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Mónica Guzmán

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Category: Column
August 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Let’s go fly a drone: Getting personal with some creepy cool machines

I wave and entrepreneur Dan Shapiro navigates as his Parrot AR.Drone stops to looks at us mid-flight. (Phone screenshot: Dan Shapiro) I came face to face with a drone Thursday, and survived. It was a black and blue, 2.8-pound 3DR IRIS quadcopter and, as its four propellers chopped the air a few feet in front…


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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

The crowd at KeyArena watches the action on giant screens while teams compete from booths below at the “Dota 2” tournament The International. See more tournament photos. (ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)   Ten minutes into my first game of “Dota 2,” I had managed to master one thing. Dying. “SpadeSpouse, back up. Back up, SpadeSpouse….


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July 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

School or movement? Seattle program gets serious about training women to code

Students from Ada’s first cohort study up. (Photo: Ada Developers Academy) It’s a scene you see everywhere in Seattle: a room full of programmers, laptops out, writing code. Except for one thing. All 15 of the developers I visited Thursday on the 13th floor of the Rainier Tower were women. Now I’m finally starting to hope that won’t…


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July 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Startups and speed bumps as pot culture meets Seattle tech

Seattle-based cannabis resource app Leafly catalogs more than 800 varieties of marijuana. (Image:   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. Modeled on services like Birchbox, Happy Crate…



June 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Not as techie as we think: Hacking growth in the Central District

David Harris wants to see the Central District tap into the energy of the tech sector to grow. (STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES) We like to say Seattle is a tech-fueled entrepreneurial city. David Harris wants to make that true in one of the places it’s not. “I’m really excited about this,” he said, stopping on…


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