Who knew that a video of a cheesy dance routine from a developer’s conference in Norway promoting Microsoft’s Windows Azure would grab so much attention. But that video, which we described as “raunchy” and GeekWire readers called “inappropriate” and “weird,” led the charts for the month of June. The post set off an active discussion, touching on everything from women in tech to Europeans’ views of Americans.
Wow. We’ve certainly never seen anything quite like it before on GeekWire.
Of course, there was more going on than bizarre videos from Norway. June was a busy month, with Microsoft unveiling its Surface tablet at an event in LA and Google countering a few days later with the launch of the Nexus 7.
On the startup front, Madrona Venture Group raised a $300 million venture capital fund — the biggest in the firm’s history — and two others — Divergent Ventures and the W Fund — reeled in cash. Meanwhile, domain name operator Donuts Inc. raised more than $100 million and sales tax software provider Avalara raised $20 million in fresh capital.
Here’s a look back at the top stories for the month of June. Thanks again to everyone for tuning in to GeekWire.
Video: Raunchy dance routine a PR nightmare for Microsoft (178 comments, 988 Tweets)
Windows 8: Why I’m struggling with Microsoft’s new thing (219 comments, 114 Tweets)
10 mental traits of truly innovative leaders (11 comments, 2,380 Tweets)
Malcolm Gladwell: In 50 years, Bill Gates will be revered and Steve Jobs will be forgotten (35 comments, 691 Tweets)
Live: Microsoft unveils new Surface tablet computer (44 comments, 121 Tweets)
How Carly screwed up AT&T’s $39B T-Mobile (23 comments, 45 Tweets)
All hail Xpad? How Microsoft could make a winning tablet (8 comments, 43 Tweets)
Top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager (98 comments, 4,199 Tweets)
‘Real user’ tries Windows 8: ‘They trying to drive me to Mac?’ (61 comments, 194 Tweets)
The story behind that nasty Microsoft dance routine (11 comments, 24 Tweets)
Not so smart anymore: Microsoft’s watches are done (37 comments, 74 Tweets)
The vibrator of the future: Revel Body uses sonic tech to power new sex toy line (13 comments, 56 Tweets)
Meet the future: These 21 UW computer science grads are ready to change the world (12 comments, 94 Tweets)
Amazon’s delivery lockers emerge from stealth mode (5 comments, 111 Tweets)
5 reasons I think you’re nuts if you own a naked iPhone (80 comments, 236 Tweets)