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September 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Seattle startup with Microsoft ties invents automatic brewing machine

If you were one of the top guys who spent much of the 2000s trying to get Microsoft to develop tablet computers, you might be ready for a drink.

Or two.

Fortunately, that guy — Bill Mitchell — has figured out how to easily produce a never-ending supply of absolutely top-notch beer, in any style and flavor you can imagine.

Bill Mitchell, left and Avi Geiger, formerly of Microsoft, with their PicoBrew home beer-brewing machine. Photo by Greg Gilbert, Times staff photographer.

Bill Mitchell, left and Avi Geiger, formerly of Microsoft, with their PicoBrew home beer-brewing machine. Photo by Greg Gilbert, Times staff photographer.


Comments | Topics: beer, Entrepreneurs, food

October 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Review: Starbucks Verismo espresso machine

Get ready for another Seattle-born, high-tech gadget that may be used by millions of people around the world. Along with the Kindle, the Xbox and the carbon-fiber jetliner we now have the Verismo, a new automated espresso machine from Starbucks. The Verismo — which starts at $200 and appears in Starbucks stores beginning Tuesday — uses plastic…


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August 15, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Salesforce lures Amazon techs with lumpia

Another tech company is trying to recruit engineers with the promise of free food in South Lake Union. today was giving away free lunches at the Lumpia World truck parked in the shadow of Amazon’s current headquarters. The free lunches – or maybe the chicken adobo special – gave the truck one of the…


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March 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Allrecipes fires up “Man Tested Recipes,” Dude Food contest

Beef, bacon, beer and butter figure heavily at, a site launched today by Seattle’s

Naturally the launch sponsor is Seattle-based Bacon Salt. I’m guessing Lipitor will be next.

Allrecipes Chief Executive Lisa Sharples said the new site is “the genuine voice of men and what they want in food.”

“Our research shows men genuinely enjoy cooking but have uniquely masculine interests and tastes; they deserve a dedicated and authentic community to connect with each other,” she said in the release.

The site is similar to Allrecipes’ user-generated format but with more social features for friendly men, such as tagging, friending and following. Users also get a “fridge” similar to a Facebook wall, on which people can post messages.

To get things going, there’s a “Dude Food” recipe contest through April 30, encouraging visitors to “boast about your roast” and compete for a $500 prize.


Allrecipes said the site was inspired by market research, including comScore findings that 36 percent of community food site visitors are male and Allrecipes findings that 70 percent of men “were more interested in visiting a men’s food site than a general food site,” the release said.

Other findings from its research, pulled from the release:


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April 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Foodista funded by, sets food blogging confab

Seattle startup Foodista received $550,000 to fund development of its collaborative online cooking encyclopedia, co-founder and Chief Executive Barnaby Dorfman said. Most of the funding came from, which previously employed Dorfman and Foodista’s two other co-founders, Sheri Wetherell and Colin Saunders. Also contributing were several Seattle-area angel investors. Although it’s not a big funding round,…


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