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Mega-financing rounds push VC totals higher: $10 billion invested in 880 deals in Q1

A series of very large financing deals — including Cloudera ($900 million); TangoMe ($280 million); and Domo Technologies ($125 million) — helped propel U.S. venture capital totals to the highest level since second quarter of 2001. Investments jumped 44 percent to $10 billion, while deal activity rose five percent compared to the same quarter last… Read More

Oricula Therapeutics CEO Malcolm Gleser.

UW spin-out Oricula Therapeutics raises cash to sell medicine that prevents hearing loss

Oricula Therapeutics, a startup spun out of the University of Washington, has raised $122,000 to commercialize medicine that can help prevent hearing loss. Founded in 2013, Seattle-based Oricula grew out of research done at the UW that uncovered ways to help patients maintain good hearing after taking antibiotics for serious infections. The startup has licensed… Read More

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More funding for cancer research in Seattle: Adaptive Biotechnologies raises $105M

Researchers from Seattle who are finding ways to eliminate cancer are bringing in some serious funding today. On the same day the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced a $20 million donation from the family of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies announced a big $105 million investment. Adaptive, which had previously only raised $15 million, was… Read More

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Study: Venture capital flows in dense urban communities that are liberal, gay and educated

What’s makes for an innovative startup hub? Researchers have been diving into that topic for years, analyzing everything from the existence of large research institutions to the importance of risk capital. Now, researcher Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large at The Atlantic Cities, takes a deep look into the topic and finds some fascinating… Read More

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Flowboard raises $750K for iPad presentation app, names ex-PowerPoint GM as advisor

Seattle-based iPad storytelling app Flowboard today announced a new $750,000 round and an updated iPad app. Flowboard, which lets anyone create touch-enabled stories on the iPad, released version 2.0 of its app and has added editable transitions, printing, save-as-PDF capabilities and new premium templates. The startup, which launched this past April, also announced a $750,000 round with participation from several… Read More

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Indix raises $8.5M to build a massive database for product managers

It’s been less than six months since Indix launched, but the Seattle startup is already making moves and raising more money. Indix, an intelligence platform that helps businesses analyze and visualize a vast amount of up-to-date product information, today announced that it has raised another $8.5 million of a $9 million Series A-1 round co-led by Avalon Ventures… Read More

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FlexMinder raises $1.2M to manage refund processes for healthcare administrators

FlexMinder, a Seattle startup that helps healthcare administrators automate the insurance claims submission process, announced a $1.2 million Series A round on Tuesday. Led by CEO Lowell Rickefs, FlexMinder aggregates the reimbursement process for healthcare flexible spending accounts, which allow employees to save money by putting pretax dollars — up to $2,500 for healthcare and $5,000… Read More

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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