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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Former eBay VP Peter Mansour named president of InfoSpace

Peter Mansour, who led eBay’s Bellevue operation and served as the company’s vice president of shipping and marketing technologies, has been named president of InfoSpace, the Internet search business that’s now a part of Bellevue-based Blucora. Earlier this week, Mansour was publicly announced as general manager of eBay’s Seattle area operations, replacing Ken Moss who… Read More

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Sticking close to innovation roots, Arch Venture Partners raises oversubscribed $400M fund

Arch Venture Partners has operated longer than most venture capital firms by sticking close to its knitting.  And now the 28-year-old firm has even more cash to continue funding early-stage biotechnology, materials science and energy startups, capitalizing on a good run of late. The firm, with offices in Chicago, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco and Europe,… Read More

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Simply Measured cuts 10% of staff in ‘course correction’ to set up next phase of growth

Seattle social media analytics startup Simply Measured cut 15 employees, or 10 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring that occurred this week, GeekWire has learned. The cutbacks come five months after the company raised $20 million in venture funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Four Rivers Group, Trinity Ventures and others. Simply Measured CEO Adam Schoenfeld said… Read More

The Bizible team is jumping for joy after raising $8 million.

In effort to bridge divide between sales and marketing departments, Bizible raises $8 million

Seattle marketing analytics startup Bizible — a 2012 TechStars Seattle grad led by former Microsoft program manager Aaron Bird — has reeled in $8 million in fresh funding that it will use to ramp up sales and marketing efforts and support a new product release. Scale Venture Partners led the deal, with the firm’s Stacey Bishop joining… Read More

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Here are Amazon’s top 5 biggest acquisitions of all time

Amazon.com is betting big on video streaming platform for gaming geeks Twitch, announcing today that it is paying $970 million in cash for the San Francisco-based company, which GeekWire’s Taylor Soper describes as the “ESPN of the video game industry.” That’s the largest acquisition for Amazon since it was founded in 1994, eclipsing big deals… Read More

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Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith heading to Shanghai to lead Starbucks digital push in China

Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith is headed to Shanghai. But Smith — the founder of RocketVox (sold to ThePlatform), ImageKind (sold to CafePress) and Zapd (sold to RealSelf)— isn’t checking out China’s startup scene. Instead, he’s been tapped by Starbucks to lead digital efforts in the fast-growing country, one of the coffee retailer’s most important… Read More

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PetHub raises fresh cash, buys PetQRtag.com to help return more lost pets to owners

Seattle startup PetHub is gobbling up Atlanta-based PetQRTag.com, an acquisition that will push the combined company’s user base over 100,000. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and as part of the deal PetQRTag’s customers must shift to a new pet ID tag from PetHub. In March, PetHub acquired GetPetsHome — including its domain name and… Read More

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Obama adviser David Plouffe joins Uber to move company beyond challenges of ‘big taxi cartel’

Uber is adding some political muscle to its operations as it continues to engage in a regulatory battles across the globe. The heavily-funded transportation service has named David Plouffe — best known for helping to get Barack Obama elected in 2008 — as its Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. “I couldn’t be more excited… Read More

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Makerhaus geek workshop closing in Seattle

Makerhaus, a 10,000 square foot space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood that caters to electronics, 3D printing, CAD design and other geek enthusiasts, is closing its doors on Sept. 16th just 18 months after opening. “It has truly been an amazing journey and the impact that Makerhaus has had will continue to be felt for years… Read More

Thompson says that they designed the new building to function well with centralized conference rooms and individualized work stations.

Sneak peek at Tableau’s new Seattle engineering center, a ‘dev heaven’ in a former gym

The squash court is gone, and so are the treadmills, stationary bikes and weight lifting equipment. But those who look closely at Tableau Software’s soon-to-open engineering center in the former Sound Mind & Body gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood may recognize the basketball court. Nope, the company didn’t keep the full court hardwood as an… Read More

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Moving beyond PowerPoint: Slide Bureau is a slick tool for sharing visual content, automatically adapting across multiple devices

Hillel Cooperman loves PowerPoint, but he’s ready to move beyond Microsoft’s powerful software with the latest version of a new presentation tool he’s built called Slide Bureau. Cooperman, the co-founder of Seattle user design and Web development shop Jackson Fish Market, showed off the latest version of the iPad app at a recent meeting in the… Read More

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A tech campus on the edge of downtown Seattle? City looks to attract tech giant for 4-acre Yesler Terrace parcel

Technology giants such as Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Google have already discovered Seattle, setting up fast-growing engineering centers in the region. Now, could another technology giant be in the mix? The City of Seattle and real estate professionals certainly hope so, and they’ve got a rare piece of property to dangle in front of interested… Read More