A typical brainstorming session

For years we’ve covered the adventures of entrepreneurs large and small, successful and not-so-much — living vicariously through their attempts to build meaningful technology products and businesses. We’ve learned a lot along the way. And now we’re getting ready to experience the entrepreneurial life ourselves, launching an honest-to-goodness startup of our own.

Yep, we’re just that crazy. We’re taking away the net. We are excited about the entrepreneurial plunge. And we’re inviting you to make the leap with us, as a reader and participant in the technology news community that we’ll be building.

Welcome to GeekWire.

This venture will give us the opportunity to create the business we’ve always dreamed of building. We’ll start with what we know — news, commentary, features and interviews featuring the personalities, innovations and companies that matter to the Pacific Northwest technology community. Our passion has always been the intersection of business and innovation, and that won’t change. As longtime readers know, we take technology seriously, but we also like to have fun along the way, and we’re excited to infuse even more of our personalities into the new site.

We’re launching with stories including an analysis of the brewing rivalry between Amazon.com and Apple; a profile of a local startup putting QR codes onto pet ID tags; and highlights from William Shatner’s raucous appearance at Emerald City Comicon over the weekend.

In short, you’ll be able to continue turning to us for the must-read technology news and insights of the day — inside information and perspective, drawn from old-fashioned reporting and more than two decades of combined experience in tech journalism.

That will be just the start.

We have strong plans for the future of the business — including stuff that will surprise you — and the cool thing is that we’ll be able to try new things quickly, and adjust on the fly. We’ll also be better positioned to apply input from you, as members of the community, about the directions we take. One thing we’ve learned from the companies we cover is the importance of being nimble, and flexible. We’ll be putting those lessons to use.

This very preliminary version of the GeekWire site is the first example. We built it over the weekend with the help of our partners.

We hope that you will join the community by sharing opinions, insights, guest columns, news tips and more.

And finally, a big thank you to the Puget Sound Business Journal, our home for the last two years, where we founded and built TechFlash for American City Business Journals. We’re grateful for that opportunity, and we’ll miss working with the many great people at the newspaper and the company.

We are very excited about this new adventure, and we’re looking forward to sharing more about the new site in the coming weeks. You can follow us on Twitter @toddbishop, @johnhcook and @geekwirenews.

— John Cook and Todd Bishop, co-founders, GeekWire

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  • http://twitter.com/westseattleblog West Seattle Blog

    Congratulations! Scary yet exhilarating to cut the cord and fly freestyle – but that means you own the success as well as the risks. Wishing you much of the former. – Tracy @ WSB

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533634679 Jay Yarow

    Good luck guys! I’ll be reading.

  • http://about.me/patrickquirke Patrick Quirke

    Excellent! Really looking forward to reading your news stories, journals, insights and tips.

  • Greglamm

    Good luck. I miss you guys already!

  • http://blog.findwell.com Kevin Lisota

    This is excellent! Glad to see you two venture out on your own and enter our little startup world here in Seattle. Looking forward to more great things from GeekWire

  • BirdandBearCookies

    HUGE Congratulations from Lake Norman!

  • http://www.JakeMilla.com Jacob MIlla

    I’ll be reading. :)

  • http://www.vishalkuber.com/ VKuber

    Good luck going forward in your new venture.

  • http://twitter.com/kslosh Kurt Schlosser

    Way to go, boys. Good luck!

  • Jamesian

    Great – call out to geeks – Volunteer with Spring science fairs in Puget
    These three organizations needs your audience badly for SPRING
    judging of students in engineering and science and all.



  • http://blog.calbucci.com/ Marcelo Calbucci

    Congrats guys! This is very exciting.

  • http://mastodonlabs.com Andrew Woods

    Congrats guys! looking forward to watching you grow and innovate

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations @toddbishop @johnhcook

  • http://faves.com/users/mike mckoss

    Welcome to the deep end of the pool! Good luck to you!

  • http://blog.daryn.net daryn

    Congrats guys.

    Can you settle an office discussion: Did you give notice to PSBJ, and just build the site over the weekend, or did this all just happen over the weekend?

  • Anonymous

    I’m looking forward to the scoop on what the heck happened with TechFlash.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luckyvic Victor Huang

    So glad you drank the Kool-Aid! You cred with startup guys just went up a bunch! I won’t congrat you on the start, thats actually the easy part. It’s how you finish that matters.

  • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

    Congrats you guys, will be adding you to my RSS :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688156958 Chetan Sharma

    congrats and best wishes

  • http://www.banyanbranch.com Jess Estrada

    Congratulations gents! Looking forward to seeing all that GeekWire will do. From Jess and your Banyan Branch family

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.garcia Alex Garcia

    Congrats from Banyan Branch!!

  • http://twitter.com/bigoven bigoven

    Congratulations, John and Todd!

    I’d also like to take this opportunity, at this milestone, to say a big THANK YOU for creating TechFlash, and helping the Seattle tech community in many ways. We look forward to you making waves with your next venture!

    – Steve at BigOven

  • http://blog.CascadeSoft.net @CascadeRam

    from my twitter post @johnhcook Congrats John, I’ve been reading your columns since your early Seattle PI days and look forward to the new GeekWire

  • http://twitter.com/tdamico Tom Damico

    congrats and great name

  • http://www.royleban.com Roy Leban

    You guys are already rocking getting this site launched so quickly — and full of news, too. Best of luck!

  • Dan Richman

    Congrats, guys! All the best.

  • http://www.wac6.typepad.com William Carleton

    Congrats, Todd and John! Interesting to see the new titles, implying John “owns” Seattle and Todd the country.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Bill! The titles aren’t absolute — we tend to have a lot of crossover in what we focus on — but they do reflect our different coverage areas, and the fact that I’ll be working on more stuff of national scope.

      Thanks for coming along with us! It’s going to be good.

  • http://www.andreajames.net Andrea James

    Congratulations you guys! This is great news — I can’t wait to see your business model unfold! :)

  • http://twitter.com/kurtbrockett Kurt Brockett

    Subscribe! Congrats guys. Todd – looking forward to connecting again when we have something cool to share. Best of luck on the new venture.

  • http://twitter.com/dminkin David Minkin

    Congrats on the launch!

  • http://www.newcommbiz.com tacanderson

    Awesome. Just awesome. Way to go guys!

  • http://www.decide.com Mike Fridgen

    Excited for you guys! Good luck!

  • Joe the Coder

    Congrats. I just bookmarked it and will check daily.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome guys. Innovation is faster and more exciting when you have no nets to catch you (or slow you down). Look forward to seeing you innovate in the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=94500172 Kyle Kesterson

    This is huge! Definitely looking forward to seeing how this evolves.Cheers guys.

  • http://twitter.com/webwright Tony Wright

    Epic– did I read correctly when you said “we built it over the weekend?”

    Truly an amazing example of the new era of journalism. Two guys who great experience and personal brands can launch a high quality online ‘zine in a WEEKEND. Grats to the both of you guys– you’re going to kill it!

    • johnhcook

      Yeah, we built the site over the weekend. We’ve got great partners who helped deliver on the back-end: Foundry Interactive, Blue Box and Inkd.

      Stay tuned Tony. We’ve got big things in store. This is just day one of our entrepreneurial plunge!

  • http://www.newspaceagency.com/ :::::: New Space Agency ::::::

    good blog

    how much costs advertise here?

    • johnhcook

      Thanks for the inquiry on advertising. You can reach us here for more details on what we can offer: advertising@geekwire.com.

  • Dharmesh Mehta

    Congrats on the new gig – wish I had more brainstorming sessions like that =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevie Kevin Leneway

    Congrats guys!

  • http://twitter.com/michaelwolf Michael Wolf

    Congrats, guys.

  • http://www.newspaceagency.com/ :::::: New Space Agency ::::::

    Seattle Editor … National Editor … no International Editor? (for Europe, China, Japan, India)

    • Anonymous

      We’re waiting a couple weeks before expanding internationally. ;)

  • http://blog.stewtopia.com stewtopia

    so, so awesome to hear. congrats on the launch fellas.

  • JR

    Ah, now I know why you were so busy last week… you were scheming. Well done, look forward to the same great content, with a bit more edge!

  • Donnie

    Congrats! Looking forward to this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Starbuck/500012914 Bryan Starbuck

    Congrats John & Todd. I’m sure you will have great growth here, just like TechFlash had.

    It is great to have you here in Seattle.

  • Cindy Spodek Dickey

    Best wishes for coninued success! Will continue to follow you both of course!

  • http://twitter.com/hrhmedia Hanson Hosein

    Big congrats guys. The new name and logo look great up there on the masthead. Happy to see my new go-to business and tech news site is already up and running!

  • http://twitter.com/jrrhetoric John Raffetto

    Congrats to both of you… looking forward to following your reporting. Love the video interview between the two of you. Not sure I’ve seen anything like that before but it works!

  • Anonymous

    Wherever you two go, I will follow your insights.

  • PJ

    Great site–love the video

  • http://techcrunch.com Erick Schonfeld

    Looking forward to this. You guys made the right move.

  • http://blog.redfin.com GlennKelman

    You guys are a force of nature, and the voice of Seattle!

  • http://twitter.com/KrishnanIyer KrishnanIyer

    Congratulations to both you guys. I am going to toally repeat Mike Koss’s post – Welcome to the deep end of the pool. The timing of this is almost perfect – with all the disruption in the print industry.. it only make sense that you get infected by the people you cover. Congrats and all the best!!! When is the ipad app coming ;)

  • Mike Lewis

    Great vid. Great site. And I anxiously await the print version. (Just kidding.)

  • http://www.randfishkin.com/blog Rand Fishkin

    Congratulations guys! Hope to see lots of deep coverage of the Seattle tech scene rather than just the standard parroting of what the big 3 are up to.

    • johnhcook

      Hi Rand. You certainly will see deep coverage of the Seattle tech scene. That’s our bread and butter, and we only plan to ramp that up. I love covering startups and entrepreneurs, so that won’t be going away. Thanks for tuning in.

  • http://www.homepipe.net DougWheeler

    Congrats JohnC. Look forward to working with you!

  • Anonymous

    Exciting news.
    OK, now we need a podcast please! My Monday mornign commute was so much less interesting when no TF podcast came through ..

    • johnhcook

      Stay tuned. We will have more to announce on the podcast soon.

  • http://twitter.com/AnnJohnsonSEA Ann Johnson

    Congrats. Looking forward to adding GeekWire to my daily list of sites to read.

  • http://twitter.com/Rich_Barton Rich Barton

    Congrats and good luck, guys. Welcome to the highs and lows of startup land.

  • JH

    Congratulations, great move – you will be very successful!

  • Davide Vigano

    Welcome to start-up world John! All the best to GeekWire from us at Foodcaching. … And keep playing soccer. That will help!

  • Mason B.

    Great news! I could tell the prior format was limiting and I am looking forward to seeing your creativity soar.

  • http://twitter.com/marketingeek marketingeek

    this is outstanding guys from the marketingeek. euchre anyone

  • BrentR


  • http://www.facebook.com/didier.monin Didier Monin

    Seattle is an awesome place to get something like this going and I look forward to see what you guys have in store! Best luck from the GameTruck team!

  • http://www.bluebox.net Jesse Proudman

    I’m glad to see such overwhelming support and really happy that @bluebox was able to participate in your successful launch. We look forward to seeing what the two of you come up with next!

  • http://twitter.com/jkueber jkueber

    Congratulations John and Todd – Best regards from Seattle Business Magazine.

  • http://twitter.com/locuslingua Jeremy Irish

    Congrats! It will be interesting to see what new ideas you can bring to tech journalism.

  • http://twitter.com/billnordwall Bill Nordwall

    It’s been a blast building GeekWire with you guys. Big thanks to Blue Box Group for all of the hosting support!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30404292 Thom Koschwanez

    Congrats you two. I’ll have to join in on your brainstorming sessions (see picture to right of your opening graph) when I’m in Seattle next time. Can’t wait for podcasts to start, you’ll need a sweet intro jam like you had on the last one.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve already signed up for your newsletter. My day wouldn’t be complete without the latest news from you two.

  • Dan

    Awesome news and congratulations. I bet your coverage of startups will be even better given your own upcoming adventure.

  • Meredith Beal

    Sounds like the right time. Good luck.

  • Scott Porad

    What can I say that hasn’t been said already? You guys are awesome!

  • http://www.duncanhaley.com John Haley

    Congratulations gentlmen! I look forward to seeing the new venture unfold.

  • http://www.industrysourcenetworks.com Bennett White

    Congratulations guys, good luck with it!!

  • EastsideRJH

    Congratulations guys! You are my lifeline to start-up and tech news and I would follow you anywhere. Wishing you tons of success.

  • http://twitter.com/ReplytoAll Robert Pease

    Congrats fellas!

  • http://www.threesheetsnw.com Deborah

    Wow!!! Congrats, you two!! We look forward to hearing all about it!

  • http://twitter.com/bythefirelight Paul

    I hope you have plans for a podcast again. I listen to it religiously every week.

    • johnhcook

      Oh yeah, absolutely. Give us some time for the dust to settle, but we
      hope to get the podcast up and rolling later this month. I love our
      loyal podcast listeners.

  • http://www.sparcode.com Brad Furber

    Starting a startup is the natural by product of covering them. Keep your energy high and your burn low.

  • http://joesunga.com joesunga

    Congrats! I also love that you guys switched back to not truncating your RSS feeds on Geekwire. :)

  • http://www.seagrunge.com UK

    Congrats John and Todd – Bet you will continue to cover Seattle news!

  • http://x.co/J9cm PortablePay – PhoPay – PhoPal

    90 comments (+1) here and 722 facebook Like … great start

  • http://www.facebook.com/brittstromberg Brittany Stromberg

    You go guys! Love your elevator pitch. Love the video intro and how you used the city as a backdrop. Love that I can read the whole story in Google Reader. Can’t wait to watch you grow. Onward and upward!

  • Luke Timmerman

    Kudos on taking the entrepreneurial plunge. Between what you are doing at GeekWire, plus other sites and traditional publications in town, I think Seattle tech readers are being better served today than ever. Keep up the good work.

  • Ken Myer

    John/Todd — congratulations on taking the plunge! It takes a lot of guts and you’ve got a whole lot of us rooting for you.

  • Mark

    Cool, my daughter is going to Journalism school, and I emailed this link to her, you guys are the cutting edge !

  • Anonymous

    you guys are the best way for me to stay connected to the seattle scene from the valley, lots of luck

  • Anonymous

    John and Tood, congratulations on your new venture and putting it all out there. I hope you will have a “sports corner” to report on the Sounders.

    Maybe next year you can be starup of the year at IAA–being a winner instead of covering them. Best of luck to you guys. Lew McMurran

  • Anonymous

    Good luck you guys. Keep up the good work.

  • LenB

    LenB is back and loves GeekWire!!! I could kiss you Bishop!

  • http://twitter.com/vengroff Darren Erik Vengroff

    Congrats. Look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve and hearing how things move forward now that you are doing the start-up thing yourselves.

  • Zippysmugdust

    Hell yeah! Kelman and his inanely creepy orgy bloviations can now live on!!!

    Johnny can now kiss Barton’s rear in full view of The Bay without fear of untidy three-hand-jack accusations.

    DonutMail can now be assailed with impugnity.

    Love YOU, JC. Good move.

  • Bob

    Congrats Todd and John. I’m busy deleting my TechFlash RSS feed and adding yours as we speak!

  • http://twitter.com/recruithire aimee cook

    So, TechFlash had ping pong tourney’s and great networking events. What does GeekWire have up their sleeve??? Put-Put golf? Bowling for Geeks :-) Good luck in your new venture!

    Aimee Cook

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502496929 Alex Berg

    That photo is priceless. Congrats guys. You have been bookmarked.

  • Rocketman

    Congrats to you both! Keep doing what you do and your success is assured !!
    Best part? No more herky-jerky bouncing screen that reloads three times. How can PSBJ not fix this by now? Love you guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonmcgowan Lon McGowan

    Congrats John and Todd! Looking forward to following your success.

  • http://twitter.com/hickeyh Hannah Hickey

    Congratulations, and good luck! Look forward to seeing where this takes you.

  • Neal Freelnad

    Wow! Just catching up on my feeds and this is big news. Good luck!

  • http://humanosphere.kplu.org Tom Paulson

    Very exciting. Great name!

  • http://humanosphere.kplu.org Tom Paulson

    Very exciting. Great name!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations go freestyle all the way.

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