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Who’s Hiring: February 27, 2018

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Tango Card Raises $10M to Acquire Digital Rewards Pioneer

Built In Seattle | Quinten Dol | February 12, 2019

“The last twelve months have been big for Tango Card, a Seattle tech company that helps businesses reward employees with digital rewards cards. The company raised $35 million in May, ranked high on the Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing companies in August and featured on Built In’s 50 Tech Companies in Seattle to Know in 2019.

This morning, the e-gift card company announced that it had received some spending money of its own, in the form of a $10 million investment from San Francisco’s FTV Capital.

In a blog post, Chief Commercial Officer Nat Salvione said Tango had used that investment to fund its acquisition of GiftCertificates.com, which was also announced this morning. Founded in 1997, GiftCertificates.com is a pioneer in the digital rewards space.”

Learn more about local job opportunities at Tango Card.

Polly Want a Slack Plugin? Seattle Enterprise IT Startup Raises $7M

Xconomy | Jeff Buchanan | February 14, 2019

“In today’s data-driven world, people are being asked to complete more surveys and reviews—both when they’re at work and off-duty. One company that’s working to help its customers track the feedback they and their employees get is Seattle-based Polly. Specifically, Polly has built software that integrates with productivity tools companies are already using, like Slack and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Teams, to streamline the processes of surveying customers and managing their responses.

On Wednesday, Polly announced it raised $7 million in a funding round led by Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group. Other participants in the investment included return backers Amplify Partners, Fathom Capital, and the Slack Fund, Polly says.

In a blog post on the startup’s website, Polly co-founder and CEO Samir Diwan says some of the new money will go toward product development, including enhancing the security and privacy controls within the software. Diwan says the new funding will also allow Polly to double its headcount, though he did not give a specific timeline for hiring more employees.”

Learn more about local job opportunities at Polly.

Here Come the Franchises: Bellevue Game Studio tinyBuild Raises $15M

Built In Seattle | Quinten Dol | February 18, 2019

“With its first franchise taking off and more in the works, quirky Bellevue-based indie game developer and publisher tinyBuild filed SEC documents detailing a $15 million funding round last week, bringing the company’s funding total to $18.8 million.

Co-founder and CEO Alex Nichiporchik confirmed the funding in an interview with Built In Seattle…The company currently employs 27 people and is hiring to build out both its Bellevue headquarters and Amsterdam branch office.”

Learn more about local job opportunities at tinyBuild.

Blaze Bio Raises $5M to Help Surgeons See Tumors from Healthy Tissue

Xconomy | Jeff Buchanan | February 20, 2019

“Blaze Bioscience, a Seattle-based biotech developing “tumor paint” that could help surgeons tell the difference between normal and cancerous tissue, has raised $5 million in new equity funding to help advance its lead product candidate through clinical trials.

Heather Franklin, Blaze’s founder and CEO, says its latest funding round is still open, and could climb to more than $20 million. Blaze has raised a total of $45 million from investors since launching in 2010, she says.”

Learn more about local job opportunities at Blaze Bioscience.

Agriculture Startup iUNU Raises $7.5M to Turn Greenhouses into High-Tech Manufacturing Plants

GeekWire | Taylor Soper | February 26, 2019

“Seattle startup iUNU has raised more cash to expand its platform that uses technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer vision to change the way commercial greenhouse operators monitor their crops.

The 6-year-old company just reeled in a $7.5 million round led by Bootstrap Labs and NCT Ventures. It previously raised a $6 million round in August 2017 from backers such as Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital; NFL legend Joe Montana’s Liquid 2 Ventures; Seattle’s 2nd Avenue Partners; Fuel Capital and others.”Learn more about local job opportunities at iUNU.

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