TechCrunch 10/7/15 – Lumo, makers of the Lumo Lift posture correcting device, have released something to help runners create better form, too.
Called Lumo Run, it’s a wearables system consisting of Lumo “smart garments” – shorts for men and capris for women – and a device that fits inside the pocket of these garments that gives real-time feedback on an app to show the runner how they are performing with every strike of the heel.
Geekwire 10/7/15 – You can now request home improvement services from Pro.com with a few text messages or directly within Facebook Messenger.
The Seattle startup that’s looking to create one-stop shopping for home repairs today unveiled a new mobile messaging service called “Text-a-Pro” that lets customers receive flat-rate prices on home projects.
There is no doubt that the cloud is a crucial part of the startup ecosystem and has become significant in Fortune 500 IT environments. We at Madrona surveyed our portfolio company CTOs to gauge how they are utilizing the cloud and what has changed in the four years since our first survey. Our findings show that AWS, as the category pioneer and leader, is dominant with startups and no other cloud provider is even close in terms of market share.
Seattle Business Magazine 9/25/15 – Congratulations to Tom Alberg for receiving the TechImpact Lifetime Achievement award recognizing his many decades of building companies in the greater Seattle region.
Algorithmia Blog 9/30/15 – It’s an honor to take part in this competition, where 12 of the top big data startups demonstrated their technologies to a room packed full of investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.
The Seattle Times 9/26/15 – Seattle has become a hub for home-improvement marketplaces with Amazon.com, Porch.com and Pro.com, as well as a division of Zillow known as Digs active in the region. Elsewhere, Angie’s List, Houzz and a big entrance by Google in August have made the industry a crowded space.
TechCrunch 9/21/15 – Julie Sandler joined John Lilly from Greylock, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, Peter Pham from Science, and Jess Lee of Polyvore to judge Startup Battlefield at this fall’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. See the winning pitch including video of VC Q&A at the bottom of this post. Agrilyst brings big data analytics to greenhouse farms and is based in NYC. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Bloomberg 9/20/15 – . . . startups such as Clari, Aviso, and Highspot are aiming to change that by hawking technology that uses software to analyze and predict deal outcomes and suggest marketing strategies for corporate sales teams, potentially saving time and boosting revenue.
Geekwire 9/16/15 – Los Angeles-based HelloTech, which wants to be the Uber of tech support, has raised $12.5 million in a first round of capital.
Portland Business Journal 9/1/15 – Each day the software created by Portland-based Cedexis takes 4 billion measurements from 500 million Internet users across 50,000 different networks around the world.
Until now, the information gathered was kept behind the scenes, used only by the company’s main product, which monitors Internet infrastructure for customers and re-routes customer traffic to ensure the best website performance.
Geekwire 9/2/15 – For Chris Smith, what started as a simple trip to the zoo has turned into a fast-growing startup that just reeled in a sizable investment round. Area360 today announced a $3.5 million Series A round led by Madrona Venture Group.
TechCrunch 8/19/15 – The public discourse about the “on-demand” economy gets a D+. Wherever I turn, whether it’s the Economist, New York Times, TechCrunch, Re/code, Forbes, Washington Post or Business Insider, journalists, politicians and tech influencers all too often flock around a frustrating mix of myths, memes and conflation.
OK, that’s a bold claim. So you be the judge. Here’s what I see as the five main meh memes around the on-demand economy, and my version of more complete truths.
Geekwire 8/25/15 – Spare5 seems to have struck a chord with its platform that pays people to spend their spare time performing short tasks on a smartphone.
The Wall Street Journal 8/20/15 – THERE’S MORE TO computer programming than figuring out what inscrutable words like “augop” and “del_stmt” mean. Sure, you’ll have to master the vocabulary, as you do with any foreign language. But the more fundamental challenge is grasping the underlying concepts of coding.
Marketing Land 8/21/15 – Bizible is hoping to solve the now age-old problem B2B marketers have in understanding how event attendance and digital marketing work together to generate sales.
The two-year-old Seattle-based marketing attribution firm announced Friday the launch of omni-channel attribution in the platform to help businesses understand and track offline attribution for events such as trade shows and conferences.
TechCrunch 8/19/15 – I was born an engineer and an introvert. The rest is pretty predictable.
When I was three I obsessed over jigsaw puzzles. At five, LEGO. I showed whatever I built to my mom, and she gave me a stream of positive, non-objective feedback. She didn’t need completed puzzles or LEGO models; she would have loved anything I built.
The Seattle Times 8/18/15 – Peach, one of Seattle’s tech-oriented food-delivery services, plans to use the funding to expand to other markets.
Lunch-delivery startup Peach has raised $8 million in funding from investors, including Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group and Vulcan Capital.
Puget Sound Business Journal 8/13/15 – Being one of Washington’s Best Workplaces isn’t just a badge of honor. It gives companies one more recruiting tool to let prospective employees know that people love working there.
Geekwire 8/6/15 – Six months after its acquisition by Candy Crush maker King Digital, Z2 is back with a new mobile gaming title for iOS.
Geekwire 8/5/15 – Being CEO is a tough gig, especially in the online real estate game.
Redfin’s CEO Glenn Kelman shares with Bloomberg Business “what keeps him up at night.” And it’s probably not what you’d think.