Pioneer Square Tech Map: Where are tech companies hanging their shingles?

We’ve been writing a lot of about the tech renaissance going on in Pioneer Square, one of Seattle’s most historic neighborhoods. From Isilon/EMC to HTC to Zynga to a countless array of startups, Pioneer Square is dueling with South Lake Union for title of hottest tech hood. (We saw this play out last year in the voting at the GeekWire Awards for Geekiest coffee shop, a tight race between Pioneer Square’s Zeitgest and SLU’s Uptown Espresso. Uptown ultimately won).

Now, Bryan Rush of Colliers has taken some of his firm’s market intelligence and put it to work in the form of this nifty tech map for Pioneer Square.

As you see, there’s a lot going on in Pioneer Square, from recently acquired companies like Isilon/EMC and DoubleDown Interactive to tech giants like HTC and Intel (which just took over 50,000 square feet at Union Station). Of course, startups have always loved some of the quirky brick office spaces of Pioneer Square too, one of the reasons young upstarts like Yabbly and Symform call the neighborhood home.

“Pioneer Square’s appeal has been on the rise and it seems that creative firms and technology firms are the primary change drivers,” writes Rush in an accompanying blog post in which he also notes that vacancy rates are declining and rents are increasing.

With Amazon.com gobbling up everything in sight in South Lake Union, including a report today of even more office space, startups don’t have many options in those parts. That means companies are expanding where they look, considering other neighborhoods like Pioneer Square, Fremont and, even Ballard (GeekWire’s home base).

Just the other day, I bumped into a tech company that’s located in the South Lake Union area, just a few blocks from Amazon’s HQ. But they just got word that they’ll have to move, in part because the building in which they are housed is being torn down.

Previously on GeekWirePictures: 10 coolest startup spaces in Seattle’s Pioneer SquareSeattle’s Pioneer Square has tech, needs tribe

Editor’s note: GeekWire will be hosting our first Meetup of the year at the super cool new offices of HUB Seattle in Pioneer Square. Details and tickets here.

  • http://twitter.com/pauluhlir Paul Uhlir

    That is some quality link bait. Well done Seattle Office Space.

  • mcgarty

    What about EnergySavvy? We’re in the Washington Shoe building, a couple floors up from Zynga and on top of Yapta.

    • Bryan Rush

      Thanks Mcgarty / EnergySavvy we’ll be adding you to the map.

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.leif Leif Espelund

    Thanks for mentioning Symform. We’re looking for smart people to join our awesome team in Pioneer Square: http://www.symform.com/about-us/careers/

  • http://www.facebook.com/menchions Shane Menchions

    Don’t forget about us! PlaceFull.com 122 S Jackson St.

    • Bryan Rush

      Thanks Shane, I will be updating this and adding you.

  • Chance

    Zombie Studios is missing, has been around longer than most of the rest of these.

    • Bryan Rush

      Hello Chance, Zombie is certainly Tech and been around a long while. However it isn’t in the ‘official’ Pioneer Square/ Waterfront boundaries where we track the data, etc. Note the statistics on the upper right corner. Those stats would change. Perhaps we need a new map using different parameters? Open to suggestions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vqnguyen2 Viet Q. Nguyen

    look at all those tech firms. . .where are the fiber routes under Pioneer Square?

    • Bryan Rush

      Viet – I do have all the fiber maps in downtown Seattle. Call or ping me if you are interested.

    • Jannette

      I can certainly help with any and all telco needs in Pioneer Square. I am an independent telco agent representing all carriers. Please contact me @ jannette@ebglimited.com. This is a great work Bryan Rush!!!

  • http://twitter.com/alwaysbshipping Tom Leung

    We’re big fans of p.square here at Yabbly. Not only are there lots of early stage startups all over, the neighborhood just has that creative and energetic vibe that isn’t as corporate campus feeling as other neighborhoods ;-) Also, there’s lots of 500-1,000 SF office space so it’s a great match for Angel funded founding teams. Lastly, Tat’s is here so I probably should have opened with that.

    • http://twitter.com/spurpura Stephen Purpura

      Hey Tom! Tat’s is a blessing and a curse. Their meat torpedoes have been known to sink productivity on our battleship.

      • Fred Lebhart


        meat torpedoes’ is right; so many wasted afternoons spent digesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.farhat13 Sara Farhat

    Where’s SURF? it has a lot of startups there :) including us

    • Bryan Rush

      Hi Sara, it was a tough call because SURF is certainly tech. However it isn’t in the ‘official’ Pioneer Square/ Waterfront boundaries where we track the data, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/spurpura Stephen Purpura

    Context Relevant is at 2nd and Columbia. It looks like our office windows are right on the border of the Historic District.

  • http://www.ninebyblue.com Vanessa Fox

    Pioneer Square is home of the coolest companies. :) Lots seem missing from the map though. For instance, my company Nine By Blue and Estately are both at 2nd and Cherry and Jackson Fish Market is across the street from Cobalt.

  • Joe Hruska

    We’d love to get added – RescueTime.com just took over new space in the Colman Building – Suite 261, also we’re hiring! ;) http://www.linkedin.com/job/consumer/overview/index/4744826

  • Bryan Rush

    There were a few additions that needed to be made and I have an updated version of this map on my website on http://www.seattleofficespaces.com. Thanks for all the feedback.

  • Fred

    Hi Brian, efelle media is on 2nd and Columbia and has been in the area for 3 years producing the best in websites and online marketing software; please add?

  • http://twitter.com/seattlewebsites seattle web design

    Hi Bryan, awesome list, but efelle media is on 2nd & Columbia in Class A space -serving online marketing software and services to over 400 clients -can we get some props?

  • Yvo

    Poor Opscode

  • Brian Anderson

    Can we get a list of the companies in Pioneer Square? The logos on the map are not all readable. Would be a great employer targetting tool for people to take the ferry to Seattle for work every day.