Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Friday, February 11, 2011
Starbucks CEO Schultz joins Groupon board Seattle Times
Having turned down a bid by Google, Groupon is gearing up for an IPO by welcoming the head of Starbucks to its board. CEO Howard Schulz brings experience on the boards of eBay and Pinkberry as well as an infusion of venture capital to add to the coupon site’s sizable nest egg.
Startup of the Week: Loudlever TechFlash
Loudlever believes the Big Picture in media today reveals a gap between writers and publishers, and it’s pitching HeyPublisher.com to connect them. Operating on a shoestring and staffed predominately by writers themselves, the Seattle startup aims to be the iTunes of written content.
Obama pushes U.S.-wide wireless Internet The Washington Post
In front of a Marquette, WI audience, Obama shared details of an ambitious strategy to connect the country wirelessly using money from airwave auctions. But the President’s plan will first have to get past Republicans in Congress and TV broadcasters reticent to surrender their primary asset.