Beyond stack rank: How Microsoft needs to change now

In the startup world, I’m prone to saying, “You can take the boy out of Microsoft, but not the Microsoft out of the boy.” This week I’ve been tracking the controversy around Microsoft’s abolition of the old stack-rank review system, and couldn’t help but have very strong feelings on the matter despite having left the company… Read More


GeekWire Gala: Tickets now on sale for our big holiday bash

‘Tis the season to get geeky. Back by popular demand, we’re excited to announce one of our favorite events of the year — the GeekWire Gala. Tickets are now on sale for this fun holiday bash —taking place Dec. 4 at the newly-renovated Museum of History & Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Last… Read More


GeekWire update: New offices, big events and top stories of the month

GeekWire was on the move in the month of October — literally and figuratively. We hosted our big Startup Day conference, an all-day event featuring amazing talks by some of the region’s most inspiring entrepreneurs. Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to those speakers who shared insights from the startup trenches. Many of the talks… Read More

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Startup Day FAQ: What to know if you’re going to our big event and geek bands bash

We’re getting excited for the fifth annual Startup Day event, kicking off Friday morning with remarks by Gov. Jay Inslee and featuring talks by 10 of the region’s top entrepreneurs, including Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman; Glympse co-founder Bryan Trussel, former CEO Dawn Lepore and many others. The audience will be filled with startup CEOs… Read More


The Seattle 10: How to get your world-changing business idea on a giant cocktail napkin at Seattle’s history museum

Oh, the wonderful cocktail napkin. Yes, it’s perfect for wiping up mini-messes at the bar, or keeping drink condensation to a minimum. But this peculiar paper product also has formed the perfect canvas for countless entrepreneurial brainstorms over the years, some better than others. Now, we’re turning to the cocktail napkin to tell the stories… Read More


It’s GeekWire Summit time: What to know if you’re going to our big tech conference

We’re looking forward to seeing more than 700 of you for the GeekWire Summit, the Pacific Northwest’s premier technology conference, taking place Thursday Sept. 12 in downtown Seattle. If you’re attending, here’s what you need to know. GeekWire Summit Location: Sheraton Seattle, 1400 6th Ave Seattle, WA 98101. Time: Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, followed by welcome and… Read More


Party on the roof: Limited tickets on sale for GeekWire Summit post-event bash

The GeekWire Summit is shaping up to be our biggest event of the year, with a cast of amazing speakers talking about everything from space travel (Eric Anderson of Space Adventures) to entrepreneurship (Benchmark’s Bill Gurley and Zillow’s Rich Barton) to the future of shopping (Hointer CEO Nadia Shouraboura). More than 700 entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs… Read More

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A dozen things I’ve learned from Bill Gurley about investing and business

Editor’s note: Tren Griffin has created a list of a dozen things he’s learned from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley, one of the keynote speakers at the GeekWire Summit on September 12. This is part of his “Dozen Things” series. Griffin is a senior director at Microsoft who previously worked at Craig McCaw’s Eagle River.  You can… Read More