Foursquare Soars To 6 Million Users

Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Monday January 24, 2011

Streamlining sequencing of DNA is Seattle startup’s goal

Seattle startup Stratos Genomics‘ work on DNA sequencing could dramatically cut the time and money required for genetic testing. Now in its engineering phase, the product might be market-ready within the next couple of years, according to CEO Allan Stephan.

Startup of the Week: WhoCanHelp

Headed by a former Army Ranger, WhoCanHelp goes head to head with local service finders like Angie’s List. The web-based startup hopes to distinguish itself by focusing on connecting customers and providers without commission fees or lead-selling.

Foursquare Now Six Million Users Strong, Hit 381M Total Check-Ins In 2010

Unfazed by new rival Facebook Places, social network Foursquare has seen exponential growth since its debut, illustrated by a company infographic that breaks down over 1/3 billion check-ins by its 6 million users in 2010. Foursquare’s recently added photo-sharing function is taking off too, as the smartphone and text tool goes global and beyond.

SEO Tip of the Day
– Ask sites that mention you to add your link
If a website mentions your business but doesn’t link to you, they may be happy to add a link if you ask. Often, all it takes is a friendly email. You can be notified when your business is mentioned online by setting up a Google Alert for your business name.

Upcoming Events

Tech Foam
Date: Wed, February 2, 2011
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: The Spot Off Main, Bellevue 20 103rd Ave NE (map)
A networking event for local technology startups and those interested in technology startups.

Interesting Entrepreneurship Talk by Expedia Founder Rich Barton

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