Technical interviewing startup Karat reaches $1.1B valuation as another unicorn emerges in Seattle

Karat co-founders Mo Bhende (left) and Jeff Spector. (Karat Photos) The news: Karat, a Seattle-based startup that helps companies conduct technical interviews, raised a $110 million Series C round at a $1.1 billion valuation. It’s the latest Seattle tech company this year to reach a $1 billion valuation, or “unicorn” status, following Amperity, Highspot, Zenoti, Outreach, and Rec … Read more

Tech Moves: Delivery giant Gopuff adds Seattle-area execs; Wheels Up names president; and more

From top left, clockwise: Sanjay Shah, Dan Beranek, Komal Kashiramka, Mike Caulfield, Lauren Woodman and Vinayak Hegde. — Heavily-funded delivery service Gopuff hired three more Seattle-based leaders: Former Beyond Meat COO Sanjay Shah as SVP of North America fulfillment. He was previously SVP of global energy at Tesla and VP of North American customer fulfillment … Read more

Outreach makes second acquisition, swoops up revenue intelligence startup Canopy

(myepictale File Photo) Seattle sales automation company Outreach announced the acquisition of Canopy, an Indianapolis, Ind.-based startup that aims to help companies analyze revenue operations and forecasting. Outreach said it will use the deal to offer a new forecasting product called Outreach Commit. It’s the second acquisition to date for Outreach, which bought Sales Hacker … Read more

Tech Moves: Delivery giant Gopuff adds Seattle-area execs; Wheels Up names CEO; and more

From top left, clockwise: Sanjay Shah, Dan Beranek, Komal Kashiramka, Mike Caulfield, Lauren Woodman and Vinayak Hegde. — Heavily-funded delivery service Gopuff hired three more Seattle-based leaders: Former Beyond Meat COO Sanjay Shah as SVP of North America fulfillment. He was previously SVP of global energy at Tesla and VP of North American customer fulfillment … Read more

Startup funding news: ‘Plaid for e-commerce,’ crop yield optimization, energy marketplace, more

Here’s a rundown on recent rounds raised by Pacific Northwest companies. FruitScout FruitSource CEO Matt King puts his crop optimization tech to the test in an apple orchard. (FruitSource Photo) Yakima, Wash.-based FruitScout landed $4 million to develop technology that uses artificial intelligence to take the guesswork out of crop yield optimization. Bowery Capital and … Read more

iSpot buys DRMetrix, makes another acquisition to fuel growth of TV ad measurement platform

iSpot CEO Sean Muller. (iSpot Photo) Seattle-area startup iSpot has acquired DRMetrix, a Southern California-based company that specializes in measuring TV ad performance for direct-to-consumer TV advertisers. DRMetrix has eight employees who will join iSpot, which now has 278 employees across Bellevue, Wash., New York City, and Los Angeles — nearly double its headcount at the … Read more

Tech Moves: Leafly hires general counsel; Skilljar and LevelTen add execs; and more

From top left, clockwise: Kimberly Boler, Laura Wiler, Niran Kundapur, Dino Rech, Marty Blue, and Maria Gilfoyle. — Seattle cannabis marketplace Leafly announced New York-based lawyer Kimberly Boler as its new general counsel. She joins the 11-year company just ahead of its deal to go public through a merger with New York-based Merida Merger Corp, … Read more

Led by founders who met at Microsoft, Chronosphere lands $200M, reaches unicorn status

Chronosphere co-founders Martin Mao (left, CEO) and Rob Skillington (CTO). (Chronosphere Photo) Chronosphere has reached unicorn status in less than three years. The company this week announced a $200 million Series C round, propelling its valuation past $1 billion. It comes nine months after the startup raised a $43 million Series B round. Founded in … Read more

For the love of gaming: Husband and wife co-founders raise $2.6M for social platform Game Jolt

Game Jolt co-founders Yaprak and David DeCarmine. (Game Jolt Photo) Eight years after they left Zulily to concentrate full time on their social platform for gamers, husband and wife co-founders Yaprak and David DeCarmine are growing Seattle-based Game Jolt and raising new funding. The startup announced a seed round of $2.6 million last week led … Read more