Kavi Acquired By Higher Logic

Portland-based Kavi, a developer of collaboration software aimed at industry groups, was acquired by Washington DC-based Higher Logic, Higher Logic said last week. Kavi develops online community tools for such groups as the WiMAX Forum, SMPTE, DMTF, and many others. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Kavi had been led by Dave Coryell.Continue →

NetFortris Acquires Fonality

Seattle-based cloud-based communications provider NetFortris announced this morning that it has acquired cloud and unified communicatinos provider Fonality, which was based in Dallas, Texas. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. NetFortris said it will use the buy to bolster its enterprise communications solutions and managed network services. NetFortris was advised by Dentons US LLP and Spire Capital in the deal; Fonality was advised by AGC and Perkins Coie LLP....Continue →

Utrip Finds $4M For Travel Planning Site

Seattle-based Utrip, a startup which is combining artificial intelligence and community feedback to offer up travel recommendations to its users, said Monday that it has it raised $4M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Plug and Play, Tiempo Capital, Acorn Ventures, SWAN Venture Fund and W&W Capital, along with angels Gary Wipfler (Apple), Richard Galanti (Costco), Ken Alterman (Savers Inc.), H.S....Continue →

Skyward Acquired By Verizon

Portland-based Skyward, a developer of drone operations software, has been acquired by Verizon, Verizon announced on Thursday. According to Verizon, it will use the acquisition to help bring drone operations management to its Internet-of-Things (IoT) portfolio. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Skyward's founder and CEO is Jonathan Evans.Continue →

Opal Raises $15.5M For Brand Marketing Tools

Portland-based Opal, a developer of enterprise collaboration software for brand marketers, has raised $15.5M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Accel, and also included Madrona Venture Group, Seven Peaks Ventures, and MMC Ventures. Arun Mathew, Partner at Accel, joins Opal's board with the funding.Continue →

ReplyYes Gets $6.5M For Mobile Messaging For Brands

Seattle-based ReplyYes, a developer of a mobile messaging platform aimed at lifestyle brands, has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Madrona Venture Group, Cross Culture Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Muse Capital and Arnold Venture Group. ReplyYes runs The Edit, a text-based service which sends daily musical recommendations and record albums to vinyl music fans....Continue →

F5 Networks Hopes To Raise Visibility Beyond Network Geeks With Ad Campaign

In a move to try to raise the company's visibility with executives Seattle-based F5 Networks is taking a cue from Intel's "Intel Inside" campaign, with a new branding campaign it calls "We Make Apps Go: Faster. Smarter. Safer". The maker of network traffic shaping hardware said the move is a "strategic shift" for the company, which typically has marketed itself to the very technical network architects who buy its products. The company said it has launched a WeMakeAppsGo....Continue →

Nurego, With Offices In Seattle, Acquired By GE Digital

Nurego, a developer of software to help companies monetize their Industrial Internet-of-Things which has an office in Seattle, was acquired by GE Digital, the companies said last week. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Nurego's R&D is in Israel, where it will continue to be based. GE has been using Nurego's tools as part of its GE Predix offering. Nurego was started by former executives of EMC.Continue →

Report: Vadio Winds Down

Portland-based Vadio, a startup which had been developing software to synchoronize music with online videos, is winding down, according to a report on Tuesday. The startup told the The Oregnian that the company couldn't secure adequate investment. The company had been backed by Marker LLC, the Portland Seed Fund and Portland Incubator Experiment. The company was led by Bryce Clemmer....Continue →

Amazon Takes On Web, Audio Conferencing With Amazon Chime

Amazon Web Services, the web services arm of, said very late Monday evening that it has launched a, web-based video and audio conferencing service called Amazon Chime. According to Amazon, the new service lets its customers run video and audio meetings across desktops, iOS, and Android devices. Amazon said its unified communications service tackles issues with "second rate" online meetings products, with grainy video, poor audio quality, and long PIN numbers....Continue →

Zillow Names Slack Executive As New Board Member

Seattle-based Zillow has named April Underwood, currently Vice President of Slack Technologies, as a new member of the company's board of directors, the company said Monday. Underwood previously was Director of product at Twitter, and also has served at Google, Travelocity, and Intel. The appointment was made on Saturday, according to a regulatory filing by Zillow.Continue →

Amazon Studios Approves Two Kids Series

Seattle-based Amazon Studios, the original content arm of, is ramping up its development of content for kids, with two new series, Pete the Cat and Costume Quest, the company said today. Amazon said the series are based on Pete the Cat, based on the award-winning book series, and Costume Quest, from the popular video games. The titles will be available only on Prime, and will debut next year.Continue →






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