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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

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The year in quotes: From Ballmer to Bezos to Bitcoin

Wow, what a year! From Amazon drones to Steve Ballmer’s retirement to spectacularly performing IPOs, the tech industry took some wild twists and turns in 2013. Here’s our look back at the action, with some of our favorite quotes of the year. What are your favorite (or least favorite) moments of the year? December  “I… 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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In shift from Lockerz, fashion startup Ador raises more cash

Ador will soon be taking the wraps off of its new fashion shopping service. But the company, which emerged from heavily-funded social networking site Lockerz earlier this year, first is raising some fresh capital. The company has pulled in an additional $8.9 million in venture funding, according to a SEC filing today. Ador CEO Mark… Read More