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While some prominent investors are chattering about a possible bubble in the tech industry, Pacific Northwest startup companies continue to push forward — inking deals, raising money and hiring like mad.

geekwire200We saw that across the GeekWire 200 list of privately-held Pacific Northwest startups, with some big movers during the past month.

Avvo, the Seattle-based online attorney directory and legal advice site, cracked into the top 10 (perhaps assisted by a new advertising campaign that the company just rolled out).

Meanwhile, Apptio, the Bellevue maker of software that helps CIOs and other IT leaders track business management processes — jumped six slots to #9 on the list. That continues its upward rise from earlier this year.

DocuSign, Redfin and Julep maintained their spots in the top three, while Seattle-based Tune dropped to number six.

It’s also fascinating to watch the activity near the bottom of the list, seeing which smaller companies are gaining steam.

ey-geekwire200The big movers here were Peach — the Seattle online food delivery service. It jumped 22 spots to #176. Online money transfer startup Remitly (#164), mobile development startup L4 Mobile (#163), cloud computing startup Skykick (#145) and social commerce startup ReadyPulse (#109) also saw double digit gains.

The biggest mover on the list was Portland startup Opal Labs, jumping 77 spots to #84. With clients such as Nike and Levi’s, Opal Labs — which raised $10.1 million last year  — helps big brands plan and manage their content across social media streams.

opallabsYou can see all of the activity by visiting the GeekWire 200 list here.

The GeekWire 200 is our resource for identifying and tracking privately-held tech companies in the Pacific Northwest. It uses publicly available data — including social media followings, approximate employee counts and inbound web links — to generate a ranking of 200 top companies from our broader list of more than 900 Pacific Northwest tech startups.

It’s not a perfect ranking by any means, but we think it helps provide a better understanding of the startup landscape. It’s also a work in progress, and we are always looking for ways to improve the list.

To make sure your startup is eligible for inclusion in the GeekWire 200, first make sure it’s included in the broader Startup List. If so, there’s no need to submit it separately for the GeekWire 200. If your Pacific Northwest startup isn’t among the companies on that larger list, you can submit it for inclusion here, and our algorithm will crunch the numbers to see if your company makes next month’s GeekWire 200. (Please, no service providers, marketing agencies, etc.)

Apart from providing a quick survey of the startup landscape in the Pacific Northwest, the GeekWire 200 can be a useful tool for research. In addition to sorting between B2B and B2C companies, you can also sort by more than 20 different sub-categories, from gaming to advertising to education.

Special note for job seekers: We’ve added a new feature to the GeekWire 200, “We’re Hiring” buttons, supplementing our GeekWork jobs site to help connect candidates with employers. Companies interested in this feature can contact

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