To qualify for Startup of the Year, companies had to be three years or younger, and on a fast-track to success. We’re expecting a tight competition in this field of contenders, so make sure to cast your ballot below.
This category is presented by Flinn Ferguson Corporate Real Estate, and it marks one of two remaining categories in the Awards voting process. (Later today, we will unveil the finalists in the Geek of the Year category).
We kicked off voting for the GeekWire Awards two weeks ago (see previous categories here) and we’ll continue tabulating the votes in the 14 categories through Tuesday evening. The winners will be revealed at the big GeekWire Awards bash on May 9 in Seattle.
Vote for Startup of the Year here:
Apptentive: The TechStars Seattle grad is creating new ways for mobile app developers to create in-app feedback mechanisms, helping developers discover what’s working (and what’s not) with their apps. The idea got a big boost last December when Google Ventures joined with Seattle angel investors such as Mike McSherry; Dan Shapiro; Geoff Entress, Founder’s Co-op and others in a venture round.
Buuteeq: The fast-growing Seattle startup, led by Forest Key, Adam Brownstein, Cameron Steele and Brian Saab, is developing online marketing tools for hotels around the world. The idea grabbed the attention of some big-name backers in 2012 when the company landed $10 million in cash from Concur and Madrona. As of last fall, Buuteeq’s online tools were powering the Web sites of more than 4,000 hotels across the globe. (Editor’s note: GeekWire subleases office space from Buuteeq).
Context Relevant: Context Relevant’s cloud-based application essentially allows analysts and statisticians to function as big data scientists. The Seattle startup, backed by Madrona and angel investors Geoff Entress, Cliff Kushler, Mike McSherry and others, has already turned down “acquihire” offers. It also recently inked a deal to provides its data analytics tools to Concur.
Haiku Deck: Adam Tratt, Kevin Leneway and crew pivoted big-time a year ago with their startup, ditching a previous gaming idea and landing on the concept of making dead-simple presentation software for the iPad. The Seattle startup is now getting some attention, raising $3 million from Trilogy Partnership, Madrona Venture Group, Founder’s Co-op and others earlier this month. Haiku Deck has recorded more than 500,000 downloads, and it consistently ranks in Apple’s app store as one of the top productivity apps.
Simply Measured: There’s no shortage of online tools to help manage social media activities. But Simply Measured is gaining traction with some big names. Customers using its analytics tools include American Express, AOL, Billboard, Edelman, Microsoft, Samsung and UFC, with customers paying between $1,500 and $2,500 per month to analyze social media traffic and determine social medial influencers. The Seattle company, led by Aviel Ginzburg, Damon Cortesi and Adam Schoenfeld, received a big boost in January when it raised $8 million from Bessemer Venture Partners and MHS Capital.
The GeekWire Awards — originally started by Seattle entrepreneur Marcelo Calbucci — are in their 5th year now. Past winners have included Tableau Software, PopCap Games, angel investor Andy Sack, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh, Zillow Chairman Rich Barton and many others.
Thanks again to our “Startup of the Year” category sponsor: Flinn Ferguson Corporate Real Estate.
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