About John Cook

John Cook writes about startups, entrepreneurs, mobile technologies, social networking, online commerce, geek culture and many other topics for GeekWire. He has been covering the technology beat in the region for more than a decade, working for the Eastside Journal and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before co-founding the Puget Sound Business Journal’s technology news site, where he worked as executive editor.

A native of Wooster, Ohio, he got his start in journalism in high school, with a part-time job compiling obituary and election information for the Akron Beacon Journal, where his mom was a reporter. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in history, earning Phi Beta Kappa recognition and Academic All-American honors in soccer.

John’s interests include backpacking, bicycling, running and watching English Premier League soccer. He lives in Seattle with his wife Holly, son Jack and dog Henry. Follow on Twitter: @johnhcook

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Deal of the Year

There were some huge deals in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in the past 12 months — from mega financing rounds to blockbuster IPOs to impressive acquisitions. Today’s category in the GeekWire Awards — Deal of the Year — is all about those transactions. As with each of our categories, the five finalists below were… Read More

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Jeff Bezos-backed Juno Therapeutics closes series A at $176M, appoints new execs

Seattle biotechnology startup Juno Therapeutics, which is developing immunotherapies for cancer, said it has closed its series A financing round at $176 million. That marks one of the largest early-stage financing rounds for a biotechnology company. Juno had previously announced $145 million in funding, including cash from ARCH Venture Partners; the Alaska Permanent Fund; Bezos… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Hire of the Year

Talent is the name of the game in the tech industry. And that’s why today’s category in the GeekWire Awards voting — Hire of the Year — is such a critical one. These companies and organizations picked up leading technologists, investors or executives in their quest to do something extra special. Last year’s winner of… Read More

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Kids activity Web site Sigby shuts doors; Tohula fades away too

Seattle-based Sigby is saying sayonara — just fifteen months after the company raised $1.2 million in cash from WRF Capital, Clear Fir and Trilogy Equity Partners. “Thanks for coming on the adventure with us, but Sigby is closing its doors,” says a message on the company’s Web site. Founded by former venture capitalist Katie Thompson, Sigby created a… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for the Next Tech Titan

We’re back with another category in the GeekWire Awards, and today is a biggie. Next Tech Titan recognizes the company that’s on the brink of stardom, a fast-growing enterprise that could knock off a traditional powerhouse or dominate (or change) an industry altogether. Past winners of the this award have included Tableau Software and Zulily… Read More

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Online presentation startup 9Slides buys Seattle’s Now Meeting

Two Seattle area startups are joining forces with the goal of helping workers communicate more effectively. 9Slides, the 3-year-old online presentation company started by former Microsoftie Ruchit Garg, is buying Now Meeting, the latest startup from serial entrepreneur Shane Jones. As a result of the deal, Jones, who previously founded Seattle-based Daptiv, is joining 9Slides… Read More

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Portland startup and TechStars Seattle grad Glider acquired by FPX

TechStars Seattle grad Glider, a Portland startup developing tools to streamline the sales contract process at organizations, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Dallas-based FPX. It marks the second acquisition in the past two months of a Portland startup which graduated from the TechStars Seattle program, following the acquisition of Vizify by… Read More

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ServiceNow expands in Seattle, opens new tech center with room for 250

ServiceNow, a publicly-traded enterprise cloud services company, is the latest Silicon Valley tech powerhouse to mine the Seattle area for talent. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based, with $424 million in sales last year and about 2,000 employees worldwide, recently took over 42,000 square feet of space at Kirkland-based office complex Carillon Point, GeekWire has learned. The… Read More

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Blucora paying $45M to purchase HowStuffWorks, the Internet’s how-to guide with 38 million monthly visitors

Blucora continues to expand through acquisitions. The Bellevue company today announced that it’s buying HowStuffWorks from Discovery Communications, paying $45 million for the Internet’s how-to guide for everything from automobile maintenance to gardening tips to job interview advice. Among the questions that people can get answered on HowStuffWorks: How do they make hollow chocolate Easter… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Perk of the Year

In the war for tech talent, every little thing matters, including sweet workplace perks. That’s especially the case for smaller companies that can’t necessarily compete with tech giants on salary. That’s why we’re back again with the Perk of the Year category, which recognizes a company for providing an awesome perk, one which exemplifies their… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Some of the greatest technology companies have been started by teenagers or twenty-somethings: Microsoft, Facebook, Google. Young entrepreneurs can look at the world in new ways, transforming the way traditional industries operate in the process. That’s one of the reason why were excited once again to present the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, taking… Read More

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Microsoft to open $1.1 billion ‘Project Alluvion’ data center in Iowa

Microsoft is the company behind a $1.13 billion data center known as “Project Alluvion,” taking shape in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Quad City Times and The Des Moines Register report that construction will begin this Spring, with the announcement made Friday by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa economic development officials. “It’s now official, Microsoft is the… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Bootstrapper of the Year

Startup companies don’t always take wads of venture capital to get off the ground. Some of the most promising — and inspiring — companies are fueled by the passion, drive and persistence of founders who never took a dime of outside funding. That’s what today’s category is all about in the GeekWire Awards, our annual… Read More

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Streik! German workers at Amazon to walk off job today

Some German workers at Amazon.com are expected to walk off the job today, part of an ongoing protest organized by the labor union Verdi. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of workers at fulfillment centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld are set to stage an all-day strike, beginning with the first shift. Amazon employs about… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for CEO of the Year

We’re back for another round of voting in the GeekWire Awards, the biggest celebration of startups, innovation and entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. Today, we’ve got another important category: CEO of the Year. The competition is tight in this field with five well-deserving finalists, selected from dozens of nominations. We’ll tabulate the votes over the next few… Read More

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Court denies Move’s motion to block new Zillow employee

A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that’s drawn interest given the bitter undertones between the two online real estate rivals. Judge Barbara Linde ruled Monday that Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com, did not prove that Samuelson… Read More