Seattle Tech Roundup for Friday April 1, 2011
The opening quarter of 2011 saw almost 1M square feet of downtown office space leased – half of it to Amazon.com – and nearly .6M in new square footage released. The highly charged office lease atmosphere is likely to boost rents in choice new Seattle locations while increasing vacancies in older buildings.
Cheezburger Network’s top banana helped dish out freebies to Amazon employees in a ploy to woo tech talent and win media exposure. Confident but not complacent after a recent venture capital score, CEO Ben Wuh is sticking to high hiring standards even though qualified candidates are starting to look like an endangered species in Seattle.
Rally Marketing Group is counting on the powerful female gamer demographic to pay off with the acquisition of PassionFruit Games, the creator of romance novel-inspired Tiger Eyes headed by Melissa Heidrich. Lisa Clarke helms Rally, and both companies call Seattle home.