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HBO doubling Seattle engineering office, expects to top 100 people by year-end

HBO’s Seattle engineering office has grown to 55 people since opening last year, and the company is planning to double the size of the operation by the end of this year — taking over a second floor in its existing building to accommodate the expansion. The growth of HBO’s engineering office in the city “certainly has exceeded my expectations,” said Otto Berkes, HBO’s… Read More

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Six topics Jeff Bezos should address at Amazon’s shareholder meeting

Amazon’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday is one of the rare times we get to hear from Jeff Bezos. The rest of the year, the company’s founder and CEO frequently skips duties, like chatting with analysts on earnings calls; interviewing with the press or pitching new products at special events. So, with that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of the topics we would… Read More


Amazon is paying big bucks for those HBO exclusives

Reaction to Amazon’s content deal with HBO this morning was decisive: Neftlix just lost. Amazon gains three things from the deal: It sets itself apart from the streaming-video leader; gives customers a reason to continue paying $99 for its Prime program; and maybe provides additional incentive to buy its devices. Up until now, Netflix has enjoyed having a much… Read More


Relive the GeekWire Summit with photos, Twitter reaction

From a fantastic talk with Rich Barton and Bill Gurley to a former Amazon exec comparing shopping to sex, the 2013 GeekWire Summit was one to remember. Thanks to the more than 700 of you who came out to Thursday’s day-long event, where we enjoyed excellent conversations with industry leaders, great networking and tasty food…. Read More


Tech Moves: Avanade bolsters exec team; HBO promotes Xbox pioneer; Yahoo board changes

Avanade, a 12-year-old joint venture formed by Microsoft and Accenture, has named Florin Rotar as the company’s first chief technology innovation officer and Stella Goulet as its first chief marketing officer. Rotar has worked at Avanade since it was founded, and in the new role will be responsible for communicating the technology consulting firm’s vision to… Read More


Microsoft vet to lead new HBO engineering office in Seattle

HBO has hired a longtime Microsoft manager, Drew Angeloff, as the vice president in charge of a new software development office in Seattle, focused on building out the company’s HBO Go video service for devices and the web. Plans for the new HBO office were confirmed this morning by Otto Berkes, another Microsoft veteran who is… Read More

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HBO plans new ‘Code Labs’ facility in Seattle

HBO is taking steps to establish a new facility in Seattle called “HBO Code Labs,” according to a job posting and state corporations records dug up by GeekWire this week. We haven’t yet been able to confirm further details from HBO representatives during this holiday week, but separately we’ve been hearing rumblings that HBO is… Read More