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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, 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…


Comments | More in | Topics: Big Fish Games, cloud, Enterprise

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…


Comments | Topics: Broadband, Clearwire, Comcast

November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Doubling down on casino games in Seattle

Seattle’s becoming the new Barbary Coast. First it legalizes marijuana. Next it’s likely to become the hub for online gambling. The city’s already on the forefront of online casinos, with Seattle companies building some of the leading virtual-gambling operations on Facebook and mobile devices such as Apple’s iPad and iPhones. For now they’re using virtual chips —…


Comments | Topics: big fish, casino games, Casual games

October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

First there was Xbox, now there’s Vbox

It won’t play “Halo 4,” but the new Vbox from Seattle-based Verdiem does give users advanced weapons to combat power hogs. Verdiem makes software for managing information-technology energy usage. Now it’s also selling the Vbox, a product Verdiem calls the “first IT energy management appliance.” It costs a bit more than an Xbox — $5,000, plus software…


Comments | More in | Topics: Energy, energy management, Enterprise

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…


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…


Comments | Topics: Entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, facebook

May 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Startups at Microsoft: Inside story of Xbox wins, Zune losses

The truly inside story of starting the Xbox and Zune businesses at Microsoft was shared in a remarkable lecture Friday by Robbie Bach, the retired president of the company’s entertainment and devices business. Bach shared his unique perspective on why the Xbox was a success and the Zune was not during a presentation on intrapreneurship,…


Comments | Topics: Apple, apple, Digital media

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