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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

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Charting the ‘Hype Cycle’: Internet of Things, Wearables, 3D Printing at the ‘peak of inflated expectations’

Here at GeekWire we spend a lot of time covering cool innovations, but even we get tired of the hype that sometimes builds up around certain technologies. Stop me before I say the words “hybrid cloud computing” or “gamification.” Now, thanks to Gartner, we can see what technologies are nearing the apex of the hype… Read More

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Purple power: Here’s the Chevy Malibu that UW students modified to win 2nd place in the EcoCar challenge

This is one of the most important car races on Earth, but it’s not about speed. Nope, this competition is all about methodically building a highly-efficient eco-friendly vehicle. Welcome to EcoCar 2, an international competition that pits 15 student-led teams against one another. The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team just took second prize… Read More

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Google just quietly bought this stealthy Seattle startup led by ex-Clearwire researchers

Sometimes startups attract corporate attention after releasing cutting-edge products, or nailing down key customers. Others get gobbled up before they ever really get going. The latter situation appears to be the case with Alpental Technologies, a stealthy Seattle area startup that was just recently acquired by Google. Haven’t heard of Alpental? Don’t worry. Not much… Read More

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Time Inc. buys family scheduling app Cozi

Seattle startup Cozi, founded in 2005 by former Microsoft manager Robbie Cape, has been acquired by Time Inc. in a deal of undisclosed size. The company, with about 10 million users, developed a Web site and mobile application designed to help families better schedule activities. “Cozi is a terrific fit for Time Inc.,” said Time… Read More

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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

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Napster co-founder emerges in Seattle with stealth ‘innovation studio,’ calls Silicon Valley unhealthy

Jordan Ritter grew up as an only child, never really putting down roots as his family moved between California, Texas and Florida. That nomadic and sometimes lonely experience impacted Ritter in his later years as the software developer and entrepreneur started companies such as Napster, Cloudmark and Servio. Startups — and more importantly the teams… Read More

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Geoffrey Moore: How the tech industry is killing the middle class and what to do about it

Software may be “eating the world” as the saying goes. But that tectonic shift may not be a good thing for the U.S. middle class, accelerating its demise and threatening its existence. Those were some of the eye-opening remarks delivered Monday afternoon by author Geoffrey Moore at the Technology Alliance’s annual State of Technology Luncheon…. Read More

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HR advice: Hire for velocity of learning

Let’s say you have an opening on your technology team: An urgent need for engineer that will expand your application written on top of the Spring Framework in Java. You use Puppet for deployment, and Jenkins for managing your builds. So naturally, you craft a job description that says “must know Spring, Jenkins, and Puppet.”… Read More

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A mixed bag for tech in Olympia: Crowdfunding bill passes, R&D tax credits set to expire

The Washington state Legislature completed its session on time March 13 after 60 days. Lawmakers passed a supplemental operating budget that added more than $100 million to K-12 schools, approved a crowdfunding bill, added $1 million each for computer science enrollments at Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University, but allowed the high-tech tax incentives… Read More

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Is this Realtor’s Web site a direct rip off of Redfin?

Take a look at the Web site of Asset Realty Group, and you might start to see some striking similarities to Redfin. Tim Ellis, a longtime real estate watcher who pens the popular Seattle Bubble blog, discovered those similarities recently and started asking some questions. The result? Ellis contends that the Asset Realty Group’s site… Read More

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Former President Bill Clinton at Microsoft SharePoint event: Technological change has set stage for a new global world

President Bill Clinton today keynoted the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, thanking the roomful of Microsofties for their longstanding support of the Clinton Foundation and spelling out a future in which technology can help solve global problems. The key, he said, is that technology be used for good, not ill. “Technology is liberating people, empowering… 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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Tech investing: Where the angels lurk, and what they like

Angel investing is probably most closely associated with Silicon Valley, where tiny bets in young upstarts can turn into Instagram-style successes. But that’s just a part of the angel investment ecosystem, and new report being released today from The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights shows where the dollars are flowing. Interestingly, New England… Read More

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OnTheGo raises cash to bring gesture recognition to smart glasses

OnTheGo wants to make smart glasses even smarter. And the five-person Portland startup has secured $700,000 in fresh capital to do just that. “The cornerstone of our platform is gesture recognition software that turns the outward facing camera on smart glasses … into a sensor that recognizes hand gestures,” says OnTheGo developer evangelist Tyler Phillipi. OnTheGo… Read More