City of Seattle’s site named ‘Best of the Web’ for U.S. cities

The city of Seattle’s overhauled website,, was named the top city government web portal in the country today in the Center for Digital Government’s annual Best of the Web awards. Previous versions of Seattle’s site won the award in 2000 and 2006. Seattle’s data portal,, separately won a Digital Government Achievement Award from the… Read More


Ex-Jobster staffers bake new startup:

We must really like to eat in Seattle. Over the years, I’ve chronicled a number of online recipe and food sites that got their start here, from to BigOven to Foodista to RecipeZaar. So, it shouldn’t surprise that yet another upstart rooted right here in the Pacific Northwest is looking to take a bite… Read More


Startup Spotlight: spreads Web content like a virus founders Loyd Zhao and Shek Ho want to turn digital content into a virus of sorts, helping to spread it from person to person in a quick and seamless manner. “Content discovery is an old problem, but we feel that current solutions are inefficient, and share some fundamental flaws,” explain the founders. We chatted with… Read More

Anders Moran

Startup Spotlight: Earn rewards for exercising with Earndit

Sometimes it can be a little tough to motivate yourself to go for a jog, paddle or bike ride. That’s where Earndit steps in. The 16-month-old startup, led by Harry Kautzman II and Andres Moran, integrates with exercising applications and creates an award system for users. Just this month, the startup rolled out a new feature… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Livemocha lands $5 million, tops 10 million members

Livemocha’s online community of language learners continues to spread worldwide. And now the four-year-old company — founded by former Microsoftie Shirish Nadkarni and led by CEO Michael Schutzler — has received some additional rocket fuel to propel the rival to Rosetta Stone forward. LiveMocha has landed an additional $5 million, money which comes on top… Read More


PayScale lands $7 million for online salary service

PayScale, the Seattle online salary comparison site, has scored an additional $7 million in venture capital financing in a deal led by SAP Ventures. Past backers of the company — including Fluke Venture Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Montlake Capital and Trinity Ventures — also participated. The new capital infusion will go to sales and marketing efforts… Read More


Bellevue high school grads raise $25 million for online slideshow maker Animoto

Animoto may be based in New York. But the startup, which is announcing $25 million in venture capital today, certainly has roots in the Pacific Northwest. The company’s four co-founders, Brad Jefferson, Jason Hsiao, Stevie Clifton and Tom Clifton, graduated from Bellevue High School in the 1990s. And its early investors include Madrona Venture Group and… Read More


Hark brings images to famous movie quotes, continues to build audio clip library

Hark, the Seattle startup formerly known as Entertonement, is expanding its library of audio clips to incorporate images from famous movie clips. The company also is rolling out a new way for users to quickly browse through special collections from one movie, say for example favorite lines from Glengarry Glen Ross. Dubbed Hark Curated Collections,… Read More

Daniil Kulchenko

Seattle area 15-year-old sells startup to ActiveState

Some entrepreneurs wait a lifetime to experience the thrill of selling their startup companies. Daniil Kulchenko, a Seattle area high school student, accomplished that milestone at the age of 15. Kulchenko today announced that he’s sold his startup, a cloud-based computing company known as Phenona, to Vancouver, B.C.-based ActiveState in a deal of undisclosed size…. Read More


EquaShip takes on UPS and FedEx, raises $900,000

EquaShip has raised $900,000 in startup financing, money that the Seattle startup will use to roll out a new shipping service that brings discounts to small online retailers. Backers of the company include Newell Rubbermaid and angel investors in Seattle and San Francisco. EquaShip plans to launch its service this holiday season, boasting prices that… Read More


Room 77 checks in with $10.5M

We’ve seen a lot of activity in the online travel space recently, including new cash for Seattle startup Buuteeq and the launch of Adam Doppelt’s Dwellable. Now, Room 77 — a Sunnyvale, California startup whose investors have deep connections in the Seattle tech community — has raised an additional $10.5 million. Backers of the company… Read More

Charlie Walsh

ValueAppeal raises cash to help homeowners cut property tax bills

It took just three weeks for ValueAppeal founder Charlie Walsh to attract financing for his startup company. I guess that’s what happens when you offer a service that helps homeowners reduce their property taxes. The 2-year-old company announced today that it has pulled in $1.6 million in new financing from existing investors, money that Walsh… Read More