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11 questions for author Geoffrey Moore: Education, housing and the middle class

Geoffrey Moore, the author of Crossing the Chasm and Escape Velocity, appeared in Seattle last month at the Technology Alliance’s annual luncheon. Moore gave a thoughtful talk, speaking about the risks of disenfranchising the middle class. (See earlier report:  Geoffrey Moore: How the tech industry is killing the middle class and what to do about it). After… Read More

Geoffrey Moore at the Technology Alliance luncheon.

Geoffrey Moore: How the tech industry is killing the middle class and what to do about it

Software may be “eating the world” as the saying goes. But that tectonic shift may not be a good thing for the U.S. middle class, accelerating its demise and threatening its existence. Those were some of the eye-opening remarks delivered Monday afternoon by author Geoffrey Moore at the Technology Alliance’s annual State of Technology Luncheon…. Read More

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Charts: Here’s just how darn important the tech industry is to Washington state

More than 700 people are gathered today at the Technology Alliance’s annual State of Technology Luncheon, a showcase of the region’s strength as a technology hub. Based on findings from the non-profit Technology Alliance, things are going pretty well in Washington. More than 460,000 people were employed in Washington’s technology-based industries in 2013, representing 14… Read More

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Activists block Microsoft shuttles in Seattle, in anti-gentrification protest

Several Microsoft Connector shuttles were reportedly blocked for a total of 45 minutes in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood this morning by protesters handing out flyers and carrying signs that read, “Gentrification Stops Here.” The protests, as detailed on Twitter and the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, underscore rising tensions in cities including Seattle and San Francisco… Read More

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Welcome to Washington: The most innovative state in the U.S.

Silicon Valley may get all of the buzz. But don’t underestimate the power of Seattle and its surrounding communities. A new analysis by Bloomberg indicates that Washington state — home to Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft — is the most innovative place in the country. California ranked second, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Oregon. There are… Read More

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INRIX names top 10 worst traffic cities, says increased gridlock indicates stronger economy

Traffic may be getting worse, but it’s a good indicator of a rebounding economy. That’s the latest from Kirkland-based traffic data company INRIX, which just released its sixth annual Traffic Scorecard Annual Report. The company found that after two years of declining traffic congestion, including a 22 percent decrease in 2012, gridlock is increasing through the first few… Read More

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The best and worst jobs in America: From software geeks to newspaper hacks

It’s a good thing we got out of the newspaper business. According to a survey out today from CareerCast.com, newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America. “Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses have created very difficult conditions for newspaper reporters, which has been ranked as this year’s worst job,” the… Read More

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Startup valuations rise even as VCs don’t get as many exits

Valuations at startup companies continue to increase, even though venture capitalists aren’t cashing out on deals as frequently as they’d like. According to a new report out this week from PitchBook, valuations in angel/seed, early stage and late stage all increased versus 2011 levels. Meanwhile, deal flow declined and the number of venture-backed companies completing IPOs… Read More

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Ed Lazowska: The iPad wouldn’t be here without federal research dollars

University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska is known for his strong opinions. And he got to share some of those Thursday, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Lazowska’s main point: Federal research dollars play a critical role in helping to spark innovation. Lazowska was making… Read More

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Tolls on I-90: Here’s your chance to comment

Tolling of the Interstate 90 is inching toward reality, with the Washington State Department of Transportation saying that it is continuing to investigate whether to implement tolls on the floating bridge. For the past year, drivers in the Seattle metro area have had a clear choice: Jump on the state route 520 bridge where heavy… Read More

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Tech salaries rise: Survey says average pay rate tops $85,000

“The fastest way if you are in the 99 percent and want to join the one percent … is to learn computer programming.” Those were the words earlier this week from Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Hadi Partovi who launched a new non-profit called Code.org to boost awareness around computer science education in the U.S…. Read More