Seattle

  • Zenoti raises $15 million for spa bookings

    Zenoti raises $15 million for spa bookings

    The spa industry is in need of a technology makeover and Zenoti thinks it can help. The Seattle-based startup is raising $15 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners to help salons run their businesses. A cloud-based management platform, Zenoti helps spa chains with everything from billing to inventory management. They aim to create a tailored enterprise software experience for what… Read More

  • ReachNow expands BMW car sharing to Portland

    ReachNow expands BMW car sharing to Portland

    After launching in Seattle in April, BMW’s car sharing service ReachNow is expanding down the I-5 corridor to Portland, Oregon. In Seattle, more than 13,000 people signed up in the first month, and ReachNow was able to add 150 vehicles and expand its service area by late June. It’s likely the Portland expansion will follow the same plan, with a fleet of vehicles in the city center… Read More

  • Amazon shatters earnings expectations

    Amazon shatters earnings expectations

    Amazon shattered expectations when it reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.78, when Wall Street was forecasting $1.11. Amazon also beat revenue predictions, posting $30.4 billion for the quarter when analysts were expecting $29.55 billion. Shares ticked up 2 percent in after-hours trading. The company saw a significant increase… Read More

  • Resolving homelessness in the digital era  Crunch Network

    Resolving homelessness in the digital era 

    The explosion of tech companies setting up headquarters in major cities has encroached on the homeless population. Like San Francisco, the tech industry is growing rapidly in Seattle, and we too have the same dilemma. But unlike San Francisco, we have the opportunity to get ahead of this issue and truly make a difference. Read More

  • Buy tickets to the Austin and Seattle pitch-offs now

    Buy tickets to the Austin and Seattle pitch-offs now

    It’s time for a little friendly competition among startups. TechCrunch is coming to Austin and Seattle in two weeks, and we’re bringing the TC pitch-off with us. Ten companies will have exactly 60 seconds each to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. After all the presentations, the judges will determine our winners. First place will… Read More

  • Austin and Seattle TC Pitch-off applications close in two weeks

    Austin and Seattle TC Pitch-off applications close in two weeks

    You have about two weeks to apply for the pitch-offs in Austin and Seattle, going down June 14 and June 16, respectively. Ten companies will have exactly 60 seconds each to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. After all the presentations, the judges will determine our winners. First place will receive a table in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Apply now! The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is coming to Austin and Seattle

    Apply now! The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is coming to Austin and Seattle

    Fresh on the heels of Disrupt NY, we’re packing up and heading to Austin and Seattle for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off. Ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch to a panel of expert judges, including local VCs and TC editors, as well as our lovely audience. Judges will conduct a quick Q&A on stage, and at the end of all the presentations, they will determine our winners. Read More

  • Pure Watercraft brings boaters a Tesla-style motor

    Obviously, water and electricity don’t mix. But one Seattle company called Pure Watercraft has taken up the engineering challenge of building a Tesla-like EV motor for boats. The startup began taking pre-orders for its Pure Outboard today with a $500, refundable deposit via its own website. A former rowing coach, Andy Rebele started Pure Watercraft in 2011 with a mission to replace… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Why Seattle’s Ridesharing And Taxi Unionization Measure Misses The Mark

    The Seattle City Council recently passed a first-in-nation local ordinance that seeks to allow ridesharing and taxi drivers to unionize and collectively bargain. The city is trying to solve a problem created under federal law that doesn’t permit companies to provide benefits and protections to independent contractor workers like private for-hire drivers. Read More

  • Contextual Search Platform Atlas Is Ivy Softworks’ First Spinoff

    Contextual Search Platform Atlas Is Ivy Softworks’ First Spinoff

    Ivy Softworks — a so-called “innovation studio” founded by Napster’s Jordan Ritter in Seattle — is taking the wraps off its first products today. It is launching a contextual information search platform called Atlas; and it’s also unveiling Recall, the first app for the Atlas platform. The launch marks Ivy Softworks’ long-anticipated departure from… Read More

  • PicoBrew’s Zymatic Beer Making Machine Made A Brewer Out Of A Noob Like Me

    PicoBrew’s Zymatic Beer Making Machine Made A Brewer Out Of A Noob Like Me

    PicoBrew is a beer-centered startup in Seattle, founded by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell and Avi Geiger. The machine at the heart of their operation is The Zymatic—an apparatus that simplifies beer-making by reducing the need to monitor the cooking process of creating Wort (unfermented beer). Did their device turn a beer drinker like me, with zero brewing experience, into a beer maker? Read More

  • TechCrunch Invades Seattle Tonight!

    TechCrunch Invades Seattle Tonight!

    Dear city of Seattle, This is a love letter. Because I love you. Wow. Seattle, you're more gorgeous then I remember. — Jordan Crook (@jordanrcrook) June 25, 2015 Which is why I have come to this beautiful town, bringing with me TechCrunch writers Greg Kumparak and Frederic Lardinois, and a full-fledged Pitch-Off. We’ll be hitting Showbox SoDo at 6pm tonight, where ten… Read More

  • Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    Reminder: Applications Close For Austin And Seattle Pitch-Offs On Friday!

    The time has come, my friends. This time next week, we’ll have chosen around 20 amazing companies to participate in the TechCrunch Pitch-Offs in Austin and Seattle. Applications close on Friday, June 5. In other words, now is the time to apply if you haven’t done so. Selected entrepreneurs will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product on-stage to our audience and a panel… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle In June

    The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off Is Coming To Austin And Seattle In June

    TechCrunch is headed to Austin and Seattle on June 23 and June 25 respectively, and we’re stoked to see what some of our favorite cities have to show us. We’ll be holding the world famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off, where about ten companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product live on stage. Alongside the input of the audience, local VCs and TechCrunch editors will hold… Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup In The Austin And Seattle TC Pitch-Offs

    Pitch Your Startup In The Austin And Seattle TC Pitch-Offs

    Hot on the heels of Disrupt, we’re (re)packing our bags to come to two of our favorite cities in the world, Austin and Seattle. We’ll be hitting Austin on June 23, where we’ll get a little weird, and then we’ll head up to Seattle on June 25 for our third-annual Seattle Pitch-Off. These will be nights to remember, but prep starts now. The first priority is going… Read More

  • Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop? Crunch Network

    Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop?

    In the last ten years, the Seattle tech scene has changed quite dramatically. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the only gigantic software companies in town were Microsoft and Amazon. For a time it even became common knowledge that most Seattle-based startups had only two viable exit strategies: go public, or get acquired by Microsoft. Read More

  • Nestdrop Goes Back To Delivering Weed, Adding 9 Locations Along The West Coast

    Nestdrop Goes Back To Delivering Weed, Adding 9 Locations Along The West Coast

    Marijuana delivery startup Nestdrop is back in operation today, this time in 9 cities spread across the entire West Coast, including in Seattle, Portland, and 7 California locations. This now makes Nestdrop the only weed delivery service currently operating across multiple states. But things were not looking so good a few months ago for the startup. L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer filed… Read More

  • Why Seattle Is Not Like Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Why Seattle Is Not Like Silicon Valley

    The stories of Silicon Valley millennials competing, succeeding, and failing spill out of the region faster than most journalists can type. The region excels in the churning out of startups, thanks to the abundance of venture capitalists, the plethora of reporters, and the proximity of like-minded techies. Read More

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