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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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Can Millennials make it as tech entrepreneurs? Here are my 5 tips

You’ve heard the stereotypes: Millennials are entitled, narcissistic, and lazy. They are the Instagram junkie, selfie-taking, “Me! Me! Me!” generation, as Time Magazine put it. Yet while Boomers and Generation X struggle to adapt to the millennial mindset in the workplace, members of this new generation are carving their own paths as entrepreneurs – which… Read More

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A normal job vs. an adventure

At the beginning of the 1900’s, Ernest Shackleton was merely a third officer in an expedition to the South Pole. He was sent home early for health reasons. Determined to make it work again, he put out an ad in 1907 that stated: “Men Wanted…for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete… Read More

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How to braid your time: Teamwork for creative minds

[Editor's Note: Author and teacher Jon Bell is a designer in Twitter's Seattle office and a speaker at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference.] While it’s true that creativity and inspiration can be hard to explain, quantify, or reliably trigger, there are some things we do know. First, creativity requires headspace. Think of your favorite novel, painting, movie, or album. None of them were… Read More

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Book excerpt: The Amazon Way

Editor’s note: This excerpt is from chapter three of the book The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company, by John Rossman, the former director of merchant integration at Amazon. In the world of business, the term platform has come to refer to a state in which machines interact seamlessly to… Read More

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Buying a new gTLD domain name? The process .sucks

  Up until this year, buying a domain name was pretty straightforward. With one or two accounts at registrars like GoDaddy or namecheap, you could buy just about any domain extension. Transferring domain names was also relatively easy. However, this year brings us the release of more than 600 new domain extensions from ICANN. Stuff like… Read More

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Iterating in public: 4 steps for success in the brave new world of tech design

[Editor's Note: Guest commentator David Lifson of General Assembly is one of the speakers at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference, June 20 and 21 in Seattle, presented by AIGA Seattle, the professional association for design. Tickets available here.] In today’s fast-moving world of lean startups, minimum viable products, and an Internet full of competitors and alternatives, rapid product… Read More

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Why are we working on this?

You’re a recent grad from a top engineering school. You come to a hot startup, and in your second week, you volunteer to implement an ambitious new feature. You slave away at it for a week, burning the midnight oil, trying to impress your new colleagues. You’re brilliant: you find an ingenious algo that solves… Read More

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Online dating coach: Here’s how single techies can find love

Editor’s Note: On Monday, we wrote about entrepreneur Jeff Reifman’s contention that Amazon.com is ruining the dating scene in Seattle for straight men, by hiring a disproportionate number of men in the city. We asked Virginia Roberts, an online dating coach and former Amazon employee, to share her thoughts on the situation.  We all know that the tech… Read More

OfficeSpace.com CEO Susie Algard speaks to the crowd at ARA Seattle's inaugural event Tuesday alongside Zillow CMO Amy Bohutinsky, Popforms CEO Kate Matsudaira, former Microsoft marketing chief Tami Reller and moderator and GeekWire columnist Mónica Guzmán. (Photo: Brian Thom for Harvey Nash)

Women in tech: Packed forum takes on 4 big questions

Want to make a bigger impact as a woman working in technology? Try what Tami Reller once did — talk louder. The tip was one of several shared by five accomplished women Tuesday night at a packed Seattle event hosted by ARA (Attract, Retain, Advance), a national organization that supports women in technology created by London-based recruiting… Read More

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Commentary: Tech apathy is killing Seattle’s soul

A bunch of friends and I recently converged on the Sound Mind and Body Gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood for a bittersweet final afternoon of full-court basketball. The gym closed its doors on March 31, converting what was arguably the most beautiful basketball venue in the Pacific Northwest into tech office space. The gym was… Read More

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HR advice: Hire for velocity of learning

Let’s say you have an opening on your technology team: An urgent need for engineer that will expand your application written on top of the Spring Framework in Java. You use Puppet for deployment, and Jenkins for managing your builds. So naturally, you craft a job description that says “must know Spring, Jenkins, and Puppet.”… Read More

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A mixed bag for tech in Olympia: Crowdfunding bill passes, R&D tax credits set to expire

The Washington state Legislature completed its session on time March 13 after 60 days. Lawmakers passed a supplemental operating budget that added more than $100 million to K-12 schools, approved a crowdfunding bill, added $1 million each for computer science enrollments at Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University, but allowed the high-tech tax incentives… Read More

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Hacking for Jesus: Top projects from ‘Code for the Kingdom,’ a faith-based hackathon for spiritual geeks

Niche hackathons are hot right now. Some solve legal issues and address challenges facing non-profits, while others aim to increase civic engagement and even help pets. There’s a movement among some programmers to consider how their work should, perhaps, be dedicated to higher causes. And now there’s another spin on the hackathon, and it happened… Read More

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Embarrassed in Seattle

I have called Seattle home for more than two decades and my wife and I are raising our children here.  There’s a lot to enjoy and be proud of about Seattle – the City Council’s vote on ride sharing earlier this week isn’t one of them. Seattle is a different city from when Microsoft imported me shortly… Read More