholders filed suit last week in King County Superior Court alleging that Scout Analytics’ board, including CEO Mark Upson and venture capitalist John Connors, engaged in “self-dealing, corporate waste, and gross negligence” by failing to explore… Read More

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Concert app Lively sings new tune with fresh funding

Lively has reeled in another $2 million in funding, money that the Seattle startup will use to continue to develop its service for making audio and video content available to music fans shortly after concerts conclude. The funding amount was listed in a SEC filing today. As we reported last November, Lively has already entertained… Read More