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Tech-spresso News Shots from Around the Sound

Tech-spresso News Shots from Around the Sound

Vern Fonk Goes Wonk — Deploys Conversica AI

Artificial? Vern Fonk Insurance is legendary for its parodies of pop culture in kitschy television advertising.

Intelligent!  The company has turned to Conversica whose Seattle office is rapidly expanding (CenturyLink is a marquee client) and whose new Chief Scientist, Sid Reddy, has come onboard from Microsoft.

Conversica is the leader […]

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“The International” DOTA 2 Championships Steam Into Seattle, Stream Live to You

“The International” DOTA 2 Championships Steam Into Seattle, Stream Live to You

Returning to Seattle for the fourth consecutive year, the eyes of the international gaming world are once again riveted on Key Arena as the main event of  “TI,”“The International” DOTA 2 Championships for 2017 enters the final phases of the penultimate championship.

With a prize pool of more than $23 million dollars, including a […]

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I-P-Oh! Redfin’s Big Day Nets 44% Gain

I-P-Oh! Redfin’s Big Day Nets 44% Gain

Seattle’s online real estate brokerage Redfin became the latest real estate company to go public, when the company’s shares began trading on the Nasdaq on Friday morning.

Interestingly, the company priced its initial public offering at $15 per share, which is actually beyond the range the company set in its prospectus. However, traders ate up the stock.

In early trading […]

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Where do Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates Stand on Tech?

Where do Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates Stand on Tech?

For the first time in its 33 year history, the Washington Technology Industry Association has evaluated and ranked the candidates who are vying to become the next mayor of the city of Seattle.

Summaries of each candidate — based on in-person interviews and the written responses to questions posed by the trade group — have […]

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Net Neutrality Day Rallies the Web’s Biggest Players

Net Neutrality Day Rallies the Web’s Biggest Players

July 12th, 2017 may live in history as the day when the world’s biggest Internet companies and activist groups came together to protest the FCC’s proposed rollback of Net Neutrality protections. Amazon, Expedia, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, eBay, even Uber and Lyft have weighed in, as have groups like Mozilla and the ACLU among many […]

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Mostly Cloudy, Microsoft Re-Org Could See Up to 3,000 Pink Slips

Mostly Cloudy, Microsoft Re-Org Could See Up to 3,000 Pink Slips

Microsoft is downsizing, or should we call it cloud-sizing? It’s rain that comes down from the dark clouds in these climes, sometimes in a trickle or a mist, at other times in a downpour.

The company says it is reorganizing its workforce for the future of, what else, cloud computing.

In an effort to pare […]

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Seattle’s CleanTech Alliance Innovation Showcase Is America’s Best Hope

Seattle’s CleanTech Alliance Innovation Showcase Is America’s Best Hope

The annual CleanTech Alliance Innovation Showcase to be held June 26th at the Bell Harbor Conference Center on the Seattle waterfront could well be America’s best hope for harnessing the power of innovative thinking in fostering smarter energy and environmental policy solutions which the current administration in Washington D.C. seems bent on dismantling.

This […]

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Seattle Tech Gifts for Father’s Day

Seattle Tech Gifts for Father’s Day

Bezos: “Alexa, buy me a Father’s Day gift from Whole Foods.”

Alexa: “Now buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.”

You: “Alexa, what should I get my ‘Dear Old Dad’ for Father’s Day?”

Alexa: “Father’s Day is a popular time for car shows. See if there’s one happening nearby. Your Dad can show you some of […]

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The Most Liked Seattle CEOs: Owler Gives a Hoot!

The Most Liked Seattle CEOs: Owler Gives a Hoot!

How would the leader of your company rate for congeniality, popularity or what might be otherwise labeled “CEO Likeability?”

An inaugural survey that crowd sourced more than a quarter of a million CEO ratings has tabulated the “fondness factor” across 50 cities and 25 industries.

Owler, a research company in the throes of building […]

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It’s Not a Pulitzer, But The Zillow Prize, WIN and Hackathon Cash Keep Coders Inspired

It’s Not a Pulitzer, But The Zillow Prize, WIN and Hackathon Cash Keep Coders Inspired

A talent for creating winning software solutions is turning Seattle programmers and computer analysts into cyber-warriors of a different stripe — contestants on a new stage for software development as sporting competition.

Last week’s Expedition Hackathon awarded $10,000 for a day’s work (plus an all-nighter), in a 24-hour sprint to create a better way of curating and […]

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