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Steve Ballmer scares son with excitement during first NBA game as an owner

Clearly, Steve Ballmer did not lose any of his trademark intensity or excitement after leaving Microsoft earlier this year. The former CEO attended his first Los Angeles Clippers regular season game as the team’s new owner on Thursday, watching his squad narrowly beat an injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder ? yes, the former Seattle Supersonics ? at the Staples Center. TNT, which aired the game nationally, frequently showed Ballmer’s reaction to a variety of plays, both good and bad. It was entertaining to watch, with the commentators noting how exciting and energetic Ballmer was. This is not surprising to those of us … Read More on GeekWire

Starbucks CEO throws down gauntlet on mobile payments, says coffee company will have ‘major role to play’

Howard Schultz
Starbucks is not messing around when it comes to the tectonic shifts occurring with consumers, especially as it relates to those mobile devices that coffee drinkers are carrying around in their pockets. And just how important is mobile technology for the Seattle coffee retailer? Consider this: Starbucks said today that roughly 16 percent of its U.S. sales now occur through a mobile device, with the company now handling about seven million mobile payments each week. It also controlled about 90 percent of all mobile payment transactions last year. And while Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in today’s earnings call that … Read More on GeekWire

Meet Fleetfit: A startup that brings fitness trainers to your home or office

Fleetfit founder Zoe
The idea of working out and losing a few calories almost always sounds good in theory. But actually getting to a gym or finding the right fitness class can be troublesome for a variety of reasons. That’s why Zoe Schagrin started Fleetfit, a new Seattle startup that brings personal trainers to your door. The company acts as a marketplace that matches those looking for a convenient workout with fitness gurus who can bypass fees traditionally taken by gyms and studios. Schagrin, previously a senior vendor manager at Amazon, came up with the idea for Fleetfit after she had difficulty finding a qualified … Read More on GeekWire

Starbucks to deliver food and coffee in 2015: Howard Schultz calls it ‘e-commerce on steroids’

Excuse me, sir, would you like that hot Starbucks coffee delivered to your desk.
Coffee lovers could get their daily java jolts delivered in the near future, thanks in part to a new effort that Starbucks announced today. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the company plans to begin delivering food and beverages in select cities in the second half of next year, part of a larger effort by the Seattle coffee company to conquer the mobile payments arena. “Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot or iced to your desk daily,” Schultz said in a conference call with analysts. “That’s our version of e-commerce on steroids.” The company … Read More on GeekWire

GeekWork: Great jobs from EveryMove, Julep, Bonanza, Zillow and more

Two weeks ago, Seattle-based fitness startup EveryMove launched @Work, a version of its fitness tracking platform for businesses. The new service is designed to help companies give employees incentives to be more active. It’s the latest in a series of new initiatives from the TechStars Seattle grad, which lets users track their healthy habits and receive rewards. Now, EveryMove is hiring a Senior Product Manager to focus on the consumer experience. The startup is looking for someone with at least five years of product management experience to own and lead consumer experiences ? both mobile and web. EveryMove is offering a competitive salary and … Read More on GeekWire

Xfinity customers can now return equipment via UPS Store, for free

Need to return your Xfinity cable box, modem, remote control, or anything else? No searching for an obscure Comcast office in the boonies. That’s the promise of a partnership announced today between the cable giant and The UPS Store. Under the arrangement, Xfinity customers will be able to return equipment to Comcast by dropping it off at a UPS Store. It can be dropped off as-is, unpackaged, and will be shipped back to Comcast free of charge. Customers will receive a receipt confirming the equipment return, with the ability to track the return. The service is available at more than 4,400 UPS Stores … Read More on GeekWire

Startup Spotlight: Stand In helps mobile designers without coding skills create complex motions, interactions

Stand In wants to redefine how mobile apps are designed. The Portland-based startup, currently in the Techstars Seattle 2014 class, is developing a platform that allows mobile designers to use a program like Photoshop CC and implement complicated motions and interactions at the same time. The idea is to allow designers to prototype in real time without having to know how to code. “We?re the interaction design layer on top of their favorite design software,” said CEO Kat Bobbitt. Prior to starting Stand In, Bobbitt met her co-founder Asa Miller at a mobile design firm in Portland and the pair later started a mobile user-interaction … Read More on GeekWire