Seattle Tech Roundup for Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Entrepreneur Bob Thorardson hopes to bring the same success to contact management that his team’s recently sold Cequent did to caller ID use with a new tool that promises convenience, cloud capability and confidentiality. As the premiere product in a new lineup from BluCapp, the free and subscription-based Scrubly service follows the release of Hiya from Seattle rival WhitePages.
Facebook launches deals program, rivals Groupon Seattle Times
The debut of daily deals on Facebook in select cities merges two of the most powerful online forces, at an address where many small businesses already reside. With the social network’s like feature and built in network of connections replacing the conventional email alert model, Facebook offers a reach that far exceeds its rivals, potentially giving its half billion global users access to exclusive experiences and deep discounts.
Author, computer scientist and tech industry veteran Gary Flake isn’t ready to ballyhoo his latest venture, but the quiet startup has already earned attention from investors. Purposeful social media is the tentative description for Bellevue-based Clipboard, and over $1M in fund-raising will help in its initial hiring round.