Posts tagged Technology
Microsoft Makes Progress on Multi-Billion-Dollar Renovation

Microsoft has undertaken a multi-billion-dollar renovation of their Redmond headquarters, which will add another 2.5 million square feet of office space to the campus and easily accommodate 8,000 more employees. The project broke ground in January 2019 and it’s ambitious. Puget Sound Business Journal says, “the upgraded campus will include a two-acre plaza with room for 8,000 to 12,000 people for meetings and events, soccer and cricket fields, an underground ‘smart’ parking facility and a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Highway 520 connecting the company’s East and West Redmond campuses.”

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Richard Chandler Boosts Investment in Electric Aerospace Technology

Back in May, I looked at a growing trend in our region: the electric aerospace industry. At the time, local companies such as Magnix and Zunum Aero were raising capital for research in electric aviation and experts estimated that there were roughly 100 global companies developing electrically propelled aircraft. The Puget Sound region could soon see further advances in the industry, as billionaire Richard Chandler is backing Redmond-based Magnix with a sizable investment.

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Expedia Employees will Descend Upon Seattle this Fall

Years after the official relocation announcement, Expedia’s move to Seattle is drawing ever closer, with some employees expected to start work in Interbay this fall. That figure will balloon to 4,500 employees by February 2020, when all Expedia workers are fully relocated. A large concern for Seattleites and commuters is the traffic impact, but as Seattle Times reports, the new office “will be an oasis for employees who want to avoid driving to work, offering private shuttles, plentiful bike amenities and cash for every day they don’t drive.” There is a parking structure for those that are committed to automobile use, which will accommodate 2,300 vehicles with room for expansion.

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Biotech is Coming to South Lake Union

The biotech presence in South Lake Union is set to grow, as Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Alexandria Real Estate Equities plans to construct an office and research building—with a $76.5 million price tag—at 1150 Eastlake Avenue East. The project will comprise 12 stories and 303,000 square feet and is one of four projects Alexandria is planning in the region.

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Smart Home Features That Add Value

Smart home technology is a growing trend, with nearly half of American households now implementing at least one form o the technology. As Realtor.com outlines, these products can make our homes a better place, saving us “money, time, headaches, and other hassles.” Below I’ve re-capped their top five reasons to “go smart.”

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The Eastside Continues to Emerge as a Tech Hub

As a recent Puget Sound Business Journal article put it, “The Eastside office market has FANGs.” However fitting, they aren’t referencing the region’s sharp teeth; they are talking about a group of tech titans: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google.

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What the Amazon Decision in New York Means for Other HQ Cities

Amazon left the tech community reeling in mid-February when they announced that they were pulling out of their plans to add a headquarter location in the Long Island City section of New York. Many have been asking, where will the 25,000 planned jobs for Long Island City go? The short answer seems to be a little bit of everywhere.

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Seattle Tech in 2019

Seattle is a crucible of technological innovation. The intersection of computer/data science and biological/chemical sciences will lead to breakthrough in a number of industries, and the Emerald City will increasingly be known as a hub for these intersections of change. As we move into 2019, GeekWire polled six venture capitalists from the Pacific Northwest to offer their insight on what to expect in tech for 2019.

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A Look at "Amazon Go" One Year Later

In January of 2018, I covered the opening of the first Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle, which drew a large crowd of people that were eager to try their hand at shopping in the cashierless grocery store. At the time, it was unclear what role Amazon Go would play in the brick-and-mortal consumer grocery store industry. Now that it’s been a year, let’s take a look at what’s changed.

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