Along with it, Glowforge, Shippable, Peach, and others climbed their way up this month’s ranking of the top 200 privately-held technology companies in the Pacific Northwest, presented by EY.
Check out the full March update here, and continue reading for highlights.
—Centri Technology, the Seattle-based company, which sells security and data encryption services to enterprise clients, zoomed up 26 places in the last month to sit at No. 159 in the GeekWire 200.
In total, the data protection company has raised $15 million from investors, which it used to research how to improve data flow over mobile networks.
—Glowforge, the 3D laser printing company from Seattle, climbed 18 places last month to No. 143 on the GeekWire 200 list.
The company set a crowdfunding record in October of 2015, raising nearly $28 million in 30 days from thousands of backers who pre-ordered the printer, which can cut through and engrave all kinds of materials, including wood, fabric, vinyl, and materials with irregular surfaces. Glowforge originally planned to start shipping in December of 2015, but shipments were delayed.
However, the company is still on track to meet its promise to backers to all pre-ordered printers shipped by June 2016. Glowforge raised a $9 million investment round in May 2015 from Brad Feld’s Foundry Group, True Ventures, and others. As of last month, the company employed 22 people and was looking to hire at least 18 more.
—Peach, the Seattle company that lets customers order lunch from their phones and then delivers food to their workplaces, climbed 17 slots on the GeekWire 200 to No. 146.
The startup, which faces huge competition from Amazon, Uber, Postmates and others in the lunch delivery market, sends a text with several meal choices in the morning. If a customer responds and orders a particular lunch before 11 a.m., Peach will deliver their lunch to the front desk of the office within the next 90 minutes. The text-for-lunch company is funded by Madrona Venture Group, Maven, and Vulcan Capital and as of last year, had raised a total of $10.75 million.
Currently, Peach is available in Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, and Boston, with plans to expand to Washington D.C., as well. In Seattle, Peach serves more than 300 offices including those of tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Zillow, Expedia, and Tableau.
—MedBridge, the Seattle-Based healthcare education platform that offers online continuing education courses for physicians and clinicians, jumped 16 spots on the list last month to station itself at No. 93 for the month of March. The company now has more than 350 hospital and private practice clients, and has a growing staff of more than 50 employees in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Medbridge offers more than 400 continuing education courses on its site from numerous instructors. The company has taken no outside funding to date and was a 2015 finalist for GeekWire’s Bootstrapper of the Year Award.
—Shippable, the Seattle-based company that helps software developers build, test, and ship their code, moved up 18 places on the list to come in at No. 139 for the month of March. The company currently serves more than 50,000 customers and has raised more than $10 million in funding from Divergent Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital and others. It now serves more than 8,000 organizations, including Cisco, Lithium, Postman, and others. The company’s founder, Avi Cavale is a former Microsoft employee who was the 2013 and 2014 GeekWire ping pong champ in the expert bracket, which led to an introduction into the 2013 class of TechStars, the accelerator that helped to launch Shippable with a $2 million investment in the startup.
The GeekWire 200 — presented by our partners at EY — is derived from our broader list of more than 900 Pacific Northwest tech startups. The list is designed to provide a better understanding of the startup landscape in the Northwest. The ranking is generated from publicly available data, including social media followings, approximate employee counts and inbound web links.
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