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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

Category: Column
September 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM

We are not a mob: A call to share responsibly

“By the way, this is off the record, Monica.” The corporate director looked right at me, and I almost laughed. Is he serious? We were a small group of young Seattleites expecting to hear candid advice on leadership, not sensitive, newsworthy information. But that’s not what was funny. What was funny is that he said this only to…

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August 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Off the treadmill? Seattle’s Waldorf high school defies tech’s sweep

It’s almost too fitting that if you look for the computers at Seattle Waldorf School’s new high school campus at Magnuson Park, you’ll find them in a room once used for munitions storage. It’s not that this tiny school with a $21,300-per-year tuition believes technology is dangerous. Not quite. But at a time when…

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August 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Tech issue or health issue? Pediatricians struggle to guide parents and teens

Your teen’s pediatrician can talk about a good diet, exercise and even tricky stuff like alcohol and safe sex. But what about smartphones, Snapchat and Facebook? “A lot of them are not going to open that Pandora’s Box, either, because it could subvert the clinical visit or because they don’t have the tools to deal with…

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July 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Dying for ‘Dota 2’: My newbie attempt to understand the richest game in e-sports

Ten minutes into my first game of “Dota 2,” I had managed to master one thing. Dying. “SpadeSpouse, back up. Back up, SpadeSpouse. Aaaaand you’re dead.” “Dota 2,” or “Defense of the Ancients,” is the fantasy-themed team strategy game that sold out Seattle’s KeyArena in less than an hour for the richest video-game tournament ever held,…

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July 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Startups and speed bumps as pot culture meets Seattle tech

Paul Gambill’s favorite thing to do when he’s high is to listen to the Seattle Symphony. “There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra play a rich, Romantic-era piece,” the 26-year-old mobile-apps project manager tells me. We were sitting at Ballard Coffee Works, where a drink made from beans enjoys a sophistication Gambill craves for the…

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