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Seattle e-commerce beauty company Julep raises another $5M

Julep, the Seattle e-commerce beauty company that has attracted backing from celebrities Will Smith and Jay-Z, has raised another $5 million. Read the PSBJ article.

Korner raises $1.5M to keep your home safe with a dongle and smartphone app

Seattle-based Korner has raised $1.5 million to help fuel marketing and production of its home security product. Read the Geekwire article.

Portland mobile transit ticketing startup GlobeSherpa acquired by RideScout

RideScout, an Austin-based startup that bills itself as the “Kayak of ground transportation,” announced the acquisition of GlobeSherpa, a fast-growing Portland-based company that develops mobile ticketing software for public transit agencies in cities like Portland, San Francisco, and Chicago. Read the GeekWire article.

Groupon acquires Venuelabs to help local merchants monitor social media feedback

Groupon is acquiring Venuelabs, a Seattle-based startup that helps local retailers monitor what is being said about them on a variety of social networks. Read the GeekWire article.

UW spin-out Vicis raises $1.6M for high-tech football helmet that reduces brain trauma

Vicis has raised $1.6m to continue developing its innovative helmet designed to mitigate the forces that are thought to cause concussions on the football field and in other contact sports. Read the Geekwire article.