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UW CSE startup Farecast purchased by Martians (Seattle PI)

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Farecast‘s sale to an unknown buyer is the latest score for superstar University of Washington computer scientist Oren Etzioni, who has watched several of his Internet companies gobbled up at attractive valuations over the past 15 years.

“Those include comparison shopping service NetBot, which was acquired by Excite in 1997, and MetaCrawler, a search engine that is now part of InfoSpace.”

Farecast, like many other UW CSE startups, included Madrona Venture Group and the WRF Capital as early investors.