Top posts for June: Jeff Bezos on innovation; Steve Ballmer on keeping his job; and more

Sir Mix-A-Lot and Seattle Sounders' Pat Noonan and Brad Evans at the GeekWire Launch Party (Karen Ducey Photo)

Looking for some weekend reading for the Fourth of July holiday? Here’s a look back at the top stories on GeekWire for June. As you’ll see, it was a busy, busy month.

Not only did we host a launch party for more than 800 of the GeekWire Nation, but we were busy digging up stories that matter to the Pacific Northwest technology community.

We especially liked the profile of Amazon.com’s first employee, Shel Kaphan, and the podcast with Daniil Kulchenko, a 15-year-old entrepreneur who sold his startup company this past month. Those stories and others drove page views above 700,000 for the month, a higher combined total than Todd and I have seen in our many years of working together.

Thanks to you — our readers, contributors and sponsors — for making it happen.

Here’s to a sunny July, and more tech news.

‘Pranksters’ or ‘vandals’? Windows logo installed on future Apple store (81 comments, 948 Likes)

Jeff Bezos on innovation: Amazon ‘willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time’ (28 comments, 298 Likes)

Daniil Kulchenko

Windows 8: A radical change for Windows, and a huge gamble for Microsoft (80 comments, 140 Likes)

Seattle area 15-year-old sells startup to ActiveState and Q&A: Meet the 15-year-old who just sold his tech startup (26 comments, 314 Likes) (9 comments, 211 Likes)

Meet Amazon.com’s first employee: Shel Kaphan (18 comments, 251 Likes)

Windows 8, the first real glimpse: Tiles on a tablet (26 comments, 136 Likes)

A cupcake for Firefox 5: Microsoft has some fun with Mozilla’s new rapid release (7 comments, 121 LIkes)

Chart: Steve Ballmer’s approval rating plummets among Microsoft employees (37 comments, 59 likes)

Google’s Les Paul Doodle consumes record 5.3M hours, RescueTime estimates (4 comments, 57 likes)

Audio: Microsoft’s Ballmer gives a bellowing response to calls for his dismissal (62 comments, 23 likes)

As always, thanks to everyone for reading, commenting and coming out to our events. Speaking of events, make sure to mark your calendar for Monday, July 25th for Startup BBQ at Gasworks Park. See everyone there. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.