This is how Seattle IPOs stack up with their cohort

It’s been quite a year so far for IPOs in the Seattle area. Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Immune Design and Trupanion have all gone public since the start of this year, with none of them posting earth-shattering results. That’s roughly in line with national trends in the tech and life sciences industries, according to a new report on IPOs released… Read More


A tech campus on the edge of downtown Seattle? City looks to attract tech giant for 4-acre Yesler Terrace parcel

Technology giants such as Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Google have already discovered Seattle, setting up fast-growing engineering centers in the region. Now, could another technology giant be in the mix? The City of Seattle and real estate professionals certainly hope so, and they’ve got a rare piece of property to dangle in front of interested… Read More


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

Robert Scoble signs copies of his book, Age of Context, at an event Tuesday evening in Seattle.

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


Amgen to shutter giant Seattle waterfront campus

Biotech giant Amgen says it will close its facilities in the Seattle region — including its 40-acre waterfront campus on Elliott Bay, inherited with its acquisition of Immunex more than a decade ago. The closure of the sites in Seattle and Bothell, Wash., was announced by the company this afternoon as part of a broader plan to cut between 2,400… Read More

HBO CTO Otto Berkes

HBO doubling Seattle engineering office, expects to top 100 people by year-end

HBO’s Seattle engineering office has grown to 55 people since opening last year, and the company is planning to double the size of the operation by the end of this year — taking over a second floor in its existing building to accommodate the expansion. The growth of HBO’s engineering office in the city “certainly has exceeded my expectations,” said Otto Berkes, HBO’s… Read More

A sign outside of Amazon's HQ in Seattle. Photo via Matt Shobe.

Ever-expanding Amazon takes another half-million square feet in four Seattle buildings

Amazon is growing so fast in Seattle, it’s hard to keep up. The tech giant is preparing to move into more than 540,000 square feet of additional office space in three existing buildings north of downtown Seattle — in the Denny Triangle, Belltown and on Elliott Ave. W. — according to city permits and county property records. The Seattle Times reported… Read More

Bo Lu

Here’s the 650-word explanation on why this Seattle entrepreneur moved his startup to San Francisco

A few days ago, I stumbled upon the news that Sequoia-backed FutureAdvisor raised $15.5 million in fresh funding. It looked to be a straightforward venture capital story. And then something caught my eye: The dateline on the news release was listed as San Francisco. That was a surprise to me since founders and former Microsoft managers… Read More


Cable TV providers slip in Seattle tech survey, as satisfaction and users decline

Seattle residents don’t always agree on things, to say the least, but they are increasingly united in their sentiments about the city’s incumbent cable TV providers — with many preparing to drop cable television service altogether if things don’t improve. Cable TV subscribers have declined to 59 percent — down 13 percentage points since 2009 — among the more… Read More

Alexandria, Va.

Amazon’s new ranking of America’s most well-read cities: Guess who’s first?

Amazon released its fourth annual list of America’s most well-read cities this morning, and Alexandria, Va., continued its reign at the top of the ranking, as its residents maintained their status as the biggest bookworms in the country. But Seattle fared very well in the list, vaulting into fourth place this year from number 13 last year, according… Read More


Instacart challenges Amazon Fresh with Seattle grocery delivery, ordering from QFC and Costco

Get ready for the online grocery wars. Instacart, the San Francisco-based grocery delivery company founded by former Amazon engineer Apoorva Mehta, just opened for business in Seattle. Interested users inside Seattle proper can order groceries from QFC and Costco through Instacart’s mobile or Web apps, and get everything from fresh lettuce to cartons of milk… Read More


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


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


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