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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

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Welcome to Washington: The most innovative state in the U.S.

Silicon Valley may get all of the buzz. But don’t underestimate the power of Seattle and its surrounding communities. A new analysis by Bloomberg indicates that Washington state — home to Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft — is the most innovative place in the country. California ranked second, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Oregon. There are… Read More

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Nick Licata vs. Chris DeVore: A debate over government support of startups in Seattle

Well, it’s not quite the “Rumble in the Jungle.” But Founder’s Co-op general partner Chris DeVore and Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata recently were brought together by the online news site Crosscut to debate the issues around the Startup Seattle Initiative. As you may recall, Licata attempted to torpedo the efforts to create a $151,000… Read More

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Social TV startup Wetpaint acquired by Viggle for $30M

Wetpaint, an 8-year-old Seattle startup led by entrepreneur Ben Elowitz, has been sold to New York-based Viggle for a purchase price of $30 million. Founded initially as a provider and network of wikis, Wetpaint pivoted over the years to create a destination for entertainment and celebrity news, attracting more than 12 million unique visitors per… Read More

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Commentary: What’s at stake in Seattle’s ride-sharing debate

Last Friday, a Seattle City Council committee met to discuss how to regulate ride-sharing services that have emerged in the last few years as alternatives to taxis and other for hire vehicle services.  Companies like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber/Uber-X are being targeted as “unregulated” services. This 57-page draft ordinance was the centerpiece of the Dec…. Read More

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Commentary: Here are the problems with Seattle’s Startup Initiative

Editor’s Note: Nick Licata is a Seattle City Councilmember. Recently, a Seattle Times editorial lauded the Seattle City Council for requiring clear goals, measurable outcomes, effectiveness and accountability standards for funding projects in our 2014 budget. For the most part, we accomplished that this year. But one exception struck me as failing to meet all of… Read More

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Here’s how city government can help startups, according to outgoing Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

From the time outgoing Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn took office in 2010 until today, Seattle’s startup scene has continued to grow. In those four years, McGinn has tried to figure out how government can support entrepreneurs in the area. He brought together industry leaders for an interesting roundtable last year, and then launched a “Startup… Read More

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Funding for Gigabit Seattle fiber Internet project was in question from the start

A year ago this week, Gigabit Squared, a “digital economic development” company operating out of Cincinnati, Ohio, announced a deal with Seattle officials to bring ultra high-speed Internet service to homes and businesses here — taking advantage of unused capacity in the city’s 500 miles of fiber-optic cabling. Mayor Mike McGinn, gearing up for his re-election campaign… Read More