Can you find your company on the Seattle Startup Map?

Zachary Cohn and Nick Hughes were planning out the logistics for the next Startup Crawl event in Seattle when they recognized a problem. There wasn’t a go-to map to see where startup companies are located in the Seattle area. From that brainstorm, an idea was born.

It’s called the Seattle Startup Map.

It is a pretty cool idea, a Google map which shows where startup companies are based in the Seattle area.

It is by no means a complete list. But it is still pretty neat to see where startups cluster. (For example, there’s quite a concentration in Pioneer Square).

Here’s how Cohn, who spent about four hours on the site, built the map. He wrote a Google apps script to scrape the Seattle 2.0 Index, the online directory of 476 startups in the region. Then, he ran all of the companies through the address lookup service Switchboard.com, exporting them to the Google Map via Batchgeo.

As you’ll quickly notice, several companies aren’t on the map. (See if you can find yours?) Cohn said that Switchboard.com only had addresses for 155 of the startups on the Seattle 2.0 Index.

For example, Cheezburger Network’s address in the Seattle Bank building in lower Queen Anne didn’t show up. (Perhaps a good thing since Cheezburger is planning on moving out of the space in the coming months).

I tried to solicit support for a similar map about a year ago, asking readers to submit companies. But it was just too hard to maintain. Leave it to a developer to figure out a more streamlined approach.

If you don’t see your company on the map, fill out this form and Cohn will try to get it added.

View Seattle Startup Map in a full screen map

Editor’s note: Cohn is a freelance developer who is currently working on aspects of GeekWire. The startup map is an independent project.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve got Redfin in the Redfin Sushi location and no EnergySavvy.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve got Redfin in the Redfin Sushi location and no EnergySavvy.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve got Redfin in the Redfin Sushi location and no EnergySavvy.

  • Guesty

    Socrata had a list last year. (aka: blist.com).  It had ~300 addresses on it.

    • johnhcook

      Yeah, I worked with the Socrata app to create that map. 

  • http://www.puzzazz.com Roy Leban

    This sounds like a fun idea. Unfortunately, many, many of the startups in the area don’t give out their addresses. It’s not like we have retail stores people can visit. Frequently, when you can get the address of a startup, it’s a PO Box, a home address, a co-working space, a coffee shop, or, apparently, a sushi restaurant. And it looks like there are some defunct startups on the list too — it’s hard to get that data as well.

    Zachary, drop me a line and I can send you a list of about 500 startups I have. It hasn’t been updated in a while, so it’ll certainly include some defunct startups and be missing plenty, but perhaps combining it with the Seattle 2.0 list and the Blist list can be useful.

  • Andy MacPhearson

    Pretty sweet creation. Helpfull too.