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Jeff Bezos casts such an intimidating presence that some prayed for a heart attack rather than face his wrath

Amazon.com is not known as the most lovey-dovey company. Founder Jeff Bezos has instituted a hard-charging culture, one that lacks the frills of other tech giants like Google and Microsoft. That culture was showcased in Brad Stone’s book “The Everything Store,” and now it is on display again in a documentary film from CNBC dubbed “Amazon… Read More

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Silicon Valley real estate group inks listing deal with Zillow

Zillow continues to ink alliances with real estate groups, even as questions arise over the growing power of the Seattle online real estate company. The latest deal involves MLSListings Inc. of Northern California, which has agreed to syndicate listings directly to Zillow. Obviously, Silicon Valley is an important market, given the early adopter tech crowd;… Read More

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Tech Moves: Cyanogen hires mobile vets; Blucora taps ex-Buy.com exec; Ben Elowitz leaves Wetpaint; and more

—Cyanogen, which is looking to disrupt the mobile operating system market, has named former Amazon and Hulu employee Dave Herman as VP of product; former HTC engineering director Tyler Carper as VP of engineering; and former MediaTrek marketing executive Vik Natarajan as VP of global partnerships and distribution. Founded in 2013 in Seattle by Steve… Read More

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Facebook eyeing expansion in downtown Seattle

Facebook appears to have already outgrown its office space in Seattle. The social networking powerhouse, which just two years ago expanded into new offices at the Metropolitan Park towers in Seattle, is eyeing even more space. A real estate source tells GeekWire that the company is on the prowl for about 80,000 to 90,000 square… Read More

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Zillow’s Rich Barton on the $15 minimum wage, Uber regulations, and why the U.S. is filled with entrepreneurial ‘freedom fighters’

Zillow co-founder Rich Barton spoke this morning at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Denver, appearing alongside CH2M Hill CEO Jacqueline Hinman and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. The wide-ranging discussion covered everything from immigration reform to global warming to how the U.S. will keep its competitive edge in an ever-changing global economy. Barton, who… Read More

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Real estate group slams Zillow over ‘Coming Soon’ feature; Company says it’s simply shining light on homes

Not everyone is thrilled with Zillow’s new “Coming Soon” feature, an offering that launched earlier this month that allows real estate agents to generate buzz for properties before they are officially listed on any multiple listing service. Doug Miller, executive director of Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate, took the feature to task in a… Read More

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Cancer research startup Immune Design files for $60 million IPO

Immune Design Corp., a Seattle biotechnology company developing technologies to activate the body’s immune system to fight cancer, has filed to raise $60 million through an initial public offering. The company Like most biotech companies, Immune Design is losing money. It posted a net loss of $16 million last year, and has compiled an accumulated… Read More

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GeekWire 200 update: The hottest startups in Seattle tech

During the month of June, companies were moving up and moving off the GeekWire 200, our ranking of the top technology startup companies in the Pacific Northwest. Those climbing up the list include Seattle online photo editing startup PicMonkey, which now ranks #4; and cosmetics startup Julep, which ranks #5. Julep, led by former Starbucks exec and… Read More

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Google pledges $50 million to teach girls how to code

Google is investing $50 million over the next three years into its Made with Code effort, a new program that’s designed to encourage young girls to pursue computer science. The commitment comes after Google disclosed last month that just 17 percent of tech jobs at the search giant are held by women. “Nowadays, coding isn’t… Read More

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Purple power: Here’s the Chevy Malibu that UW students modified to win 2nd place in the EcoCar challenge

This is one of the most important car races on Earth, but it’s not about speed. Nope, this competition is all about methodically building a highly-efficient eco-friendly vehicle. Welcome to EcoCar 2, an international competition that pits 15 student-led teams against one another. The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team just took second prize… Read More

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Google just quietly bought this stealthy Seattle startup led by ex-Clearwire researchers

Sometimes startups attract corporate attention after releasing cutting-edge products, or nailing down key customers. Others get gobbled up before they ever really get going. The latter situation appears to be the case with Alpental Technologies, a stealthy Seattle area startup that was just recently acquired by Google. Haven’t heard of Alpental? Don’t worry. Not much… Read More

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Photos: Macklemore rocks the Paramount for T-Mobile

Wow, can we all take a breath now? In an energy-soaked performance that included two renditions of “Can’t Hold Us” and some awesome crowd surfing episodes, the dynamic hip hop duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis unleashed a torrent of hits Wednesday night in their hometown of Seattle. The occasion happened to be T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier… Read More

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IT automation startup Puppet Labs scores $40 million

Portland-based IT automation startup Puppet Labs is growing fast, and now the company has more fuel to add to the fire. The company announced today $40 million in fresh funding, following a $30 million round last year. Existing investors — Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners, True Ventures and VMware —… Read More

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Cellular service provider Solavei files for bankruptcy

Solavei emerged on the scene two years ago with a high-profile list of investors, celebrity endorsers and an ambitious business model that relied on customers to spread the word about the company’s cellular phone service, earning cash along the way. From the beginning, Solavei’s multi-level marketing approach drew criticism, sparking hundreds of comments on GeekWire…. Read More

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Shares of Amazon jump nearly 3% after unveiling of new Fire Phone

Wall Street seems to like the Fire Phone, the Amazon.com smartphone that was announced today at an event in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Shares of Amazon.com jumped nearly $10 in trading this afternoon following the announcement of the device, which will begin shipping on July 25. The stock increased nearly three percent to $334, giving the… Read More