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Seattle In The Spotlight September 21 - September 27

Seattle in the Spotlight: September 21 – 27

What’s happening in the Seattle tech community this week? Japan Airlines to Fly Nonstop from Seattle to Tokyo, WTIA Names 24 Early-Stage Seattle Startups as Part of Inaugural Founder Cohort Program, and more.

Japan Airlines to Fly Nonstop from Seattle to Tokyo

USA Today | Ben Mutzabaugh | September 28

“Japan Airlines (JAL) will begin flying to Seattle in March, a move that will bring the carrier back to the city for the first time since 1992. JAL’s return to Seattle will come March 31, when the airline launches daily service to Tokyo Narita. JAL will fly the route with its Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliners.” The versions JAL typically flies on long international routes seat 161 passengers, include 38 in “Sky Suite” business-class seats that convert into lie-flat beds. There also and 35 recliner seats in JAL’s international Premium Economy Cabin. Tickets for the route, which still must be approved by regulators, will go on sale on Nov. 5.”

A View of Condos is Coming to Seattle and Bellevue for the First Time since the Housing Bust

Seattle Times | Mike Rosenberg | September 27

“Seattle’s housing builders are starting to party like it’s 2005: That’s right, condos are back. Developers who spent the past several years building just about everything except condos are pivoting back to them for the first time since the housing bust last decade…In Seattle and Bellevue, only about 2,000 condos have opened so far this decade. But about 6,000 are in the pipeline for completion in the next few years, according to Polaris Pacific, a marketing and sales firm that tracks condos in the region.”

Economic Report Lays Out Strategies to Boost Washington’s $1.8B Space Industry

GeekWire | Alan Boyle | September 27

“A newly published economic report estimates the space industry’s contribution to Washington state’s economy at $1.8 billion and 6,200 jobs in 2018 — and goes on to suggest ways to boost the industry to a higher orbit. “The central Puget Sound region is already a worldwide leader in aerospace and information technology, and we plan on being a world leader in the space industry as well,” Terry Ryan, a member of the Snohomish County Council and president of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development Board, said today in a news release. The regional council’s 60-page report, titled “Washington State Space Economy,” may be the first economic study of the Evergreen State’s aerospace industry that doesn’t lead off with Boeing…“Washington state and the central Puget Sound region are positioned to lead commercial space exploration and development,” the study says.”

WTIA Names 24 Early-Stage Seattle Startups as Part of Inaugural Founder Cohort Program

GeekWire | Taylor Soper | September 27

“They are building businesses in blockchain, AI, augmented reality, sports, real estate, education, and even laser insect monitoring. But now they all have one thing in common: the inaugural startups of the Founder Cohort Program. The Washington Technology Industry Association selected 24 local startups to participate in the new program designed to help guide early-stage founders as they grow their companies. Founders will have the chance to meet like-minded local entrepreneurs and also be connected to law, accounting, HR, and recruiting firms that work with the WTIA.”

Photos: Inside Look at the University of Washington’s New Computer Science Building

GeekWire | Taylor Soper | September 26

“More than 20 months after construction commenced, the University of Washington’s new computer science building is nearing completion. GeekWire took an exclusive hard-hat tour this week inside The Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, a new $110 million building that will open to students and faculty in January. Construction workers are making final installations to the 135,000 square-foot building that will double the size of the UW’s nationally-ranked computer science program. The building will house 16 labs; two 100-person classrooms; a 250-person auditorium; three seminar rooms, an event space; communal and study spaces, office and support spaces; a robotics lab; and a makerspace.”


  • Marrione Camacho

    Marrione Camacho is a strategy consultant and a contributor at WTIA. He helps organizations understand their purpose, maximize their value, and scale their impact. He is currently based in Manila, Philippines and you can contact him at and through LinkedIn.

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