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Tech Moves: Julep nabs Blue Nile operations whiz; Salesforce.com and Twitter change CFOs; etc.

—Julep, the Seattle cosmetics startup backed by Maveron, Andreessen Horowitz, Jay-Z and others, has named Dwight Gaston as chief delivery officer. Gaston, who previously worked at Blue Nile as vice president of operations, will oversee operations, customer service, fulfillment and product development. “After two decades in the e-commerce industry, I can honestly say I’ve never… Read More

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EnergySavvy closes out financing round at $8.25 million

EnergySavvy, a Seattle startup that helps utilities implement energy-efficiency programs, has closed out its latest financing round at $8.25 million. The company had previously announced $7 million in early May, including cash from Prelude Ventures. New backers include EnerTech Capital and El Dorado Investment, a unit of PinnacleWest Capital, the investment arm of EnergySavvy customer… Read More

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Job vacancies surge in Washington state, now taking longer to fill open positions

A new report out today from Washington state’s Employment Security Department confirms what many companies in the burgeoning tech industry already know. It’s getting harder to recruit workers, and it’s taking longer to fill open positions. The latest Job Vacancy and Hiring Survey Report indicates that job vacancies increased by 23 percent in the fall… Read More

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Why you won’t find Zillow’s new ‘Coming Soon’ feature in its hometown of Seattle

Zillow launched its new “coming soon” feature earlier this month to much fanfare, noting at the time that it would provide “unparalleled marketing exposure to the more than 81 million home shoppers who visit Zillow every month.” But there’s one place where home shoppers won’t be seeing the “Coming Soon” listings: Zillow’s hometown of Seattle…. Read More

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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