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Brier Dudley's blog

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

November 8, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Seattle startups surging, east and west

My inbox is filling up with news from Seattle-area startups that are expanding like crazy.

Here are a few of the smaller tech companies in the area that are expecting big jumps in employment over the next few months:

— Bellevue-based wellness software venture Limeade is planning to grow from 35 to 75 employees over the next year. The growth will be fueled in part by $5 million in new funding the company is announcing today. Limeade has raised $8.5 million since it began in 2006, including the $5 million that’s coming from San Diego-based TVC Capital. Limeade offers a game-like wellness program used by healthcare providers and large companies, including REI, Swedish Medical Center and Jamba Juice.

PaperG, a San Francisco-based display advertising technology venture, plans to more than double its presence locally after opening an engineering office in Kirkland last month. The office now has nine employees but the company is planning for up to 25 engineers.

— Seattle-based SpaceCurve announced that it moved into a larger Pioneer Square office, where it plans to nearly double its development team over the next few months. The company plans to grow the team from about 8 to 15 by the end of the year. Overall the company should employ 21 people by year-end, up from the current total of 14. SpaceCurve is building a “big data spatial-temporal database platform and immersive analytics tools.” It raised $3.5 million in August.

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