Factal, which alerts companies of breaking news events, raises $3.3M after doubling revenue in 2020

Click to enlarge: Symbols on a map represent the locations where Seattle-based Factal reported relevant incidents around the world during a 24-hour period from Feb. 3-4, 2021. (Factal Image) New funding: Factal, the Seattle startup which monitors breaking news to help companies assess risks to their business, has raised $3.3 million in a Series A … Read more

Unisys to acquire Seattle-area startup Unify Square for $152.5M

Unify Square CEO John Case. (Unify Square Photo) Publicly traded IT services company Unisys announced that it will acquire Bellevue, Wash.-based startup Unify Square for $152.5 million in cash. Founded in 2008, Unify Square helps companies manage collaboration and communication software such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, and Zoom. Customers include REI, Barclays, Bank of … Read more

Ganaz raises $7M for agriculture workforce software, will expand with new financial tools

Agricultural workers learn how to use the Ganaz’s software. (Ganaz Photo) New funding: Seattle-based Ganaz, a startup focused on bringing workforce management and financial tools to the agricultural sector, has raised $7 million in Series A round. The new funding follows a year of growth for the startup that saw its customer base increase nearly … Read more

Gut therapy: MicrobiomX raises $1M for stool collection and processing device, analysis service

MicrobiomX’s device for stool collection also  extrudes stool into capsules. (MicrobiomX Photo) New funding: MicrobiomX, a Seattle startup developing a device to collect and process stool samples for clinical use, has raised $1 million in a pre-seed round of funding. MicrobiomX, conceptualized by researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, launched in … Read more

SEO software startup Moz acquired by iContact Marketing Corp., 17 years after launching in Seattle

(Moz Photo) SEO software startup Moz has been acquired by email marketing company iContact, a subsidiary of J2 Global. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rand Fishkin and his mother Gillian Muessig launched Seattle-based Moz back in 2004. The company, originally known as SEOMoz, grew into one of Seattle’s top startups, though its journey … Read more

Seattle tutoring app Kadama gets quick lesson in success as it raises $1.7M, grows social following

The Kadama team, from left: Marwan El-Rukby, Amin Shaykho and Dani Shaykho. (Kadama Photo) New funding: Kadama, the Seattle-based tutoring app which seized on its quirky social media presence to attract millions of followers and customers, has raised $1.7 million in a seed round announced on Monday. PREVIOUSLY: Seattle tutoring app founders learn to harness … Read more

Former Seattle Sounders star Brad Evans has a new goal – to help charities with online auction startup

Brad Evans during his days with the Seattle Sounders FC. (myepictale File Photo / Kevin Lisota) Brad Evans, the onetime Seattle Sounders FC star, said he never experienced any nerves in his years playing professional soccer. He went to bed at a normal time, slept well and woke without any worries. In front of 100,000 … Read more

Portland startup Gabbi raises $1M to develop breast cancer risk assessment tool

Gabbi CEO Kaitlin Christine. (Gabbi Photo) New funding: Gabbi, a Portland-based health care startup, has raised $1 million in a pre-seed round of funding. The company is piloting a consumer-friendly breast cancer risk calculator that can propose a health action plan and link users to a network of women in the same risk population. The … Read more

Vancouver identity tech startup Trulioo, an Auth0 competitor, raises $394M at $1.75B valuation

Vancouver, B.C.-based startup Trulioo has raised $394 million at a $1.75 billion valuation for its identification technology service. The 11-year-old company helps banks, financial service providers, online marketplaces, and others verify the identity of their customers, using hundreds of data sources that cover 5 billion people and 330 million companies. Co-founders Stephen Ufford and Tanis Jorge launched Trulioo … Read more

Bill Gates and Nathan Myhrvold invest in new fund to back metamaterials tech startups

A military-style Polaris RZR off-road vehicle plows through desert dunes with a Kymeta satellite antenna installed on top. Kymeta is one of the metamaterials companies that spun out of Intellectual Ventures, which has connections to a new venture fund backing startups in this space. (Kymeta Photo) New fund: MetaVC Partners is raising its first fund … Read more