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Microsoft Employees Start Local Q&A Site, LOCQL

Seattle Tech Roundup on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Exclusive: Microsofties Debut Local Q&A Site LOCQL (Ahead Of Hipster) TechCrunch

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.

In wake of Airbnb financing frenzy, Seattle super angels pump $3.5M into Buuteeq GeekWire

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 Secures $4.5 Million in First VC-Round Financing, Expands Team Marketwire

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.

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