Boosting support of startups, Washington Technology Industry Association acquires NWEN

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) today announced that it has acquired the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), combining efforts of the two non-profit organizations The WTIA will acquire all of NWEN’s intellectual property — brand names, member lists, program plans, historical files, etc. In addition, NWEN’s two marquee events — First Look Forum and Entrepreneur University — will now… Read More

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Tech Moves: VC Lucinda Stewart joins exec search firm; Exsilio names COO; WTIA hires Patti Brooke; etc.

—Seattle venture capitalist Lucinda Stewart is moving into a new profession, taking on a role as an executive recruiter at SpencerStuart. Stewart, who worked at OVP Venture Partners and Frazier Healthcare, said that she wanted to “double down” on her favorite part of the venture capital business, which was “building world class teams and watching… Read More


Michael Schutzler named CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association

The Washington Technology Industry Association has tapped Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Michael Schutzler to serve as president and CEO. He takes over from venture capitalist Susan Sigl, who announced her plans to step down from the state’s tech trade association earlier this year. Schutzler is well known in startup and tech circles in Seattle,… Read More

Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel

PCs are not dead and six other tech predictions for 2013

“Boy, this technology is just really so dull and boring.” Enrique Godreau was joking. As the managing director at GSharp Ventures and a 30-year industry veteran, Godreau knew that this audience would catch the deadpan inflection in his voice. But in case they didn’t, three industry experts spent around an hour last night discussing current technology… Read More

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Videos: Why Seattle’s tech community is so awesome (in the words of Seattleites)

Nearly every week there’s a new survey or study out showcasing how Seattle’s technology community ranks among the top in jobs, wages, venture capital or some other metric. Just today, in fact, the Interactive Advertising Bureau ranked Washington state as having the third most number of employees working in businesses associated with Internet advertising. (Behind New… Read More


Gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna talk tech (and education)

Taxes. Health Care. Jobs. Regulatory reforms. Those were some of the topics on the agenda Tuesday morning as Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee spoke at the Washington Technology Industry Association Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, chatting about a wide-range of issues that relate to the state’s burgeoning technology community. But it was another topic that ruled… Read More


My jinx continues: An unlucky night at the WTIA awards

Well, this confirms it: You’re not going to want to head to Vegas with me (unless you’re ready to lose a lot of money). My unlucky streak picking the winning companies at The Washington Technology Industry Association’s annual Industry Achievement Awards continued tonight, as I accurately picked just two of the six winners. Now, here’s the funny… Read More


Watch my dog help me make the picks for the WTIA awards

We’ve already made it through Oscar season, and now we’re gearing up for March Madness. But before we get there, I’ve got one piece of business to take care of. The Washington Technology Industry Association is celebrating its 17th annual Industry Achievement Awards on Thursday night at the Showbox Sodo. As in years past, I’ve… Read More


Appature, Zipline and others nominated for WTIA awards

The Washington Technology Industry Association is gearing up for its big Industry Achievement Awards on March 15th, marking the best-of-the-best in the state’s tech industry. As in year’s past, I’ll be trying my best to pick the winners. (Hopefully, with a little better luck). But, before we get ahead of ourselves, here are the nominees… Read More


Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome (Part Two)

Last week, the Washington Technology Industry Association posted some short videos of Seattle area entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, journalists (including yours truly) and others talking about what makes the region’s tech sector unique. We posted the videos under the title: “Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome.” Now, the WTIA — in advance of… Read More


Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome

The Seattle tech community isn’t perfect, and we’ve certainly been willing to point out and highlight some of the deficiencies. But it’s also important not to lose sight of why so many of us choose to live and work in this mossy-covered corner of the world. That’s part of the reason why I was struck by… Read More


Calling all golf geeks

I am a bit of hack when it comes to golf, but I still like to get on the links every so often. And now, here’s your chance to join me for a round of 18-holes at Bellevue’s Glendale Golf & Country Club. On Monday, July 25, GeekWire is proudly serving as the media partner for the WTIA’s… Read More