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Cities around the continent submitted their bids for Amazon’s HQ2 this week, bringing the frenzy of speculation about the company’s second headquarters to new heights. On this episode of the Week in Geek podcast, GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg shares details from her reporting on the biggest headquarters contest in history, and looks ahead to what’s next.

Plus, the sharing economy has changed a lot of things, but could renting specialized clothes really become a thing? GeekWire’s Taylor Soper tried out the new $20/month jersey rental service Rep the Squad, and he says it actually worked pretty well.

Also this week, we remember Mighty AI co-founder Matt Benke, who passed away this week at 45 years old after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Be sure to read the piece that Benke wrote for Wired in August, “The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread.”

And finally, in the Random Channel, we talk about some unoriginal Silicon Valley “innovations.”

Listen to the show above, and download the MP3 here.

[A big thanks to GeekWire reporter and podcast producer Clare McGrane for hosting the show this week, as I visited Bellingham, Wash., to take part in the TAG NW Tech Summit.]

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