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It was a huge month for companies in the top 10 of the GeekWire 200, our monthly ranking of the hottest startup companies in the Pacific Northwest.

gw200Three of those companies — Seattle-based Tune (#4); Seattle-based Porch (#5) and Bainbridge Island-based Avalara (#9) — scored big financing rounds in January, signaling that funding is still very much available for some of the Northwest’s fastest-growing tech companies.

Mobile marketing analytics startup Tune raised $27 million from Icon Ventures, Performance Equity Management, Accel Partners and others in the final week of January, while home improvement service Porch brought in $65 million and sales tax automation software company Avalara raised $42 million.

Leading the list for the month is DocuSign, which moved into the top spot on the list in December after Seattle gaming company Big Fish was sold to Churchill Downs. (Companies that are acquired, go bankrupt or conduct IPOs are removed from the GeekWire 200 list).

Check out the full GeekWire 200 here, newly updated with the latest monthly stats.

screenshot_32The 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 advertising@geekwire.com.

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