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Commentary: Why every artist should work at a startup

Hi, I’m Clayton Weller. I’m a director, performer and writer. I would most definitely consider myself an artist. I’ve worked for years to hone my craft. I’ve taken classes, held myself to a relentless production schedule, and worked under people who have been producing art for longer than I’ve been alive. Still, the best thing… Read More

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Machinima, The LeBrons, Golden Gods Awards all coming to Xbox Live

Xbox Live is adding a load of content in the coming days, from a season of NBA star LeBron James’ animated series to a Machinima app. Online video network Machinima, which currently hosting a ‘Portal’-themed live action web series, is the first app to launch worldwide on Xbox and offers everything from narratives like “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” and “Halo… Read More

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Electronic autograph startup eGraphs runs out of cash, shuts down

Seattle-based Egraphs seemed to be paving the way for the future of the autograph, but suddenly, the startup is shutting down operations. CEO David Auld told us that the company simply ran out of funds. “We weren’t able to raise additional capital and weren’t generating enough income to sustain ourselves,” CEO David Auld said. “We just ran out… Read More

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Supercomputer maker Cray slips to $7.6M net loss

Seattle supercomputer maker Cray today posted a first quarter net loss of $7.6 million on revenue of $79.5 million. That compared to net income of $5 million on revenue of $112.3 million for the same period last year. The company’s profit margin also shrunk to 30 percent from 40 percent, with the product margin also… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Keynote revealed, last chance to vote

We’re gearing up for the GeekWire Awards, May 9 at the EMP in Seattle, and today we’re pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at the event will be Chris DeVore — the startup veteran and angel investor who has played a key role in the advancement of the Seattle region’s technology community through initiatives… Read More

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How social media reacted to Sonics news that left Ballmer ‘horribly disappointed’

By now, you’ve probably heard how the NBA relocation committee unanimously voted Monday afternoon to block Seattle’s bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and bring the NBA back to the Emerald City. An investment group led by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen had already reached an agreement with the Maloof family (current… Read More

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Ex-Jobster founder Jason Goldberg pivoting Fab, this time challenging Amazon

Those in the Seattle startup community may remember Jason Goldberg. The former T-Mobile manager and White House aide was one of the more colorful characters in this community and co-founded the online recruiting startup Jobster in 2003, which eventually tanked. Now, though, Goldberg is making moves with his New York City-based online shopping site, Fab.com. The company… Read More

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Microsoft starts to integrate Skype with Outlook.com

Microsoft is starting to integrate Skype into Outlook.com, aiming to make its webmail service more of a universal communications hub. The company this morning announced a preview of Skype video calling and messaging for Outlook.com, rolling out first to “a select set of people” in the UK, with plans to take it to the U.S…. Read More

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Israeli tech firm takes root in Seattle, bolsters exec team

Seattle is getting a new publicly-traded technology company, but not through the traditional IPO process. BluePhoenix Solutions has set up shop in Seattle, opening new offices in Two Union Square and adding several technology veterans to the team in recent month. The company, which is traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker BPHX, announced today… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Jobaline looks to help hourly workers hook a job

We write a lot about the shortage of workers in the fields of software development and engineering. But the majority of workers in the U.S. — roughly 59 percent —  pull down hourly paychecks in jobs such as dishwashers, baristas, sales clerks, landscapers and janitors. Jobaline, a six-month-old Kirkland startup led by former Microsoft manager Luis… Read More

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Virgin Galactic breaks sound barrier, set to reach full space flight by end of 2013

Virgin Galactic took a big step in its quest for space travel today with a successful test flight of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo, which broke the sound barrier Monday morning above the Mojave Desert in California. After being released from its carrier craft at 48,000 feet, the rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo began a 16-second burn and rose to… Read More

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Microsoft’s latest $1 billion business is Windows Azure

Microsoft’s Windows Azure is the latest product from the company to reach $1 billion in sales, suggesting that Microsoft is becoming a more formidable competitor to Amazon.com in the world of cloud computing, according to a Bloomberg News report this afternoon. It becomes the seventh billion-dollar business within Microsoft’s Server & Tools Division alone, according… Read More

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Hair coloring? Maveron’s new investment takes root

First, nail polish. Now, comes hair coloring. Maveron announced today that it is backing Madison Color, a San Francisco startup that’s looking to upend the home hair coloring market. The Seattle venture capital firm, which in February backed Seattle cosmetics startup Julep alongside Andreessen Horowitz, should be very familiar with Madison Color. The new startup… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote here for Geek of the Year

This is it! The last GeekWire Awards category is ready for voting, and it’s a big one: Geek of the Year. The finalists in this prestigious category include software developers, computer scientists, entrepreneurs, a newly minted sci-fi writer and even a cancer researcher. They were chosen by our GeekWire Awards judges from a large number of… Read More