Venture Capital

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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 […]

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 […]

Jeff Bezos-backed indoor farming startup Plenty opens 100K square-foot facility in Seattle region

Credit: Taylor Soper, Geekwire An indoor farming startup backed by some of the biggest names in tech has arrived in Seattle, expanding its effort to change how people eat fruits and vegetables. Plenty grows its plants in 20-foot tall towers inside a climate-controlled facility with LED lights. Plenty today announced that […]

Hiya raises $18M to build business search and spam blocking into native smartphone dialer app

Credit: Geekwire, Taylor Soper Nearly every major smartphone app built over the last several years has gone through countless improvements and iterations. But the native phone dialer is an exception — and now a Seattle startup is looking to change that. Hiya today announced its first outside investment with an $18 […]

Microsoft Ventures launches global AI startup competition with top VC firms

Credit: Geekwire, Taylor Soper In the latest sign of Microsoft’s continued investment in artificial intelligence, Microsoft Ventures announced today that it is teaming up with three venture capital firms from Seattle, London, and Israel to host a global competition for startups building AI-related technology. Called Innovate.AI, the new competition invites companies to […]

ANNOUNCING THE FALL 2017 VANCOUVER TECH SHOWCASE STARTUPS

Credit: Vancouver Economic Development Commission The Vancouver Tech Showcase is a highly curated deal flow event designed to accelerate follow-on funding through deep dive sessions with investors. In a departure from the typical showcase format of on-stage presentations, startups deliver their elevator pitches to small groups of investors before fielding […]

Johnson & Johnson acquires Portland startup, Sightbox

Credit: Geekwire, Taylor Soper Only two months after raising a $2.4 million funding round, Sightbox has been acquired. The Portland-based startup just sold to healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson and its Vision Care operating company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; Sightbox will continue operating as a separate business. Founded in 2015 […]

Microsoft backs Seattle-Vancouver high-speed rail study as Cascadia conference aims to deepen ties between regions

Credit: Geekwire, Nat Levy Pacific Northwest business and political leaders on both sides of the Canadian border announced today a series of agreements to strengthen relationships between Seattle, Portland, Vancouver B.C. and the surrounding areas. The new partnerships, made ahead of the second Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference in Seattle this week, focus […]