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Category: Seattle
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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June 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Is this obvious yet? ‘Seattle has some of the most innovative gaming companies in the world’

Emmett Shear, who grew up in Seattle, is CEO of Twitch. (Photo: Twitch) Emmett Shear had no idea whether his idea to focus his video site around gaming would actually work when he persuaded his cofounders to try it in 2011. Then he saw the response. “Our first bar to pass was 25 percent growth a month…

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May 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

15 years of green: As Grist covers sustainability, it proves its own

Green and hardy: Lisa Hymas, center, is senior editor of Seattle-based online environmental magazine Grist, which marks its 15th anniversary this year. (MARK HARRISON/SEATTLE TIMES) In an eighth-floor office of the downtown Dexter Horton building is proof that covering one of the most pressing concerns of our time can be fun. “Laugh now,” reads the More

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April 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Using a phone when you can’t hear or speak? Here’s who makes it possible

At Purple Communications, Annette Quiroga, left, call-center manager, demonstrates the video relay service as she signs to video interpreter Priya May. (GREG GILBERT / SEATTLE TIMES) Priya May has been the voice of hundreds. “You have a customer using sign language contacting you with the Purple VRS system,” May, 31, spoke into a headset to the…

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April 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

How Facebook found Hailey: Why this Seattle parent shared her search for her teen

“Thank you everyone! So happy she is home.” – Marie Montemayor on Facebook, March 24. (Pic posted March 29) One Sunday last month, Marie Montemayor cut back and forth through happy crowds at French Fest at Seattle Center. Not finding any place to charge her phone’s dead battery, she cried. Two days earlier, at 4:30 p.m.,…

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March 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Sitless in Seattle: Standing desks give workers a leg up

Tableau employees Christina House and Natalie Graham stand at their desks rather than sit. (GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES) The office of the future might look a little funny. Peek over the rows of workstations in the marketing department of Tableau Software in Fremont, and you’ll see dozens of employees leaning into their screens. It’s…

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