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425 Business Magazine Issue

February 2015

How to Choose Between a Controller or a CFO

Job titles often are a matter of semantics in a small company. When there’s work to be done and just a few people to do it, a person’s title might not encompass the…

In a Connected World, Disconnecting is Necessary

In this age of multiple devices and push notifications, it can seem impossible to disconnect from electronic communication, even after you’ve left the office. For professionals on the Eastside, where…

ASK: Eastside Real Estate Decoded

It’s no secret Eastside real estate prices have soared in recent years. An improved economy, foreign buyers, and cash-only bidding wars have caused prices in some areas to match pre-recession…

Itinerary: Boise

In its early days, Boise was a supply and service center for nearby mining camps. Today, it’s a hub for smaller towns and agricultural establishments that dot the northern Rockies.…

Giving Investors Their Halos

Pipeline Fellowship helps women break into angel investing. The seven women who were gathered in a nondescript Microsoft conference room chatted like old friends. They had only recently met, but the group had been…

Metamaterials are Quietly Shaping the Future of Radar

Software commanded much of investors’ focus last year. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association report $19.8 billion was invested in software companies in 2014, a 77 percent increase over 2013. But while the…

Wanted: Employees Who Share Company Values

Regardless of industry, one thing is clear: Companies are prioritizing culture in hiring. Eastside employers want more than just bodies. They want talented and friendly employees. They want folks who…

Office Envy: Blucora

Bellevue-based Blucora operates a diverse group of Internet businesses such as InfoSpace, Monoprice, and TaxAct. Recently named one of the 100 fastest-growing public companies by Fortune magazine, Blucora’s businesses reach millions of users worldwide…

Eastside Auto Resurgence

Car sales are booming, and they’re helping fuel the local economy. It’s a little less than two weeks before Christmas, and Porsche Bellevue is hopping. The activity isn’t from customers…

From the Forests to the Hills

After working to monetize standing forests in Congo, Mark Kroese retreats to the Cascades. In Mark Kroese’s life, the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the alpine areas of the…

Q+A with WISErg CEO Larry LeSueur

In February’s Disrupt article, 425 Business profiled WISErg, a Redmond-based composting solutions company that aims to reduce food waste and create a value proposition by manufacturing organic fertilizer from that…

The Hardest Job in Recruiting

Recruiters at fast-growth midsize companies must find top-notch candidates while keeping pace with expansion. A whirlwind of names coming and going faster than one can imagine. A handshake here, a LinkedIn message there. Endless emails, phone…

WISErg Wants to Reduce Food Waste in Landfills

WISErg’s composting solutions reduce food waste and yield organic fertilizer Redmond-based WISErg’s business has been built with trash, and it was intended to be so. According to the state Department of Ecology, attempts by…

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