Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. (Erynn Rose photo)

Special bonus this week: An early edition of the GeekWire radio show/podcast, including our take on the Netflix price hike; some words from the most quotable Microsoft executive ever; and thoughts on EA’s gigantic buyout of Seattle’s PopCap Games.

Our guest in the studio: Rick Turoczy of Portland-area tech news blog Silicon Florist, who joins us in the studio for a discussion about the Pacific Northwest tech scene, how Portland is better than Seattle, how Seattle is better than Portland, and some gloating from John over the Seattle’s Sounders’ recent victory over the Portland Timbers in soccer. Rick also talks about the inspiration for his site’s name, and the story he tells is true … I was in the lobby next to him when he got the call.

We finish up with the answers to last week’s Name that Tech Tune contest, and the winners.

Here’s the MP3 file for this week’s show.

Stories and links related to the subjects we discuss …

 Poll: Time to dump Netflix?

 Spotify arrives: The music service we’ve been waiting for?

 Microsoft vs. everybody else: The quotable Kevin Turner

EA buying PopCap Games for $1.3 billionPopcap’s zombie greeting to the new bosses at EA

Rick Turoczy, Silicon Florist, @turoczy

Name that Tech Tune answer: Windows Live Messenger. (We also accepted MSN Messenger)

And finally, a video in honor of Rick’s visit …

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  • GuestAgain

    Let’s clarify that PIE thing in Portland a bit:  Wieden+Kennedy take equity in your start-up in exchange for “a stipend.”   If you have a technology that other ad agencies or non Wieden brands are interested in, will they ever contract with you? 

    Would Publicis contract with an entity partially owned by a competitive ad agency?  Would Pepsi contract with you if you’ve been mentored by Coke and are owned in part by Wieden?

    Anyone else see the problems inherent to this structure?  Ad agencies are notoriously competitive with one another and NEVER want to present any potential conflict of interest scenarios to their clients.

    I guess it’s a great deal if Coca Cola keep sending your work way.  Chances of that?

    If those are the deals done down the road, maybe we shouldn’t be encouraging more collaboration between Seattle and Portland?

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