Armoire, Esper and Smarsh add leaders; Dutchie hires Toast exec as CEO – myepictale

From left: Sanober Mukadam, Meg Murray and Jen Snow. (Armoire Photos) — Online clothing rental startup Armoire added three new hires. Sanober Mukadam is the startup’s new chief operating and merchandising officer. She was previously head of product at logistics company Swyft and an Amazon retail and logistics lead. Meg Murray, founder and president of … Read more

Aizen acquires Kurvv, a Seattle startup that helps predict equipment failure – myepictale

Bellevue, Wash.-based Kurvv, which sells AI tools that predict equipment failure, is being acquired by Aizen, an AI-focused fintech startup based in Singapore. Ryan Lee, CEO of Kurvv. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Lee) “The economic downturn that started during the deal process didn’t make things any easier,” CEO and co-founder Ryan Lee told myepictale. “But … Read more

Flickr CEO, Intuit CTO invest in new cloud infrastructure startup led by ex-AWS engineers – myepictale

Momento co-founders Khawaja Shams and Daniela Miao. (Momento Images) Seattle-area startup Momento came out of stealth mode Wednesday, announcing a $15 million seed round led by Bain Capital that will help the year-old company grow its “serverless cache” software product. Momento co-founders Khawaja Shams and Daniela Miao previously worked at Amazon Web Services, where they … Read more

LeadScorz, which uses AI to analyze sales leads, lands $5.6M – myepictale

Pat Murphy, CEO of LeadScorz. (LeadScorz Image) LeadScorz, an AI-based marketing tool that analyzes digital sales leads, landed $5.6 million in a Series A round to fuel growth and boost hiring. Veteran entrepreneur Pat Murphy launched the company in 2018. The Seattle startup features a patent-pending tech component that “grades” incoming sales leads from web pages and … Read more

Syndio and Porch Group hire CFOs; Meta exec joins Absci board; and more – myepictale

Milan Parikh. (Syndio Photo) Seattle startup Syndio hired Milan Parikh as its new chief financial officer. Parikh is a longtime finance leader and was most recently CFO at telecommunications software company MATRIXX. He also was CFO at Fan TV, which was acquired by TiVo. Founded in 2017, Syndio’s data-science powered software is used by companies … Read more

Why big data is not a priority anymore, and other key AI trends to watch – myepictale

Luis Ceze (left) and Oren Etzioni (right) at the Madrona Intelligent Applications Summit in Seattle. Carlos Guestrin, on the screen, dialed in from Stanford. (Madrona Photo / Jason Redmond) Artificial Intelligence models that generate entirely new content are creating a world of opportunities for entrepreneurs. And engineers are learning to do more with less. Those … Read more

Why veteran entrepreneur Jane Park chose crowdfunding to raise capital for her latest startup – myepictale

Jane Park launching her new product at the Atlanta Gift Trade Show in August, featured on her first elevator ad. (Jane Park Photo) When Jane Park launched Julep Beauty back in 2007, she needed to raise capital the old fashioned way: pitching to venture capital firms and other institutional investors.  But now Park is turning … Read more

Prophia, which extracts info from commercial real estate contracts, raises $10.2M – myepictale

Prophia’s user interface. (Prophia Photo) Prophia, a startup building a platform that scours and extracts key terms from commercial real estate contracts, raised $10.2 million in a Series A round led by Cercano Management, formerly Vulcan Capital. The company’s goal is to streamline the commercial leasing process with its online platform where landlords and tenants … Read more

Seattle startup The Ebba aims to help people find and support Black-owned businesses – myepictale

The Ebba team: Tema Woods (right), Andrew McDonald (center), and Giovanni Iriarte-Young (left). (The Ebba photo) Andrew McDonald and Giovanni Iriarte-Young were classmates at the University of Washington when they headed down to Oakland for the Afrotech conference. While there, they wanted to support Black-owned businesses, but found it difficult to do so with existing … Read more