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Geek of the Week: Kristina Wang, aerospace grad student

It’s a fascinating time right now in the world of aerospace, as a variety of projects and ventures seek to usher in a new era of spaceflight — fueling the imagination of people with a passion for airplanes and spacecraft. Kristina Wang is a great example, and we’re pleased to introduce you to her as… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Robert Clarke, 14-year-old tech journalist

A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Bill Sleeper, the 96-year-old technology enthusiast. Here’s further proof that geeks come in all ages. Our latest Geek of the Week, Robert Clarke of OmniTechNews, is one of the smartest and hardest-working technology reporters around — going to tech events, analyzing the latest gadgets and… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Jeff Teper, father of Microsoft SharePoint

Our latest Geek of the Week, Jeff Teper, had been at Microsoft for about six years in 1998 when he oversaw the formation of a new group focused on “knowledge management.” Later that group would launch a new business collaboration technology, then called SharePoint Portal Server. SharePoint has since become one of Microsoft’s largest products, surpassing… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Matt Shobe, BigDoor chief design officer

Our latest Geek of the Week, Matt Shobe, is in charge of design for BigDoor, a Seattle-based company bringing the mechanics of video games to a variety of sites and online services. But his geek credentials go much further, from his passion for flying to his appreciation for good old-fashioned Windows keyboard shortcuts. Continue reading… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Amazon’s Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec

Some people tell great stories about camping out for the latest gadgets, but when your life experience includes time in the Peace Corps in West Africa, your strongest memories of waiting in line are very different. That’s just one of the characteristics that distinguishes our latest Geek of the Week. Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec grew up… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Ryan Peterson, traffic data guru

We’ve been tracking Ryan Peterson for many years, after a traffic jam inspired him to start TrafficGauge, a Seattle startup that marketed a dedicated traffic data device that gave drivers a real-time view of conditions on the road. This was long before smartphones made this type of thing an everyday capability. (TrafficGauge was acquired in… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Mai Hoang, Happy Go Techy founder

Many of you will recognize Mai Hoang, our latest Geek of the Week, as the energetic personality behind the Happy Go Techy Expo, a geeky craft fair and mobile application showcase held at the University of Washington earlier this year. But that’s the just the beginning of her interests and activities. Continue reading for her… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Starbucks digital chief Stephen Gillett

In its first four months, our Geek of the Week feature has introduced GeekWire readers to an amazing collection of people, and today we’re pleased to add Stephen Gillett to the group. As Starbucks’ chief information officer and executive vice president, he oversees all of the company’s digital business activities — including the Starbucks Digital… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Adnan Mahmud, Jolkona co-founder

Our latest Geek of the Week, Adnan Mahmud, thinks big about technology as a way to tackle the world’s problems. A Microsoftie by day, he’s also the co-founder of Jolkona, which provides an online platform for people to not only make philanthropic donations but also to track the impact. This month he’s engaged in a… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Julia Ferraioli, DocuSign evangelist

Our latest Geek of the Week, Julia Ferraioli, knows a thing or two about electronic signatures, graphing calculators, autonomous aerial robots, and yes, the television show Firefly. (Which is suddenly a recurring theme around GeekWire, after the discussion on on our latest podcast.) Continue reading for Julia’s answers to our questionnaire, including some sage advice for… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Stephen Meyles, Appature Inc.

Our latest Geek of the Week, Stephen Meyles, spent a good chunk of his career as an educator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, before finding a new home and career at Seattle-based Appature Inc. That experience gives him a unique perspective and an appreciation for the fast-paced technology industry. Not to mention a deep devotion… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Delane Hewett, DataSphere CTO

Our latest Geek of the Week, Delane Hewett, has been around the Seattle region’s tech community for years, at Boeing and then Microsoft, and now as the technology chief for fast-growing DataSphere Technologies. Continue reading for his answers to our questionnaire — including his favorite causes and technologies; a great take on the present state… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Jacquelyn Krones, Bing researcher

Our latest Geek of the Week, Jacquelyn Krones, is a true research geek — the type of person who loves digging into data and, better yet, being surprised by what she finds. She studies consumer needs, and figures out what those needs mean for the development of a product. And the product in her case is Bing, the… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Dave Howell, Avatron Software

Nope, that’s not the Seattle skyline in the background of that picture. For this week’s Geek of the Week, we’re expanding our horizons to Portland, the home of Avatron and its CEO Dave Howell. The former Apple engineering manager founded the company in 2008 with a team of veteran Mac software developers. Its products include… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Laura Massey, Xbox software engineer

Laura Massey is big into games, to say the least. She’s a software engineer for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console, part of a team working on top-secret stuff for the Redmond software company. And in her spare time she created the automated — and highly addictive, as we can attest — NerdTrivia game on… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Braden Moulton, GameHouse

Back in the 1990s, Braden Moulton scripted a website to display his resume as if it were the opening text sequence of the Star Wars movies. Of course, it got him the job at Microsoft. Today, he’s living his longtime dream of working in the video-game industry, as business development director for RealNetworks’ GameHouse division,… Read More

Geek of the Week: Lisa Weeks, Filter, epic cosplayer

Don’t be surprised to see Lisa Weeks show up at work in a colorful wig, or walk into a convention center wielding a gigantic sword. Our latest Geek of the Week is steeped in the world of cosplay (that’s short “costume play,” for the uninitiated), having made more than 40 costumes over the past decade. As… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Sendi Widjaja, Avvo CTO

Our latest Geek of the Week, Sendi Widjaja, is the CTO at lawyer and doctor ratings site Avvo. He has seen his share of fights in his day — from the streets of Jakarta to the battlefields of World of Warcraft. He’s survived them all, and he has some great stories to tell as a… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Kelly Franznick, Blink CEO

Kelly Franznick is the type of person who can spend his vacation working on a stop-motion animation projects, and his spare time hanging out in a used computer store. In other words, as we celebrate Geek Pride Day, he’s the perfect person to feature as our latest Geek of the Week. Continue reading for his… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Arianna O’Dell — entrepreneur, marketer, startup sparkplug

Arianna O’Dell, GeekWire’s latest Geek of the Week, has an infectious entrepreneurial spirit, a mind for marketing, and a million startup ideas. Not to mention a pretty impressive collection of shirts. Continue reading for pictures of those, and for her answers to our Geek of the Week questionnaire. Name: Arianna O’Dell Job, hobby and/or other geeky… Read More