Update: We’ve selected Pittsburgh for HQ2! That’s right, we’re headed to Steel City to cover its post-industrial renaissance and innovation economy. Learn more here.
GeekWire, which covers the world of technology, science and innovation from its headquarters in the tech hotbed of Seattle, Wash., will be establishing a second temporary headquarters (“GeekWire HQ2”) in another North American city, embedding itself in a carefully selected community for at least the month of February to report on its tech scene and assess its chances of becoming the next great North American tech city. GeekWire HQ2 is expected to bring up to three jobs and daily media coverage to the selected community.
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If you represent a city or regional economic development organization in North America and want to submit your proposal to host GeekWire’s second headquarters in North America, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. You can view the Request for Proposal (RFP) here. Proposals can be as short as a paragraph or as long as six pages or more. We look forward to hearing from you.
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GeekWire is the premier technology news website based in the Pacific Northwest, informing, entertaining, connecting, and inspiring the smartest people on the planet. The site was started in 2011 by two longtime journalists, John Cook and Todd Bishop, along with startup veteran Jonathan Sposato. You can learn more about the origins of GeekWire by listening to this interview with Bishop and Cook.
From its humble origins at the Greenwood Chocolati coffee shop, GeekWire has grown to become a dominant tech news organization and an epicenter for the local technology community, now occupying more than 1,300 square feet of office space in the center of the universe — also known as Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
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Content published by GeekWire about technology in the Seattle area puts a global spotlight on the region’s economic growth. Over the past six years, thousands of GeekWire stories about companies, entrepreneurs, and innovations helped provide local citizens with important information about their community while highlighting Seattle’s growth to the world.
GeekWire has an average readership of 3 million views per month. Its content is also widely shared in email and on social media; GeekWire has 126,000 Facebook followers, 74,000 Twitter followers, and 28,000 email newsletter subscribers.
Our signature events and meetups bring out thousands of people to connect, learn, recruit, do business and have fun with a broad cross-section of the tech community. Past speakers at GeekWire events include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; T-Mobile CEO John Legere; DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson; L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell; Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold; Docker CEO Steve Singh; WNBA legend Sue Bird; and many more.
We are a community-oriented news organization and our audience is at the core of what we do. We believe in the communities we serve, and we recognize GeekWire’s unique role in those communities. Our membership program includes some of the most respected figures in the Pacific Northwest tech world: top entrepreneurs, computer scientists, and business leaders. In addition to news coverage, GeekWire provides widely-used resources for the Pacific Northwest technology community, including the GeekWork job board, GeekWire 200 startup ranking, the Startup List database, Service Provider Directory and GeekWire Calendar. GeekWire’s weekly radio show airs on KIRO Radio (97.3 FM) in the Seattle region, and reaches a worldwide audience via podcast.
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What is GeekWire HQ2?
GeekWire HQ2 is a second temporary corporate headquarters where GeekWire will embed reporters in a carefully selected community to assess its chances of becoming the continent’s next great tech city. GeekWire will produce written stories, photos, videos, social media content, and more that will expose readers to the innovative companies, entrepreneurs, organizations, and other leaders contributing to the region’s growth.
I am a city/regional economic development organization representative and would like my city to be considered for this investment. What do I need to do?
If you represent a city or regional economic development organization in North America and want to submit your proposal to host GeekWire’s second headquarters in North America, email our team at email@example.com to get started. You can view the Request for Proposal (RFP) document here. Proposals can be as short as a paragraph or as long as six pages or more. We look forward to hearing from you.
What will be the benefits for the city finally selected to host your second headquarters?
GeekWire HQ2 will create additional attention and exposure for a city’s tech ecosystem, telling the stories of the innovative companies, entrepreneurs, organizations, and other leaders contributing to the region’s growth. It will also spotlight the city’s quality of life, from the food, to the transportation, to the climate, to the culture.
Will city officials be able to control any of the editorial content published on GeekWire?