Seattle Tech Roundup for Monday June 13, 2011
Bellevue-based Balance Financial just got a $1 million-plus boost from angel investors. The company headed by Devin Miller gets an edge on rivals like Mint.com by carrying on a tradition of personalized service with new web-based bookkeeping tools for consumers and professionals.
Madrona Venture Group’s Greg Gottesman is racking up an impressive record at Seattle Startup Weekend, claiming a win with A Place for Rover after recently scoring second with Shubz.tv. The idea of tapping into the huge pet owner demographic by matching travelers with willing caretakers took the prize, while the fusion of flash mobs with volunteerism earned honors for Heart Mob.
Faced with the irresistible startup lure portrayed in “The Social Network,” tech dinosaurs are looking to the current college class for an infusion of young blood to help take on rival upstarts. Along with job security and an abundance of resources, established firms, including Microsoft, are adding new recruiting ploys like game nights.