Why Ellen DeGeneres, Shaun White and others are backing a Seattle startup that’s cutting food waste

The Shelf Engine leadership team (starting top left, going clockwise): Stefan Kalb, co-founder and CEO; Bede Jordan, co-founder and chief technology officer; Kane McCord, chief revenue officer and president; and Deborah Alexander, chief operating officer and head of finance. (Shelf Engine Photos) Shelf Engine is tapping the promotional power of celebrities to spread the word … Read more

Glowforge cuts deal with Michaels to expand retail reach of its 3D laser printers

(Glowforge Photo) Glowforge has signed on with a new retail partner in a bid to get its 3D laser printers and other products in front of more customers who are already thinking about making and creating. The Seattle-based startup announced Tuesday that it is teaming with Michaels, the North American specialty retailer that sells arts, … Read more

From surprise dates to virtual team building, Seattle startup Mystery pivots to ‘morale as a service’

A mystery performer playing for a Mystery virtual event. (Mystery Image) Mystery, the Seattle startup that launched two years ago with mystery dates, is riding the success of a pandemic-induced pivot that has turned the focus toward morale-boosting virtual events for distributed and hybrid teams and companies. Mystery is even calling its B2B brand of … Read more

Tech Moves: Seattle startup TomboyX names new CEO; T-Mobile appoints general counsel; and more

Leslie Garrard. (TomboyX Photo) — Gender-neutral underwear maker TomboyX promoted COO Leslie Gerrard to CEO. Co-founders Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez will continue to be brand ambassadors and strategic advisors. Dunaway will remain on the board of directors. “It’s a female founded challenger brand that’s 100% about promoting joy and wonder through radical comfort and … Read more

Membrion raises $3M for wastewater treatment tech and plans to double size of Seattle facility

Membrion manufactures its membrane technology in Seattle. (Membrion Photo) Membrion, the Seattle startup that manufactures specialized membranes for treating wastewater, has added $3 million to an earlier Series A funding round. The 5-year-old spinout from the University of Washington plans to double the size of its Seattle manufacturing facility and hire 10 more people. Membrion’s … Read more

‘They proved me wrong.’ Investor who passed on Seattle startup Remitly analyzes its upcoming IPO

Maveron’s Jason Stoffer. Jason Stoffer was still early in his career at venture capital firm Maveron in 2012 when he declined an opportunity to invest in Remitly, then a fledgling Seattle startup with ambitions to challenge Western Union by bringing a tech mindset to the business of international money transfers. He was impressed by Remitly … Read more

5G Open Innovation Lab adds new ag tech partner and names 12 startups in fourth cohort

The 5G Open Innovation Lab, a Bellevue, Wash.-based startup program, has named the 12 startups selected to participate in its fourth cohort. The lab, which is funded by T-Mobile, Microsoft, Intel, F5 and others, runs a 12-week program in which the startups work closely with partners to “accelerate monetization opportunities of 5G, edge computing and … Read more

Seattle HR startup Humanly lands $4.2M to help companies automate parts of the interview process

(Humanly Photo) Humanly has raised more cash to fuel growth for its HR software that helps companies screen job candidates, schedule interviews, automate initial communication, run reference checks, and more. The company landed $4.3 million in a round led by Zeal Capital Partners, with participation from Spark Growth Ventures, Basecamp Fund, Moneta Ventures, and a … Read more

Seattle investors back Battlesnake, makers of a growing game that turns coding into competition

“Battlesnake” action during a tournament broadcast on Twitch. (Battlesnake Image) Programmers looking to experiment or get better at the tools and technology that they use for their day jobs are turning to a competitive game called “Battlesnake” — made by a company of the same name — to earn bragging rights among a community of … Read more