Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHEF's Hale Returns To DFJ As EIR

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bryan Hale, one of the first employees of CHEF, the IT automation software startup once known as Opscode, has returned to investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson as an Executive-in-Residence....

 
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Lattice Semiconductor Buys Silicon Image For $600M

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor said Tuesday that it is acquiring fellow wireless semiconductor developer Silicon Image, in a deal worth $600M. Lattice said it would pay $7.30 per share in cash for Silicon Image, which is based in Sunnyvale, California....

 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Zillow, UW Team For $10,000 Housing Hackathon

Monday, January 26, 2015

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AlphaCipher Targets Government Market With New Unit

Monday, January 26, 2015

Seattle-based AlphaCipher, the provider of security and privacy services which recently acquired Vadium, said Friday that it has formed a new subsidiary to specifically target the U.S. Government market....

 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Expedia Buys Travelocity For $280M

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bellevue-based travel site Expedia is acquiring fellow online travel site Travelocity, in a deal worth $280M in cash, the two said Friday. Expedia is acquiring Travelocity from travel technology provider Sabre....

 
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Amazon.com Buys Annapurna Labs For $350M

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seattle-based Amazon.com has acquired semiconductor design firm Annapurna Labs, in a deal reportedly worth between $350M and $375M. Annapurna Labs was in stealth mode, and had not announced any details of its products. Annapurna Lab swas venture backed by ARM and Walden International....

 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tack Adds Local Publisher As Advisor

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seattle-based startup Tack, which is developing software which converts social media posts on businesses into ads--to help those businesses find new customers--said this week that it has added a new advisor to the firm....

 
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PlayFab Enhances Game Software

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seattle-based PlayFab, the developer of cloud-based software tools and services aimed at video game developers, said Thursday that it has launched a big set of new features for its software....

 
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Amazon To Stream Original Series For Free Saturday

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In a first, ever move to let non, Amazon Prime members stream video off its Prime Instant Video site, Amazon.com said Thursday that it will make ten episodes of its original series, Transparent, available on Saturday. Amazon said the move is a celebration of the series' win of two, Golden Globes....

 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ecova Selected By Chuck E. Cheese

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spokane, Washington-based Ecova, which provides energy and sustainability management services and technology, said Wednesday that it has been selected by Chuck E. Cheese's to provide utility expense and data management services to the restaurant chain. Financial impact of the win was not announced....

 
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Microsoft unveiled its latest operating system today, Windows 10, which will run across both PC and smartphone platforms....

 
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Hipcricket Files for Bankruptcy, Sells Assets To Sito Mobile For $4.5M

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kirkland, Washington-based mobile marketing firm Hipcricket has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and has sold its assets to Sito Mobile Ltd., the firms said this morning. The asset sale deal was worth $4.5M in cash. Sito Mobile said that Hipcricket had revenues of $26....

 
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Alliance Of Angels Raises $5.3M In New Pacific Northwest Seed Fund

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Alliance of Angels, which is one of the most active angel investment groups in Pacific Northwest startups, said today that it has raised $5.3M in a new, investment fund, which it says is targeted at $10M....

 
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Amazon Web Services In Wind Energy Deal

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services said today that it has entered into a deal to use a wind farm to supply its data centers with power, via a 150 megawatt wind farm in Indiana....

 
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Porch Adds $65M In Series B

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Seattle-based Porch.com said this morning that it has raised $65M, in the company's Series B financing round....

 
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Distelli Gets $2.8M For Infrastructure Automation

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Seattle-based Distelli announced this morning that it has raised $2.8M, to go toward sthe company's infrastructure automation software. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz. As par tof the funding, Andreessen's Scott Weiss joins the company's board....

 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

ESI Completes Topwin Optoelectronics Buy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Portland-based Electro Scientific Industries said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Chinese company Topwin Optoelectronics. Financial terms of the buy have not been announced. The deal had been announced in November....

 
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Amazon.com Gets Into The Movie Business

Monday, January 19, 2015

Seattle-based Amazon.com said this morning that it is getting into the movie business, and has created a new group out of its Amazon Studios unit to produce movies for release into theaters....

 
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Dexter + Chaney Gets Growth Equity Investment

Friday, January 16, 2015

Seattle-based Dexter & Chaney, which provides software used by construction contractors to manage their daily operations, said this week that it has received a growth equity investment from Pamlico Capital. Size of the investment was not announced....

 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

WISErg Adds $700K For Food Recycling Technology

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Redmond-based food recycling equipment developer WISErg has raised another $700,000 in its Series B funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Wednesday. The funding brings its total raised so far in that round to $6.4M....

 
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Smarsh Tops 20,000 Customers

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Portland-based Smarsh, the developer of archiving software used by companies to meet compliance and e-discovery requirements, reported today that it now has more than 20,000 organizations using its product....

 
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Redfin Becomes A Publisher With Bloomberg Hire

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In an increasingly confusing online world--where it seems like everyone is a publisher--it's often tough to tell who is and isn't in the news business....

 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ecova Extends Into Waste Metrics

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Spokane-based energy and sustainability management software and services provider Ecova said Wednesday that it is extending its platform to support capturing waste generation and cost metrics....

 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SpaceX To Staff Up In Seattle For Satellite Effort

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SpaceX, the commercial rocket and spacecraft firm founded by technology moguls Elon Musk, said today on Bloomberg that he is looking to hire as many as a thousand people in Seattle to work on satellite technology for the company....

 
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Basho Technologies Raises $25M

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bellevue-based NoSQL database developer Basho Technologies announced this morning that it has raised $25M in a funding round, a Series G funding for the company. Basho said the funding was led by Georgetown Partners....

 
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Amazon Turns To Woody Allen For TV Series

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seattle-based Amazon.com said today that its content development arm, Amazon Studios, has signed on director Woody Allen to create a television series for Prime Instant Video. Amazon said that Woody Allen will develop a half hour series called the Untitled Woody Allen Project....

 
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Redfin Expands In Florida

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seattle-based Redfin, the online real estate broker led by Glenn Kelman, is continuing a big national expansion, saying today that it has opened up home buying and selling services in Southwest Florida. The expansion comes on the heels of a big, $70....

 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Amazon Kicks Off 2015 Pilot Season Thursday

Monday, January 12, 2015

Seattle-based Amazon.com is kicking off its 2015 pilot season on Thursday, and will be showing of thirteen new shows on Amazon Instant Video. The shows--available only in the US, UK, and Germany--are the result of Amazon's original content efforts, via Amazon Studios....

 
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Pendrell Inks Patent Deal With SK Hynix

Monday, January 12, 2015

Kirkland-based intellectual property owner Pendrell said Friday that it has entered into a patent licensing agreement with SK hynix. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed....

 
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Urbanspoon Acquired By Zomato

Monday, January 12, 2015

Seattle-based restaurant director Urbanspoon has been acquired by an Indian startup called Zomato, the two said today, to help Zomato expand into the US. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but the deal is rumored to be worth between $50M to $60M....

 
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Latest Seattle Venture Backed Startup Fires Up With Founders Fund Investment

Friday, January 9, 2015

One of the newest, venture backed startups in Seattle and said Thursday that it has received its first, institutional investment--the twist? This startup isn't working so much on Seattle's typical technology, e-commerce, software, or biotech industries--but it focused on marijuana investments....

 
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Bezos Re-Ups On Rethink Robotics

Friday, January 9, 2015

Boston-based industrial robot maker Rethink Robotics--which is backed by Bezos Expeditions, said this week that it has raised $26.6M in a Series D funding. Bezos continues to be a backer in the company....

 
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BigDoor Quietly Sold To Private Equity Firm

Friday, January 9, 2015

Seattle-based BigDoor, which had been developing gamification software, was quietly been sold to a private equity firm back in December, according to cofounder and CEO Keith Smith. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed....

 
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

GraphLab Becomes Dato, Raises $18.5M

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seattle-based GraphLab said today that it has changed its name to Dato, and raised $18.5M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Vulcan Capital, and also included Opus Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Madrona Venture Group. Dato develops machine learning software....

 
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Cascadia PM Acquired By Centerline Solutions

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vancouver, Washington-based Cascadia PM, a provider of wireless tower maintenance and services for the communications industry, has been acquired by fellow wireless infrastructure provider Centerline Solutions. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

 
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