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Migrating north: Techstars Seattle sees huge spike in applications from San Francisco

Are more and more Silicon Valley entrepreneurs looking to Seattle as a place to build their startups? That’s what Techstars Seattle Managing Director Andy Sack is wondering after seeing some interesting stats on the companies that applied to his incubator’s 2014 program that kicks off this fall. Sack notes that Techstars Seattle saw a 65 percent increase… Read More

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Microsoft should dump Windows Phone, says former Windows evangelist Robert Scoble

You probably know tech pundit Robert Scoble from his experiences as an early adopter of Google Glass. But long before he showered with the high-tech specs, the 49-year-old spent three years as Microsoft’s technology evangelist for Windows. It’s been nearly a decade since he’s worked in Redmond, but Scoble has some simple business advice for his former… Read More

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Microsoft should move to S.F., contends Forbes writer

Put down the coffee and take a deep breath before you read this one. In his new column for Forbes, business consultant and strategist Peter Cohan contends that new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella should move the company to San Francisco. His argument, in essence, is that Seattle’s culture is too soft to challenge Microsoft to… Read More

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Regulators: Hey Google, move that barge!

Google needs to find a new home for its floating mystery barge. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission in California told Google that its floating behemoth can’t continue to reside where it is in the San Francisco Bay, according to a report by the AP. The company is welcome to move the barge, which was… Read More

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Red hot rentals: Seattle’s South Lake Union now more expensive than some San Francisco neighborhoods

Rental rates are creeping up in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, surpassing prices in even some of the hottest neighborhoods in San Francisco. According to an analysis by online real estate company Trulia, the median rental price per bedroom in South Lake Union comes in at a whopping $2,248. That makes it the most expensive… Read More

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Amazon Fresh wooing potential San Francisco customers with free food

Amazon Prime customers in San Francisco are getting a little extra incentive to try out Amazon Fresh, thanks to the delivery of some free care packages from the grocery service. Wow @amazon dropped off a free bag of groceries to promote Fresh! Classiest company ever. pic.twitter.com/Ikb4RVMCFR — Juliette Tang (@juliettetang) January 12, 2014 Twitter has… Read More

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Amazon running ads on freshly-sighted grocery delivery trucks in San Francisco

As rumors around a potential Amazon Fresh rollout in San Francisco reach a fever pitch, Brad Stone, the author of “The Everything Store,” spotted one of the green delivery trucks himself, though it’s not one of Amazon’s garden variety models. What’s particularly interesting about this truck is that it’s being used to advertise Betas, Amazon’s… Read More

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Pre-revenue startup Nextdoor raises $60M for a social network for neighborhoods

Here’s another sign that things are heating up on the funding landscape. San Francisco startup Nextdoor has raised a whopping $60 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Comcast Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, and Shasta Ventures. What’s most amazing is that Dan Primack at Fortune reports that Nextdoor — backed… Read More

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How San Francisco maps to Seattle: A reference guide

[Editor's Note: This guest post by tech writer and editor Matt Rosoff originally appeared on his personal blog.] So you’re moving from San Francisco to Seattle? Or from Seattle to San Francisco? I’ve done both, and the two cities have a lot in common. San Francisco is bigger, more expensive, more socioeconomically stratified, more ethnically… Read More

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Why this founder left the Bay Area for Portland

Portland is certainly growing as a national startup hub and one San Francisco founder frustrated with Bay Area scene is making the move north to the Rose City. Tom Dale, who co-founded San Fran-based development startup Tilde.io and created JavaScript framework Ember.js, just penned a blog post titled, “San Francisco, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.”… Read More

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Taking UberX in S.F. now cheaper than a cab

For San Francisco residents, getting a ride from Uber is now cheaper than hailing a cab. In a blog post, the company announced that rates for their low-cost UberX service in San Francisco would be getting a rather significant discount. The rates are the same as the official taxi fare card for San Francisco, but… Read More