A Seattle-based startup founded to make sales tax collection easier for small businesses raised $3 million just as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide whether to make that process more complicated. LumaTax, founded by former California state auditor Robert Schulte, raised the funding from Cowboy Ventures and Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, plus existing investors Madrona Venture Group and Greycroft Partners.
Seattle-area retailers Costco Wholesale Corp. and Amazon.com rank high on a list of which grocers consumers prefer most. Costco (Nasdaq: COST) ranked No. 2 and Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) ranked No. 3 on the 2018 Retail Preference Index, compiled by retail industry data analytics firm Dunnhumby. Trader Joes ranked No. 1 while Amazon-owned Whole Foods ranked No. 10. Dunnhumby collected data from 11,000 U.S. households about 59 grocery retailers using a 15-minute online survey.
Seattle-based Usermind raised $23.5 million to help companies connect business applications to learn more about customers. The company - led by CEO Michel (pronounced "Michelle") Feaster - raised a Series C round led by Northgate Capital with investments from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo Ventures and CRV. Usermind builds a platform for companies to automate business operations and connects often-fragmented team within sales, finance and marketing departments.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".