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425 Business Magazine Issue

January 2015

Convenience Defines Millennial Banking

It’s a subject many may not think about, but Barbara Cooch does. As senior vice president of Columbia Bank, she is interested in the future of her industry, and millennials…

Growing into Costco

It's like an Amazon warehouse, but you actually have to go to it. Bummer. Photo by Rachel Coward

Millennials were supposed to rid the country of suburban warehouses. But as the supposedly finicky generation ages, it might mature into Costco’s ideal customer base. Whole Foods is filled with members of…

Coping With Happy Hours That Aren’t So Happy

Happy hours are one of my favorite things. Who doesn’t love a plate of calamari, sliders, and a glass of house red — all for under $10? After a long day, there’s nothing…

Poll Position

The polygraph in CEO Michael Yerkovich's office. Photo by Rachel Coward.

Kirkland’s Pinnion Finds Answers in the Survey Space Pinnion CEO Michael Yerkovich keeps a working polygraph in his Kirkland office. It’s not some dreadful managerial tactic to which he subjects his employees. Rather, the machine…

Satisfaction Through the Science of Food

Photo by Rachel Coward

He began cooking as a way of coping with an overseas move. Now, food is Dave Walsh’s passion. Bad day at work? Nothing helps like ice cream. Home sick with a…

The New Rules of Retirement

Illustration by Dan Schlitzkus

There’s no time like the present to think about the future. Like most 25-year-olds, Ryan Adkins spends little time pondering retirement. When he does, however, he sees a future markedly…

Itinerary: San Francisco


Cutting-edge companies and vibrant conferences make the City by the Bay a prime business destination. San Francisco is famed for its entrepreneurial spirit — it’s home to numerous success stories, from…

Eastside Cities Gunning for Startups

Graphic by Mike Forbush

Silicon Valley has lured many ambitious entrepreneurs south in search of funding, connections, or talent for hire, but Eastside cities also are positioning themselves as desirable homes for tech startups. If those cities…

Microsoft Riding Partnerships to the Top

One big change under Satya Nadella’s leadership is Microsoft’s willingness to work with competitors. In his now-famous July 2014 memo, CEO Satya Nadella pegged Microsoft as “the productivity and platform company for…

Tech Firm Leaves L.A. for Redmond

Digital marketing analytics company MediaAlpha has moved its headquarters from sunny Los Angeles to techy Redmond. The company was founded in 2011 and had cultivated the product and technology development…

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