Seattle Tech Roundup for Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Ex-Amazon.com exec scores cash to bring infomercials into the digital age GeekWire
DNA Response gives the maligned TV infomercial an update with a streamlined, web-based solution that replaces a sluggish, error-prone and outdated system with the speed and facility of Amazon.com checkout. In fact, both co-founders of the Seattle-area startup flush with its first angel funding boast backgrounds with the e-retail giant.
With Ron Wiener at the helm, EquaShip is steering a course to capture a share of the e-commerce shipping market and vie with the industry’s captains. The Seattle startup scored close to $1M from angel investors to help its discount shipping service for small-to-midsize online retailers set sail in time for the holidays.
An Amazon tablet code-named Hollywood purportedly promises a powerful combination of movie and music streaming, Appstore access, e-books and web-surfing, although the Android OS that will run it remains a mystery. The anticipated arrival later this year of a new color tablet in Amazon’s Kindle stable will strengthen its position against a slew of rivals.