Seattle Tech Roundup for Monday May 16, 2011
Based on the Nobel prize winning concept of microfinance and named Best Nonprofit Startup by Seattle 2.0, Vittana is fueling educational ambitions through sustainable giving. On a mission to serve a million students in developing nations by 2015. CEO and Amazon vet Kushal Chakrabarti touts a nearly perfect record of microloan repayment, making Vittana a solid life-changing investment.
Marketfish boasts a new Privacy and Deliverability chief in David Fowler, a new resource with NetProspex and $4.5M in new funding to achieve its plan for growth. The Seattle startup created and helmed by Dave Scott offers organizations targeted email marketing lists for fees starting at $10,000.
$30M in new venture capital made Kathy Savitt’s Lockerz the big April winner in Washington state, striking a combination of consumer trends that investors couldn’t resist. Electronics shopping, fuel cells and data management software are the focus of the next three names on the CB Insights equity funding list – Decide.com, ReliOn and Xeround – while number five, Mpire, completed its makeover into AdXpose.