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Groupon leases more space in Seattle with room to add another 75 employees

Two years after opening a Seattle office, Groupon is gearing up for another growth spurt. The Chicago-based daily deals company currently employs 195 people here, and has plans to add another 75 positions to bring the total to 270. Groupon spokeswoman Laura Roman tells GeekWire that in order to accommodate the burgeoning office, it has leased a third floor at the 505 Fifth Avenue South… Read More

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Vinod Khosla: Engineers should ‘optimize for change’ in today’s market

SAN FRANCISCO–Engineers today should build systems that are designed to weather a changing technological landscape, tech industry legend Vinod Khosla told an audience at today’s GigaOM Structure conference in San Francisco. “I think we have to re-engineer engineering itself to optimize for change,” he said. To do that, engineers have to set aside their usual… Read More

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Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More

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Startup vet, aeronautical expert to lead University of Washington’s college of engineering

The University of Washington continues to undergo a radical transformation under the direction of president Michael Young. And today the university took a big step in one of its critical departments, naming Michael Bragg as dean of the College of Engineering. Bragg — an aeronautical engineer who specializes in the effects of ice on aircraft… Read More

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Valve ‘hacker extraordinaire’ builds hybrid rocket engine

Ben Krasnow has created X-rays with a vacuum tube, combined avocados and high pressure nitrous oxide, and cooked up homemade astronaut ice cream all in the last year. His newest YouTube demonstration, though, might be even more impressive — it’s literally rocket science. The “Hacker Extraordinaire,” whose day job is at video-game company Valve, built a small hybrid… Read More

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Twitter opens doors on new Seattle engineering office

We’ve certainly been intrigued with all of the Silicon Valley tech giants that have opened offices in the Seattle area in recent months, from eBay to Facebook to Jawbone to Zynga. Now, Twitter is officially fluttering into Seattle with its very own engineering office near Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, not too far from Facebook’s… Read More

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Mayor McGinn convenes startup roundtable: Could these 5 ideas transform Seattle’s startup community?

Can the City of Seattle do more to support startups? That was the question raised Tuesday night by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, as he brought together more than a dozen tech and startup leaders to share thoughts on what’s missing from the tech community. From tech incubators to private universities to startup job advertisements at… Read More

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Check out these 14 ‘entrepreneur’ grants for STEM education

Washington STEM, a nonprofit that supports science, technology, engineering, and math education across the state, has awarded 14 grants to educators in Washington. The one-year investments are used to encourage teachers to pilot new ideas that could be used to bolster STEM education. “My female students use to think that building robots was just for boys,” said, Dave… Read More