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December 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

SEOmoz buys another Portland startup

Putting its buckets of venture capital to use, Seattle’s SEOmoz bought another small Portland company to round out its portfolio of online marketing tools. SEOmoz is announcing today that it paid $3 million in cash and stock for GetListed.org, a two-person Portland company that’s helped more than 2 million small businesses build their online presence…

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December 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Seattle tech forecast: Cloudy with showers of cash

It’s revenge-of-the-nerds time in Seattle. The cool kids in Silicon Valley usually get all the attention. But the tables are turning, now that it’s getting harder to make a killing with a clever app or website. Lately, the Valley’s been fretting about a slowdown in venture funding for consumer Web companies. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson opined…

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November 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Video: Wine app Corki wins Seattle Startup Weekend

Here’s a video showing the pitches of 15 finalists at Seattle Startup Weekend. Teams of participants developed startup companies in a 54-hour burst then pitched them to a panel of judges Sunday evening. Zillow hosted the event at its swanky offices downtown. The winning team gets to enter a video pitch in a national competition and…

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November 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Kirkland’s Wave raises $1 billion for broadband growth

Wave Broadband may have to change its name to Tsunami. The Kirkland-based company is announcing today that it has raised $1.052 billion to accelerate the expansion of its broadband network on the West Coast. That’s not all new money, though. It’s a recapitalization of the company, which has about $350 million in debt. The $1 billion…

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Comments | Topics: Broadband, Clearwire, Comcast

September 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Contour building hardware in a software town

Gravel flies everywhere and the motor howls as an off-road racing car spins out of control on a rally course in the foothills east of Seattle. The orange Subaru is more tricked out than usual, sporting an assortment of high-tech cameras stuck to the roof, fender, roll-cage and driver’s helmet. For the morning, this is a testing…

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Comments | Topics: contour, Education, Entrepreneurs

August 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Zillow boss offers fresh take on IPOs, regulatory burden

Perhaps the founders of Facebook, Groupon and Zynga should spend more time at their satellite offices in Seattle. All three failed to live up the hype around their initial stock offerings. Meanwhile Seattle’s biggest entrant in the current generation of Web startups has won over Wall Street in its first year as a public company. The stock…

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April 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Rich Barton on startup frothiness, pivots and pitches

Inspired by our local space explorers, I donned my high-tech prospecting gear and set out to mine precious nuggets of wisdom from a nearby star. That would be Rich Barton, the startup wunderkind who founded Expedia as a twenty-something Microsoft manager, spun it into the world’s largest travel business and became a serial…

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Comments | Topics: Digital media, Entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs

February 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Lessons from TeachStreet, folding into Amazon

For every Mark Zuckerberg, there are thousands of entrepreneurs still waiting for their big prize. Sometimes it’s just the promise of a steady paycheck. Consider the fate of Seattle’s TeachStreet, an online education directory that’s shutting down Feb. 15 after five years. Its breakout moment never came, but the company still had an outsized effect on…

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October 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Barton backs Nextdoor, after Washington Park tryout

Seattle tech investor Rich Barton has another project, which he tested at his home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Called Nextdoor, it’s a new platform for creating neighborhood Web sites that function as bulletin boards, newsletters and notification systems. Neighborhoods can use Nextdoor sites – which it calls “private social networks” – to do…

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