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Geeks Who Give Back: Brady Forrest, Ignite and O’Reilly

A tech evangelist for O’Reilly Media, Brady Forrest is the driving force behind Ignite, a popular series of fast-paced, five-minute talks that started in Seattle and quickly spread around the globe — providing geeks the world over a stage for sharing their knowledge and, yes, even entertaining each other. (Pictured here with ‘Wolfbrella,’ retrieved at… Read More

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Most important technology of 2011? The geeks weigh in

What was the most important technology of 2011? It’s an interesting question to ask as the year winds down, but we’ve actually been asking it throughout the year, as one of the questions for the people featured in our Geek of the Week profiles. Taken together, the consistencies and differences in their answers provide a great… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Nadia Mahmud, Jolkona Foundation

Jolkona is a Bengali word that means “drop of water.” For Nadia Mahmud, co-founder of the Jolkona Foundation, it’s a fitting metaphor given that she believes every small drop counts when it comes to changing lives of people across the globe. For less than $60, users of the Jolkona web site can support everything from science… Read More

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Facebook releases standalone Messenger app for Windows 7

The messaging function built into Facebook has already replaced established IM programs for some computer users. Facebook overnight released a test version of a standalone Windows app that could give the social network an even larger presence in instant messaging. Facebook Messenger for Windows is available for public download via this Facebook help page. Facebook… Read More

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15 New Year Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

I’m sure by now your 2012 plan, budget and professional objectives are baked and ready to go. Ideally, some of those objectives are reflected in your personal goals and New Year Resolutions as well. But for those still writing goals and resolutions, as well as the rest of you, here are several collected from business… Read More

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Seattle mobile app developer Ubermind finds a buyer

Ubermind’s growth over the past year has been nothing short of astonishing. The Seattle maker of mobile applications for Target, AllRecipes and others added more than 50 workers between June and November, and it now employs about 200 people at its new offices in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Now, GeekWire has learned, that Ubermind is in the process of… Read More

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Stealthy Scope 5 emerges, plans to make sense out of energy data

Scope 5 has raised an undisclosed amount of angel financing as it looks for wider adoption of software to help organizations better manage their energy costs and sustainability programs. The Seattle startup is led by Yoram Bernet, a former senior software architect at Microsoft. “The endorsement of our early partners and customers signals that we are solving… Read More

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Uptake Medical raises cash for novel emphysema treatment

Uptake Medical, which is developing new medical device technologies to treat emphysema, has raised $35 million of a $41 million venture capital round, according to a SEC filing. Unfortunately, the big financing won’t be counted toward Washington state’s venture capital totals. That’s because Uptake Medical moved its headquarters to southern California earlier this year. It continues… Read More

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Google, Apple pull further ahead of Microsoft in smartphone wars

Google and Apple are pulling even further ahead of Microsoft and RIM in the smartphone wars. According to the latest report from comScore, Google now controls 46.9 percent of the smartphone subscriber market in the U.S., up 3.1 percent from 43.8 percent for the three-month period ended in August. Apple’s share, meanwhile, increased 1.4 percent… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Andy Sack, Geoff Entress, Chris DeVore

These angel investors are elevating Seattle to new heights. The brains behind Founder’s Co-op and TechStars not only are bankrolling new startup ventures, but Andy Sack, Geoff Entress and Chris DeVore are making sure Seattle’s next generation of entrepreneurs has what it takes to compete on a global scale. Says DeVore, “Seattle is the underdog that actually… Read More

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How to use marketing research tactics to grow your startup

When it comes to building a product that people will love and actually pay money to buy, you have to know your customer inside and out. Unfortunately too many entrepreneurs and startups are ignoring this very basic truth because they believe it costs too much money to gather market research. Others are ignoring it because… Read More

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Mini-documentary: ‘A symphony of computer coding’ at KING5 online news hackathon

A while back we covered the buildup to (and dustup over) the “Hacking Seattle News” event organized by KING-5. The goal of the weekend coding marathon in October was to come up with new ways of distributing and consuming local news. KING’s news teams put together a behind-the-scenes piece documenting the event from start to finish, and it… Read More

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Chart: Can Facebook overtake Google as top U.S. web brand?

Nielsen has released its year-end list of the top 10 web brands, based on average monthly unique visitors, and there’s a bit of drama playing out at the top. Facebook’s meteoric rise has quickly made it No. 2 in U.S. audience, surpassing Yahoo and starting to come within reach of Google. Apart from industry bragging rights,… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Hélène Martin, UW computer science

Hélène Martin taught hundreds of high-school students the power of computer programming during her two years teaching computer science at Garfield High in Seattle, inspiring many to pursue degrees in technology. Now a lecturer in the UW’s Computer Science & Engineering Department, she continues to shape the next generation of geeks. Her advice: “Find what you care… Read More

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Tech Moves: Banyan Branch expands; SonoSite taps a new CFO; Radarworks; and more

Banyan Branch, the fast-growing social media agency, has named Jennifer Blank Hecht to the positon of senior vice president of client services. She most recently worked at Wunderman where she worked on social media efforts for Microsoft’s Emerging Media group. In addition to Blank Hecht, Banyan Branch also announced that Erik Arpe and Stephanie Camp… Read More