We’ve got a ton of stories to talk about this week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, starting with a discussion of my “grumptastic” assessment of Microsoft’s Windows 8 (as one reader described the piece in an email to me). The story has generated lots of commentary from readers, and we open the show by talking about the implications of the big curve ball that Microsoft is about to deliver to Windows users who buy new computers starting later this year.
From there we delve into one of the more surprising stories of the week, John’s piece singling out RealNetworks as the “unlikely hero” of the Seattle tech community — thanks to former employees of the digital media giant “populating dozens of new ventures and producing some of the region’s most notable entrepreneurial success stories.” Then we return to the Facebook IPO, and talk about the assessment from the head of Silicon Valley Bank, pointing out a silver lining in the social network’s stock slump.
Joining us in the studio are Mariah Gentry and Kyle Bartlow, the University of Washington students behind the startup JoeyBra, one of the more attention-getting innovations to emerge from the Pacific Northwest this year. This is the bra with pockets that can hold a phone, ID or credit cards for a night on the town.
GeekWire’s Rebecca Lovell, who originally broke the story before it hit the national press, joins us for the conversation as Mariah and Kyle tell us how the JoeyBra came to be, what they’re planning for the future, and what it’s like to be student entrepreneurs.
Our App of the Week is Viddy, a video-sharing service that has been getting a lot of attention lately.
Listen to the show above or directly via this MP3 file. GeekWire airs at 7 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday on 97.3 KIRO-FM in Seattle, and runs every weekend on GeekWire.com.