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The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay

TechCrunch 8/19/15 – The public discourse about the “on-demand” economy gets a D+. Wherever I turn, whether it’s the Economist, New York Times, TechCrunch, Re/code, Forbes, Washington Post or Business Insider, journalists, politicians and tech influencers all too often flock around a frustrating mix of myths, memes and conflation.

OK, that’s a bold claim. So you be the judge. Here’s what I see as the five main meh memes around the on-demand economy, and my version of more complete truths.

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Spare5 raises $10M to help smartphone owners make money in their free time

Geekwire 8/25/15 – Spare5 seems to have struck a chord with its platform that pays people to spend their spare time performing short tasks on a smartphone.

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Toys That Teach the Basics of Coding

The Wall Street Journal 8/20/15 – THERE’S MORE TO computer programming than figuring out what inscrutable words like “augop” and “del_stmt” mean. Sure, you’ll have to master the vocabulary, as you do with any foreign language. But the more fundamental challenge is grasping the underlying concepts of coding. 

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Bizible Adds Offline Events To B2B Sales Attribution Platform

Marketing Land 8/21/15 – Bizible is hoping to solve the now age-old problem B2B marketers have in understanding how event attendance and digital marketing work together to generate sales.

The two-year-old Seattle-based marketing attribution firm announced Friday the launch of omni-channel attribution in the platform to help businesses understand and track offline attribution for events such as trade shows and conferences.

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Lessons Learned From My First Startups

TechCrunch 8/19/15 – I was born an engineer and an introvert. The rest is pretty predictable.

When I was three I obsessed over jigsaw puzzles. At five, LEGO. I showed whatever I built to my mom, and she gave me a stream of positive, non-objective feedback. She didn’t need completed puzzles or LEGO models; she would have loved anything I built.

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$8M funding round fruitful for lunch-delivery startup Peach

The Seattle Times 8/18/15 – Peach, one of Seattle’s tech-oriented food-delivery services, plans to use the funding to expand to other markets. 

Lunch-delivery startup Peach has raised $8 million in funding from investors, including Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group and Vulcan Capital.

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2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces winners revealed

Puget Sound Business Journal 8/13/15 – Being one of Washington’s Best Workplaces isn’t just a badge of honor. It gives companies one more recruiting tool to let prospective employees know that people love working there.

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Z2 launches first title under King Digital, a new simulation game dubbed Paradise Bay

Geekwire 8/6/15 – Six months after its acquisition by Candy Crush maker King Digital, Z2 is back with a new mobile gaming title for iOS.

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What keeps Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman up at night

Geekwire 8/5/15 – Being CEO is a tough gig, especially in the online real estate game.

Redfin’s CEO Glenn Kelman shares with Bloomberg Business “what keeps him up at night.” And it’s probably not what you’d think.

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Pro.com’s new service enables real estate agents to help clients with home repairs

Geekwire 8/4/15 – Pro.com, the Seattle startup looking to create one-stop shopping for home repairs, has released a new service for real estate agents who are looking for ways to remain close with clients.

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The toys that could help close Silicon Valley’s gender gap

CNBC 8/4/15 – When it comes to getting more girls interested in coding, research shows you should start early.

As early as second grade, girls begin to form stereotypes associating boys with math, according to a 2015 study conducted by the University of Washington. By the time they enter college, men are already more than four times more likely to have an intention to major in computer science and engineering than women, the study found.

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Redfin unveils ‘Book it Now’ service, giving home shoppers flexibility to schedule on-demand tours on their schedules

Geekwire 7/6/15 – Redfin today is introducing a new service dubbed “Book it Now” that allows home shoppers to quickly and easily reserve a home tour, potentially getting a jump on other interested buyers.

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Shippable Delivers Docker DevOps, Without The Devops.

Forbes 6/17/2015 – Shippable is a young startup born from the founders’ experience at the larger end of town. Shippable’s CEO, Avi Cavale was previously at Microsoft where he worked for over 10 years on projects such as Xbox and Kinect. Latterly, Cavale had 150 direct reports working on the first version of Kinect. Cavale’s team managed to ship the product with a surprisingly short 10-month build time.

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This Algorithm Wants To Find Who’s Naked On The Internet

Wired 6/24/2015 – THE INTERNET RECENTLY fell in love with picture-parsing websites that guess your age, and whether someone is your twin. Now it offers another spin on novelty image recognition: an algorithm that knows if someone’s naked.

Isitnude.com, launched this week by a company called Algorithmia, delivers on the promise of its straightforward URL.

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Julie Sandler on Creating Your Personal Board of Directors

Huffington Post 6/15/2015 – Google and I have developed a love/hate relationship as of late. When it comes to the latest marketing trends or figuring out which designer decided flared pants should make a come back, Google always delivers. When it comes to solving my most frustrating career challenges, not so much. This is why I decided to take a more “old school” approach — I asked a real life person, whose career and personal choices I admire and value for their advice.

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Madrona Announces New Fund of $300 Million

More Capital to Support Exceptional Founders in Pacific Northwest and Beyond

Madrona is happy to announce today the closing of Madrona Venture Fund VI. The fund will support founders at the earliest stages as they build some of the most innovative businesses in the world. Madrona is grateful to work with the premier group of foundations, endowments, family offices and entrepreneurs who have invested in Fund VI and looks forward to putting that capital to work. 

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Federal CIOs Look to Reduce IT Costs with Help from Private Sector

The Wall Street Journal 5/19/2015 – Chief information officers in the U.S. government are trying to learn from private sector CIOs how to transparently measure and communicate IT costs. A group of CIOs from various agencies traveled to California to meet with CIOs from Coca-Cola Co., Exxon Mobil Corp.XOM -0.01%, DuPont Co.DD -0.55%, SunTrust Banks Inc.STI -1.28% and other companies.

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iSpot lands $22M to help big brands measure if TV ads are working

Geekwire 5/19/2015 – Nielsen may be the top name in TV measurement — an industry juggernaut for 92 years with annual revenues of more than $6 billion and a market value of nearly $17 billion. In fact, founder Arthur Nielsen is even credited with coining the term “market share.”

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Ex-Microsoft execs connect dots between marketing content and sales performance

Fortune 5/8/2015 – Which of your company’s pitch presentations translate into revenue most often? For that matter, which ones are modified most often by the sales team?

Three-year-old startup Highspot, founded by several former senior Microsoft managers, uses machine learning to answer these notoriously elusive questions.

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Tech vs. biotech: VC heavyweights Madrona, Arch face off over how to fund Seattle

PSBJ 5/7/2015 – Should Seattle’s biotech industry embrace working with the rest of the local tech industry or work separately? 

That question set off a vigorous discussion at a biotech forum Wednesday at cancer research nonprofit Fred Hutch, hosted by news website Xconomy and attended by nearly every major biotech name in the Puget Sound region.

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