There are 16 Washington companies on the newly released Inc 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in the country. Among the Puget Sound’s Internet-related firms are: QuoteWizard #36, ClearAccess #66, Chasing Fireflies #111, Visible Technologies #164, Mpire #166, Countour #183, Avalara # 275, and SEOmoz # 334.
Edmonds Moving Ahead with Municipal Broadband Plans
Great news for folks in Edmonds who are already trumping Seattle in terms of better Internet connectivity. The city will expand the fiber broadband offered by Frontier (formerly Verizon); with a locally, municipally owned alternative. The resulting competition should benefit customers in pricing and service. The city is expected to recoup its investment by 2015.
Video Game U Opens in Redmond
The DigiPen Institute of Technology has opened a new 100,000 square foot campus headquarters in Redmond, exclusively devoted to the education and training of students in video game design, development and animation. DigiPen’s students have already placed the largest number of student projects in the Independent Games Festival (IGF) student showcase every year since it began with a seven-year total of 23 finalists. The new facility can accommodate up to 1,200 students.
An IPhone App in Minutes Promises Red Foundry
Startup Web Foundry says it can enable anyone to build a high quality iPhone app at a fraction of the cost with nothing more than a web browser. When you’re ready to submit your new app to Apple’s App Store, there is a one-time $79 fee to compile and publish your app. The company integrates advertising into the app which helps it defray costs. Once built, a monthly fee applies that is currently $29.95/mo. (with ads shown) and $99,.95/mo. (ad free.) Visit http://redfoundry.com/ for details.