November 2011

From this Issue

Opscode, Seattle
Employees in Washington: 50

This three-year-old startup understands that clouds don’t have fixed boundaries.

Apptio, Bellevue
Employees in Washington: 120

Alan Ramaley, thePlatform, Seattle
Employees in Washington: 130 

Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
Employees in Washington: 7,000

The Information Services Team of Swedish Medical Center hit a home run with a triple in the past year, successfully deploying services to three new facilities.

Kirsten Simonitsch, Premera Blue Cross, Mountlake Terrace
Employees in Washington: 2,800

Ingvar Petursson, Nintendo, Redmond
Employees in Washington: 900-plus

It’s about time the folks in information technology got some ink.

Interest in wineries is ripening fast.

Mergers and acquisitions are heating up, but shaky companies need not apply.

The age of the startup entrepreneur gets younger and younger.

Youthful opportunists continue to push the entrepreneurial boundaries.

Seattle is actually going to replace the viaduct with a tunnel; it will be entertaining and instructive to see how it gets built.

John Rindlaub, who has built a major presence here for Wells Fargo since taking over as CEO for the Northwest region in 2002, will soon move to Hong Kong to become regional president of the bank’s Asia Pacific operations.

Cool idea or invasion of privacy? The Eyez may have it both ways.

A Dubai-based member of Bellevue’s BizXchange, a business-to-business bartering service, wants to sell a $2.5 million yacht and is willing to accept BizX dollars, a special currency that members use to buy products and services available through BizXchange.

Viableware's pay-at-the-table techology takes off.

Hyperlocal moves into the crowded field of community journalism with a noble business model. Can it last?

Is this an opportunity for the tech industry’s next generation?

This isn’t ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ so let’s cut the cowardly lion routine.

When a neighbor recently installed an irritating security system that beeps loudly every time a car passes, I went in search of a decibel meter to see if my neighbor was violating any noise ordinances. Amazon had one for $89.99. Instead, I turned to my iPhone and found a perfectly serviceable decibel-meter app for 99 cents.

Do you recognize the key attributes of true innovation?