Capitol Hill is home to Seattle’s start-up of the year. Belmont Ave’s Simply Measured took home the title last week at the 2013 GeekWire Awards.
CHS talked to Colin Henry, the company’s director of engineering, last summer about the amazing growth the company has seen since launching its analytics platform two years ago and running a start-up on Capitol Hill:
We found the right size space that we can grow into. There are meetups that meet on the Hill like Seattle RB. Seattle Interactive Developers Meetup usually happens at our offices. We’ve got three major coffee shops, a couple of great bars, lots of lunch opportunities. The Hill has a lifestyle and culture that very attuned to how we operate. I’m probably the most dressed up guy in the office, and I still have tattoos. I really, really like the Hill, it’s a great place to work.
There are a lot of tech startups in Pioneer Square and South Lake Union. There’s a few of us on the Hill. Part of the problem is business space is a premium on the Hill. We got lucky, we got a 5000 sq ft space. There are people working out of 1000 sq ft offices that have 15 people.
Here’s what GeekWire had to say about the award-winning company:
There’s no shortage of online tools to help manage social media activities. But Simply Measured is gaining traction with some big names. Customers using its analytics tools include American Express, AOL, Billboard, Edelman, Microsoft, Samsung and UFC, with customers paying between $1,500 and $2,500 per month to analyze social media traffic and determine social medial influencers. The Seattle company, led by Aviel Ginzburg, Damon Cortesi and Adam Schoenfeld, received a big boost in January when it raised $8 million from Bessemer Venture Partners and MHS Capital.
In January, Simply Measured raised $8 million in a round of financing and said it planned to use the capital to double its employees to around 80 people.
City launches start-up initiative
The City of Seattle got entrepreneurial about start-ups this month, announcing the launch of Startup Seattle:
During the next year, the City plans to hire a startup business sector liaison, relaunch the resource website startupseattle.com, form partnerships with local organizations such as Code.org and Startup Weekend to increase access and connect high school students with local technology opportunities, and develop a marketing campaign to help attract talent to Seattle from across the country. In addition, the City will continue to support “innovation hubs” that make neighborhoods more attractive to early-stage technology companies and initiate a market assessment of real-estate needs for startups that will be used to guide new transit-oriented development in the University District.
The Startup Seattle site includes a blog and an events calendar to highlight local tech and startup happenings. There is also a job board for talented people like yourself.