Monday, January 23, 2017

Amazon Opens Fulfillment Center In Colorado

Monday, January 23, 2017

Seattle-based Amazon.com said Monday that it is opening a new fulfillment center, this time in Colorado. Amazon said the new fulfillment center in Aurora, Colorado--just outside Denver--will create 1,000 full-time jobs. Amazon already has a "sortation center" in Aurora....

 
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Funko Buys Underground Toys Ltd.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Everett, Washington-based toy company Funko announced today that it has agreed to acquire Underground Toys Ltd., a UK-based toy maker and distributor. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Underground Toys Ltd. is based in London. Funko is led by Brian Mariotti....

 
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Wave Gobbles Up Cascade Networks

Monday, January 23, 2017

Kirkland-based fiber and broadband operastor Wave said this morning that t has acquired Longview-based Cascade Networks. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Wave said the buy adds more than 350 route miles of fiber to its West Coast network....

 
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Spiral Genetics Acquired By Omicia

Monday, January 23, 2017

Seattle-based Spiral Genetics, a developer of software for the DNA sequencing market, has been acquired by Oakland, California-based Omicia. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced....

 
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donuts Names Microsoft Vet As New CEO

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bellevue-based domain name registry operator Donuts Inc. has named a new CEO, saying that it has appointed Microsoft veteran Bruce Jaffe to the position. The firm--which registers top level domains like .media, .photography, and ....

 
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Headset Raises $2.5M For Cannabis Analytics

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Seattle-based Headset, which provides retail analytics for the legal cannabis business, said on Thursday morning that it has raised $2.5M in funding. The funding came from Hypur Ventures and Salveo Capital....

 
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Amazon Expands Again In Texas

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Seattle-based Amazon.com said late Wednesday that it is expanding with another fulfillment center, this time in Texas. The center will be its ninth in the state, and according to the company will create 1,000-plus full time jobs. Amazon said its new Robotics site will be based in Coppell, Texas....

 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FlexMinder Acquired By Jellyvision

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Seattle-based FlexMinder, a developer of software for automating the healthcare reimbursement process for third-party administrators, has been acquired by Chicago-based JellyVision, the two said on Tuesday. Financial details of the asset acquisition deal were not disclosed....

 
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Microsoft Acquires Simplygon For 3D Tools

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Microsoft has acquire Swedish 3D animation tools developer Simplygon, the company announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Microsoft said the buy would help it accelerate its efforts in 3D creation. Simplygon was developed by Donya Labs AB....

 
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Voyager Capital Names New Venture Partner

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Seattle-based Voyager Capital said this morning that it has named James Newell as a new Venture Partner at the firm. Newell was most recently at IVP in Silicon Valley, but will relocate back to Seattle as part of the hiring....

 
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Microsoft Backs InsideSales In New Unicorn Funding Round

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Microsoft Corp. is one of the big investors in a new round for customer relationship and sales management software developer InsideSales....

 
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stay Alfred Gets $15M For Short Term Rental Startup

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spokane, Washington-based Stay Alfred, a startup which connects consumers with short term rentals in such cities as Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Memphis, and beyond, has raised $15M in a Series A funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. Source of the funding was not announced....

 
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TalentSonar Acquired By Unitive

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Seattle-based TalentSonar, a developer of resume review software which promotes more diversity and attempts to remove unconscious bias in reviewing applicants for hiring, has been acquired by San Francisco-based Unitive, the firms announced on Tuesday....

 
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APANA Finds $3.5M For Automated Water Management

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bellingham, Washington-based APANA, a developer of industrial systems used for automated water management, has raised $3.5M in a funding round, the company said on Tuesday. The funding was led by Japanese company Kurita Water Industries Ltd....

 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Amazon Launches New, Subscription Anime Service

Friday, January 13, 2017

Seattle-based Amazon has launched a new, video-on-demand service for Japanese "anime" animation. Amazon Channel: Anime Strike costs $4.99 per month, and will offer up more than 1,000 episodes and movies in the anime style....

 
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Maluuba Acquired By Microsoft

Friday, January 13, 2017

Canadian artificial intelligence software developer Maluuba announced today that it has been acquired by Microsoft. Maluuba has been developing software which helps advanced the development of artificial intelligence software. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed....

 
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Microsoft Sued By Pro Wrestler Over Gears Of War Avatar

Friday, January 13, 2017

Microsoft Corp. has been sued by professional wrestling star "Hard Rock Hamilton", over an avatar in its Gear of War videogame. Lenwood "Hard Rock" Hamilton sued Microsoft Studios and Epic Games over the use of a voice and likeness of the character Pvt....

 
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Remitly Approved In Massachusetts, Now Available In All 50 States

Friday, January 13, 2017

Seattle-based fintech startup Remitly said late Thursday evening that it has been approved in Massachusetts, letting residents of that state send money abroad....

 
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bezos Buys Biggest House In Washington--DC, That Is

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Does Jeff Bezos have plans in Washington, DC? The Amazon.com mogul apparently has purchased the biggest house in Washington, DC--a 27,000 square foot mansion in the same neighborhood where outgoing President Obama will live after his departure from the White House....

 
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Madrona Names New Managing Director

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Seattle-based venture capital investor Madrona Venture Group said this morning that it has added S. "Soma" Somasegar as a new Managing Director at the firm. Somasegar has been a Venture Partner at the investment firm since November of 2015, and is a twenty-five year veteran of Microsoft....

 
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Cray Names R&D VP

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Seattle-based Cray, the supercomputer developer, has named Stathis Papaefstathiou as its new Senior Vice President of Research and Development, according to the company. Papaefstathiou was most recently Senior Vice President of Engineering at Aerohive Networks....

 
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Amazon Plans 100,000 New US Jobs

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Seattle-based Amazon.com said on Thursday that it plans to add more than 100,000 new, full time jobs, over the next 18 months, and is hoping to bring its full time, U.S.-based workforce to over 280,000 by mid-2018. Amazon....

 
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Renewal Workshop Seeks To Cut Waste In Clothing Manufacturing

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A new, Oregon startup, The Renewal Workshop, is hoping its efforts can cut waste in the clothing manufacturing process, through a new three way collaboration with Oregon BEST and the Oregon Manufacturers Extension Partnership (OMEP)....

 
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Amazon Rolls Out New Rewards Credit Card For Prime Members

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seattle-based Amazon.com has rolled out its own, rewards credit card this morning, in a deal with credit card issuer Chase, which will give 5 percent back on Amazon.com purchases, and 2 percent back on restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores, plus 1 percent back everywhere else....

 
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Ignition Partners Gets Exit At Unidesk

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seattle-based venture investor Ignition Partners has chalked up another exit in its portfolio, after the acquisition this week of Unidesk by Citrix....

 
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mighty AI Raises $14M For Machine Learning

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Seattle-based Spare5, which had been operating a service to let users perform "microtasks" for others and earn money in their spare time, said on Tuesday that it has become Mighty AI--relaunching the company and focusing on tools, data, and services around artificial intelligence....

 
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Zillow Commits $5M Towards New UW Computer Science Building

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Zillow announced on Tuesday morning that it has committed $5M towards a new, Computer Science & Engineering Building which is being built on the campus of the University of Washington....

 
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Arivale Targets Weight Loss Market

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Seattle-based Arivale, the scientific wellness startup which uses a combination of gene sequencing and other clinical testing to help individuals understand the best way to improve their health, said on Tuesday that it has launched a special program around weight loss....

 
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Onvia Names New CEO

Monday, January 9, 2017

Seattle-based Onvia, which operates a marketplace which connects busineses to government contracts, said that it has named technology veteran Russ Mann as its new President and CEO. Mann also joins the company's board of directors....

 
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Report: Amazon Buys Harvest.Ai

Monday, January 9, 2017

Seattle-based Amazon.com has acquired San Diego-based Harvest.ai, a developer of software that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to prevent data loss from enterprises, according to reports this morning. Those reports place the acquisition price of Harvest....

 
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Microsoft Backs Team8's Cybersecurity Efforts

Monday, January 9, 2017

Microsoft is one of the investors in Israeli cybersecurity software developer Team8, Team8 said on Monday, as part of a strategic funding. Microsoft joined Qualcomm is the round for Team8, which says it has now raised $92M in funding....

 
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Backs Vir Biotechnology

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the lead backers in a startup, Vir Biotechnology, which is developing cures, treatments, and preventions for challenging infectious diseases....

 
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Integrated Diagnostics Finds $6.1M For Lung Cancer Diagnostics

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seattle-based Indi (Integrated Diagnostics) said on Friday that it has raised $6.1M in a financing round, for its development of a molecular diagnostic blood test which helps diagnose lung cancer. The Series C funding came from Baird Capital and InterWest Partners....

 
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Gates, Bezos-backed Blood Testing Firm Nears $1 Billion Funding

Friday, January 6, 2017

GRAIL, a startup that is backed by both Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, and which is developing blood testing technology for early stage cancer detection, is expecting to close a $1 billion, Series B funding, according to its founding investor....

 
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

PVP Biologics Gets $35M From Takeda

Thursday, January 5, 2017

PVP Biologics, a biopharmaceuticals firm which is developing treatments for celiac disease, has received $35M from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, the companies announced on Thursday....

 
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