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425 Business Magazine Issue

March 2015

The Writing is on the PurpleWall

PurpleWall cofounder Jonathan Chang at Simplicity Decor, one of his favorite home-decor resources on the Eastside. Photo by Rachel Coward

Kirkland Startup Digitizes Interior Design Process The idea for PurpleWall was born during a casual lunch conversation in 2013. The lunchers were Jonathan Chang and Alan Toledo-Ocampo, both marketing managers…

Sandeep Nain Gives up Tech to Follow His Passion

Nain climbing the North Ridge of Mt. Stuart near Wenatchee. Photo by Jason Schilling

Ceaseless curiosity inspired Sandeep Nain to leave behind software engineering and pursue alpine guiding. Sandeep Nain was at a crossroads familiar to many middle-age adults. He had a steadfast passion…

Big Lawns, Big Houses, Small Companies

Impact Studio Pro Founder Nathan Bosseler discusses a project with 3D animator Jahn Flaatrud and project manager Elaine Bosseler at the company office in Issaquah. Photos by Rachel Coward

How Eastside Suburbs are Becoming Startup Hubs The Eastside is known as a friendly environment for startups and small businesses. Coworking spaces are sprouting up across the region, and businesses…

Office Envy: Topline


Bellevue-based Topline Corporation-Report Footwear may look plain on the outside, but inside it’s anything but ordinary. Acquired by Steve Madden in 2011, Topline designs footwear for companies such as Nordstrom,…

Urgent care trend takes hold on Eastside

It never fails. That nagging cough always seems to get worse on the weekend when your doctor’s office is closed. Sure, your condition may not be life-threatening, but you’d still…

Q+A With PurpleWall Cofounder Jonathan Chang

In March, 425 Business profiled PurpleWall, a Kirkland-based startup dedicated to digitizing the interior design process. The company aims to make the interior design process more affordable and more streamlined. Get to…

Health Care at a Premium


by Adam Worcester and Joanna Kresge Some of the state’s largest and most effective health care organizations are expanding their footholds on the Eastside. Here is what’s going on with…

HoloLens – Innovation or empty gimmick?

Photos courtesy Microsoft

Skepticism looms following Microsoft’s unveiling of HoloLens. Microsoft’s preview of Windows 10 began as an awkwardly hurried affair. At one point during the January unveiling, devices boss Joe Belfiore said…

The Doctor Will Not See You Now


Primary care physicians are perhaps the most overworked and important cogs in the medical system. But their profession is stressed. Can Eastside entrepreneurs and the nation’s new health care system…

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