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I called Seattle a “third tier startup city” in a blog post earlier this week. Which generated this series of tweets: 1/ @fredwilson thesis: start up “second tier is NYC, LA and Boston… third tier includes Seattle…” After reading them, I thought “geez, I really screwed that up” and replied with this series of tweets: @bgurley @trengriffin You both make great points about Seattle.

Seattle Screenings of For Here or To Go?

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With our friends at Boundless , we are sponsoring a week of screenings in Seattle. The post Seattle Screenings of For Here or To Go? Entrepreneurship for here or to go immigration seattleAmy and I have been big supporters of a movie about immigration called For Here or To Go?

Pioneer Square Labs – Investing More In Seattle

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PSL, based in Seattle, is a not a VC firm, accelerator, or incubator, but instead is a startup studio, which is a company that creates companies. PSL was announced today and GeekWire’s conference and there’s an extremely comprehensive post explaining how it works at Top Seattle investors raise $12.5M We have a lot of investments in Seattle. Mattermark, which is based in San Francisco, just opened an office in Seattle.

TechStars Seattle 2013 Applications Are Now Open

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TechStars Seattle applications for year four of the program are now open ! The startup community in Seattle is expanding rapidly and TechStars Seattle is right in the middle of it all, located in South Lake Union surrounded by Amazon, Microsoft and tons of other amazing startups. We’ve been investing a lot in Seattle lately beyond TechStars, including BigDoor , SEOmoz , Cheezburger , and most recently Rover. We love Seattle as a startup community!

Seattle Startup Life Meetup – Wednesday 2/20

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Wednesday night I’ll be in Seattle doing a Startup Life Meetup with some of the contributors to the book Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. Well – I’ll be in Seattle all day (and all day Tuesday) meeting with Startup Weekend, Rover, SEOmoz, Cheezburger, and BigDoor, but the real fun will happen at the Hard Rock Cafe between 5:30pm and 7:00pm on Tuesday. Startup Life seattle startup life

Snow in Seattle

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I spent the day in Seattle yesterday, starting off with an awesome early morning run along the ocean near downtown and ending the day walking back with some folks from a bar at UW in a freak Seattle snowstorm. As I went from meeting to meeting, I reflected on the tempo of the Seattle entrepreneurial community and how it feels like it has really come alive in the past few years. I’ve been coming to Seattle for a long time.

TechStars Seattle Demo Day Was Awesome

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I formally declare year one of TechStars Seattle a huge success. I was absolutely blown away by the companies at Demo Day last week along with the reaction and support of the Seattle tech community. The Seattle tech and entrepreneurial community has really embraced TechStars.

TechStars Seattle Applications Are Now Open

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In the mean time, we’ve opened applications for TechStars Seattle. Andy Sack, who runs the TechStars Seattle program, has several great blog posts up including How TechStars came to Seattle? and Help me spread the word on TechStars Seattle applications. The schedule for TechStars Seattle has also been posted. I’m really excited about the Seattle program. TechStars Seattle. Tags: TechStars seattle

Are You Interested in TechStars Seattle?

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I’ll be in Seattle on Tuesday 4/6 for a bunch of meetings and am attending the Seattle Open Coffee Club meeting at 8:30am at Louisa’s on 2379 Eastlake Avenue E in Seattle. Andy Sack who runs the TechStars Seattle program is hosting and providing the coffee. We will both be answering any and all questions about TechStars Seattle, plus eating plenty of baked goods. Tags: TechStars open coffee club seattle

TechStars Seattle Demo Day and Open Angel Forum

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Andy Sack , who runs TechStars Seattle, has been all over the Seattle entrepreneurial scene in the past few years. I’ve known and worked with Andy since 1995 (I was on the board of his first company – Abuzz – which was acquired in 1999 by the New York Times) and am awed by the amazing things he’s doing in Seattle these days, including Founder’s Co-op , RevenueLoan , and of course TechStars Seattle. Tags: TechStars oaf seattle

HomeAway Buys Dwellable of Seattle


HomeAway, a vacation rental business, Wednesday announced its acquisition of Dwellable, an online vacation rental search engine and app based in Seattle. A time of six employees including […] The post HomeAway Buys Dwellable of Seattle appeared first on SiliconHills. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dwellable, founded in 2012, had raised $2 million in one round from three investors, according to its CrunchBase profile.

Beers with Brad in Seattle

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TechStars Seattle is en fuego

David Cohen

TechStars Seattle is on fire. In total, the 29 past TechStars companies from the Seattle program have raised nearly $40M in venture capital so far. The early application deadline for TechStars Seattle 2013 is Friday, May 3. Haiku Deck recently announced a new $3M in funding from Madrona and others, for a total of $3.9M in funding. Everymove is now at 6.1M in funding after a recent 3.5M new round. Romotive recently raised 6.5M from investors including Sequoia.

Amazon's Growing Hold on Seattle's Real Estate Has Locals Calling It 'Amageddon'

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Amazon currently employs over 30,000 people in Seattle.

Why Seattle Has Become a Hotbed of Tech Startups

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executive editor Jon Fine why you should be paying attention to startups from Seattle Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff, Wexley School for Girls CEO Cal McAllister, and Madrona Venture Group's Julie Sandler explain to Inc.

Beers with Brad in Seattle | Ask The VC

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What are the top VC firms and angel groups in Seattle/Portland/Vancouver (or Pacific Northwest area)?


Check out: Alliance of Angels - Seattle, WA ( [link] ). Northwest Energy Angels – Seattle, WA ( [link] ). Seraph Capital Forum – Seattle, WA ( [link].com/ WINGS – The Medical Technology Angel Group – Seattle, WA ( [link] com/ ). The Pacific Northwest has some of the best and most active angel groups in the country (and I say that coming from New York!) Bellingham Angel Group - Bellingham, WA ( [link] ).

“We Are Sleepless in Seattle” (via Bill Gates)

Scott Edward Walker

The post “We Are Sleepless in Seattle” (via Bill Gates) appeared first on WALKER CORPORATE LAW GROUP, PLLC. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar.

Why Expedia's $228.9-Million Move to Seattle might be a mistake

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A debate on Expedia's move to Seattle, its merits and demerits

Amazon's New Seattle Offices Will Include a Homeless Shelter

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The company says it will give homeless shelter Mary's Place half of one of its two six-story office buildings.

Why Seattle Thinks $15 an Hour is Good for Business

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Seattle city council approves controversial minimum wage hike to $15

Julie Sandler Joins Pioneer Square Labs As A Managing Director

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We led the financing, and I joined the board to work more closely with Greg Gottesman, Geoff Entress, Mike Galgon, and Ben Gilbert to build a long-lasting and enduring startup studio in Seattle. Julie previously was a partner at Madrona Venture Group and is deeply involved in the Seattle startup community. She has also been a leading voice for women in technology as a founding member of the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network and Startup Weekend Women’s Edition.

This Seattle Company Wants to Reinvent the Way Cities Work (and It Just Might Succeed)

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This Seattle-based sustainable design firm goes way beyond solar power. They want to changethe way people think about apartment living--and save the world while they're at it

Seattle Repeals Tax to Help Homeless Crisis After Amazon Fights Back

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The measure had been approved unanimously only a month ago. Politics

A Grand Experiment: Farewell Seattle, Hello Silicon Valley

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I love Seattle. As I’ve started to tell people, I’ve had plenty of Seattle folks tell me that I don’t need to go to the Valley to succeed. There are obviously successes in Seattle both big and small. There are some great investors in Seattle. Some of my favorite entrepreneurs from Seattle have blazed a trail southward and, despite their apparent love for Seattle, they haven’t felt compelled to return.

Hanging Out In Pioneer Square

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I’m in Seattle for the next few days. I’ve built this trip around Techstars Seattle Demo, a bunch of time at PSL, and a Moz board meeting. While we don’t have an office in Seattle, I’m confident we have a comfortable place to hang out when we are in town. Amy’s is Paris; mine is Seattle. I’ve been going to Seattle regularly for business since 1990. When we started Foundry Group in 2007, we knew that Seattle would be a key geography for us.

Ruminations On Whether Seattle VC’s Suck

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Today’s post of the day is from Andy Sack titled Do Seattle VCs suck? In it, Andy states: “Moreover, I wanted to explore the question: Do Seattle venture capitalist suck as much as their public opinion suggests? Andy currently runs Founder’s Co-op in Seattle. Useful stuff and relevant to all VCs (not just Seattle ones). In a nutshell, the local venture community is getting a bad rap.

Forget Amazon: These Are the 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in Seattle

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Puget Sound, the Space Needle, and plenty of strong startups.

Meet the 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in Seattle

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This Pacific Northwest stronghold wins big with "green" businesses, from marijuana to energy-efficient architecture

The 7 Most Innovative Startups in Seattle

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Here are the young companies coming out of the Pacific Northwest that are bound for disruption

Inside Amazon's New $4 Billion 'Spheres' Campus (Yes, It's an Actual Tropical Forest in Downtown Seattle)

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It has 40,000 plants inside.

Seattle Cuts 'Head Tax' on Big Businesses in Half, Gets Blasted by Amazon and Starbucks Anyway

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Some people just don't like a compromise.

Why Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase Hasn't Hurt Businesses (or Helped Workers)

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A new study found that nine months in, Seattle's increased minimum wage has had minimal impact

In Seattle, Entrepreneurs Push the Limits on Pot Delivery

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Recreational marijuana providers in Seattle are taking liberties with delivery operations--and it''s not all strictly legal

Co-Founder Issues (Slides from StartupConf Seattle)

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Since everyone keeps asking me for the slides of my presentation about “Co-Founder Issues”, here they are. It’s short and to the point. Even Rich Barton (from Zillow/Expedia) agreed with my views on how to split equity… Are you making one of the Top 5 Mistakes I saw so many times? Co founder issues. View more presentations from Alain Raynaud. If you want a play by play report of what I actually said, read this blog coverage instead

Top 10 Fastest-Growing, Private Companies in Seattle

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The Emerald City may be home to huge companies like Amazon and Microsoft, but they can''t touch the growth of the Seattle-based companies on the 2014 Inc.

Seattle Suburb Bans Bikini Baristas (You'll Laugh When You See the Approved Dress Code)

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I guess these particular bikini baristas weren't working the morning or late shift at Starbucks.

grooviejazz: ‘Seattle’ by Avishai Cohen Trio [Gently Disturbed,

Mark Birch

grooviejazz : ‘ Seattle’ by Avishai Cohen Trio [ Gently Disturbed, 2008]. music jazz Avishai Cohen Trio SeattleA number of Israeli jazz musicians have come into their own in the early 21st century. Bassist Omer Avital, pianist Anat Fort, clarinetist Anat Cohen, and numerous others have made a big splash in New York, Israel, and elsewhere.

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Highlights of Colorado's new marijuana laws | Local News | The Seattle Times


Highlights of Colorado''s new marijuana laws | Local News | The Seattle Times Interesting stuff. I''d like to see how you can limit investors dollars, but all in all the proposals and statues seem manageable and well regulated. Colorado Marijuana Laws - Connect with Chad on Google

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Meet the 10 Fastest Growing Companies in the Ever Damp (But Never Dull) Seattle

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Plant creativity, fertilize with some technical know-how and water with pure Seattle rain, and you'll get these 10 companies with head-spinning growth

That Electric-Bike Posse in Seattle? It's a Startup on Its Way to $20 Million in Sales

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The roadwarriors of Rad Power Bikes ruleSeattle's streets on the electric bikes they build. Startup

Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog - This isthe  Seattle grunge.

Mark Birch

Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog - This isthe Seattle grunge supergroup with Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden, Eddie Vedder, and other members of what would become Pearl Jam. music rock grunge Seattle Temple of the Dog Hunger Strike Chris Cornell Eddie Vedder Soundgarden Pearl JamSeemed like an appropriate song given my last post.