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A lot has changed for Seattle’s tech industry since WTIA first created the Tech Universe Map in 2007. More than 2,100 new tech companies have been created and more than 58.4 billion has been invested in companies in Washington. The diversity of the kinds of technologies created here has increased; in particular, we have more cloud computing, data analytics, online retail, and mobile application companies. WTIA and Madrona Venture Group presents the 2015 Seattle Tech Universe Map, which features more than 600 companies. Other supporting sponsors include University of Washington, Davis Wright Tremaine, Cooley, Perkins Coie and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Read the story behind updating the map. For comments or questions or corrections, please email

The criteria for being on the printed map is:

  • Company is based in WA or is a significant company whose founders came from a WA company

  • Companies that started outside of Washington but have since moved their headquarters to Washington state

  • Company is still in existence and is thriving and/or it has received a base level of funding recently which points to growth

  • Companies that have raised outside seed-stage funding (beyond friends & family).

  • Companies that have been acquired by companies that are still existing or that was an important company in the founding of other extant companies

  • Company is in the software or mobile industries. Retail and other non-tech companies that have spawned other companies are also included.

  • Large national/international companies with major engineering centers in Washington are included. Examples include Facebook, Google, and Sears.
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