What Bezos buying The Post teaches us about business threats

Jeff Bezos set off quite a bit of handwringing and soul-searching when he purchased The Washington Post earlier this month for $250 million, from the digital disruption and destruction of the media industry, to debate over exactly where the Amazon.com founder lives (in case “the other Washington” wasn’t clear enough), to the inevitable online shopping jokes. Clearly, owners of… Read More

From top left, clockwise: Liz Pearce, Mary Jesse, Christina Lomasney and Jane Park.

Chart: The top 10 cities for women-owned businesses

Portland and Seattle are among the top ten cities for women-owned businesses, according to a new report released this week. Both cities moved up in the ranking, with Portland showing the biggest gains as it jumped to second slot behind San Antonio. Seattle just made it into the top 10, moving up from the 11th… Read More


UW’s Buerk Center awards $170K to 8 student-led startups

For the past six months, ten teams from the University of Washington’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship have been working within a Tech Stars-esque Jones Milestones/Foster Accelerator and building their startups. Now, they’re being rewarded for their efforts. Eight companies were awarded between $10K and $25K in follow-on funding for the work they’ve done. “This follow-on… Read More

Christian Chabot at the GeekWire Meetup earlier this year.

Patience, perseverance and passion: Video highlights from our talk with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot

We had a great conversation with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot Wednesday evening at our GeekWire Meetup. Chabot talked about several interesting topics, from why entrepreneurs should avoid venture capital to the power of perseverence over pivoting to Seattle as a startup city. You can check out the video highlights above, followed by some additional thoughts from our attendees…. Read More


It’s not a startup … It’s a startup business

As a species, we can be pretty lazy with language.  That’s cool… we all know what we mean.  But I reckon there can be benefits from occasional reminders about what we all think we know.  The word “startup” is such an occasion.  We say it and we hear it all the time.  But “startup” is… Read More


The ‘ultimate disrupter’ Jeff Bezos named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year

Dubbing him the “ultimate disrupter,” Fortune magazine has chosen Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos as its Businessperson of the Year. The profile that accompanies the honor, written expertly by senior editor Adam Lashinsky, delves into everything from Amazon’s memo-based culture to Bezos’ love of science fiction to the company’s legendary focus on the customer. Quoted throughout the… Read More

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A few tips for companies thinking about going global

International markets can offer technology companies significant opportunities to expand and diversify their product and service offerings, increase brand awareness and drive revenues. But companies contemplating international expansion also face daunting risks and uncertainties, along with operational challenges that can be difficult to anticipate. Because seizing global opportunities requires knowledge and preparation, it helps to… Read More