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A co-working space — with sippy cups

Early last year, I toured three spiffy co-working spaces downtown, looking for a shared office space. I had spent most of my early career employed…

Parents, rejoice: These apps will help you find a carpool and a sitter

Need a cab? Hail one on your phone in under 5 minutes. Forgot the chilled white wine and your dinner guests arrive in an hour?…

Smartypants guide to entering the world of virtual reality

You may have seen 360 degree videos on Facebook recently, or messed around with Google Cardboard on your smartphone, but the extent to which the…

Did Obama “green light” a trillion-dollar industry in Puget Sound?

Our region was built on ludicrous-sounding “get rich quick” schemes. Long before software and airplanes, Seattle’s economy ran on timber. But it was the Klondike…

A Kleiner Perkins-inspired lesson in workplace diversity

Last Friday, questions of diversity (not much) and bias (more than you’d think) in the tech industry burst into the national spotlight. In a much-anticipated…

Is Seattle’s real advantage how adorable it is?

Is it enough for a city to be “livable?” You know, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly with a convenient mix of homes, apartments and businesses in compact,…

Seattle genius tackles energy, healthcare and the future of computing

For every variation in sound, pressure, temperature or electromagnetic wave, Shwetak Patel sees an opportunity. He is the master of white noise, the enemy of…

SVP Fast Pitch 2014 showcases the future

One of my favorite pastimes is scanning the projects on Kickstarter or IndiGogo, getting a taste for the next wave of disruptive technologies designed to…

The cult of the 14-year-old doggy entrepreneur

iCPooch — presented at last week’s Geekwire summit — is Skype for your dog, but with cookies. Not spyware but, like, real cookies that you…

Seattle startup brings the sharing economy to dinner tables, backyard farms

Given Seattle’s long tech history and environmentally friendly bent, it makes sense that a few entrepreneurs are trying to bolster the hyperlocal food movement with…

California: Always shining a bit brighter than Seattle

Seattle's ties to California go back to its very beginning and, like it or not, will not go away any time soon. The major urban centers…

Fremont’s gaping question: Can the Center of the Universe hold?

Seattle's Fremont neighborhood is known as the king of quirk. It's part Burning Man, part old Seattle blue collar canal community, a neighborhood that was…

WTIA CEO: Time for the tech community to speak up

Editor's Note: Michael wrote this piece as part of Crosscut's first Community Idea Lab, a new kind of journalism aimed at solving local problems. Our…

Made in Seattle: The board game that teaches pre-schoolers to code

Dan Shapiro never meant to go into the board game business. Which is perhaps why he was so surprised when, just five hours into the…

Crosscut: A key ingredient in our local political brew

Publisher's Note: For our Spring Member Drive, we asked several supporters to help us make our case. Here's tech entreprenuer and investor Chris DeVore on…

Capitol Hill’s IoHouse gives Seattle hackers a place to call home

In business school at MIT, Andy Rebele and Andy Sack frequently met to discuss startup ideas. Today, two decades later and in a city more…

Event listings app Sosh out-Seattles itself

Last Thursday, a crowd of Seattleites gathered at Capitol Hill's Melrose Market Studios to celebrate Sosh, a local event listings app, which launched in Seattle…

Seattle’s smartest creative geeks: Kyle Kesterson

Kyle Kesterson, 29, can pinpoint the start of his transformation – from formerly homeless high school dropout to CEO of a rising tech company – down…

Spoonfed: Should Seattle be funding startup support?

Recently, the City Council voted to fund Startup Seattle, a project to support small Seattle businesses and encourage new ones to relocate to our city.…

The brewing City Council – Seattle Startup feud

There's a chance that a key priority of Seattle’s tech industry, and one of outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn’s signature achievements, may be quietly killed or delayed…

Dispatches from Seattle Startupville

Seattle is nearing the crescendo of its annual frenzy of events for, by and about technology startup companies — officially crowned Seattle Startup Week this year. Last Thursday, 11…

In/Flux: Environmentalists’ trigger word? Start-up battle: Seattle vs. SF. Get paid to track yourself.

Environmentalists' trigger word? Environmental group 350.org (which staged a Columbia River blockade to protest fossil fuel exports this past weekend) gets its name from the research of NASA scientist…

What’s driving UW’s new business boom?

Whether they’re concocting anti-aging makeup, or creating the tools to fight deadly diseases, the crop of new start-up companies emerging from the University of Washington’s…

The Geeks Who Cracked the ORCA Card

Eric Butler, 25, is a self-taught programmer and app developer who went to Seattle's Nathan Hale High. In February, 2011 Butler launched FareBot, the app that lets some…