Seattle’s South Lake Union district is arguably the West Coast’s second most important hub of technology and entrepreneurship, says Reuters. Amazon.com is gobbling up everything in sight in South Lake Union, just NE of downtown Seattle. New kids on that block also include Salesforce.com, Facebook’s new office, Zynga, the online gaming company, and Google which has two growing centers in Seattle and nearby suburbs, with more than 900 employees.
Many of the glass and steel buildings were built by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc., which has developed a hub for life science organizations. Some in the area include: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Zymogenetics, Battelle, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital, PATH, Rosetta (now part of Merck & Co.), Bio-Rad, and University of Washington Medicine.
The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), Nike+ Accelerator Program and Upstart Labs are incubators for startups that provide funding and support. Push-notification juggernaut Urban Airship has secured an additional $25 million in funding, bringing their total funding up to $46.6 million. The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network helps tech startups with the Portland Seed Fund.
Silicon Maps began publishing the Silicon Valley Map & Calendar in 1989, featuring the logos and locations of leading Silicon Valley companies. They also make high-tech maps of other regions, such as Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Phoenix, AZ; and Southern California.
Gigabit Seattle, and municipal fiber projects like it, are one factor attracting high tech industries to cities.
Gigabit Seattle’s plan to provide citywide broadband access includes three pieces: Fiber directly to homes and business in twelve demonstration neighborhoods, along with dedicated gigabit broadband wireless connections to multifamily housing and offices across Seattle, and next generation wireless cloud services in its 12 neighborhoods.
GB2, which is building the network, plans to utilize Seattle’s excess fiber infrastructure, and sees the development of a “dedicated gigabit broadband wireless umbrella” for beaming up to 1 Gbps from small cells, as well as municipal WiFi-like services.