venture capital http://www.kplu.org en Venture capital activity drops in Washington state in 1st quarter http://www.kplu.org/post/venture-capital-activity-drops-washington-state-1st-quarter <p></p><p>Washington state’s venture capital activity dropped a lot in the first quarter. But it may be too early to worry about the health of the startup community.</p><p>Washington usually ranks among the top five markets for venture capital funding – this time the state fell to number 10.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:12:48 +0000 Ashley Gross 8379 at http://www.kplu.org Washington venture capitalist funds new anti-gun violence coalition http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-venture-capitalist-funds-new-anti-gun-violence-coalition <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022513AJ_GrassRoots_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gun control advocates in Washington are banding together to turn up the heat on state lawmakers. In the coming days, they plan to announce the formation of a new grassroots lobbying coalition. Their first target is passage of universal background check legislation.<p>The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has seed money from Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:46:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7858 at http://www.kplu.org Washington venture capitalist funds new anti-gun violence coalition Analysts say Microsoft should keep Skype as-is in company's biggest-ever acquisition http://www.kplu.org/post/analysts-say-microsoft-should-keep-skype-companys-biggest-ever-acquisition <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968165.mp3</p><p>Microsoft&#39;s <a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/microsoft-to-buy-skype-for-8-5-billion/?hp">biggest acquisition ever </a>might have people in the region worrying about layoffs. Often when companies merge, redundant workers get pink slips.</p><p>But it sounds like employees of the Redmond tech giant don&#39;t have much cause for concern with <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoftpri0/2015010864_microsoft_is_buying_skype_for_85_billion.html">Microsoft&#39;s $8.5-billion purchase of Skype</a>. Wed, 11 May 2011 00:54:17 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1572 at http://www.kplu.org Analysts say Microsoft should keep Skype as-is in company's biggest-ever acquisition Groupon's coffee buzz: Starbucks' CEO joins board, invests in site http://www.kplu.org/post/groupons-coffee-buzz-starbucks-ceo-joins-board-invests-site <p>Howard Schultz announced his investment in the enormously popular consumer-discount site Groupon&nbsp;Thursday. At the same time, Groupon <a href="http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2011/02/starbucks-ceo-howard-schultz-backs.html">confirmed the Starbucks CEO's election to its board</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>TechFlash's John Cook reports Schultz' investment "is not connected to Starbucks":</p><blockquote><p>...but having the leader of the world's leading specialty coffee retailer on the board certainly will add some interesting possibilities. Starbucks has been expanding its digital footprint aggressively in recent months, adding features such as mobile payments and free in-store wi-fi.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:01:00 +0000 KPLU News Staff 768 at http://www.kplu.org Groupon's coffee buzz: Starbucks' CEO joins board, invests in site