Posts by jake

The Startup Starter

When home-improvement giant Lowe’s bought ATGStores, the e-commerce company Gary Rubens founded in 1999, friends started telling the Woodinville resident it was time to take his haul and get into…

Want Artificial Intelligence? Lawyer Up

A recent Stanford University report told us not to fear artificial intelligence. What it didn’t tell us was whether we should fear its legal implications. The people who study artificial…

Can Downtown Keep Rising?

Downtown Bellevue has become a residential hotspot, and developers are bullish on its future Bellevue-based developer Plus Investment USA could be a bellwether for its city’s booming downtown real estate…

The Anywhere Office

To better serve clients whose employees work remotely, Bellevue-based Carpool Agency decided to conduct an experiment and allow its workers to work anywhere for a month. Here’s what they learned.…

Weekly Reads: The Cloud’s Gotta Work

I was an early adopter of cloud computing. I purchased a Samsung Chromebook waay back in 2012, and often bragged about the practicality of cloud storage: I could toss the laptop…

T-Mobile Still Racing for Subscribers

The price slashes, promotions, and perks instituted by T-Mobile US in recent years have all been in the name of subscriber growth. By that measure, the “Un-carrier” marketing platform instituted…

Weekly Reads: AI’s Not So Scary

Artificial intelligence terrifies some people. There are concerns that AI will take over jobs and, eventually, take over society and throw humanity into a precisely dug smoldering pit. Tech folks, for numerous reasons,…

Weekly Reads: Housing Confusion

The real-estate discourse can be confusing in a red-hot housing market like Seattle’s. Anecdotally, complaints are common: The Eastside and Seattle are becoming remarkably expensive, and that’s not fun for…

Weekly Reads: Amazon’s Part-Timers

The promise of technology has long been to deliver a life of leisure. Internal combustion, electricity, telecommunications, computers, and the internet all had the potential to alleviate work for humans — a…

A Coding Reboot

Trade school Coding Dojo claims it can turn anybody into an entry-level programmer in 14 weeks. Is the Bellevue-based company sparking economic reform at the same time? Growing up in…

Inside Threat

Easy access to information means employees can jeopardize a company’s security In 2006, computer forensics expert Kris Haworth was sent to Pakistan to investigate possible cybercrime. The stakes were high:…

Weekly Reads: The Stock Market Makes No Sense

Your future likely hinges on the stock market. If you’re invested in an IRA or 401(k), then your retirement savings grow or plummet along with the market. If you’re compensated…

Weekly Reads: Industrial Gentrification

Much has been said and written about the growing cost of real estate in Seattle and the Eastside, but most of the commentary focuses on residents trying to afford a home…

OfferUp Puts a Garage Sale on Every Phone

As venture capital constricts across the board, classifieds app OfferUp must turn its popularity into revenue. The Puget Sound area has a particular flavor of startup. They’re usually enterprise firms,…

Weekly Reads: Pokemon Go Pokemon Go Pokemon Go

So Pokemon Go happened this week. Did Donald Trump announce a running mate? You don’t know; you were catching a Bulbasaur by the park. Did Microsoft win a major court…

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