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Facebook is a risky investment and other quotes of the week

“Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services. And we think this is a good way to build something. These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximizing profits.”–Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a letter… Read More

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Exclusive: Amazon.com buys TeachStreet

TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell traveled from coast-to-coast over the past 12 months entertaining offers for his Seattle-based startup. But, at the end of the day, he found the best fit right in his own backyard. Amazon.com has acquired TeachStreet, the 5-year-old online marketplace that matches students and teachers. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed,… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Kindle Fire, Post-it Wars, Legos, cool apps, and Startup Weekend EDU

On this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast, we figure out the meaning of the Kindle Fire, recap Seattle’s startup “Post-it Wars,” and get ready for BrickCon this weekend at Seattle Center. Our guest in the studio is Dave Schappell of TeachStreet, an organizer of this weekend’s Startup Weekend Seattle EDU, who talks with us about the state… Read More

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11 lessons of a startup noob

It’s been a year since jumping into the startup world as an oblivious 22-year-old. I read every blog post I could for first time founders, but these 11 lessons, no matter how much I heard them, never made sense until now: 1.) Ideas are nothing: It took over four months for this to click. Ditch the NDA’s,… Read More

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The entrepreneurial ‘petri dish’ at General Assembly, and why one geek would love to see it in Seattle

Let’s get one thing cleared up right away. TeachStreet founder Dave Schappell’s investment in General Assembly does not indicate that the New York City-based startup incubator, co-working space and technology education firm is planning a Seattle branch campus. At least, not anytime in the near future. But, would Schappell, who joined with the likes of… Read More

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InternMatch scores cash for national internship directory, launches ‘community pages’

InternMatch, which helps students find high-quality internships at companies such as Walt Disney, Amazon and Blue Nile, has raised $500,000 in fresh capital. Founded in Seattle by Nathan Parcells, Andrew Maguire and Kyle Wilkinson in May 2009, the company moved its headquarters to San Francisco in October 2010. Investors in the most recent round include Netflix… Read More

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Does working at Microsoft really turn your brain numb?

Call it the Silicon Valley invasion. Facebook, Google, HP, Zynga and Salesforce.com — driven by an insatiable need for talented software engineers — have all established fast-growing engineering centers in the Seattle area in recent years to mine the riches of the Northwest tech community. But what’s the real reason they are all coming here?… Read More