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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

June 29, 2011 at 5:00 AM

The Clymb raises $2 million from J Allard, others

Former Microsoft design guru and Xbox executive J Allard is backing a Portland-based company called The Clymb, whcih offers flash sales of outdoor gear.

Allard is among a group of investors providing $2 million worth of series A funding for the company, which began offering the “private sales” in 2009 and now has more than 1 million unique visitors per month and “several hundred thousand” members.

The Clymb’s going to use the funding to expand its offerings, add social features such as a referral reward program, and begin offering local and global travel products.

Allard was chief technology officer of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices divivision when he left in May 2010, reportedly after the “Courier” tablet project he was leading was spiked by Microsoft’s senior leadership.

Now he’s serving on The Clymb board as well as investing in the company. Other backers include the Oregon Angel Fund, Walden Venture Capital and other individual investors.

“This round of funding enables The Clymb to expand the team and innovate at a pace that matches our ambition,” Allard said in a release.

A screenshot of the site:

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