Monday, September 26, 2016

Expedia Powers Facial Recognition Campaign With Hawaii

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bellevue-based Expedia Media Solutions, the advertising sales division of Expedia, said it is using facial recognition to its latest campaign, for The Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA)....

 
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Microsoft Ties With Renault-Nissan On Connected Vehicles

Monday, September 26, 2016

Redmond-based Microsoft and the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced today that they are in a multi-year partnership on connected driving. According to the two, they will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars, powered by Microsoft Azure....

 
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Fluke Acquires eMaint Enterprises

Monday, September 26, 2016

Everett, Washington-based electronic test instruments and software developer Fluke Corporation said Friday that it has acquired eMaint Enterprises, a developer of computerized maintenance management software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed....

 
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Apptio Up Nearly 45 Percent After IPO

Friday, September 23, 2016

Seattle-based Apptio has been seeing a little bit of a pop in the its stock price, after its IPO on Friday morning, and was around $23.14 in afernoon trading, or nearly 45 percent up over its initial public offering of $16.00 per share. Apptio now is trading as APTI on the NASDAQ Global Market....

 
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iovation Tool Uses Machine Learning To Detect Fraud

Friday, September 23, 2016

Portland-based authentication and fraud prevention software developer iovation said this week that it has rolled out a new tool, which uses machine learning to better predict the trustworthiness or riskiness of an online transaction....

 
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Apptio Prices IPO, To Debut Today On Markets

Friday, September 23, 2016

Seattle-based Apptio has priced its IPO at $16.00 per share, and will start trading on the NASDAQ Global Market this morning as APTI. The company priced its IPO above its earlier, estimated IPO pricing range of between $13.00 and $15.00 per share. Apptio raises $96M in the offering for the company....

 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Urban Airship Names CFO, Sales VP

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Portland-based Urban Airship, the developer of mobile analytics and engagement software, named two new executives this morning. Urban Airship said it named Scott Allen as CFO, and Eric Holmen as SVP of Worldwide Sales....

 
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Bigleaf Networks Finds Funding For Adaptive WAN Service

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Portland-based Bigleaf Networks, a developer of a WAN networking service which helps to automatically re-route, provide failover, and load-sharing of WAN traffic, has scored an investment round, the company said on Wednesday. Size of the funding was not announced....

 
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RealNetworks' Glaser Backs Anti-Trump Website, Putintrump.org

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Seattle entrepeneur Rob Glaser--best known for founding RealNetworks--has launched a new website, Putintrump.org, to highlight the connections between Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and Russian president Vladimir Putin....

 
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Avalara Raises $50M In New Funding

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Seattle-based Avalara announced this morning that it has raised $50M in new funding, for its tax compliance automation software....

 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PitchBook Deposes Thomson Reuters At NVCA

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Seatle-based financing data provider PitchBook has deposed Thomson Reuters as the official provider of venture capital and investment data for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and will supply all of the venture capital activity reports for the NVCA's venture monitoring....

 
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TechStars Seattle Grade TrueFacet Finds $6M

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TrueFacet, an online retailer of used jewelry and watches, which had been part of TechStars Seattle, is directly benefiting from its links to Seattle with a new, $6M funding, which it announced this morning....

 
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Wrench Plans Expansion After Seattle Beta

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Seattle-based Wrench, the Madrona-backed on-site car service and repair service, said it is expanding its service throughout the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett metro area, after a successful beta launch in Seattle earlier this summer....

 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Treehouse Adds Virtual Reality Certification Course

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Portland-based online coding school operator Treehouse said this morning that it has launched a brand new, online virtual reality certification, aimed at aspiring virtual reality developers....

 
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Amperity Sets Erik Selberg As New VP

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Seattle-based Amperity, a startup which is using machine learning for enterprise marketing, has named Erik Selberg as Vice President of Machine Learning. Selberg was most recently at T-Mobile, and had also served at Amazon....

 
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Amazon Backs Thalmic Labs

Monday, September 19, 2016

Amazon.com is one of the backers of humaninterface and gesture control armband maker Thalmic Labs, in a $120M funding round, Thalmic said this morning....

 
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INRIX Feeds Waze With Parking Data

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kirkland-based Inrix, and navigation app developer Waze are in a deal this morning to feed Waze with better parking data, to help guide Waze's drivers to nearby parking lots. According to the two, INRIX will supply parking lot information into Waze, to help power its "where to park" feature....

 
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Apptio IPO Expected Friday

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bellevue-based Apptio, the developer of IT and business management software which is headed by Sunny Gupta, is slated for an IPO on Friday, according to the latest IPO schedule from the NASDAQ....

 
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Cascadia CleanTech Alliance Gives Out $25K In Prizes, Highlights Firms

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Cascadia CleanTech Alliance, which runs the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator and Cascadia CleanTech Prize funding competition, said this week that it has awarded $25,000 in prizes--in conjunction with Oregon BEST--to a new set of firms as part of its Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator....

 
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Whitepages Sets New CEO

Friday, September 16, 2016

Seattle-based online directory provider Whitepages said this morning that Rob Eleveld has been promoted to become CEO of the company. Founder Alex Algard remains Executive Chairman of the company's board, and also will continue to be CEO of Hiya....

 
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Amazon Sets Launch Date For The Grand Tour

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fans of Top Gear who have been suffering from withdrawal from the antics of former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May--will be happy to hear that Amazon.com has set a launch date for The Grand Tour, its new original series which features the trio of car enthusiasts....

 
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wave Raises $125M In Financing, Buys CoastCom, SawNet

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kirkland-based gigabit fibre and broadband access services provider Wave said on Wednesday that it has raised $125M in a debt financing and acquired two companies. The company said the funding will go to help it accelerate fiber network construction and expand its commercial broadband services....

 
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Startup Rocket Seeks To Accelerate, Validate Startups

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A new effort, Startup Rocket, is looking to offer up a new service to help startup founders validate their startup, accelerate growth, build their products, and land funding, in Seattle and elsewhere....

 
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Amazon Plans New Wind Farm, In Texas

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Seattle-based Amazon.com said this morning that it is opening up its fifth wind farm project, in Texas, to help supply power to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. According to Amazon....

 
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LumaTax Raises $2M For Small Business Tax Reporting

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Seattle-based LumaTax, a spinout of Pioneer Square Labs, has raised $2M in a funding round, the company said today. The funding came from Madrona Venture Group, Greycroft Partners, and angels....

 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Concur Buys Hipmunk

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bellevue-based travel and expense management software developer Concur said late Tuesday that it has acquired Hipmunk, which develops travel search tools. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced....

 
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DimensionalMechanics Names Blizzard Entertainment Exec To Board

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bellevue-based DimensionalMechanics, which develops artificial intelligence software, has added former Blizzard Entertainment executive Michael Ryder to the company's board of directors....

 
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BrightVolt Gets $5M In Ongoing Funding Round

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Redmond-based BrightVolt, which develops ultra-thin film, flexible batteries, announced this morning that it has raised $5M, as part of an ongoing Series B funding round. The initial funding came from New Science Ventures....

 
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Poke Radar Acquired By Glu

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Seattle-based Poke Radar, the developer of the community app which lets Pokemon Go users figure out where to catch specific kinds of Pokemon, has been acquired by videogame developer Glu Mobile....

 
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Azuqua Targets Enterprise Cloud With New Software

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Seattle-based Azuqua, a developer of IT integration software aimed at helping enterprises connect their enterprise applications into the cloud, said it has released a new platform today....

 
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Amazon's Alexa Tops 3,000 Skills

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Amazon said today that it has just topped 3,000 "skills" for its Amazon Alexa voice recognition service, with a host of new skills it just announced that allow users to look up recipes, control your kitchen appliances, and follow fantasy sports, among many others....

 
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Sarcos Robotics Scores Funding For Robotic Exoskeletons

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sarcos Robotics, a developer of robotic exoskeletons initially targeted at the industrial robotics space, has raised a funding round, from Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, and Microsoft Corporation, the company said on Monday. Size of the round was not announced....

 
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Real Estate Game Works Converts Boring Real Estate Classes Into A Game

Monday, September 12, 2016

Are you a real estate agent, needing to renew your real estate license? Seattle-based startup Real Estate Game Works said today that it has taken the concept of "gameification", and turned studying for real estate license renewals from a chore into a videogame....

 
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Apptio Sets IPO Pricing Range

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bellevue-based Apptio has taken another step towards the public markets this morning, saying in a regulatory filing that it now estimates its IPO pricing at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share....

 
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Blue Origin Looks To Build Bigger Rocket Than SpaceX, ULA

Monday, September 12, 2016

Blue Origin, the space rocket firm funded by Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, said this morning that Blue Origin plans to build its own, multi-stage versions of its New Shepherd rocket booster, called the New Glenn. According to the company, the new two- and three-stage rockets are named after John Glenn....

 
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