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Here they are: GeekWire’s 2013 Newsmakers of the Year

It has been a giant year for news at many of the Seattle region’s technology companies — with successful IPOs, historic transitions, surprising technology plans and comeback stories keeping the GeekWire news team busy throughout the year. And with that as the backdrop, we are pleased to present an annual tradition, the unveiling of the… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Luke Friang keeps Zulily on the fast track

Perhaps no Seattle startup is moving quite as fast as Zulily, the daily deal site for moms which just scored $85 million in funding at a whopping $1 billion valuation. The company has hired hundreds of employees; opened warehouses in Ohio and Nevada; launched service in Europe; and topped more than 10 million subscribers —… Read More

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Newsmakers: Adam Brotman gives Starbucks a digital jolt

Typically, around these parts at least, technological innovation is associated with tech titans like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing. But there’s a bit of a technological revolution brewing at one of Seattle’s other big brands: Starbucks. Make no mistake about it, Starbucks is still very much about the coffee experience. But the world’s best known coffee… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Seaton Gras catches wave at SURF incubator

Seaton Gras had dreamed for years of a place where entrepreneurs could gather to commiserate (and share war stories). And this year Gras finally made that dream a reality, opening up a 15,400 square-foot incubator on the 8th floor of Seattle’s Exchange Building. SURF incubator is not just an office space with a few desks… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Steve Singh guides Concur to new heights

Concur Technologies doesn’t get as much attention as its publicly-traded Seattle area counterparts. After all, filling out travel and entertainment expense reports typically ranks right behind going to the dentist. But Concur’s technology, which helps automate expenses at hundreds of companies throughout the world, is getting some serious traction as it enters its 20th year… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Modumetal CEO Christina Lomasney looks to reinvent the steel industry

Christina Lomasney isn’t out to change the way we share photos with one another, nor does she want to create a new mobile app for finding the best restaurants in your neighborhood.  Nope, she’s frankly got bigger fish to fry. A University of Washington-trained physicist who previously worked at Boeing, Lomasney believes that Modumetal’s nanolaminated… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos redefines boundaries

It was another big year for Amazon.com, with the expansion of the company’s Kindle and Kindle Fire lineup, the continued growth of Amazon Web Services, major sales tax truces across the country, Amazon’s rapid growth and expansion in Seattle, and moves by the company’s core e-commerce business into new areas such as fashion and wine…. Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Apptio’s Sunny Gupta swings for the fences

The thing we’ve always liked about Sunny Gupta is that he’s not playing “small ball.” Nope, the entrepreneur is taking a big swing for the fences with Apptio, a Bellevue company that’s developing new ways for corporate IT departments to manage costs. And Gupta, who previously co-founded iConclude, took a big step up to the plate… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Asteroid miner Chris Lewicki points Planetary Resources to a new industry in space

They plan to send robots into space to mine asteroids — opening up a new frontier for natural resources and creating a trillion-dollar industry in the process. Planetary Resources’ mission would sound crazy if it wasn’t for the people behind it — led by “chief asteroid miner” Chris Lewicki as president and chief engineer. A… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Apple’s Steve Jobs, in memoriam

The death of Steve Jobs in October was one of those rare universal moments, a shared experience that made us stop and reflect not just on the man but also on the values he represented, and how those values relate to our own lives. “For me, it was the design,” Seattle resident Ingrid Block told us as… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pushes the potential of the social infrastructure

Now that everybody is connected, things are about to get really interesting. That was the message from Mark Zuckerberg this year, through his words and actions. The Facebook CEO sees the new “social infrastructure” transforming businesses including television, movies, books and music before moving on to traditional sectors such as health care and finance. “When… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Neil Roseman helps bring Zynga to Seattle

One of the biggest stories in Seattle tech in 2011 was the arrival of the Silicon Valley tech titans. It seemed that nearly every other month a new company was establishing an engineering center in rain-soaked Seattle, picking off talented managers and engineers and altering the tech recruiting landscape in the process. Zynga, the fast-growing… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Yoky Matsuoka links humans to devices, from thermostats to robots

Yoky Matsuoka has long been interested in the frontiers of human interaction with machines, exploring new ways for the nervous system to work in conjunction with robotics and other mechanical devices. In 2011 the University of Washington associate professor pushed that work forward on two fronts — inside the research lab, and inside a thermostat…. Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Spencer Rascoff lifts Zillow to new heights with a personal touch

Spencer Rascoff successfully guided Zillow to a blockbuster initial public offering in July, a significant milestone for the fast-growing online real estate company. And while that achievement alone would have warranted Rascoff’s inclusion as a GeekWire 2011 Newsmaker, it’s the little stuff that’s most impressive about the 36-year-old Internet executive. On Monday, Rascoff posted this… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Bryan Mistele guides Inrix on road to success

With Bryan Mistele at the wheel, Inrix was on the move in 2011. The Kirkland provider of real-time traffic information raised a $37 million venture round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, signed a multi-million dollar deal with Google and purchased its biggest European rival. The $60 million buyout of ITIS Holdings added $27 million… Read More