Seattle's Space Needle (Schlosser photo)

Silicon Valley companies have been flocking to Seattle in recent months, coming here (not for the nice weather obviously) but a desire to tap into the region’s robust technical talent. I’ve taken some heat in the GeekWire comment threads for pointing out that our region needs a Facebook, Twitter or Zynga-style company to emerge in order to help cement the Pacific Northwest’s role in the innovation economy.

The trend got me thinking: If you could get your wish and choose just one technology giant to be headquartered here, which one would it be and why?

This is more of a fun exercise than a scientific poll. But I’d still like to hear your logic on why you made the choice you did.

Comments

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    Optimus Prime? It’s a literal tech giant.

  • http://twitter.com/Torpeydo N. Torpey

    Apple would be best, but Twitter is next best

  • http://twitter.com/chrisamccoy Chris McCoy

    VMWare

    • johnhcook

      Most of the VMware team is ex-MSFT, so it is almost like they are a Seattle company anyway. 

      • http://twitter.com/chrisamccoy Chris McCoy

        VMware has killer ingredients. Will be known as a true tech giant in next 2-3 years. 

  • David Aronchick

    Twitter and FB are attracting the best of the best right now – the amount of money thrown off and number of startups from those companies alone will be mind boggling.

  • David Aronchick

    Twitter and FB are attracting the best of the best right now – the amount of money thrown off and number of startups from those companies alone will be mind boggling.

  • Anonymous

    1 – Apple
    2 – CERN

  • Anonymous

    1 – Apple
    2 – CERN

  • Anonymous

    1 – Apple
    2 – CERN

  • Anonymous

    1 – Apple
    2 – CERN

  • http://twitter.com/SeattleMcCarthy Kevin McCarthy

    Twitter is a success in spite of their efforts. They should stay in SFO.

  • Guest

    Same sex Square Dancing Association of America

  • Guest

    Same sex Square Dancing Association of America

  • Guest

    Same sex Square Dancing Association of America

  • Guest

    Probably Apple. We don’t even have an Apple store in the downtown area yet. Having an office with a retail store on the ground floor would be ideal.

  • Guest

    Probably Apple. We don’t even have an Apple store in the downtown area yet. Having an office with a retail store on the ground floor would be ideal.

  • Mike

    Apple

  • Mike

    Apple

  • Mike

    Apple

  • Mike

    Apple

  • Mike

    Apple

  • Richard Brown aka @richphoto

    lets ask Apple for free wifi and a space ship building hovering over Elliott Bay

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T5XDK4H3MDW3WOXICO3EK3JQHQ Tyr Grisfal

    IBM, because they’re going to be making revenue like a boss when the majority of the companies on that list have faded into irrelevance or been acquired for patents.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T5XDK4H3MDW3WOXICO3EK3JQHQ Tyr Grisfal

    IBM, because they’re going to be making revenue like a boss when the majority of the companies on that list have faded into irrelevance or been acquired for patents.

  • Steve Gilbert

    Forget all those companies – we will do far better creating our own.  We have the talent, the access to capital (even without one VC who bugged out of town because they couldn’t understand us), deep talent in advisors, and free coffee in all the fountains.

    Not to play suckup to Todd and John, but GeekWire will play a big role in it as they keep challenging the region to do more in an open public forum.

    • johnhcook

      I do believe that every great innovation hub needs a media organization that can help spread the word and report on what’s happening. We will keep working to build that here at GeekWire, with the community’s feedback and support. It is an honor and a luxury to serve the community and our readers in this capacity. 

      Thanks for the comment Steve, and I like your take that the region should focus on building the next great set of tech companies rather than importing some like a cheap California wine.

      • Steve Gilbert

        I agree completely.  Keep up the good work!

  • Brian Myers

    To me the question is, what type of spinoff companies and worker skills do I want Seattle to have more?  My rationale: all the companies listed except Salesforce have financial models based upon gathering information and selling it to advertisers.  Salesforce is focused upon increasing worker productivity.  Both can make lots of money, but I think the set of worker skills involved in the increasing-productivity space will be more important to the Seattle region in a decade than those of the surveillance/ad space. 

    If we want a vibrant entrepreneur community Seattle needs more diversity.  Hardware companies, maybe?  Cisco, Intel, 3Com, Apple, Samsung.

  • http://www.jrotech.com/ Jeff Rodenburg

    John, I find it interesting that you left Google off the list. Was that intentional because they already have a not-insignificant presence here, or did they simply not make the cut?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/chriswhalley Chris Whalley

    Although not an internet company, I’d like to see Tesla here. Seattle’s mix of technology, aerospace manufacturing and green initiatives seem like they could lend themselves well to Tesla’s mission.

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