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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Vacation rental company Vacasa raises $103.5M Series B led by Riverwood Capital; the company raised $40M Series A last year   —  Even a decade ago, finding and renting a vacation home online wasn't always a smooth process.  It was equally difficult for homeowners to expose their properties to potential guests.
Oct 17, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
T-Mobile acquires Iowa Wireless Service, which has 103 stores and around 75K customers; deal expected to close end-of-year or early 2018   —  T-Mobile announced today that it has acquired the remaining interest of iWireless, a mobile operator previously owned by Aureon that serves customers in Iowa …
Sep 26, 2017, 9:05 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon adds Alexa voice control to Music app, available for iOS and Android in the US, UK, Germany, and Austria   —  Amazon is bringing Alexa to its Music app as it tries to challenge Spotify and Apple, leaders in the streaming music industry.  —  The Seattle tech giant announced Tuesday that Alexa …
Sep 26, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
TraceMe, founded by NFL star Russell Wilson, raises $9M led by Madrona, with Bezos, Chad Hurley, and Joe Tsai participating, to connect celebs with “superfans”   —  As Russell Wilson describes the ethos of his new startup, it feels like you're inside his Seahawks huddle, driving down the field in the fourth quarter.
Sep 8, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Spotify comes to Xbox One, as Microsoft rolls out new Xbox Live homepage that offers more customization with Fluent Design   —  Xbox Live is getting a new look.  —  Microsoft is rolling out a redesigned homepage for Xbox Live that gives users more control over what they see.
Aug 8, 2017, 12:35 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Valve says Steam now has 67M monthly active players, 33M daily active players, and averages 14M concurrent users per day at peak, which is up from 8.4M in 2015   —  The world's most powerful PC game distribution platform continues to expand its reach and grow its user base.
Aug 4, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Trucking network Convoy raises $62M Series B led by YC's Continuity growth fund; investors include Bill Gates' Cascade, Marc Benioff, Bezos Expeditions   —  It's a warm summer afternoon at the TA Seattle East truck stop in North Bend, Wash., and Jerry Brooks is waiting for business.
Jul 25, 2017, 3:30 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Home interior design AR app Hutch raises $10M Series A led by Zillow   —  Zillow Group is not only a leading online real estate portal, but now the company can call itself an investor, too.  —  The Seattle-based online real estate powerhouse announced Wednesday that it is the lead investor …
Jul 14, 2017, 1:35 PMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Pet-sitting startup Rover raises $65M round led by Spark Capital for international expansion   —  Typically in today's technology world, startup founders sit on one side of the room, pitch ideas to investors, and hope to land funding for their company.  —  But when you're growing as quickly as Rover …
Jul 13, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Ignition Partners managing partner Frank Artale resigns at firms request after allegations of misconduct   —  Frank Artale, a managing partner at Bellevue, Wash.-based venture capital firm Ignition Partners, has resigned at the firm's request after allegations of “misconduct” against him …
Jul 12, 2017, 12:30 AMIn context

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