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Newsmakers 2011: Lockerz CEO Kathy Savitt

Some of the biggest names in venture capital are putting their faith in Lockerz, a Seattle upstart that came on the scene in a big way in 2011. The company, which is building a social networking service where teenagers and twenty somethings earn points for sharing content or watching videos, landed a massive $36 million… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: UW’s Shwetak Patel, MacArthur Genius

Is there anything Shwetak Patel can’t do with a home electrical system? We’re often left pondering that question after hearing about the latest high-tech exploits of the University of Washington assistant professor and his collaborators. Patel in September was named one of 22 MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as the MacArthur Genius Award. The prize comes with $500,000… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: T.A. McCann sells Gist to RIM

Persistence, courage and an ability to learn from failure. Those are some of the attributes of entrepreneurs, all traits exhibited by Gist founder and CEO T.A. McCann in 2011. One of Seattle’s most respected entrepreneurs, McCann sold personal contact organizer Gist to RIM in February. The deal marked the end of a 3-year startup voyage… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Paul Allen is the ‘Idea Man’

Paul Allen made headlines in 2011 not as much for what he did, but for what he wrote. The Microsoft co-founder’s memoir, “Idea Man,” put Allen in the public eye in large part for his unvarnished account of the Redmond company’s history and of his longtime friend and co-founder, Bill Gates. Allen is one of… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Scott McFarlane guides Avalara

Avalara is based on Bainbridge Island, and the company’s software helps online merchants manage the mundane tasks of sales tax collection. Given those two attributes, it’s easy to understand why the company often gets overlooked. But Avalara — under the direction of founder and CEO Scott McFarlane — is executing on some big ideas in… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Swype’s Cliff Kushler and Mike McSherry

Swype revolutionized the way millions of people input text on Android devices, with the simple swipe of a finger. Founded by Cliff Kushler and led by CEO Mike McSherry, the Seattle company’s technology almost magically reproduced text as users moved their fingers across letters on touchscreen keypads. Plenty of people took notice, and as a… Read More

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Newsmakers 2011: Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft Windows

Windows is a longtime source of financial fuel for Microsoft’s business, and by extension for the Seattle region’s economy — used by hundreds of millions of people around the world and producing billions in profits every year. But the world is rapidly changing, and Microsoft is radically transforming its flagship product in an effort to… Read More