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The Right Way to Support Your City’s Local Startups

Credit: David Zipper, 1776 Venture Fund HQ2—Amazon’s very public search for a second headquarters in North America—has attracted applications from over 200 citiesoffering an array of taxpayer subsidies as part of their pitch. But the expense and distraction of the HQ2 competition have also created a backlash, as skeptics question whether corporate relocation […]

Amazon Alexa Fund backs Vancouver, BC connected car startup Mojio, as part of $23M funding round

Credit: Nat Levy, Geekwire Mojio, a Vancouver, B.C. startup that aims to connect cars to the internet, has raised a $23 million funding round, with participation from Amazon’s Alexa fund. Mojio provides a cloud-based platform and teams up with network operators that make hardware that can plug into a car’s diagnostic […]

Eugene-Springfield, Oregon added to US Ignite Inc. Smart Gigabit Communities Program

Credit: US Ignite, https://www.us-ignite.org/news/us-ignite-inc-adds-new-communities-to-growing-smart-gigabit-communities-program/?sthash.KzfmANqI.mjjo US Ignite, Inc., is thrilled to announce five additional communities to our Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program roster: Eugene-Springfield, Oregon; Lexington, Kentucky; Lincoln, Nebraska; Red Wing, Minnesota; and San Francisco Bay Area, California. Each of these communities brings a new and diverse perspective to our growing SGC […]

Seattle startup, Arzeda, raises another $3.2M for synthetic biology that uses fermentation to build new materials

Credit: Clare McGrane, Geekwire Arzeda does work that sounds out of this world — or maybe straight out of science fiction. The company uses fermentation, the same process that gives us beer, to invent completely new proteins and materials, and it just raised another $3.2 million to support that work. The […]

Portland logistics startup raises $5M

Credit: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal Portland-based Fleet Logistics Inc. has raised another $5 million from investors, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The young company made news last spring when it secured a $4 million seed round led by Texas-based Hunt Technology Ventures. Fleet declined to comment […]

Portland startup’s technology lands in Netgear routers

Credit: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal A partnership between Portland’s Circle Media Labs Inc. and networking company Netgear Inc. could dramatically increase the Portland startup’s reach almost overnight. Circle’s technology — sold as Circle with Disney — will now be available on two of Netgear’s home networking devices. Those buying two of Netgear’s popular […]

Seattle startup Pixvana uses virtual reality to make pitch to investors — and pulls in $14M

Credit: Rachel Lerman, Seattle Times Virtual-reality software developer raises money from some high-profile investors, including Vulcan Capital and Microsoft Ventures. Virtual-reality headsets aren’t yet in every home, but Seattle startup Pixvana plans to be ready to stream all types of 360-degree videos by the time they are. Pixvana said Monday […]

Ex-Google exec Matt Dunne has a plan to create a string of tech hubs across rural America

Credit: Anna Hensel, Venture Beat It’s no secret that while Silicon Valley is gaining jobs, rural America is losing them. A September report from the Economic Innovation Group found that nearly 90 percent of the ZIP codes in the U.S. that qualify as “economically distressed” have fewer than 50,000 people. There […]

Spokane, WA startup backed by ex-NBA players raises cash for real-time high school sports scoring app

Credit: Taylor Soper, Geekwire Real-time scoring is commonplace in pro and college sports. But many high school teams across the U.S. still rely on pen and paper to record game results and other statistics. Scorebook Live is looking to modernize this process with technology. The startup, originally founded in San Diego […]

Portland smart home startup lands Intel Capital backing

Credit: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal Intel Capital has invested more than $1 million in Portland smart home technology maker Iotas. The money will allow the company to continue to expand its engineering team. Iotas offers smart home technology for the rental market. Its hardware and software allows renters to create profiles […]