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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Wireless pioneer John Stanton named to Microsoft board in latest bid by software giant to gain ground in mobile

John Stanton helped transform the mobile industry over the past three decades, serving in executive roles at McCaw Celluar; Western Wireless and VoiceStream Wireless. He’s also the former chairman of Bellevue-based Clearwire. Now the mobile phone pioneer is going to help guide Microsoft as it embarks on a challenging course of catching up to Apple… Read More

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Zillow to pay up to $150 million termination fee if blockbuster Trulia acquisition falls apart

Zillow’s whopping $3.5 billion bid for rival Trulia still faces regulatory scrutiny and shareholder approval, hurdles that Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff said he does not believe will get in the way of the company’s biggest acquisition ever. Even so, if the deal falls apart, Zillow must pay a termination fee of $150 million to Trulia. Under… Read More

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Ex-Diapers.com CEO raises $55M for Jet, looks to battle Amazon with new online ‘shopping experience’

Amazon.com made a bold move three years ago, buying the parent company of Diapers.com for a reported purchase price of more than $500 million. Last year, technology journalist Brad Stone — writing in his book The Everything Store — uncovered some of the heavy-handed tactics that Amazon utilized to take over the fast-growing upstart. Now,… Read More

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Amazon Fresh expands grocery delivery to San Diego

Amazon Fresh continues its expansion across the West Coast, announcing today that it is opening its grocery delivery service in San Diego. With the new service now available in San Diego, customers can pick among 500,000 products, from milk and cheese to shampoo and batteries. Operated as a test in the Seattle area for five… Read More

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Biotechnology investor Accelerator Corp. lands $51 million, expands in New York City

Accelerator Corp, the Seattle biotechnology investment fund started in Seattle 11 years ago, has raised $51.1 million in capital as part of a first closing of its fourth fund. Accelerator also announced plans to expand operations in New York City with new offices at the Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan’s East Side Medical Corridor…. Read More

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Real estate dominance: 5 reasons why Zillow is paying a big premium to buy Trulia

Why did Zillow buy its longtime rival Trulia? Stock analysts, financial journalists and real estate professionals are chewing on that one today, pontificating on the blockbuster $3.5 billion all-stock deal. I’ve watched Zillow and Trulia aggressively compete since they were started nearly 10 years ago, engaging in messy patent fights and plenty of boastful talk. With those… Read More

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LightInTheBox streamlines workforce at Ador following acquisition

Ador, the Seattle-based online fashion startup formerly known as Lockerz, has streamlined its staff following an acquisition earlier this year by Chinese e-commerce company LightInTheBox Holdings. The number of layoffs were not disclosed, but a spokesman for LightInTheBox tells GeekWire that the Seattle office remains open. “LITB aims to reallocate and streamline its workforce from time-to-time… Read More

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As tensions rise, China investigates Microsoft offices

Chinese officials reportedly visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, though no immediate reason was given for the investigations, according to Reuters. The visits by China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce come at a time when tensions have risen between technology giants and China, sparked in part be revelations of  U.S. National Security Agency contractor… Read More

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Zillow pays $3.5 billion for longtime rival Trulia

Zillow is paying $3.5 billion to acquire Trulia, a whopping deal that will bring together the two long-time rivals and create a powerhouse in the online real estate industry. The companies announced the deal — first reported by Bloomberg News last week and the biggest acquisition in Zillow’s 9-year history — this morning. “We obviously… Read More

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Some of the happiest states in the U.S. are the most ‘connected’

What makes you happy? Sunshine. Long walks on the beach. A cool mountain stream. How about Internet connectivity? A poll conducted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that those states with the best home Internet connections, also happened rank high for having the happiest people. “Statistically significant evidence exists to conclude, in general, people who live… Read More

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Geeky study: Yes, Geocaching can help you lose weight

When you think about geocaching, the first thing that probably comes to mind are GPS-enabled nerds walking around the woods or city streets in search of hidden treasure. Well, that’s in part true. But there’s actually more to the hobby then meets the eye — or the waist line for that matter. A new study… Read More

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Amazon employee buzzes Seattle’s Space Needle with drone

An Amazon.com employee allegedly flew a drone right past Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, sparking even more debate in a city which has grappled with how unmanned aerial vehicles fit into society. The employee, who was visiting from out of town, told police that the drone did not hit the structure as some reports earlier indicated…. Read More

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Redfin settles stock dispute ‘peaceably’ with founder and former CTO, in run-up to possible IPO

A bitter stock dispute between Redfin and two of the company’s earliest employees has ended in a settlement agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed. Redfin co-founder Michael Dougherty and former CTO David Selinger alleged in a lawsuit in March that the fast growing company had moved to cancel their shares as it prepared for… Read More

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Seattle police say cell networks may get bogged down at Torchlight Parade, urge revelers to text

Heading to Saturday’s big Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle? The Seattle Police Department has a message for you: Text instead of call, and limit your social media tendencies. In a blog post, the police department noted that the “region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cell-phone wielding revelers.” Because of that, they… Read More

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Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

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As Facebook and Twitter push into social commerce, Seattle startup Comr.se raises cash

Comr.se, a social commerce startup that graduated from B2B incubator 9Mile Labs last year, has reeled in an additional $800,000 in capital that it will use to grow the team and add new customers. The company earlier this month rolled out a full public release of the technology, which allows brands using e-commerce platforms such as  Magento, Shopify,… Read More