Tales of Two Cities

I live a minute and twenty-three seconds away from one of the finest bakeries in Seattle, Bakery Nouveau, a purveyor of croissants and macarons that has improved the quality of my life to the detriment of my waistline. The bakery is across the street from a small park called Williams Place, where some of my…

Year One at CoMotion Labs

Yesterday I caught up with Elizabeth Scallon, the Associate Director of CoMotion Labs. It’s been a little over a year since I started renting a desk at this VR/AR startup incubator overseen by the University of Washington. I’ve seen a couple startups come and go, while others, like Mechanical Dreams, Invrse, and Pear Med, have…

Everything is Working

This weekend’s Seattle VR/AR hackathon felt different. Once again it took place at Magnuson Park in a building usually occupied by UW construction students, with teams creating games and other immersive experiences. Team members camped out with Vives, Rifts, Hololenses, and all the gear necessary to bring their visions to life.  Developers gazed intensely at…

Dreamers

A little over a week ago my girlfriend Lisa and I took a walk along the beach at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. It was near sunset, the tide was high, and a ferry took its time getting to Vashon Island. A Latino family was celebrating someone’s birthday at one of the picnic stations, and…

Invest Broad and Shallow, Not Narrow and Deep

Last week’s Seattle’s VR/AR meetup was an opportunity to reflect on how the community is doing as a whole. I always look forward to seeing familiar faces at these meetups and enjoy catching up with people like Andrew Mitrak, Eva Hoerth, Jordan Kellog, Trond Nilsen, Bridget Swirksi, and many others. The same core of people…

How to Not Be a Tech Bro A-Hole

Silicon Valley tech bro culture is getting called out. More women are stepping forward to report harassment, sidelining, and misogyny in general at startups and established companies alike. I take news that such attitudes and behavior are becoming more unacceptable as a sign of progress. Our current historical moment reminds me of the early nineties…