Seattle Tech Roundup for Monday, April 25, 2011
RealNetworks has devised a smart system for achieving order out of the chaos common to many iTunes collections. While Rinse awaits its official debut, it represents a new direction – from content provision to management and distribution – for the Seattle company.
Inspired by her own experience, Seattle’s Emily Marshall has created a confidential social networking site to connect committed relationships challenged by distance, like the military couples who participated in its trial run. Unveiled at the First Look Forum, SnuggleCloud is a product of The Founder Institute and a Startup Weekend honoree.
For Zillow’s IPO quest to become a reality, it must overcome challenges that include financial losses, failure to shake the real estate status quo, and its founders’ unrelenting grip on the company reins. Yet having survived an industry collapse, a successful IPO for the online real estate biz could attract investors nationwide and offer an alternative to acquisition for Seattle tech startups.