Geek of the Week: Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies

There was a time when Microsoft and “open technologies” were diametrically opposed, but the Redmond company has increasingly been changing its approach, and philosophy, when it comes to open source technologies, interoperability and standards. One sign of that change: The creation of Microsoft Open Technologies in 2012. The subsidiary is led by Jean Paoli, a Microsoft veteran… Read More


Geek of the Week: ‘See Jane Fix’ founder Alex McConnehey fixes devices with a personal touch

Getting a tablet or smartphone fixed by Alexandra McConnehey is not your ordinary repair shop experience. No dropping off your device at a counter, or sending it in the mail. The 24-year-old founder of “See Jane Fix” makes office calls, and she actually prefers it to be a social experience, talking with her customers and showing them what… Read More


Geek of the Week: Wayne Bishop is bringing art to the masses, and the iPhone

Wayne Bishop has spent his entire career in technology, working as an entrepreneur, project manager and software engineer — bridging the divide between business and technology for companies including Microsoft and non-profit groups in the Seattle region. And he has immersed himself in the world of fine art. Working with his wife, Karen Bishop, he… Read More


Geek of the Week: David Mattes is bringing security to the ‘Internet of Things’

David Mattes was a research engineer for Boeing for more than 13 years — playing a key role in the aerospace company’s transition to wireless networks for the connected systems and machines used to assemble airplanes. That shift from wired connections opened up new technological possibilities, and resulted in fewer cords on the factory floor,… Read More


Geek of the Week: Julie Kientz, UW researcher and one of the world’s top innovators under 35

There are talented, hard-working, young people doing good work all over the planet. And then there are the MIT Technology Review’s 35 innovators under the age of 35 that are simply on another level. Julie Kientz is one of those visionaries. The University of Washington professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering was just… Read More

Dr. David Heckerman

Geek of the Week: Microsoft researcher David Heckerman is tackling some of the world’s biggest problems

What do spam email and HIV have in common? They’re examples of the range of problems that longtime Microsoft researcher Dr. David Heckerman has battled during his career — applying his background as an MD and his work in computer science to make advances in some surprising areas. The spam battle dates back to 1997, when Heckerman… Read More

Zac Cohn

Geek of the Week: Zachary Cohn is spreading the startup mindset

Zachary Cohn is involved in the startup world in a variety of ways — working with startups, organizing meetups and helping established companies learn to think more like startups themselves. As Zac puts it, he “loves making things happen, organizing people and communities, and solving problems that matter.” He’s also an early adopter of technology,… Read More


Mobile tech, social good: How these computer scientists are making an impact

Our latest episode of the GeekWire Podcast featured former Geek of the Week Yaw Anokwa. He’s a graduate of the University of Washington computer science program, the co-founder of the software startup Nafundi, and one of the computer scientists behind the Open Data Kit project (ODK), which provides smart forms for collecting data on mobile devices in rural areas, developing countries and other places with… Read More


Geek of the Week: Microsoft creative director Jeff Faulkner

Jeff Faulkner is a Microsoft creative director who guides branding and user experiences for Microsoft’s entertainment division, with roots in the Xbox team. Now a Seattle resident, he’s a veteran designer with roots at agencies in Portland, working on a variety of high-profile projects. He’s speaking tonight in Portland about the intersection of technology and… Read More


Geek of the Week: Apptio’s Bruce Henry, from nuclear physics to enterprise software

 Bruce Henry has worked for years in the technology industry, currently at Seattle’s Apptio, where he describes himself as a “process and organizational change ninja.” But he didn’t start out in the software industry. His degrees are in physics. It’s an unusual transition, but it was his ownership of a propeller beanie that truly sealed… Read More


Geek of the Week: Christian Hansson, Tango Card CTO

Christian Hansson’s official title is chief technology officer at Tango Card, but he prefers to go by Chief Geek. The Seattle company offers an alternative form of gift cards, allowing people to use them at a variety of stores, donate to non-profits, and redeem their balances for cash. But what truly sealed his status as… Read More


Geek of the Week: Vertafore’s Eric Danas, from petrophysics to user-experience design

Eric Danas has worked for more than 15 years in the field of user-experience design — currently working with Vertafore, a Bothell-based company that makes software for the insurance industry. How did he get his start? As an exploration petrophysicist in the oil industry, of all things. The experience interested him in the challenges of using technology… Read More


Geek of the Week: Toby Crittenden mixes politics and technology at Washington Bus

Toby Crittenden is a political geek — part of a generation that makes intuitive use of technology as a natural part of the democratic process. Our latest Geek of the Week is program director of Washington Bus, a non-profit organization that combines old-fashioned transportation with new technology, using everything from road trips to cutting-edge Facebook… Read More


Geek of the Week: Chip Brown of Puzzazz on puzzles, bees and making a clock from scratch

Chip Brown, our latest Geek of the Week, spends his days immersed in puzzles and technology as the chief architect for Puzzazz, the Seattle-area startup known for products including puzzle e-books for Kindle. But his personal life is just as interesting, with hobbies ranging from beekeeping to a playing a challenging variation of Scrabble known… Read More