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When women invest in women

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Nellie Fujii Anderson knew the Puget Sound region needed more women entrepreneurs and investors. She also wanted to be an angel investor herself. But she didn’t really know how to do it.

So she joined the Pipeline Fellowship, a Seattle group that trains women on how to become angel investors.

“Pipeline gave me the foundation to really understand what’s going on,” Fujii Anderson said,  ...

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Reach Technology hasn’t lost its touch

by Madeline Bilis Jonathan More, president of Reach Technology

Jonathan More knows that high-quality service comes from the ability to fix mistakes when they happen. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Fremont-based Reach Technology, a maker of color touch screen displays for medical and industrial equipment.

A big client once asked him to design a new piece of test gear.

“I was like, ‘no problem,’” said More. “I worked on this for six months,  ...

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Hot Shots - Portland Business Journal

Entrepreneur's modest goal: Get rid of greenhouse gas

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Plenty has changed since Scott Lewis formed Brightworks in 2001.

“Back when we started, low-VOC paint was considered exotic and unreliable,” said Lewis, who sold his company to four members of the 18-employee company’s leadership team this month. “Now all the manufacturers make many varieties of it.”

Brightworks, which works out of four locations and helps clients learn how sustainable  ...

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Unstructured data lures Dallas startup to hook big fish first

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Dallas entrepreneur Dave Copps spent years aiming to develop a technological brain that could learn, search and connect users to unstructured data tied to subjects, topics and words. Nine years later, Copps has raised $15 million for his company Brainspace and has landed three of the top four international consulting firms.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” Copps said. “We have not been  ...

August 29, 2015 | 3:00pm EDT
Startups - Albuquerque

When the Smithsonian is your highest-profile customer

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It’s been a big year for Corrales-based Ideum and CEO Jim Spadaccini.

The company, which makes both the hardware and software for high-tech touch tables used in museums, has signed contracts with the Smithsonian to develop interactive displays at three of its museums and has secured deals at several other museums worldwide.

With about 10 employees just a few years ago, the company is quickly  ...

August 29, 2015 | 12:00pm EDT
Hot Shots - Washington Business Journal

The many lives of investor Mark Ein (Video)

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Ask Mark Ein for a business card, and he’ll pull out a whole wad of them — each for a different company.

There’s one for Kastle Systems International LLC, the Falls Church building security firm where he serves as chairman. And another for Venturehouse Group LLC, the venture capital firm he founded after leaving The Carlyle Group in 1999. Yet another for Capitol Acquisition Corp. II,  ...

August 29, 2015 | 9:00am EDT
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Watch D.C.’s first brick-laying robot in action (Video)

by Emily Mekinc

The construction of a new high school at The Lab School may look pretty typical — until you meet the most unique worker on the site.

SAM100, which stands for semi-automated mason, is increasing productivity for Clark Construction Group LLC as the world's first commercially available robot used for on-site brick placement. Clark began work in November 2014 on a 29,000-square-foot high school in  ...

August 28, 2015 | 5:00pm EDT
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