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January 31, 2015 @ 11:04 pm
It might be hard to believe, but Startup Day dates back more than six years. In fact, it began before GeekWire existed. Seattle 2.0 founder Marcelo Calbucci launched the event as a way of helping new entrepreneurs ? especially those emerging from the region’s big tech companies ? turn their best ideas into successful businesses. The idea was to give a boost to the Seattle area’s startup community ? an admirable goal. We’ve always learned a lot from this event, and even more so in recent years as we’ve gotten GeekWire off the ground. It just helps to hear how top people in the tech world manage the everyday business of building a company ? … Read More on GeekWire
January 31, 2015 @ 8:12 pm
The notoriously media-shy Marshawn Lynch may not like doing interviews with the media, but put him in front of a video game with Rob Gronkowski and Conan O’Brien, and he’s a regular chatterbox. Watch Beast Mode and Gronk square off on the new Mortal Kombat X, which at times was too violent for Marshawn’s weak stomach. Gronk and Lynch teach Conan about proper crotch-grabbing technique, while Lipitor gains two new spokesmen. This may be the last time you hear from Beast Mode in awhile, so get your fill of more Marhawnisms in the outtakes.
January 31, 2015 @ 5:43 pm
It seems like every other person in Seattle is wearing Seahawks gear on this Super Bowl Weekend, and now we can quantify the 12th Man phenomenon, from the perspective of consumer spending. An Amazon representative shared these trends and stats today from the company’s online sports merchandise and electronics stores. Of the top 100 searches within the Amazon Sports Fan Shop last month, nearly half were for NFL related products ?22% of those searches were for Seattle Seahawks gear. During the week leading up to the NFC and AFC Championship games, items from the Seattle Seahawks Fan Shop sold more than 8x the average NFL team while … Read More on GeekWire
January 31, 2015 @ 4:28 pm
The message to entrepreneurs at GeekWire?s annual Startup Day was simple: listen and learn. It could be seen at the ?StartUp Demo Zone? where more than a dozen new companies shared their presentations. It was evident in the ?Resource Room,? where people asked advice about everything from financing a startup to forming partnerships. But nowhere was the message more on display than on the center stage, where entrepreneurial heavy-hitters shared the story of their startup journeys — and what they learned along the way. SkilledUp?s ?Fearless Careers? podcast host, Ander Frischer, spent the day at the conference. Here?s what he heard … Read More on GeekWire
January 31, 2015 @ 10:45 am
Wouldn’t it be great if Yelp told you what the health inspectors thought of the neighborhood restaurant? Well, it’s coming soon. On this week’s GeekWire radio show, we explore the intersection of big data and government ? as new apps and online services make restaurant inspections, traffic trends, real estate patterns and much more available to the public in new ways. Our guest, Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt, takes us inside this world. We also get an update on the Seattle startup, which recently landed a new $30 million investment. App of the Week: Acorns automatically invests spare change from your daily purchases.
January 31, 2015 @ 9:40 am
Yoky Matsuoka, the former University of Washington computer science professor who rejoined Google with its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest last year, is now leaving the search company for Twitter, according to a report by The Verge overnight, citing unnamed sources. Matsuoka’s expertise in robotics raises interesting questions about what she’ll be doing at Twitter. Her role hasn’t been announced, but we’ve contacted Matsuoka and the company to confirm the report and get more details. A past MacArthur Genius Award winner, Matsuoka was Google’s head of innovation before joining Nest as the learning thermostat company’s vice president of technology. Matsuoka is credited with creating … Read More on GeekWire
January 31, 2015 @ 8:26 am
Amazon just added a pair of new features to its Echo intelligent talking speaker, providing voice controls for three third-party music services, and making it possible to get the device’s “Alexa” digital persona to repeat what the user says. The new voice controls for Spotify, Pandora and iTunes still require the user to pair a phone or tablet to the Echo to access the music services. (Echo connects directly to iHeartRadio, TuneIn and its own Amazon Music services, without using another device.) Here’s the message Amazon sent to Echo users about the software update. Dear Amazon Customer, We hope you’re enjoying Echo. We’re working hard to add many … Read More on GeekWire