The scene at last year's Sounders Day

The best darn rooftop tailgate party in soccer: Grab your tickets today for GeekWire Sounders Day!

Soccer. Suds. Sounders. It doesn’t get much better than this! Yep, GeekWire Sounders Day is back! Soccer geeks from across the Pacific Northwest will once again congregate on the amazing rooftop deck of EMC/Isilon for an epic tailgate party before the August 20th match against the San Jose Earthquakes. That’s right. This year’s event is… Read More

crayxc30

Supercomputer maker Cray lands $174M contract to help protect U.S. nuclear stockpile

Shares of supercomputer maker Cray Inc. soared more than 13 percent Thursday after the Seattle company announced that it had won a $174 million contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration. It is one of the company’s largest contracts, and follows a $54 million deal that Cray just landed last month with the Korea Meteorological… Read More

expedialogo

Expedia buys Australian travel firm for $658M, tamps down ‘inaccurate’ eLong rumors

Expedia is making waves overseas. The Bellevue-based online travel giant announced Monday morning that it plans to buy Australian online travel company Wotif.com for $658 million in cash. Wotif Group operates online travel brands in the Asia-Pacific such as Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct, LateStays.com, GoDo.com.au and Arnold Travel Technology. Wotif Group recorded $555… Read More

funding-cbinsights5

Charts: The growth of venture capital in the Pacific NW

The Pacific Northwest may be home to Microsoft, Expedia and Amazon.com. But the region’s startup ecosystem is growing in size, according to a report released today by CB Insights. “Over the past five years, total funding to the Pac-NW has doubled, seed funding has grown, and top tech acquirers have been actively buying in the… Read More

ipos-featured- bigstock_Initial_Public_Offering_7238026

IPO market for venture-backed companies remains strong, but M&A deals slow

It’s still a good time to go public. Twenty-eight venture-backed companies completed initial public offerings during the second quarter, raising $4.9 billion. That was a 45 percent increase in dollars raised compared to the previous quarter, according to an analysis by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association. It was the fifth consecutive quarter… Read More

bonobos555

Men’s clothing retailer Bonobos raises $55M from Nordstrom and others to open ‘Guideshops’

Bonobos started in 2007, selling flashy men’s apparel online. Now, the New York-based company has scored $55 million in fresh capital — including money from Coppel Capital, Mousse Partners and Nordstrom — to expand the brand in the physical retail world. The money-losing company plans to open about 30 new stores in the next two years, adding… Read More

A photo of Errol Samuelson.

Judge rules against Zillow, newly-appointed exec Errol Samuelson barred from performing many duties

Washington state Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde has granted a preliminary injunction against Zillow and its newly-hired chief industry development officer Errol Samuelson, a legal victory that comes four months after he jumped from an executive role at Move Inc. to Zillow. Samuelson and Zillow were sued shortly after his appointment in March, with Move alleging that… Read More

A rendering of McGraw-Hill's new office in Seattle.

McGraw-Hill opening digital education hub in Seattle

  McGraw-Hill Education has opened a new office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood that will serve as a hub of the company’s digital efforts. McGraw-Hill Education will close down its Bothell facility, moving about 65 people to the new operation in Seattle. It also plans to hire about 30 new staffers in Seattle this year, and… Read More

Dwight Gaston

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

energysavvy-logo1

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

helpwanted-jobs

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

comingsoon-zillow

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

Jeff Bezos

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

A photo of Errol Samuelson.

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