Q&A: Rich Barton and Nick Hanauer on why Seattle is a great ‘startup cake’ (and NYC has a ‘sell out’ culture)

We had a blast catching up with Seattle technology entrepreneurs and investors Rich Barton and Nick Hanauer on last weekend’s GeekWire podcast and radio show. Barton, the former CEO of Expedia and co-founder of Zillow, and Hanauer, an early investor in and aQuantive, like to think big as they look at ways to be… Read More

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Early Amazon investor Nick Hanauer disappointed Amazon isn’t more civically engaged

Is doing enough to support its hometown? That question has been raised many times over the years, with local publications like The Stranger and The Seattle Times ripping the online retailer for essentially being a scrooge when it comes to corporate giving and engagement in Seattle. In a poll last year following The Seattle Times’ four-part… Read More

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Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer aims to alter gun laws

Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer is no stranger to politics, having previously led efforts to institute an income tax for Washington state’s wealthiest residents. That measure, I-1098, went down in flames in 2009. But now Hanauer, one of the earliest investors in and a co-founder of aQuantive, the online advertising company that sold to… Read More


Rich Barton and Nick Hanauer on startups, the fiscal cliff and ‘creative disruption’

Zillow chairman Rich Barton and aQuantive co-founder Nick Hanauer are two of Seattle’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, having created billion-dollar companies that altered how we shop, travel and buy real estate. Both also are extremely outspoken when it comes to politics, sharing some of those opinions in an informative appearance today on The Conversation with KUOW’s Ross… Read More


Rich Barton, Nick Hanauer bankroll stealthy Front Desk

Some entrepreneurial ideas are born in the lab. Jon Zimmerman’s latest entrepreneurial effort emerged at the Crossfit gym that he co-owns in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Encountering paperwork challenges at the gym, Zimmerman figured there had to be a better way to streamline the daily activities that many small businesses encounter. Zimmerman joined with another former… Read More

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TED curator shoots back at Hanauer, calls out Seattle VC and posts controversial talk

The controversy over Nick Hanauer’s recent TED talk about increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans just isn’t going away. Yesterday, GeekWire and others reported on how Hanauer’s economic talk was not being displayed on the TED Web site. “My arguments threaten an economic orthodoxy and political structure that many powerful people have a huge stake… Read More


Nick Hanauer-backed Qliance raises cash to expand clinics

Qliance is looking to transform the way Americans receive their health care, certainly no easy task. And now the Seattle company has reeled in some extra cash to help tackle the problem. Qliance, which operates primary health care clinics in the Puget Sound area, has raised $3.1 million of a $10 million venture capital round,… Read More


Hanauer-backed health care provider Qliance appoints CEO

Qliance Medical Management, a Seattle company that operates primary health care clinics in the Puget Sound area, has appointed Erika Bliss as president and CEO. She replaces Norm Wu who co-founded the company in 2006. Wu plans to continue with Qliance as an adviser, focusing on strategic partnerships and other growth efforts. The company has… Read More


Internet kings celebrated on … old-fashioned billboards

King of the Web is a quirky Web-based competition where individuals compete to win monthly online elections by posting funny or offbeat videos on the site. It’s kind of like American Idol — for the YouTube generation. But when it comes to congratulating the winners, King of the Web is taking a very low-tech approach…. Read More