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


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


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

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Silicon Valley VC view: 5 reasons why Seattle will become a hub of business cloud services

I’ve recently read several articles about the difficulties that Seattle entrepreneurs face when building business-to-business companies.  While some might find this discouraging, I actually see this as a great opportunity. From my perspective in Silicon Valley, the Seattle region is right on the cusp of developing its own enterprise start-up ecosystem, particularly focused on business… Read More


DocuSign is planning for an eventual IPO

Virtual signatures are big business, and one Seattle-based company is hoping that will propel them to a successful IPO. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Dispatch blog, DocuSign is actively planning to go public, as it works to rapidly expand its business into new verticals. The company currently has 48… Read More


Here’s how Seattle’s King County uses online public meetings to learn what citizens actually care about

Government officials often hold public meetings as a way to hear from citizens and find out what’s going on in the community. But with work, family, friends and other important obligations, it’s not easy for people to take time out of their day to attend these events. That’s why Seattle’s King County is using a… Read More


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


The geography of tech: Seattle’s oft-forgotten tech ecosystem

The October 21st story in The New York Times —  “Tech Wealth and Ideas Are Heading Into News” — includes founder Jeff Bezos among “Silicon Valley and its various power brokers.” News flash: is not located in Silicon Valley. Nor is the company that pioneered PC software (Microsoft). Nor the company that invented desktop publishing… Read More


Shares of Redbox parent jump after hedge fund discloses large stake, encourages sale

Shares of Outerwall, the Bellevue company best known for its Coinstar coin counting machines and Redbox movie rental kiosks, jumped more than 17 percent after the New York investment firm Jana Partners disclosed that it had become the company’s largest shareholder with a 13.5 percent stake. Shares of Outerwall are trading Monday morning around $60.50,… Read More


Chart: The top U.S. cities for venture capital in Q3

Just yesterday, I heard from a Seattle entrepreneur who said he was moving his startup company to San Francisco. It’s not a surprise that the San Francisco Bay Area has an allure for startups, especially given the latest findings from PitchBook. The San Francisco Bay Area increased its share of venture capital financings during the… Read More


Google picks 7 partners for new ‘Tech Hub’ initiative, snubs Seattle, NYC, Boston

Maybe Seattle’s startup community doesn’t really need Google’s help, or perhaps the search giant believes it is doing enough to spark innovation in the Northwest with its growing campuses in Kirkland and Fremont. Whatever the reason, Seattle was not on the initial list of Google’s new entrepreneurship initiative dubbed Google for Entrepreneurs. Instead, Google is partnering… Read More

Should Microsoft trade rain for fog? Photo by Mark Dalmulder, via Flickr

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