Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Serendipity led Ronny Bell from an organic produce delivery gig to the helm of Seattle’s Ideal Network where, with co-founder Jon Ramer, he has adapted the commericially-motivated group buying concept popularized by Groupon and Living Social. Daily Deals are replaced by “today’s ideal” in Ideal Network’s cause marketing model, with 1/4 of profits going to the buyer’s charity of choice – an idea that pays off for merchants in customer loyalty and company image.
Dendreon confirms HQ move to Russell Center Seattle Times
On the heels of earning approval for a breakthrough cancer drug, Seattle’s Dendreon is moving up by heading downtown to the former WaMu building, left nearly vacant just 2 years earlier and now renamed the Russell Investments Center. With its research labs relocating to the Earl Davies Bldg in South Lake Union, the biotech firm has found new digs with a long lease.
San Francisco’s Salesforce.com isn’t afraid to take on the big guns at Microsoft, and the cloud-computing company is eager to fill its ranks with the best and brightest, no matter where it finds them. The official opening of a Salesforce.com Seattle branch in South Lake Union, where employees will be tasked with working on projects like the Chatter network, is fueling the latest hiring initiative.