In This Issue

425 Business Magazine Issue

October 2014

Itinerary: Portland

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  Many see the Rose City as a lackadaisical hipster haven, but there’s serious business being done in the riverfront town. Known for bicycles, breweries, and an abiding love of…

Office Envy: JPC Architects

Intern architect Jason Andersen walks through the reception area gallery.

JPC Architects‘ downtown Bellevue office, located in the Elements building at 909 112th Ave. NE, opened in 2010. The firm, which was founded in 1986 in Redmond, has designed offices…

From The Editor: October 2014

I could write a book on what it took to get this premiere issue of 425 Business to you. If I did, I might begin by talking about the 30-plus…

Education Games

Photo by Rachel Coward

Redmond-based DigiPen is renowned for schooling elite video game engineers. Could its model solve the state’s tech education woes? Most people testing student-built games at the DigiPen Institute of Technology are…

Farm to Eastside


The locally sourced movement is coming to the Eastside. Can the new crop of sustainably minded restaurants tickle taste buds and convince diners to open their wallets? With the summer launch of…

Moonlighting Winemakers Spark Boutique Boom

Kit Singh helped spark Woodinville's boutique winery boom. Photo by Rachel Coward

As an undergraduate chemistry student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Kit Singh fell in with a crowd that liked to drink alcohol. That statement isn’t likely to surprise…

Little Woodinville, Big Business

Woodinvile Business

It all started with Chateau Ste. Michelle, but small boutique wineries are shaping Woodinville’s burgeoning reputation. There’s big business being conducted on the Eastside in places one might not expect. Much of that business…

The Path to Success

Sunny Gupta, Apptio CEO. Photo by Rachel Coward

How seven Eastside business founders rose above the competition to create lasting companies You’ve developed the next life-changing product, you think you can fill a vital void in the market,…

Growing Tomorrow’s Businesses

Photo by Rachel Coward

The new era of entrepreneurs enjoys a unique perk in startup incubators, office spaces that cater to new companies through open layouts and collaboration-inducing services and events. And, yeah, they’re…

Starting Smart

8 Eastside startups you should know In people’s minds, the Eastside startup typically falls into one of a few categories. There are the pet projects of Microsoft workers, the apps…

Peace Through Paddling

Financial adviser Doug Ritchie escapes the office to paddle Sammamish Slough. Facing page:
Ritchie in a Kenmore client’s office (top) and racing wildwater for the USA Canoe/Kayak Team. Photo by Rachel Coward

An overflowing email inbox doesn’t faze Doug Ritchie – at least not when he’s on the water.  When you’re paddling through the serene waters surrounding the San Juan Islands, that…

Cubicles & Cocktails: Learn to Say ‘No’

“I’m just so busy!” It’s a statement you’ve likely heard repeatedly from friends and colleagues over the years — and you’ve probably even said it yourself. Exclaiming how busy we…

New Business in Bellevue

Skyscrapers are sprouting at an unprecedented rate, the downtown population is expected to nearly double by 2030, and change is in the works in the Bel-Red corridor. All ev­idence suggests…

Bel-Red Rising

An artist rendering of the Bel-Red corridor revitalization. Courtesy the City of Bellevue.

Dusty road construction and detours are the only signs of the forthcoming mixed-use neighborhoods, walkable community centers, and mass transit lines coming to the Bel-Red corridor. All in good time,…

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