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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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

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Meet the 10 startups in Microsoft’s new Internet of Things and home automation accelerator

In June, Microsoft announced a new startup accelerator focused on companies building gadgets, devices and software for the connected home and Internet of Things. Now, we’re getting a closer look at the 10 companies Microsoft has picked to participate in the program, which begins this fall in Redmond. “We share the belief that over time… Read More

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Amazon unveils credit card reader, takes swipe at Square

Continuing its quest to dominate nearly every corner of the retail experience, Amazon.com today unveiled a new $10 credit card reading device called Amazon Local Register. The card reader and mobile app represents a direct attack on Square, since Amazon is launching with a rate of 1.75 percent per card swipe. That’s a full percentage… Read More

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Charting the ‘Hype Cycle’: Internet of Things, Wearables, 3D Printing at the ‘peak of inflated expectations’

Here at GeekWire we spend a lot of time covering cool innovations, but even we get tired of the hype that sometimes builds up around certain technologies. Stop me before I say the words “hybrid cloud computing” or “gamification.” Now, thanks to Gartner, we can see what technologies are nearing the apex of the hype… Read More

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Maveron bankrolls edgy girls apparel retailer Dolls Kill, an online boutique for ‘Misfits & Miss legits’

Maveron has helped jumpstart some well known retail brands, from sandwich maker Potbelly to flash sales site Zulily to online marketplace eBay to cosmetics startup Julep. Now, the Seattle venture capital firm, founded by former investment banker Dan Levitan and Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, is making one of its boldest bets yet. The firm is… Read More

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John Grisham, Stephen King and more than 900 other authors press Amazon to solve Hachette dispute in NYT ad

Amazon.com is facing another PR backlash over its ongoing dispute with publisher Hachette as a group of more than 900 authors have signed a letter demanding that the Seattle online retailer resolve the fight, and live up to its corporate mantra of “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” The group, operating under the name Author’s United, plans… Read More

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The top 10 biggest financing deals in the Pacific NW

Juno Therapeutics stunned the startup community earlier this week when it announced $134 million in venture funding, bringing total financing in the Seattle cancer research startup to $310 million. Amazingly, it raised all of that cash in less than 10 months. That got us wondering if Juno is the most heavily-funded startup in the Pacific… Read More

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Unmanned surveillance aircraft maker Insitu takes flight with new CEO

Insitu has a new leader at the helm. The Boeing maker of unmanned aircraft systems, including the ScanEagle and Integrator, appointed Ryan Hartman as president and CEO. He replaces Steve Morrow, who is retiring. “Insitu invented the agile small tactical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance category and continues to be a leader in the industry,”… Read More

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Seattle pet sitting service Rover.com finds perfect mate, acquires Sleepover Rover

Rover.com, meet Sleepover Rover. Seattle-based online pet sitting service Rover.com is acquiring Phoenix-based Sleepover Rover, uniting two companies that are attempting to make it easier to find qualified people to watch dogs. Terms of the deal are not being announced. Sleepover Rover operates in-home dog boarding services in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and… Read More

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Zulily sales increase 97% in Q2, active customers top 4M

Zulily, the Seattle e-commerce company, today posted revenues of $285 million on net income of $7.7 million, beating Wall Street expectations. It finished the quarter with $310.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. “We saw a significant increase in active customers and orders year over year, leading to a strong second quarter for… Read More

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Tech Moves: Paul Allen’s Vulcan names media vet COO; Michael Paulson leaves eBay for Austin; Jeff Dirks lands at Limeade; etc.

—Billionaire Paul Allen has a new confidante in the ranks of his private investment arm Vulcan Inc. Allen has named Barbara Bennett as president and COO of Vulcan, a new role in the organization. Bennett starts Sept. 22, and will report to Paul Allen and his sister Jody Allen. She will be based in Seattle…. Read More