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What happens when your startup misses the mark: Kelly Smith on Zapd’s complete ‘rewrite’

Seattle’s Zapd came on the startup scene in a big way more than a year ago — boasting an experienced entrepreneur at the helm (Kelly Smith) and a marquee group of investors (Second Avenue Partners, RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, Madrona Venture Group, etc.). But even though Zapd appeared to be poised… Read More

Brian Fioca has joined Zapd

Tech Moves: RescueTime’s Brian Fioca zips over to Zapd; and more

Four years ago, Brian Fioca co-founded RescueTime to help individuals better manage how they spend their time in front of a computer. Now, the developer is moving on. Fioca has joined fast-growing Seattle mobile upstart Zapd where he’ll be working as a lead architect alongside founder Kelly Smith, basically serving as an “an all-purpose, proactive… Read More

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How to become Apple’s iPhone ‘App of the Week’

That right there is the type of publicity a startup can’t buy — a huge graphic currently promoting Seattle’s Zapd as the “App of the Week,” smack in the middle of the Apple App Store. As you might expect, the featured spot has resulted in a big boost for the free website publishing app, taking… Read More

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Zapd tops 100,000 downloads, aims for 900,000 more

People must really want to build Web sites, and build them fast. Zapd, the new iPhone app developed by Seattle entrepreneur Kelly Smith, today provided an update on the adoption of the mobile application after its first two weeks in existence. Zapd has recorded more than 100,000 downloads via iTunes, with sports fans, photographers and… Read More