Seattle Deals: Ubermind, iCopyright, Vizify
—Consulting firm Deloitte has acquired Seattle mobile developer Ubermind, the companies announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Ubermind CEO Shehryar Khan and founder Donald Brady will join Deloitte Consulting as principals, according to Deloitte’s press release. On its blog, Ubermind says that Deloitte’s large footprint is a big opportunity for the smaller company, but “We are also focused on maintaining what was working. The key elements of our business that make us unique will remain the same: our people and culture.” Word of the deal was first reported by John Cook at GeekWire.
—Digital content licensing company iCopyright has raised $2.62 million of an equity round that could grow to $3.48 million, according to an SEC filing. Founder and director Mike O’Donnell says this was “an internal round, open only to existing shareholders.” Greg Lamm at TechFlash notes that iCopyright’s previous backers include Crosslink Capital, Menlo Ventures, and Times Mirror Ventures. iCopyright offers online publishers a way to protect and monetize their content, an area of great concern for many media companies. O’Donnell says the new money will be used to help broaden product offerings, including new content management system plugins and a new syndication system. The company was in the news in recent years for a legal fight with The Associated Press. [Updated from previous version to add company comment.]
—Portland, OR startup Vizify—a member of the 2011 Seattle TechStars class—says it has filled out a seed round at $1.2 million. Vizify, which is still in private beta testing, creates nice-looking Web pages that pull a person’s online activities and digital data together in one place. The simple example it’s showing off right now is called TweetSheet, which makes a sort of infographic out of a person’s Twitter activity. Investors include Jonathan Sposato, Geoff Entress, Dan Shapiro, Bill Bryant, and Bill McAleer. The startup plans to use the money for hiring designers and engineers.