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Meet 6 hotshots building businesses in new and interesting ways, from the latest pages of the Business Journals: Bob Goodman, Chris Ennis and Robert Valuck, who are using software to defeat the scourge of opioid addiction; Susan Tynan, who went from working at Steve Case’s Revolution to taking his money for her startup; Kenneth Lin, who has turned Credit Karma into a household name; and Clayton Lewis, whose startup is a powerful tool for equalizing healthcare access for the LGBTQ community. Read more »

Startups - Silicon Nation: Washington

GoodWorld wants to change the planet, one Twitter or Facebook hashtag at a time

by Andy Medici Dale Nirvani Pfeifer

WASHINGTON— GoodWorld wants to make donating to charities as easy as commenting on Facebook or Twitter — in an age when snarky, and sometimes vicious, comments on social media are the norm.

The startup, founded in 2014, has 14 employees, raised $1.65 million and is in the process of raising a lot more (GoodWorld declined to share additional details until the funding was finalized) to help  ...

3 minutes ago
Startups - Artificial Intelligence

Where mannequins with artificial intelligence are loved and funded

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

DURHAM—PRSONAS, a Durham startup developing artificially intelligent digital mannequins, has just secured $525,000 in new debt financing, primarily from North Carolina angel investment groups such as Inception Micro Angel Fund (IMAF).

Co-founder David Rose says the funding has been an ongoing process since Christmas and, now that it’s closed, he can work on expanding the six-person team. Four  ...

48 minutes ago
Startups - Smart cars

Nest CEO Tony Fadell's a big wheel at 'smart' go-kart startup (Video)

by Cromwell Schubarth

SILICON VALLEY—Tony Fadell, who helped create the iPod and the Next thermostat, has helped create another gadget with a Mountain View startup he co-founded — "smart" go-karts.

Actev Motors took the wraps off of its $600 at Arrow Smart-Kart at New York City’s Toy Fair in February (you can check out our coverage here) but Fadell's role in the company wasn't revealed until an article posted by  ...

1 hour ago
Loot - Puget Sound Business Journal

What do you do in a VC slowdown? Take the smart money

by Ashley Stewart Matt Oppenheimer Headshot 2016

SEATTLE—When Seattle startup Remitly started raising money to expand its mobile money transfer service, CEO Matt Oppenheimer went into the process ready to leave money on the table.

That might seem counterintuitive during a venture capital slowdown, but it’s important as ever for startups to take the smart money – not all the money, he said.

“It’s really important to not only raise  ...

24 hours ago
Innovation - Dallas Business Journal

Potential of connecting cars, customers drives new Toyota company (Video)

by Bill Hethcock Hicks Zack

DALLAS—Toyota last month unveiled plans for a new in-car technology company to be based in Plano and a separate initiative that will analyze drivers’ behavior and driving patterns and base their auto insurance on their safety, normal driving routes and similar information.

A key player in both campaigns is Zack Hicks, CEO of new company Toyota Connected and chief information officer at Toyota  ...

May 29, 2016 | 1:00pm EDT
Startups - Puget Sound Business Journal

New twist on an old recipe: Kickstarter-launched artisan baking mix startup on the rise

by Becky Monk Krista Nelson of Krista's Baking Company uses non-GMO and organic ingredients in her baking kits

PUGET SOUND—Krista Nelson loves baking. She wants you to love it, too.

But the Ballard native knew not everyone has the time to procure gourmet ingredients, measure, whisk and wait to bake from scratch. Baking with a boxed mix speeds up the process, but didn’t give people gourmet choices.

So the former digital marketing coordinator for Snoqualmie Ice Cream created her own artisan baking  ...

May 29, 2016 | 9:00am EDT
Startups - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fran Tarkenton's daughter-in-law sees opportunity in student loans

by Phil W. Hudson

ATLANTA—A new start up founded by the daughter-in-law of National Football League Hall of Famer and veteran entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton and the son of early Atlanta tech entrepreneur and investor Ben Dyer is looking to disrupt the student loan industry.

Jeannie Tarkenton and Jesse Dyer have launched Funding University Inc., a private student lender, that offers a single loan product – a  ...

May 28, 2016 | 9:00am EDT
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