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A normal job vs. an adventure

At the beginning of the 1900’s, Ernest Shackleton was merely a third officer in an expedition to the South Pole. He was sent home early for health reasons. Determined to make it work again, he put out an ad in 1907 that stated: “Men Wanted…for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete… Read More

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Book excerpt: The Amazon Way

Editor’s note: This excerpt is from chapter three of the book The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company, by John Rossman, the former director of merchant integration at Amazon. In the world of business, the term platform has come to refer to a state in which machines interact seamlessly to… Read More

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Why are we working on this?

You’re a recent grad from a top engineering school. You come to a hot startup, and in your second week, you volunteer to implement an ambitious new feature. You slave away at it for a week, burning the midnight oil, trying to impress your new colleagues. You’re brilliant: you find an ingenious algo that solves… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff: Fortune favors the geeks

Editor’s note: Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff delivered this keynote address to kick off the GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business Solutions, Thursday night at EMP. You can see all of the winners from the big night in this post. Here are Rascoff’s prepared remarks. Hey, everyone. Thank you for that awesome introduction. And congratulations to… Read More

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Commentary: Tech apathy is killing Seattle’s soul

A bunch of friends and I recently converged on the Sound Mind and Body Gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood for a bittersweet final afternoon of full-court basketball. The gym closed its doors on March 31, converting what was arguably the most beautiful basketball venue in the Pacific Northwest into tech office space. The gym was… Read More

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Embarrassed in Seattle

I have called Seattle home for more than two decades and my wife and I are raising our children here.  There’s a lot to enjoy and be proud of about Seattle – the City Council’s vote on ride sharing earlier this week isn’t one of them. Seattle is a different city from when Microsoft imported me shortly… Read More

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Commentary: Four reasons why Google fiber will never come to Seattle

Google is bringing high speed fiber broadband networks to homes and businesses in three cities – Kansas City, Austin and Provo. In February, it announced 34 more cities it will approach for building fiber – Portland, Phoenix, Atlanta and more. But not Seattle. And Seattle won’t be making Google’s list anytime soon. The “Seattle Process” and a balky… Read More

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Why I support Washington’s proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington state legislature has a unique opportunity in front of it right now. It can pass a state-specific crowdfunding law. You can read the bill, which has already unanimously passed out of a House committee here. The bill would allow Washington state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period from Washington… Read More

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Commentary: A teen’s take on the Pebble smartwatch

Over the last several months, I’ve been testing the Pebble smartwatch and thinking about the future of wearable technology. The Pebble links by Bluetooth wireless technology to my cell phone and allows me to access certain information on my wrist rather than on my phone. Here are the pros and cons of the Pebble smartwatch. One… Read More

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13 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Richard Sherman

In case you’ve been living under a rock the last week, Richard Sherman has been everywhere in the media. It started when the Seattle Seahawks made a game saving and ultimately winning play to beat the rival San Francisco 49ers in about as dramatic a fashion as possible — an interception in the end zone with less… Read More

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Drink geek: Four wines to please the geek palate

If you’re a geek, you probably like to think. Conventions annoy you. New things intrigue you. Puzzles beg to be solved. If you’re a geek, you might reward experimentation, loathe limits and have a soft spot for the uninhibited, the unexpected and the unexplored. So when a geek wants to close her laptop and open… Read More

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Rich Barton: Uber made me call my mom

A month or so ago, I had dinner with a group of entrepreneurs at the Goldman Internet Conference in Vegas.  Among them was Travis Kalanick, the colorful and talented founder and CEO of Uber. Travis is a man on a mission to revolutionize how we get around, as I’m sure you’re all well aware.  I’ve been a… Read More

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Online privacy regulation on the legislative docket: What’s the proper role for government?

The Washington state legislature will convene next Monday for its annual session.  The legislature will not pass a big operating budget this year in the 60-day session, but it will make some adjustments based on the state’s current economy and tax revenue collections. The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council — the agency charged with making… Read More

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Commentary: A lean startup approach to making booze

I worked at tech startups for the past 15 years — Drugstore, Allrecipes, nPost, and Blue Box Group to name a few. But last year, I opted to take on a different kind of startup: The capital-intensive manufacturing business of legally, legitimately making booze. In 2008, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 2959 and, for… Read More