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Why would anyone suggest NYC is more geeky than Seattle? Crazy talk

A recent article in the New York Times raises the topic of which town is geekier, Seattle or New York.

Ok, I'll hold back my reaction for a few seconds. Sure, I guess NYC has a few interesting tech initiatives and a certain robust East Coast energy.

But geeky it is not. It's nowhere near as geeky as Seattle, which itself knows it's really not quite in the big leagues next to Silicon Valley or even Boston.

Seattle indeed has it over a lot of other contenders, like Austin, Denver or Portland. It's also head and shoulders more tech-centric than New York is.  End of that discussion.

State of women-owned businesses: some upsides, some downsides

A recent overview of women in the workplace shows that Seattle is ranked 20th in the nation in growth of women-owned businesses over the past 15 years. Washington state was ranked 35th out of all states in the growth of number of women-owned businesses. 

But while this is interesting stuff, here is a key statistical caveat, presented by the group that collected the data (a foundation created by American Express):
Data from the past three censuses – 1997, 2002, and 2007 – were collated, analyzed and extrapolated forward to 2012, factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) not only nationally but also at industry and state levels. State-level GDP changes over the period of analysis are applied to our estimates of change at the metropolitan level.
So to be accurate, this isn't up-to-date information, but it's useful in a limited way. To see an overview of the full report, it's here.
The data was analyzed and used to create three rankings: growth in number of women-owned firms, growth in those firms' revenue, and growth in employment. Seattle was 20th out of 25 major cities on number of new women-owned businesses. But when all three categories were measured, it did better.
The top 10 cities when combining all three rankings into overall ranking are:
Washington, D.C.
San Antonio
Tampa/St. Petersburg
(tie) Seattle and Portland 
The other big-picture piece of information reported by American Express is:  “Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 54 percent since 1997.”
And: “Despite the fact that women-owned firms continue to grow at rates exceeding all but the largest U.S. corporations and account for 29 percent of all enterprises, women-owned firms employ 6 percent of the country’s workforce and contribute just under 4 percent of business revenues. Even when comparing the contributions of women-owned firms only to privately held businesses, women contribute just 14 percent of employment and 11 percent of revenues.”

Disney ship to make Seattle a homeport for at least one year

Don’t be surprised if you run into Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse in Seattle this summer. If you do, snap a quick picture. This year will be the first and perhaps last time that Disney Cruise Line’s massive red, white and blue floating theme park — the 2,400-passenger Disney Wonder — docks on the Seattle waterfront.

Disney is the newest of seven major lines that will call in Seattle after the Alaska cruise season kicks off May 6, but already has made the decision not to come back in 2013, The Seattle Times reports. Instead, Disney will return to Vancouver, B.C., where it began its foray into the Alaska market in 2011.

Disney cruises market family fun with G-rated floor shows aboard a ship with three pools and 10 decks. The line plans 15 sailings from Seattle this year with Alaska stops at the Tracy Arm fjord and at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan as well as Victoria, B.C.

Disney’s decision to return to Vancouver next year is an economic loss for Seattle, which has been nurturing the cruise industry since 1999, starting with six sailings and 6,600 passengers.

The Port of Seattle this year expects 880,900 passengers on 205 sailings. Estimates are that each time a homeport ship docks, $1.9 million flows into the local economy, spending generated by passenger hotel stays, restaurant meals and shopping, and purchases of ship supplies.

Comcast will offer bundled services with Verizon Wireless in Seattle, Portland

Customers in Portland and Seatle will be the first to try out a joint marketing effort between Verizon and Comcast.  

The companies announced Monday that Comcast will sell wireless bundles for cable customers looking to buy a new smartphone or add a new phone and data plan. The companies said they expect to roll out the deal to other cities later.

The initial Comcast promotion will provide a prepaid Visa card, up to $300 in value, for customers who sign up for the Verizon-Comcast bundled service. A press release said there are some restrictions: to qualify a customer must be signing up for a new Xfinity Double Play or Triple Play package.

And the customer must be a new Verizon Wireless customer purchasing a qualifying smartphone or tablet data plan; or an existing Verizon Wireless customer adding a new line of service or upgrading their service with a new smartphone or tablet, both with a new two-year customer agreement.

Customers will receive the prepaid Visa cards by mail.

Details are here:  

Advice to Men’s Wearhouse: Don’t do this late in the evening, or without sox

We wonder how this promotion, for the business Men's Wearhouse, would go over in the Lilac City?

Certainly it would raise a few eyebrows in downtown Spokane. It indeed caught some attention Tuesday when the promotion landed in downtown Seattle. This image is from

The marketing team for the East Coast men's clothing retailer launched this same bare-yourself strategy last summer in NYC.

The idea is to have guys walk around with just boxers, sox and a necktie, carrying a sign saying “Donate gently used professional attire to any Men's Wearhouse in August for people in need, looking for work.”

Spokane donors can get into the spirit by making donations to the Spokane North Division Men's Wearhouse, without having to be prompted by a bare-chested guy on the street.

How Seattle transformed itself: Any lessons for Spokane?

So this Harvard professor, who looks at “skilled cities,” has this to say in the New York Times:

A great paradox of our age is that despite the declining cost of connecting across space, more people are clustering together in cities. The explanation of that strange fact is that globalization and technological change have increased the returns on being smart, and humans get smart by being around other smart people. Dense, smart cities like Seattle succeed by attracting smart people who educate and employ one another.

The professor is Edward L. Glaeser and this is part of a column headlined “How Seattle Transformed Itself” appearing today at

Glaeser doesn't refer to some ideas people often use when talking about high-energy, economically thriving areas, such as “industry clusters” or “Silicon Valley synergies.” 

But he's sort of marrying two frequently cited economic development ideas: the clumping of the “creative class” notion pushed by Richard Florida; and the Silicon Valley model of “coopetition” — the sharing of ideas and resources among groups of companies that see a benefit in helping each other.

The column is worth a read. Hat tip to Emily Proffitt of Whitworth University for calling it to our attention.

Seattle lands first on list of most vulnerable cities to cyber-attacks

An industry study of metro areas finds Seattle ranks first for potential exposure to cyber-crime.

Norton, the division of Symantec that deals with security and anti-virus products, came up with a list of the top 50 riskiest online cities.

Symantec teamed up with research firm, Sperling’s BestPlaces, to determine the locales most susceptible to Internet crime.

Seattle ranked first. Portland ranked 10th, San Jose was 20th.

To see the full list, go to the rest of this post.


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