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Unosquare Expands In Ireland

Portland-based Unosquare, a software development and IT consulting firm, said this week that it is expanding in Belfast, Ireland, with new development offices. According to Unosquare, the new engineering center will hire between 20 to 30 engineers by the end of 2017.Continue →


Wibotic Finds $2.5M For Wireless Power For Robots

Seattle-based Wibotic, a developer of wireless power and battery products for the robotics industry, has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round, the company said this week. The funding came from Tsing Capital, and also included Comet Labs and Digi Labs, W Fund, WRF Capital and Wisemont Capital. Wibotic is part of the engineering and testing facility in the University of Washington's CoMotion Labs incubator program.Continue →


Bezos Portfolio Firm EverFi Adds $190M

Everfi, the developer of digital learning, financial literacy, and other products for the education and other markets which is backed by Jeff Bezos, has raised $190M in a new funding round. The funding was led by The Rise Fund, and also included TPG Growth. Bezos Expeditions, the investment firm owned by Jeff Bezos, is a prior backer in the company. Everfi is based in Washington, D.C., and provides it products to K-12 schools, universities, corporations, sports teams, and the NGO market....Continue →


Cray Signs New Solutions Provider

Seattle-based Cray announced this morning that it has tapped Mark II Systems, an enterprise IT solutions provider, to develop, market and sell solutions that use its systems in the supercomputing and big data analytics areas. Mark II Systems is based in Houston, TX.Continue →


Vertafore Buys RiskMatch

Bothell-based Vertafore, a developer of insurance technology and software, has acquired RiskMatch, a provider of business intelligence and analytics software for insurance brokers and carriers. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Vertafore said that RiskMatch will operate as a separate business unit, and that Vertafore's Founder and CEO, Kabir Syed, will join the company's executive team as part of the acquisition. RiskMatch was based in Greenwich, Connecticut....Continue →


MPRICA Health Finds $4.6M

Seattle-based MPRICIA, a developer of healthcare quality scoring software, announced today that it has raised $4.6M in funding. The funding was led by equity crowdfunding site OurCrowd, along with an un-named, Seattle-based equity investor. The company, led by Shakil Haroon deelops technology which rates the surgical outcome of doctors and hospitals. The company offers up its platform to customers in the Medicare Advantage and employer benefits area.Continue →


Twistlock, With Offices In Portland, Raises $17M For Container Security

Twistlock, a startup developing cloud-based, container security software, has raised $17M in a Series B funding, the company announced today. Twistlock has an office in Portland, which it just opened in Q4. The funding was led by Polaris Partners, and also included YL Ventures, TenEleven, and Rally Ventures. According to Twistlock, it has experienced more than 200 percent growth in the first few months of 2017 as a result of opening up its new Portland, Oregon office....Continue →


Rover.com Launches Rebranding As The Dog People

Seattle-based pet sitting and dog walking marketplace operator Rover.com has launched a big re-branding as "The Dog People", in its first, national advertising campaign, the company said on Monday. Rover.com said the move is a result of its recent acquisition of dog sitting network DogVacay. Rover.com says it the new campaign is the biggest media investment that it has made to date, with a planned spending of $4.5 million in marketing this year. Rover....Continue →


Sarcos Rolls Out New, Snakelike Robot, The Guardian S

Industrial robot developer Sarcos Robotics, which has offices and operations in Bellevue, has rolled out a new, snakelike robot--the Guardian S--which the company says is aimed at traveling through such terrain as stairs, culverts, pipes, tanks, vertical ferromagnetic surfaces and confined spaces, providing two-way video, voice, and data to operators. The robot, which weighs 13.5 pounds, is aimed at inspection and surveillance. Pricing on the new robot was not announced....Continue →


Vacasa Unveils New Pricing Software For Vacation Rentals

Portland-based Vacasa said on Thursday afternoon that it has unveiled new vacation rental pricing software, which it says is powerd by new machine learning software. According to the company, its new technology, "Yield Management 2.0", is code named "Alan" after computer scientist Alan Turing. Vacasa said the new technology uses machine learning to optimize dynamic pricing of vacation homes.Continue →


Reports: Microsoft Looking To Buy Cloudyn

Local reports from Israeli media on Thursday say that Microsoft is in negotations to buy Israeli software developer Cloudyn. Details on any potential deal have not been announced. Cloudyn is a developer of cloud computing software, used for cloud monitoring and optimization on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, OpenStack, and other platforms....Continue →


Smarsh Adds Archiving For Facebook's Workplace

Portland-based cloud archiving service Smarsh announced this week that it is now supporting Workplaec by Facebook, Facebook's corporate collaboration tool. According to Smarsh, the support allows customers to search, review, and product content from within Smarsh's tools. Smarsh's software is used to maintain compliance on retention for companies in such industries as financial services....Continue →



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