iUNU makes another acquisition to bolster indoor agtech software, swoops up Artemis

(Artemis Photo) Seattle agtech startup iUNU just announced another acquisition: it is buying Artemis, a Lake Ariel, Pa.-based startup founded in 2015 that offers a “Cultivation Management Platform” for indoor farms. The two companies are similar and already share customers. The deal will expand iUNU’s existing platform that uses autonomous rail-mounted cameras and canopy level … Read more

Seattle startup is Val Kilmer’s ‘Top Gun’ wingman as it helps maneuver an interactive screening of film

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise in the 1986 film “Top Gun.” (SparkRise Image) A startup with a strong Seattle presence is serving as actor Val Kilmer’s wingman for an interactive, streaming celebration of the hit movie “Top Gun” on Saturday. SparkRise, the startup that acquired and merged with Seattle-based Flaggpole, Inc. in 2020, is a … Read more

Seattle startup is acting as Val Kilmer’s wingman for interactive screening of ‘Top Gun’ to benefit charity

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise in the 1986 film “Top Gun.” (SparkRise Image) A startup with a strong Seattle presence is serving as actor Val Kilmer’s wingman for an interactive, streaming celebration of the hit movie “Top Gun” on Saturday. SparkRise, the startup that acquired and merged with Seattle-based Flaggpole, Inc. in 2020, is a … Read more

‘Fall in love with a problem’: Remitly CEO reflects on startup journey as remittance company goes public

Remitly employees inside one of the company’s offices. (Remitly Photo) It’s been a heck of a startup journey for Remitly. The latest chapter begins Thursday when the mobile remittance company starts trading on the NASDAQ, marking a key milestone for a 10-year-old firm that has navigated through various twists and turns on its path to … Read more

Former Concur, Expedia execs back Spotnana, a startup aiming to rethink business travel software

Sarosh Waghmar (left) and Shikhar Agarwal, co-founders of Spotnana. (Spotnana Photo) It’s unclear if business travel will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels. But that isn’t stopping investors from betting on a startup with a new take on business travel software. New York City-based Spotnana announced a $34 million Series A round on Wednesday. Seattle-based Madrona … Read more

The most successful accelerator cohort ever: How this Techstars Seattle class produced 3 unicorns

The Techstars Seattle 2011 cohort. (Photo courtesy of Marcelo Calbucci) In 2011, the world was still recovering from the financial crisis a couple of years earlier. The startup economy wasn’t in full swing yet. SaaS, pre-seed, or even mobile-first weren’t part of the startup vocabulary. Heck, even Mekhato had just launched. Still, in that year, … Read more

Tracking clean energy performance: Omnidian lands $33M to help companies manage solar assets

Mark Liffmann, founder and CEO of Omnidian. (Omnidian Photo) New funding: Seattle-based Omnidian announced a $33 million investment round today, bringing the climate tech company’s total funding to $53.4 million. The company operates software platforms that monitor the performance of solar power assets for more than 80 corporate customers, including developers, utilities, financial organizations and … Read more

‘Future of coffee’ arrives with release of Seattle’s Atomo, a first-of-its-kind molecular cold brew

An 8-ounce can of Atomo Coffee from Seattle. (Mekhato Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The “future of coffee” has arrived — at least for the 1,000 or so people who will get a chance to buy some cold brew from Atomo Coffee, the Seattle-based makers of a more sustainable blend that doesn’t use coffee beans. Atomo … Read more

Inside the shakeup at 98point6: Board member explains abrupt CEO change at well-funded startup

98point6 CEO and co-founder Robbie Cape. (98point6 Photo) The board of directors at fast-growing Seattle telehealth startup 98point6 let go of co-founder and CEO Robbie Cape last month because it was looking for a new leader who could position the company for its next phase of growth. That detail, as explained by a 98point6 board … Read more