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Online dog fight: Rover.com rival DogVacay launches Airbnb for pets

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This could be one very interesting dog fight. A new startup company out of Los Angeles by the name of DogVacay is getting some attention today after it launched an online marketplace for pet owners to find nearby lodging for their dogs.  Basically, it’s an Airbnb for pet care. Sound familiar? It should...
Online dog fight: Rover.com rival DogVacay launches Airbnb for pets
Next up for Startup Weekend: Making government move at Internet speed
Madrona-backed photo storage service ThisLife reportedly in acquisition talks
Randomized food delivery service NomON takes first place at Startup Weekend UW
Investors in Seattle Need to Up Their Game…For the Children

University of Washington to hatch startup incubator today

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Linden Rhoads Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee earlier this week laid out an economic plan for Washington state that included ideas on how to spark more spin-off companies from research universities. As it happens, there’s already a strong movement afoot to make that idea a reality. The University of Washington today...
University of Washington to hatch startup incubator today

Dog sitting marketplace Rover.com laps up $7M from Foundry Group, others

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Aaron Easterly with Caramel on the GeekWire podcast Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com just fetched $7 million in fresh funding, including new cash from Brad Feld’s Foundry Group. The money comes three months after Rover.com’s primary rival, DogVacay, scored $6 million from Benchmark and others. It also follows a $3.4...
Dog sitting marketplace Rover.com laps up $7M from Foundry Group, others

Get ready: GeekWire Summer Bash and Ping-Pong Tourney

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We love to throw big parties, and we especially love ping-pong, the national pastime of the technology industry. We’ve engaged in some epic matches over the years, smacking a few backhand winners as a way to de-stress from the daily grind of tech blogging. Based on what we’ve seen...
Get ready: GeekWire Summer Bash and Ping-Pong Tourney

AdReady shakes up exec staff as it aims for profitability

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AdReady, the Seattle online advertising startup, has eliminated three of its top executives and laid off other high-level staffers as it makes a bid to become profitable. Stepping down are CEO Karl Siebrecht; Senior Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing Randy Wootton; and Senior Vice President of Product and...
AdReady shakes up exec staff as it aims for profitability
Silicon Valley photo organizer ThisLife lands $2.75M from Madrona

Startup Day: Get hands-on advice from VCs, designers and lawyers

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You may have already seen the great speaker lineup on tap for GeekWire’s Startup Day, including Box co-founder Aaron Levie; Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens; Dwellable CEO Brenda Spoonemore and many others. We’re certainly looking forward to hearing war stories from these entrepreneurial vets, sharing tips, insights and maybe even a...
Startup Day: Get hands-on advice from VCs, designers and lawyers

Beer pong, bean bags and Tron: Getting ready for the GeekWire anniversary bash

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Oh my, this is shaping up to be one heck of a birthday party. In fact, our heads are spinning with all of the activities (and prizes) we’ve got in store for GeekWire’s 2nd Anniversary Bash — taking place Wednesday, March 6th at the Showbox SODO in Seattle. We’re expecting 600...
Beer pong, bean bags and Tron: Getting ready for the GeekWire anniversary bash
My 3 favorite pitches from TechStars Demo Day, and a few from Robert Scoble too

Pet Boarding And 'Dogbnb' Startup Rover Raises $7M To Take On DogVacay

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Rover, a Seattle-based startup that provides a ‘Airbnb’ for dog sitting, has raised $7 million in Series B funding led by Foundry Group with existing investor Madrona Venture Group participating. This brings the company’s total funding to over $10 million. Rover’s marketplace matches dog owners with pet sitters. You can...
Pet Boarding And 'Dogbnb' Startup Rover Raises $7M To Take On DogVacay
Newsmakers 2012: Greg Gottesman, Matt McIlwain lead the charge at Madrona

Video: Live from Startup Day

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It’s Startup Day! GeekWire is excited to carry on this Seattle-area tech tradition, featuring a full day of talks from entrepreneurial veterans to help mastering key steps of the startup process. More than 300 people are joining us here at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, with lots of great conversations...
Video: Live from Startup Day

Elevator Pitch: Startup vet touts new social shopping service Pikaba

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Dmitry Balin of Pikaba We’re back for another exciting and fast-paced episode of The Elevator Pitch, the show where entrepreneurs pitch their business plans in the 43 seconds it takes to ride to the top of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. In this episode we hear from Dmitry Balin, a startup...
Elevator Pitch: Startup vet touts new social shopping service Pikaba

Calling all engineers: Time to work on your personality

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“Why so serious?” — The Joker in Batman Returns. If you are fortunate enough to be building software for a living, do us this small favor: Put a little more personality into your products. The best products pay deference to their creators. They’re functional, but they also can be fun at...
Calling all engineers: Time to work on your personality

CrunchFund, Madrona take a bite out of dog sitting service Rover.com

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Rover.com is a new online marketplace where dog owners can discover pet sitters Dog-loving venture capitalist Michael Arrington is among the new investors in Rover.com, the Seattle online service that helps pet owners find lodging for their canine companions. The company, started by venture capitalist Greg Gottesman at a Startup Weekend...
CrunchFund, Madrona take a bite out of dog sitting service Rover.com

Ping-pong wizardry: Here are the matchups for GeekWire’s expert tournament

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No. 2 seed Minh Le of Silicon Valley Bank at a recent GeekWire warmup event. (Adam Philipp photo) This is going to be very fun to watch. We’ve drawn the official bracket for the expert ping-pong tournament at next week’s big GeekWire Summer Bash — matching up 32 of the...
Ping-pong wizardry: Here are the matchups for GeekWire’s expert tournament

The ‘Dogbnb’ Wars Escalate: Rover Raises $3.4M in Round Led By Madrona

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Finding a place for your pooch while you’re away should be getting easier. Rover, a Seattle-based startup that is trying to disrupt the kennel market, said it has raised $3.4 million in a round led by Madrona Venture Group. It’s one of several startups that are vying to be the online...
The ‘Dogbnb’ Wars Escalate: Rover Raises $3.4M in Round Led By Madrona

Here's why your next meeting should be spent walking, not sitting

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Photo via Flickr user Rhys_S. For those working every day, and especially in the startup world, it’s not easy to fit exercise into hectic schedules. So here’s something to try next time you set up a one-on-one meeting: ditch the chairs and get some fresh air. We’re talking about “walking...
Here's why your next meeting should be spent walking, not sitting

The cat's out of the bag: Former Cheezburger CTO Scott Porad joins dog sitting service Rover.com

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Scott Porad with Oscar In his previous life, Scott Porad ran the technical operations for one of the world’s largest cat blogs: I Can Has Cheezburger. But now Porad, who left Cheezburger last month, has leashed an entirely new opportunity. Of all places, he’s landed at Rover.com, the Seattle startup...
The cat's out of the bag: Former Cheezburger CTO Scott Porad joins dog sitting service Rover.com

Rover.com rival DogVacay gobbles up $6M from Benchmark, others

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Who is going to be the alpha dog in this rivalry? Rover.com or DogVacay? Well, both startup companies, which earlier this year launched a matchmaking service for pet sitters and dog owners, are working hard to And today DogVacay got tossed a big bone. The LA-based company has announced $6...
Rover.com rival DogVacay gobbles up $6M from Benchmark, others

One of the founding fathers of Seattle venture capital honored

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OVP’s Chad Waite Chad Waite has been an important fixture in the Seattle venture capital community for 25 years, joining OVP Venture Partners well before the region boasted tech giants with names like Amazon.com, Expedia and F5 Networks. To many in the industry, Waite is one of the founding fathers...
One of the founding fathers of Seattle venture capital honored

Newly-formed W Fund to pump $20M into university spinouts

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Washington’s startup community is getting yet another shot in the arm, thanks to the efforts of a newly-formed venture capital firm whose goal is to mine universities and research institutions for the state’s very best business ideas. The University of Washington’s W Fund is launching today with about $20 million...
Newly-formed W Fund to pump $20M into university spinouts

After executive overhaul, AdReady lands new cash

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AdReady is a company in transition, but one of the firm’s earliest venture backers still believes in the core mission of helping small and medium-sized businesses bolster their online display advertising efforts. Madrona Venture Group, outgoing CEO Karl Siebrecht and others have pumped an additional $500,000 in cash into the...
After executive overhaul, AdReady lands new cash

Last chance: Early-bird rates end today for the big GeekWire Anniversary bash

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John “McEnore” Cook with See Sing Lau of WhitePages, intermediate champion, at the 2012 Ping Pong bash. We’re bringing back one of our favorite activities of the year, and now’s your chance to sign up before prices go up. Yep, that’s right. Early-bird rates end today for GeekWire’s anniversary bash,...
Last chance: Early-bird rates end today for the big GeekWire Anniversary bash

Are you ready for some ping-pong?

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Silicon Valley Bank’s Minh Le has been engaged in private training sessions at the Washington Table Tennis Center. Madrona Venture Group’s Greg Gottesman has been challenging his startup CEOs to ping-pong duels. And, for me, I’ve started to make the rounds at Seattle area tech companies where I’ve been challenged....
Are you ready for some ping-pong?

Recruiting developers: Perspectives from the startup front lines

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Photo: Brenda Gottsabend Recruiting developers to a startup is hard. The market is tight. That’s compounded by the fact that it takes a special type of developer to work at a startup — someone who is comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity, and digs the culture. I spend a lot of...
Recruiting developers: Perspectives from the startup front lines
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