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Latest news from GeekWire founder’s five-year plan is to raise $600M for new project

Marc Lore, CEO of is interviewed by ChannelAdvisor's Scot Wingo.
Marc Lore, the former founder of, has already raised $80 million for his new e-commerce company, called, but today he said he wants to raise a whole lot more. Speaking at’s annual event in Seattle, Lore said today he anticipates raising up to $600 million over the next five years, with a vast majority of it, or $550 million, to be spent on marketing. Lore knows a little bit about running e-commerce companies on a massive scale. Prior to founding, Lore was the co-founder and CEO of Quidsi, the parent company of,, and Amazon bought Quidsi for more … Read More on GeekWire

Tony Hsieh steps down from lead role at Las Vegas Downtown Project amid big layoffs

Tony Hsieh
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is leaving his lead role with the Las Vegas Downtown Project, Recode reported this afternoon, as the organization also slashed 30 percent of its workforce today. The $350 million development project, created by Hsieh five years ago, has worked on making downtown Las Vegas “a place of Inspiration, Entrepreneurial Energy, Creativity, Innovation, Upward Mobility, and Discovery, through the 3 C?s of Collisions, Co-learning, and Connectedness in a long-term, sustainable way.” Recode notes that the startups involved with the project were “bleeding money.” David Gould, who left his teaching position at the University of Iowa to take a role with … Read More on GeekWire

Seattle to install new parking meters that adjust price based on demand

Seattle is getting strategic with its parking rates. The Department of Transportation received approval from the City Council on Monday to begin on a 2-year project that will upgrade each of Seattle’s 2,200 parking meters with dynamic pricing technology. That means, by 2016, you may see two different prices during the day on the same parking meter depending on demand for that specific street. “We decided it’s time to make an investment and upgrade the technology,” said Mike Estey, Manager of Parking Operations and Traffic Permits for Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT). The new technology will let the City employ a dynamic pricing … Read More on GeekWire

Video: Watch Microsoft unveil Windows 10

People who weren’t in the room to see Microsoft announce Windows 10 today can now see the full presentation of the company’s new operating system, through the official Microsoft video above. Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson shared the presenter role on a small stage at an event space in San Francisco, where they unveiled a handful of new features for the OS. Those include a new Task View that’s designed to give people an at-a-glance look through everything they’re doing on multiple desktops, as well as the return of the Start Menu. It all adds up to a version of … Read More on GeekWire

Video: Drone captures aerial footage of massive Seattle fire

Crowds of onlookers gathered across the street from a huge fire in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood today, shooting pictures and video with their phones. News copters circled overhead for a glimpse of the blaze. But by far the best perspective was enjoyed by a drone that appeared in the smoke plume. The video just appeared on Instagram (thanks phantasma for pointing it out) and it turns out it was flown up there by someone from the Add-a-Ball arcade just down the street from the fire. Here’s a video showing the fire from the drone’s perspective. It’s pretty incredible footage, and the type of … Read More on GeekWire

Ex-Microsoft and Amazon exec Brian Valentine joins stealthy startup incubator led by Napster co-founder

When we stumbled upon the stealthy startup Ivy Softworks earlier this year, Jordan Ritter didn’t want to say too much about his plans for the Seattle-based “innovation studio.” Ritter, who previously co-founder Napster and Cloudmark, still isn’t saying much. But he’s attracted some serious horsepower to the team. Brian Valentine, a former Microsoft exec who most recently served as senior vice president of’s e-commerce platform, has joined Ivy Softworks as a managing principal. “His talent for succeeding against the impossible is surpassed only by his passion for growing people and shipping product,” Ritter notes in a blog post. “I?m … Read More on GeekWire

Video: Hands on with Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system

SAN FRANCISCO ? Following today’s unveiling of Windows 10, GeekWire got a chance to go hands-on with Microsoft’s new operating system, and get a  demonstration of what’s coming next. It’s worth noting that this is pre-release software and isn’t necessarily indicative of what consumers will see in the final product, but people who sign up to get a preview of Windows 10 will get access to a build much like this one. Here’s Jeremiah Marble, a Senior Product Manger from the Windows team, showing off what’s new in Microsoft’s latest build of Windows 10. In my short time with the … Read More on GeekWire