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Commentary: Tech apathy is killing Seattle’s soul

A bunch of friends and I recently converged on the Sound Mind and Body Gym in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood for a bittersweet final afternoon of full-court basketball. The gym closed its doors on March 31, converting what was arguably the most beautiful basketball venue in the Pacific Northwest into tech office space. The gym was… Read More

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Here are the 10 fastest-growing regions of the U.S. (Seattle is one of them)

New data from the Census Bureau released today shows more people flocking to the Seattle region than most places of the country. From July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area ranked tenth in numerical population growth, adding 57,514 people. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land region in Texas had the biggest growth of U.S. metro areas,… Read More

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Why Seattle needs a WhatsApp

I woke up this morning thinking about WhatsApp. Not so much about the mouth-dropping $19 billion price tag that Facebook put on the five-year-old Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, the biggest venture-backed M&A exit ever. But why a deal of this size, style and scope is so desperately needed in Seattle. I’ve argued in the past… Read More

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Seattle needs a new nickname, but please no Silicon!

During the dot-com boom years, it seemed like every major city (and even some minor ones) looked to affix the “Silicon” moniker to themselves, part of some false hope that a nickname would in some way help bring prestige, jobs and wealth. Names such as Silicon Alley (New York); Silicon Hills (Austin) and even the… Read More

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BBC asks: Is Seattle the next Silicon Valley?

Well, here we go again. Another debate on how Seattle stacks up against Silicon Valley — this time from the good folks across the pond at the BBC. We put a bit of a moratorium on the Silicon Valley vs. Seattle issue here at GeekWire after the debate kept raging, though we do occasionally still… Read More

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Activists block Microsoft shuttles in Seattle, in anti-gentrification protest

Several Microsoft Connector shuttles were reportedly blocked for a total of 45 minutes in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood this morning by protesters handing out flyers and carrying signs that read, “Gentrification Stops Here.” The protests, as detailed on Twitter and the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, underscore rising tensions in cities including Seattle and San Francisco… 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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It’s all ’bout Seattle, boss: What do we make of this Super Bowl moment?

The Super Bowl clinched it: Seattle is having a moment. “We’re not just some harmless, damp dorks up in the corner anymore,” Seattle’s Lindy West wrote in Jezebel. “We’re winners now.” The Seahawks’ dominating victory Sunday has trained a spotlight on Seattle that the city hasn’t seen in years, illuminating our current culture and character… Read More

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Seattle’s startup scene masters Beast Mode, could use a little Richard Sherman swagger

Seattle is not a city of showboaters or salesmen. It’s historically a stoic place, one of humble underpinnings where actions speak louder than words. That’s why cornerback Richard Sherman’s off-the-charts defensive play and subsequent comments in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers rattled our psyche a bit. Here was a man who… 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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A 20-Gigapixel Treasure Hunt: Microsoft Research project highlights Seattle artists

When Microsoft Research produced its first gigapixel panorama of Seattle’s skyline in 2006, it was an amazing success in image compositing. But there was still something missing. “Although the panorama was beautiful, it struck us upon exploring the image that there were hardly any people to be found,” explains Michael Cohen, a Principal Researcher in… Read More

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Meet ZipDigs: Yes, here comes another real estate startup

Seattle, for whatever reason, has emerged as the epicenter of all things online real estate. From Redfin to Imprev to Zillow, the region has spawned a number of innovative up-and-comers in the category. (See last weekend’s podcast for more on this topic: How tech is reshaping real estate, with Estately’s Galen Ward). Now, here comes… Read More

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Commentary: An MBA’s take on Seattle’s tech scene

Even before coming to Seattle for the first time on MIT Sloan’s Tech Trek, I had a feeling that I’d like this place. I’d heard how it’s laid back and outdoorsy. Yeah, rainy weather, but I’d also heard how friendly everyone is. Having just returned from our visit, I can say that the city lived… Read More

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Seattle vs. Denver: Who is the winner of the startup bowl?

Oh, the mountains; the music; and the marijuana. Seattle and Denver — the two crunchy Western cities — share a lot in common. (Though, we’re smarter and richer here on the Puget Sound). And now these two up-and-comers are facing off in the Super Bowl — or as some have dubbed it “The Bong Bowl.” We’ve… Read More

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Gigabit Squared co-founder stepping down after botched broadband deal in Seattle

Gigabit Squared is turning into a saga that’s perhaps more aptly titled Gigabit Screwed. In the latest chapter, the president and co-founder of the company, Mark Ansboury, confirmed that’s he’s parting ways with the Cincinnati, Ohio-based broadband Internet provider. The decision comes just five days after GeekWire reported that Gigabit Squared — which had contracted… Read More

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Gigabit Squared’s legacy in Seattle: Unpaid bill of $52,250

An ambitious proposal to bring ultra-fast broadband to Seattle’s neighborhoods has not only fizzled, as we reported last month, but it has resulted in an overdue bill of $52,250, owed to the city of Seattle by Gigabit Squared, the company behind the project. Erin Devoto, the city’s chief technology officer, confirmed the situation this week… Read More