Two of the names that have become synonymous with the Seattle Internet experience are joining efforts. Adhost Internet, a leading provider of colocation and shared server hosting in downtown Seattle, and Seattle24x7.com, Seattle’s business and technology online community and news site, have formed a unique alliance. Adhost will be the official host of Seattle24x7.com while Seattle24x7 will provide Adhost clients a venue for keeping up-to-date on local technology news, our online directory of Seattle-area Internet companies and our popular Job’s board.
Both companies have a long history in Seattle, at least in Internet years. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this fall, Adhost was founded in Bellevue in 1995 to provide businesses with a better way to host and maintain their Web sites. That remains the primary goal, although various services have been added over the years to facilitate this goal: server colocation, managed servers, Web development, e-commerce solutions, content management system, and e-mail marketing tools. In 2003 Adhost moved its business offices and data center to the Fisher Plaza in downtown Seattle.
Seattle24x7.com was founded as Seattle’s first Internet business community, and today stands alone in that unique capacity. Co-founders Soula Jones, a former editor at Wall Street Week, and Larry Sivitz, the former Link columnist for Seattle Magazine and current editor of the monthly HomePage section in Puget Sound MARKETING, brought together a combination of interviews, commentary, site reviews, humor, tutorials and business advice.
“Adhost is a landmark on the Seattle Internet scene, not only for its world-class operations at Fisher Plaza but in terms of its presence in support of the Northwest Internet community,” stated Larry Sivitz of Seattle24x7. “We’re excited about joining with them and the many Web sites that are part of the Adhost family.” [24×7]
The Writing is On the Wall for ImageKind
Hatched from the next wave incubator known as Curious Office Partners comes ImageKind, a whole new way to market or buy digital artwork, including photographs and other artistic creations, as frameable prints or poster art. Depending on the type of artwork and personal taste, users can select from dozens of combinations of printed output, choosing among different papers and canvases, as well as frames, mounts and glass. Will ImageKind replace the neighborhood poster and prints store, and, eventually, the fine art gallery or musuem gift shop? Time will tell. [24×7]
Flexcar Giving Greenilight to Car-Sharing for Undergrads
Flexcar wants to change the age for borrowing a car. The Seattle-based car-sharing company announced on Thursday that has kicked off its new program for undergrads by launching a pilot program at six campuses, including the University of Maryland. According to the PSBJ, Flexcar executives say they are working through the challenges associated with what the insurance industry generally considers the highest-risk driving group — people under 21. Students at these six universities will have to meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in the program, including a clean driving record, supplemental insurance and parental approval. They will also have to pay a refundable deposit. [24×7]
Sisterwoman.com, the popular social networking site that celebrates female friendships, is encouraging women to embrace Friendship Day this year, particularly in light of a new survey that points to the decline of friendships in America. Women can log on to for the community’s suggestions – which encompass everything from “Girls’ Night Out” to matching tattoos – and add those of their own. [24×7]