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He Does it His Way

He Does it His Way

Sean Northrop takes a practical approach to environmental stewardship

Sean Northrop knows there’s more than one way to create innovative, sustainable developments respectful of the environment. Northrop, who in 2011 founded Seattle-based custom-home builder Trailside Homes, prefers the term “placemaker” to developer. His firm’s latest project is Ederra, a master-planned community in Cle Elum that emphasizes preserving open spaces and trail systems while connecting…

‘The Speed of Thought’

‘The Speed of Thought’

Despite pleas from his staff, Pivotal Commware CEO Brian Deutsch says he’ll never do a TED Talk. That’s a shame because Deutsch has a fully-formed management and leadership philosophy based around intense vetting during the hiring process and delegating key tasks to his management team. It’s working. Pivotal, a Kirkland-based 5G high-speed wireless coverage business,…

Main Engines of Growth

Main Engines of Growth

Seattle and Walla Walla rank among top performing cities

Jobs are plentiful. Wages are increasing. The high-tech community is thriving. More households have access to broadband than ever before. For primarily those reasons, the Seattle region and the city of Walla Walla have earned top-10 rankings in the prestigious Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities of 2022. Seattle jumped seven spots from last year, now ranking…

Company Eats its Own Dog Food

Company Eats its Own Dog Food

If you wouldn't eat it, don't feed it to your dog

Johnni Rodgers doesn’t actually advise you to eat her company’s dog food. She does want you to know, however, that her Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Co.’s food is 100% human grade, and is manufactured in a facility equipped to produce human food.  The company’s motto? “If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t feed it to…

Banzai is a True Study in Steady

Banzai is a True Study in Steady

Founder and CEO Joe Davy guides consistent growth while keeping a close eye on the future

At age 7, Joe Davy thought he wanted to become a software engineer. In college, he worked as a programmer at IBM while pursuing a degree in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then the entrepreneurial bug bit and he never got that degree. After founding two companies in his native…

Statshot: Virtual Vocations

Statshot: Virtual Vocations

Remote work is here to stay. It can pay well, too.

Employers are taking note: Many workers have no desire to ever return to an office full time. A survey by PwC finds that 41% of remote workers want to remain that way. A survey by data company PeopleSmart reveals nearly a quarter of almost 800 of the most common jobs across the country can be…

He’s Living in the Upzone

He’s Living in the Upzone

Israel-born Ofer Avnery has a background in computer science. So, naturally, he became a housing developer. Avnery, who came to the United States in 2011 after selling his business-intelligence company, is now the founder and chief executive officer of Real Wave Capital. The small, Redmond-based prop-tech firm uses technology and software to identify properties in…

Pack Mentality

Pack Mentality

New VC fund targets UW research

Ken Horenstein is out to unravel the mystery behind venture-capital investing. In doing so, he seeks to shine a national spotlight on the prolific technological innovations created by researchers at the University of Washington. Horenstein’s new pre-seed and venture fund, Pack Ventures, is focused almost exclusively on budding entrepreneurs who are part of the University…

Hire Purpose

Hire Purpose

Intense employee vetting and healthy conflict rocket StrataCore to the pinnacle of the 100 Best Companies list

On the surface, Aaron Loehr has a pretty straightforward management philosophy: Hire exceptional people and “let them do their thing.” In reality, it’s nowhere near that simple. Loehr, the founder and chief executive officer of Seattle tech company StrataCore Inc., relies on an in-depth battery of cognitive and behavioral testing to assess the strengths and…

Statshot: The numbers behind Washington state's charitable giving

Statshot: The numbers behind Washington state’s charitable giving

The charitable sector in Washington state creates hope for those in need, a personal sense of satisfaction for those in a position to give and also provides a sizable boost to the state economy. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the state’s nonprofit community. 32,084: Nonprofit organizations in Washington state 22,343: Public charities 1,515: Private foundations…

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