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Bummed in ‘Silicon Valley’: Why I can’t stand these new shows about startups

Thomas Middleditch and Josh Brener in HBO?s ?Silicon Valley.? (Jaimie Trueblood/HBO)
Last week I did something I rarely do. I posted an angry tweet: "Everyone," huh? Again, TV people, would it be so bad to put just one serious woman in a show about tech startups? :( — Monica Guzman (@moniguzman) April 11, 2014 I hesitated before I sent it. There’s more going on here than can be summed up in 140 characters. More than could possibly be fronted by my one, narrow reaction. But the thing is, I’ve had it. The tech world is getting this big screen moment and in this one way, at least, it’s a total... Read More on GeekWire

Cloud performance analytics startup Nouvola wins $256K at Angel Oregon

Nouvola CEO and co-founder Paola Moretto with her $250,000 prize. Photo courtesy of OEN.
Portland-based Nouvola, a startup that helps companies deploy their cloud applications, won a $256,000 investment prize at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network?s Angel Oregon 2014. Nouvola helps mid-market businesses monitor their cloud application performance and was founded in 2012 by CTO Paola Rossaro and CEO Paola Moretto, a former director for Intel’s Data Center Group. The 14-person team also won another $250,000 prize at last year’s Bend Venture Conference. HoneyComb Corporation, a maker of unmanned aircraft to monitor crops, was voted Audience Favorite. A total of 14 companies qualified for OEN’s showcase this week, which is one of the top angel conferences in the state and has awarded $2.3 million... Read More on GeekWire

GeekWire Awards: Vote for Bootstrapper of the Year

Startup companies don’t always take wads of venture capital to get off the ground. Some of the most promising ? and inspiring ? companies are fueled by the passion, drive and persistence of founders who never took a dime of outside funding. That’s what today’s category is all about in the GeekWire Awards, our annual celebration of the most innovative entrepreneurs and companies in the Pacific Northwest. Bootstrapper of the Year recognizes the company that achieved something extra special, without taking money from others. That’s no easy task, and this year’s crop of bootstrappers certainly have met with success. As... Read More on GeekWire

Amazon vet’s grocery delivery startup Instacart is coming to Seattle

Watch out, Amazon Fresh: a new competitor is heading into town. Instacart, the grocery delivery service that leverages the ‘sharing economy,’ is looking to expand to Seattle, according to a new posting on GeekWork, GeekWire’s job site. It’s a big step for Instacart, which has seen explosive growth since the company launched in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company is looking to hire a pair of City Managers to handle operations and growth for the company’s service in the Emerald City. The company was founded by Apoorva Mehta, a former software design engineer from Amazon?s Fulfillment Optimization division. But it doesn’t use big trucks and... Read More on GeekWire

Microsoft will let Windows Phone app devs respond to reviews, but no arguing!

Google already allows app developers to respond to user reviews, and now Microsoft is doing the same. The Redmond company is testing out a new pilot program that allows developers to comment on reviews left on apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the U.S. Users who left the original comment will receive a notification when a developer has responded and can take one of four actions: Ignore the email, respond to the developer, update their review, or opt out of all further app review responses. “This new feature allows app developers to address common questions, troubleshoot issues, understand... Read More on GeekWire

Should Amazon buy Sears? Retail analyst makes the case

Amazon should acquire Sears Holdings, including 2,400 Kmart and Sears stores, creating a major physical retail presence in the U.S. and allowing the stores to double as new distribution centers. And the Seattle company should axe the Kmart and Sears brands. At least, that’s the contention of retail industry analyst Robin Lewis, writing this week in a post on his Robin Report site “This could fall nicely into Bezos? hungry little hands,” writes Lewis, referring to the Amazon CEO. “Amazon might be able to cut an incredible deal, at least far less costly in time and capital, than building or... Read More on GeekWire

Back to the dot-com boom days? VC investments soar to 2001 levels

Facebook gobbles up WhatsApp and Oculus in multi-billion dollars deals. Tech IPOs take Wall Street by storm. And more than two dozen private companies raise financing rounds at valuations of $1 billion or more. Yes, sports fans, here comes chatter of the “B word” again: Bubble. And that talk is backed up by the numbers, with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association releasing their quarterly MoneyTree report, one which shows that venture capital investing levels have hit highs not seen since the second quarter of 2001. You may recall that period when companies such as Loudeye, HomeGrocer and ShopNow were... Read More on GeekWire