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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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May 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

D10: Zynga boss on Facebook, taking on Xbox Live

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Zynga Chief Executive Mark Pincus said things haven’t changed too much for his social-gaming company since it went public in December. Zynga and its close partner Facebook underwhelmed investors, but Pincus said the newly public Internet companies are strong regardless of their stock price. He’s being interviewed by Kara Swisher, co-host…

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May 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The pinstripe hoodie, for your next IPO roadshow

Finally, something acceptable for the upwardly mobile social networking executive to wear on Wall Street. Executive Hoodies are now being offered by San Francisco-based Betabrand, which makes them in the city. Their May 23 debut will be too late to help Mark Zuckerberg. But what a gift this would be for college grads, gearing up to look…

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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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February 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Elite Microsoft engineer to Splunk, Artale to Ignition (UPDATE)

Brad Lovering, one of Microsoft’s top engineers until he left last year, is heading a new Seattle office for Splunk, according to a report by Mary Jo Foley. Lovering is now vice president of development platform with the San Francisco-based company, which provides an enterprise IT data management system used by thousands of customers. During his…

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January 23, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Inrix lands Audi deal, plans IPO

Kirkland startup Inrix is announcing that Audi will use its traffic data services in a new in-dash navigation system the auto maker is debuting in the 2011 A6 in Europe in May. It’s the third major carmaker — following Ford and Toyota — to use Inrix’s traffic data, which extends beyond highways to arterials and…

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November 22, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Take Microsoft private: It’s been considered

(Here’s today’s column, about why Microsoft should go private. I may have buried the news, that people in Microsoft’s treasury group have run the numbers …) With interest rates at historic lows, maybe it’s time for Microsoft to refinance. Seriously, the company is unable to convince investors that its business is doing well. So why not say…

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Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, going private

August 31, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Apptio lands $16.5 million, IPO next?

Seattle enterprise software vendor Apptio raised a whopping $16.5 million in a third round of funding that positions the company to pursue a public offering next. Apptio will use the funding to push into new markets and generally grow its business. It plans to add 30 employees by the end of the year, after hiring 30…

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