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Who is the mysterious cybersecurity firm eyeing the historic seminary building at Saint Edward State Park?

It’s getting tougher for tech companies to find office space in the Seattle region, which is leading some entities to get creative. And one mysterious Seattle area cybersecurity company may have discovered a historic — yet dilapidated and underutilized — gem. The old Saint Edward Park Seminary building — constructed in 1931 and listed on… Read More

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Paul Allen sells 292-acre private island for $8 million

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has sold a 292-acre private island near Anacortes, selling the property for $8 million. That may seem like a lot of coin for a largely desolate island in the San Juan chain, accessible only by boat, seaplane and plane. But Allen listed the property for sale in 2005 for $25 million,… Read More

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Commercial real estate upstart Hightower lands $2.12M, moves to NYC

Hightower, a startup that is looking to modernize the commercial real estate industry, has landed $2.12 million in seed funding. The deal was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Thrive Capital, with participation from RRE Ventures and a number of well known angels such as Box CEO Aaron Levie; Gary Vaynerchuck; and David Tisch. Interestingly, the deal… Read More

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Photos: Bill Gates to buy Mexican resort for $200M

Getting a room at the luxurious Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico is outside the realm of possibility for most folks, with rooms now going for more than $1,500 per night. But what about owning the entire 173-room resort? That’s something that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates just picked up, paying a cool $200 million for the… Read More

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Bezos, we have biodomes: City approves Amazon sphere design

The most eye-catching element of Amazon’s new Seattle campus — a three-sphere biodome — has received design approval from the city’s Department of Planning and Development, clearing the way for Amazon to proceed with the project. The approval on Thursday (PDF) followed a series of public meetings and revisions to the design by NBBJ, the… Read More

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Redfin shakes up executive ranks: CMO and 2 VPs to depart

Just days after raising a $50 million venture financing round, Seattle-based Redfin is parting ways with three key executives, GeekWire has learned. Leaving the company effective Dec. 1 are Vice President of Marketing Matt Goyer; Vice President of Product Bryan Selner and Chief Marketing Officer Tom Vogl. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman confirmed the departures in… Read More

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Report: Amazon gobbling up more office space in Seattle

Amazon.com’s appetite for new office space continues to grow in Seattle as the company is in negotiations to take over 275,000 square feet of space in the Blanchard Plaza and 5th & Bell buildings, reports The Seattle Times. The new buildings are located in the Belltown and Denny Triangle neighborhoods of Seattle, about 10 blocks from… Read More

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Redfin looking to expand in Minneapolis

Redfin expanded in a big way earlier this year — announcing in February that it had opened for business in Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, New York City’s Bronx borough and the state of Delaware. At the time, that pushed the company’s market total to 21. But since then, it has been a bit quiet for the Seattle… Read More

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Trulia’s new Market Leader unit is moving to Bellevue, doubling office space with 70,000 SF lease

In one of the biggest commercial real estate deals this year in Bellevue, Kirkland-based Market Leader plans to move into 70,000 square-feet of space in the Atrium Place building in December. That’s about double the amount of office space that the company previously held, prior to its acquisition by San Francisco-based real estate company Trulia. “We’re… Read More

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Amazon’s giant biodomes win blessing of city design board

Amazon won approval from Seattle’s Design Review Board for a massive, three-part biodome on its planned campus north of downtown Seattle last night, after its architects convinced the panel that the ground levels of the unique structure would be engaging and inviting to the public passing by. New drawings submitted by NBBJ, Amazon’s architects, showed… Read More

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Seattle startups scramble for office space as TechDwellers gives them the boot: Tech incubator to close doors

GeoRiot founder Jesse Lakes was excited to secure his company’s first office space earlier this year, picking the TechDwellers incubator in Seattle’s quirky Georgetown neighborhood because of its low-cost; short-term lease and central location for the company’s four staffers. But just four months after moving in, GeoRiot has moved out, along with the seven other startup… Read More

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Home improvement startup Porch.com is raising a huge financing round, lines up big-time backers

Last week on the GeekWire podcast, Porch CEO Matt Ehrlichman explained how he wants to build a very big company to transform how people use data to make better home improvement decisions. Now, we’re getting a glimpse into the scope of Ehrlichman’s entrepreneurial vision. A SEC filing this week indicates that Porch.com has raised $8.2 million… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Glenn Fleishman on new iPhones, The Magazine and more

Joining us this week on the GeekWire radio show: Glenn Fleishman, the longtime Seattle-based technology journalist, veteran Apple watcher, and editor/publisher of The Magazine, the popular subscription-based publication for iOS and the web. [Listen above or download the show directly via this MP3 file.] We get Glenn’s take on the new iPhones announced by Apple… Read More