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Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO – GeekWire

Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO – GeekWire Act-On founder and CEO Raghu In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing. Act-On builds cloud-based software that helps businesses …

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Legal marketplace Avvo accelerates with $37.5M, eyes international expansion and new products – GeekWire

Legal marketplace Avvo accelerates with $37.5M, eyes international expansion and new products – GeekWire Mark Britton Avvo has attracted $37.5 million in fresh capital, a huge capital infusion that the Seattle company will use to grow its marketplace for matching attorneys and clients. Total funding in Avvo — founded seven years ago by former Expedia …

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Check out these 5 startups founded by University of Washington grads, professors – GeekWire

Check out these 5 startups founded by University of Washington grads, professors – GeekWire Seattle Tech Meetup organizer Brett Greene and University of Washington professor Ed Lazowska inside the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science. The talent and tenacity of graduates and professors from the University of Washington was on full display Tuesday evening …

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ReadyPulse raises $2M to help brands find compelling marketing images – GeekWire

ReadyPulse raises $2M to help brands find compelling marketing images – GeekWire ReadyPulse has raised $2 million in fresh funding, money that it will use to continue developing a service that helps companies such as RedBull, GoPro, RedWing Shoes and others find user-generated photos and videos that can be used in a brand’s marketing materials. …

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Fast-growing marijuana investment firm Privateer Holdings raises another $58M to fuel expansion – GeekWire

This marijuana startup is looking to raise $50M to help people find, purchase pot – GeekWire

This marijuana startup is looking to raise $50M to help people find, purchase pot – GeekWire Privateer Holdings co-founders Michael Blue, Christian Groh and Brendan Kennedy. For Brendan Kennedy, Michael Blue and Christian Groh, raising money a few years ago was a real slog. The reason was simple: Investors were wary of putting money behind …

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Pol.is uses machine learning, data visualization to help large groups spur conversation – GeekWire

Pol.is uses machine learning, data visualization to help large groups spur conversation – GeekWire Pol.is co-founders Colin Megill, Chris Small and Mike Bjorkegren. Photo courtesy of Pol.is For the three entrepreneurs building pol.is, the problem was simple: Big groups of people trying to communicate effectively about a certain topic online was largely inefficient. That’s why they started pol.is, …

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Back to the dot-com boom days? VC investments soar to 2001 levels – GeekWire

Back to the dot-com boom days? VC investments soar to 2001 levels – GeekWire Flickr photo via Justin D. Miller Facebook gobbles up WhatsApp and Oculus in multi-billion dollars deals. Tech IPOs take Wall Street by storm. And more than two dozen private companies raise financing rounds at valuations of $1 billion or more. Yes, …

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Cloud performance analytics startup Nouvola wins $256K at Angel Oregon – GeekWire

Cloud performance analytics startup Nouvola wins $256K at Angel Oregon – GeekWire Nouvola co-founders Paola Moretto and Paola Rossaro with their $256,000 prize. Photo courtesy of OEN. Portland-based Nouvola, a startup that helps companies deploy their cloud applications, won a $256,000 investment prize at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s Angel Oregon 2014. Nouvola helps mid-market businesses monitor their cloud application performance …

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Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year – GeekWire

Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year – GeekWire Some of the greatest technology companies have been started by teenagers or twenty-somethings: Microsoft, Facebook, Google. Young entrepreneurs can look at the world in new ways, transforming the way traditional industries operate in the process. That’s one of the reason why were excited once again to …

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