Seattle Tech Roundup on Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Redmond-based LOCQL blends old-fashioned Q&A with the location-based craze in an online and mobile app service created by a pair from Microsoft and hatched at one of Seattle’s startup weekends. LOCQL allows users to offer up their place-based know-how, socialize and rate other answers.
Buuteeq may compete with Ashton Kutcher-endorsed Airbnb for headlines, and its angel investors can’t match the San Francisco site’s mega-million haul, but the Seattle startup takes its own approach to travel marketing. At a fraction of what some competitors charge, Buuteeq targets its tools directly to hotels, especially the massive and underserved independent and B&B sector.
Marketfish is on a mission to make life easier for list-based marketers, and a new round of VC funding will help expand its cost-effective cloud-based service to meet growing demand. The Seattle company is getting an infusion of talent too with the addition of industry veterans David Fowler, Jed Katz and Gary Laben.