Former Apprentice Contestant’s Startup Takes A Different Approach to Daily Deals

Seattle Tech Roundup for Tuesday June, 7, 2011

Ex-star of ‘The Apprentice’ James Sun takes on Groupon with Pirq

Pirq promises to solve the dilemma of daily deal peak period overload with a tool that enables real-time redemption and mimics the dynamic pricing model. Convinced that the crowded field has room for a smarter solution, the Kirkland startup headed by former Apprentice contestant James Sun is set to launch its mobile app with deals from a bevy of Seattle eateries.

Startup Symform brings in veteran CEO Schiltz

Matthew Schiltz brings an impressive resume to his new post at the helm of Symform, where he is expected to fuel growth for the company that offers a cost-saving data backup service for small business. The Seattle startup created by a pair of Microsoft vets raised $4M last year in venture capital.

Apple’s cloud music could encourage people to pay for pirated songs

Apple’s newest cloud service, coming this fall for a small annual fee, could ease the pain of piracy, boost the bottom line for record labels and give music fans convenience without a guilty conscience. The unveiling of iTunes Match by CEO Steve Jobs follows the lead of Amazon and Google, but ups the ante by freeing music lovers of the need to upload tunes themselves.

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