Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bsquare Loses CFO, Shuffles Execs

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bellevue, Washington-based software developer Bsquare has shuffled its executive team the loss of its CFO, ,and a couple of promotions. The company--which develops Internet-of-Things software--said Wednesday that Marty Heimbigner has stepped down as its CFO....

 
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Microsoft Slashes Smartphone Jobs, Cuts 1,850

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Redmond-based Microsoft has slashed jobs at its smartphone hardware business, saying Wednesday that it will cut up to 1,850 positions as part of a major "streamline" of the business....

 
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Amazon Ropes In Salesforce In Major Cloud Deal

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

In what is a major deal for Amazon Web Services, Amazon.com said Wednesday afternoon that Salesforce has selected AWS to deploy core services in the
company's cloud-based services....

 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bloomz Blossoms With $2.3M In Funding

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Seattle-based Bloomz, a startup which develops tools to help teachers communicate with parents, has raised $2.3M in a funding round, the company said today....

 
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Cray Aims At Big Data Analytics With New System

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Seattle-based Cray is taking aim at the big data analytics market, with a new product is calling the Cray Urika-GX. According to Cray, the new system fuses supercomputing technology with open software for big data analytics. Pricing on the new system was not announced....

 
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InFocus Names Sales, Engineering VPs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Portland-based InFocus made two big executive hires today, saying that it has added Dave Litwak as its Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and Vikki Rehn as Vice President of Software Engineering. Litwak had previously served as SVP of Sales at MarketLive, Gearworks and PayNearMe....

 
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Human Unveils Wireless Audio Gadget, Hints At Real Life Babelfish

Monday, May 23, 2016

Seattle-based startup Human, the stealthy audio startup which raised $5M in April, said it has launched its flagship program, which is it calling "Sound"....

 
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Smarsh Rolls Out New Service

Monday, May 23, 2016

Portland-based Smarsh said today that it has launched a new program, which helps its customers with outsource review of their electronics communications....

 
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WholesaleHAWK Launches Wholesale Marketplace

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bothell, Washington-based wholesaleHAWK.com, a new startup focused on creating a marketplace for wholesaling, said it has officially launched....

 
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Webtrends Names New CTO

Friday, May 20, 2016

Portland-based Webtrends, the developer of marketing analytics and web analytics software, said this week that it has promoted Peter Crossley to the position of Chief Technology Officer at the company....

 
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Munchery Expands To All Of Oregon, Washington

Friday, May 20, 2016

Meal delivery startup Munchery, which develops weekly, subscription, fast-prep meals designed by chefs, said this week that it is expanding its services all of Oregon and Washington....

 
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Microsoft, Mojang To Bring Minecraft To China

Friday, May 20, 2016

Microsoft and Mojang, the gaming maker owned by Microsoft, which is behind the blockbuster Minecraft game, said Friday that they are partnering with Chinese company NetEase, to officially bring the game to China....

 
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

WebMD Health Services Names Chief Medical Officer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

WebMD Health Services, the Portland-based wellness program operator for employers and health plans, has named Michael Sokol as its Chief Medical Officer, the company said today. Sokol was
previously Vice President, Employee Wellness, and Chief Wellness Officer at Sanofi....

 
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Panopto Takes Aim At Kaltura

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seattle-based Panopto, which develops software that allows businesses and universities to create their own, secure, searchable video libraries, said it is launching an effort to help customers of Kaltura migrate to their platform....

 
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Marchex Ties Into Adobe Media Optimizer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seattle-based Marchex has tied its mobile advertising analytics data into advertising software Adobe Media Optimizer, the company said today, to help marketers better automate their paid search advertising....

 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Amazon Web Services Launches New, Souped Up EC2 Instances For SAP

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services has rolled out a new, high end instance for its EC2 computing service, which features a huge amount of memory--2TB--specifically to help support in-memory databases like SAP HANA, big data processing via Apache Spark or Presto, and other memory-gobbling software....

 
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DocsCorp Debuts Cloud Document Comparison Software

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Portland-based software developer DocsCorp, which develops document comparison software, says it has launched a new, cloud-based version of its products. The company said the web-hosted software, compareDocs cloud, runs on Microsoft Azure, and lets user compare Word and PDF documents via the cloud....

 
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Microsoft Dumps Feature Phone Business

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CENTRI Names Sales, Bizdev VP

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Seattle-based data encryption software provider CENTRI announced today that it has named Grant Asplund as its new Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Asplund joins the company from Blue Coat Systems. Asplund also served at Altor Networks, Neustra, MetaInfo, and Check Point....

 
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Gates Foundation Puts $80M Into Closing "Gender Data" Gap

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting $80M into an effort to close what it says is a "gender data" gap, to help promote gender equality around the world....

 
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Amazon Adds New Voice Features For Fire TV

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Seattle-based Amazon.com says it is bringing many of the features of its voice-driven, Alexa platform to Fire TV, and will let its users launch apps, access movies, search for local businesses and restaurants, and more on Fire TV....

 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Fundy Software Links With SLR Lounge

Monday, May 16, 2016

Portland-based Fundy Software, which develops software to help professional photographers, said today that it has partnered with online photography news and information site SLR Lounge....

 
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Wal-Mart Takes Direct Aim At Amazon.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

Can retail giant Wal-Mart compete against Amazon.com, as the tide shifts towards online retailers? Wal-Mart has just launched an effort to provide free, two-day shipping to its customers, in direct response to customers turning towards Amazon.com....

 
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QuoteWizard, Nearing $100M In Revenues, Opens New Office In Colorado

Monday, May 16, 2016

Seattle-based QuoteWizard, the operator of an online, insurance comparison marketplace, announced today that it has opened up a new office in Denver, Colorado....

 
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Clymb Dangles Dream Trip Assignment For Instagram Photographers

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Portland-based outdoors products and membership site The Clymb is dangling dream trips assignments--for Instagram photographers--to Peru, Ecuador (Galapagos), Nepal, Antarctica, Tanzania, and Alaska....

 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Evrnu and Levi's Turn Old T-Shirts Into Blue Jeans

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seattle-based startup Evrnu, which is developing technology to turn old cotton t-shirts back into clothing, and blue jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co., said today that they have created the first jeans which are made from post-consumer, cotton garment waste....

 
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Microsoft To Sunset Sunrise Calendar App

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Microsoft is geting set to sunset support for Sunrise, the calendaring app developer it acquired last year, saying that it will stop supporting the app as of August 31st....

 
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Treehouse Launches New 6-12 Month Program For Tech Skills

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Portland-based online coding school Treehouse said this week that it has launched a new, 6-12 month long program to help students get entry-level, developer jobs in the technology industry....

 
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Greenlight Aims To Turn Your Smartphone Into Dashcam

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In an effort to turn one of driving's biggest dangers--the smartphone--instead into an automotive safety feature, Seattle-based Greenlight has just started taking pre-orders for a "smart cradle" which turns a smartphone into a dashcam....

 
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Vacasa Jumps On Virtual Reality Bandwagon

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Portland-based vacation rental management software and services provider Vacasa is hopping on the virtual reality bandwagon, saying that it has linked up with a VR experience firm, Matterport, on every listing that it manages....

 
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Amazon Opens Up To Video Creators, Takes On YouTube

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Seattle-based Amazon.com has taken a step into the territory of YouTube, saying today that it has opened up a new program called Amazon Video Direct, which will let video creators upload their own videos as part of Amazon Prime. According to Amazon....

 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Gates Foundation Gives $38M For Polio Eradication Effort

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $38 million to help support the eradication of polio in developing countries, specifically to help fund the purchase of vaccines, according to pharmaceuticals firm Takeda Pharmaceutical....

 
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BMW's ReachNow Car Sharing Service Snags Inrix's Banfield As CEO

Monday, May 9, 2016

BMW Group has named former Inrix Chief Marketing Officer Steve Banfield as CEO of its ReachNow car sharing service, which launched in Seattle last month. According to BMW, it now has more than 13,000 Seattle residents who have registered for the car sharing service....

 
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Ecova: $2.1 Billion Saved For Clients Since 2013

Monday, May 9, 2016

Spokane-based energy and sustainability management company Ecova said today that it has identified $2.1 billion in energy and sustainability savings for its clients over the last three years, from over 900 commercial and industrial customers....

 
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Flux Resources Expands In Colorado

Friday, May 6, 2016

Portland, Oregon-based engineering and IT recruiting firm Flux Resources said this week that it has opened up its third office, in Boulder, Colorado....

 
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