Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Black Sand Basin Sunset” by Clayton Peoples. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
“We took a summer road trip that included stops near the Sawtooths in Idaho, Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming,” says Peoples. “We went to the Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone one evening and caught the sunset. The orange cumulus clouds reflected in the steaming pools of the basin provided a new perspective on this awe-inspiring geothermal wonderland.”
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Lobbyists for Google and Amazon today appeared in Washington to caution lawmakers against legislation, taxation, or regulation that could hamper the develop of AI in America. The concern over AI has been largely fueled by speculation. When Elon Musk expressed his concerns that AI would be the most likely cause of World War III, he was predicting a dark turn. The reality of AI right now isn’t quite so dramatic, but it’s no less worrisome. Facebook and Google have been called to task over algorithms in the wake of election tampering and concerns about fake news. The algorithm – a…
Instagram now allows users to broadcast a live Story with a friend. The feature was tested with select users in the past few months, and it’s finally out for everyone to use. Shared Stories allows users to pick anyone who’s currently watching their live broadcast to join in. Once its linked, the screen splits into two and anyone who follows each user will be able to see the combined live Story — it’ll show up as a stacked circle on the Stories timeline. A feature like this opens the door to all kinds of uses for live Stories: from interviews,…
Jeff Bezos is on the hunt for a location to build a second headquarters (HQ2) in, which means a ton of money for whatever city wins the Amazon sweepstakes. Experts are predicting Atlanta, Chicago, and even Austin, are leading the pack of 280 proposals — but maybe the company shouldn’t be looking for the best city. Amazon should be looking for the absolute worst city, or island, as the case may be. Not the worst as a matter of taste, but the place that is least ready for a giant company to come in and plop a big fancy headquarters…
The day Apple fans have been waiting for is almost upon us. Preorders for the iPhone X begin on October 27. At 12:01 am PDT, Apple enthusiasts from all around the globe will rush Apple.com/iPhone in a frenzied attempt to get their hands on the newest flagship device. Luckily, the midnight availability (3am Eastern) is going to limit some of those that’d otherwise be interested in purchasing one. But it’s not going to limit interest enough to avoid the slowdowns associated with hundreds of thousands of people furiously hitting refresh in hopes of getting that coveted new iDevice. And, if…
Rascoff, who co-founded travel booking website Hotwire in 1999 and helped launch real estate giant Zillow Group in 2005, shared several stories about his career path during the 30-minute conversation. For example:
Rascoff was a nationally-ranked chess player while in grade school — “I played every weekend hardcore,” he noted.
Rascoff grew up in an affluent environment and didn’t experience much grit. That changed when his 17-year-old brother died in a car accident just before graduating high school. “When you lose your brother at an early age, all of a sudden you’re sort of jolted into just a different world,” he said. “Those last couple of years of high school, I kind of felt like I had to really overachieve, and I worked really hard and am still working really hard 25 years later.”
Hotwire faced serious adversity two years after launching. There was the dot-com bubble and the 9/11 tragedy kept many people from traveling. To make matters worse, the 9/11 hijackers used Hotwire to buy tickets to Bangor, Maine, before they flew from Bangor to Logan International. Rascoff also lost a family friend on the plane that went down in Pennsylvania; he also traveled on the United 93 Newark to San Francisco flight just a few days before. Hotwire went through big layoffs, but the core team stuck together and “worked our butts off to make Hotwire successful,” Rascoff said. It sold to Expedia for $700 million two years later.
Rascoff faced similar struggles when Zillow went through layoffs during the 2008 housing crash. “It was the same thing: It was cut deep and recommit the remaining employees to the mission,” he said. “In both cases, the adversity that Hotwire and Zillow faced, there was a silver lining, it turns out. It made both companies much stronger as a result, and I don’t think Zillow would have been as successful today had it not been for the adversity that we faced in ’07 and ’08.”
Now that Rascoff runs a $7 billion company in Zillow, he’s had to change his leadership style. “You have to take seriously this reflection that for every person at the company, you need to think about, ‘Is that the right person for the next two years in the role?’” he said.
Asked about his success and advice for others, here’s what Rascoff had to say:
“I’ve always looked 10 years my senior and tried to find somebody at my company to think about if I want that person’s life, their whole life.
Usually, younger people earlier in their career look at a senior person and they look at their compensation, and I’m advising not to do that. If you’re an associate in the marketing department, look at the VP of marketing and say, ‘Do I want her or his work-life balance, respect in the community, intellectual stimulation of their job, title’ — sure, compensation, yes, but sort of the whole package.
That’s the path you’re on. You could wake up in the blink of an eye and end up in that world — if you don’t like that trajectory, then find some other path.
The other advice I’d give is something that [Facebook COO] Sheryl Sandberg has been very articulate and eloquent about, which is this whole ‘Your career as a jungle gym not a career ladder.’ It’s something that I found in my career. So what does that really mean? It means that you’re on a particular path and then willing to go off to the side. So in my case, for example, I was running supplier relations — relations with the hotel industry — and then I moved over to a marketing role where I really had no experience or background, and then I moved over to a finance role where yet again I had no direct experience. And so it was kind of like one step to the side to take two steps forward, one step back to take three steps forward, and charting this very kind of circuitous route, which is unique to this generation.
Our parents and our grandparents had a much simpler career path — just sort of do the time and you’ll get promoted eventually. That’s not the way it works now. So you have to build your own career path and be willing to take some steps to the side in order to take steps up.”
Seattle mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan are squaring off in one of the final debates of the campaign tonight, and technology issues have been a recurring theme as they grapple with the future of a city that has become one of the nation’s biggest tech hubs.
Tech was top of mind for Moon, an urban planner, when moderator Ross Reynolds of KUOW asked the candidates to talk about constituencies they had learned the most about during the campaign after knowing relatively little about them at the outset. Here’s what she said.
I’ve been fascinated by the tech culture in our city, because so many folks moved here at the same time over the past five years, and I think there’s been an exclusion and a distance between the tech workers and other folks who’ve been here longer. So I’ve really spent a lot of time reaching out to tech workers and really understanding how much they want to be integrated in the city, what would it take for them to feel more welcome, like they belong here. Because I feel like we need to be building this city for the future.
And yes we want to be inclusive and affordable and diverse, and creative and committed to shared prosperity for everybody, and that means we have to come together across age and class and race and gender and talk about solutions. So I really am focused on how do we help the tech workers feel more welcome in our city.
In the old days, in the small town I grew up in, there was really a literal thing called the welcome wagon, where you went to newcomers in town and introduced them to the town, and showed them around, and introduced them to the coffee shops and the churches and the businesses, and I feel like we do something like that with tech workers, because they’re part of our city, too, and they want to stay here, and they want to be part of our civic culture, and I would love to work more on that as mayor and kind of build more unity.
Tracking gadgets can be really useful when you can’t find something at home, but they aren’t too much help once you run out of Bluetooth range. A new tracker called Fynd wants to fix that, claiming to be the world’s smallest cellular tracking device and the first to use 4G LTE. It certainly is small. I had the change to check one out in person, and it’s a bit smaller than a Fig Newton (1.77″ x 1.22″ x 0.35″). It has a couple of loops so you can slide it over a strap or pet collar, and comes with a…
Moving your applications to the cloud isn’t always as easy as those selling cloud services would like you to believe. That’s creating a market for startups like HashiCorp, which announced Tuesday that it has raised $40 million in new funding.
The Series C round was led by GGV Capital and Redpoint Ventures, with earlier investors Mayfield and True Ventures participating. The new haul brings HashiCorp’s total funding to $74 million, and CEO Dave McJannet said in a release that the company plans to increase the number of sales and support staff on its roster.
HashiCorp is following a well-worn path in enterprise computing, developing and maintaining a variety of open-source projects while selling a supported enterprise version to companies that lack the skills or patience to implement the projects. The commercial products help companies run their applications across multiple public clouds and on-premises infrastructure, and Microsoft struck a partnership with the company earlier this year to make HashiCorp’s Terraform infrastructure management product easier to access in Microsoft Azure.
The company was founded in 2012 by two graduates of the University of Washington’s computer science program; co-CTOs Armon Dadgar and Mitchell Hashimoto. Now based in San Francisco, Hashicorp has added some big customers this year, including Adobe, Barclays, and Comcast, it said in a press release.
On Nov. 7, Seattle will elect a new mayor to guide the city through a period of unprecedented growth, driven largely by the booming technology industry.
Tonight, candidates Cary Moon — an urban planner — and Jenny Durkan — a former U.S. Attorney — are going head-to-head in one of the last debates before election day. The winner will be charged with addressing the city’s housing affordability crisis and transportation and traffic woes — two of the most visible manifestations of Seattle’s population boom. She will also be expected to bridge the growing chasm between the city’s business community and government.
Taking place at Starbucks’ corporate headquarters, the debate will be moderated by KING 5 political reporter Natalie Brand and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.
Watch the live stream above (to be posted at 6:25 p.m.) and stick around until the end for a special post-debate show hosted by KING 5’s Chris Daniels and me. We’ll interview both candidates, take questions from social media, and connect them with audience members. Let us know if you have any questions you’d like asked. There are important issues percolating as the election nears.
The leaders behind the new taxes say big business needs to pay its fair share to address the homelessness crisis in Seattle, which has been exacerbated by the rapidly rising cost of housing, driven by an influx of well-paid newcomers.
Many of those issues came to a head last month, when Seattle’s largest private employer announced plans to open a second headquarters in another city. Amazon — and the tech industry it represents — is a lightning rod in Seattle.
GeekWire is tracking these issues closely and tonight we are co-hosting the debate with KING 5, KUOW, and Seattle City Club.
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