Seattle cloud startup Blue Box unpacks $1.5M in new funding

Blue Box, the Seattle cloud and hosting startup led by entrepreneur Jesse Proudman, has raised an additional $1.5 million in funding from Voyager Capital and Founders Collective that it will used to bolster its product development, sales and marketing team. “The private cloud marketplace is as hot as ever, and we’re hearing resounding interest from companies… Read More


Business analytics startup Lytics raises cash

Portland big data startup Lytics has scored $2.2 million in funding from Rembrandt Venture Partners and Voyager Capital, money that the company will use to grow its team and continue work on a service that helps marketers gain more insight about customers, reports The Oregonian. “We provide a sort of train station between all of the… Read More

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B2B startup accelerator 9Mile Labs taps Microsoft VP, veteran VC to lead the charge

Sanjay Puri thinks more needs to be done to help entrepreneurs in the Seattle region — one of the reasons why he recently formed the startup accelerator 9Mile Labs. He calls the early-stage funding environment in Seattle at the moment “inadequate” — something I’ve also discussed in recent columns and remarks. Well, now the former marketing… Read More


Chart: VC returns on the mend

Earlier this year, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation issued a blistering report which said, among other things, that the majority of venture funds it had invested in over the years had failed to exceed returns available from the public markets. The report rattled the opaque VC industry, if for nothing more than its bluntness. Now, here comes a… Read More


Maker of electric vehicle charging stations raises $47M from KPCB, Voyager and others

Coulomb Technologies, which operates more than 6,000 electrical vehicle charging stations in 14 countries, including dozens in the Seattle area, is fueling up with a new $47.5 million venture capital found led by Braemar Energy Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Existing investor Rho Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital GmbH, Harbor Pacific Capital Partners and Hartford… Read More


WPP’s Kantar unit buys Global Market Insite

Kantar, a unit of advertising giant WPP, has purchased Bellevue-based Global Market Insite for an undisclosed price and merged it with online market research firm Lightspeed Research. Together, the companies said that they will “create one of the world’s largest online panel and sample providers.” As a result of the deal, David Day of Lightspeed… Read More