Xconomy Seattle Celebrates First Anniversary Digging up News on Innovation in the Northwest

6/16/09

We move fast around here at Xconomy Seattle, so there isn’t much time to look back or celebrate. Today we’re making an exception. It’s been exactly one year since we took a deep breath, pushed the button, and published the first edition of Xconomy Seattle.

There’s truly never been a dull moment since we fired up the Wi-Fi, bought some Ikea furniture, and settled into our scruffy space on Seattle’s First Hill (after first freeing the Qwest phone guy from our elevator shaft). We have published 1,440 stories and briefs about the Northwest’s leading personalities, companies, and trends in the most innovative segments of the business community. Readership across the Xconomy network has soared to some 170,000 unique visitors per month nationwide—about triple where it was a year ago. We have nailed down partnerships to feed our content to a pair of major Northwest media players—Seattletimes.com and Seattlepi.com. And, we’ve organized local events on new vaccines in development and the rise of the cleantech industry, with more to come—including the Xconomy Battle of the Tech Bands on July 30, which will take place at the Washington Technology Industry Association’s annual summer celebration.

So, for those of you who are just discovering us, what is Xconomy about, and why are we so pumped (well, besides the unhealthy quantities of caffeine we consume)? We get up every day looking for stories that matter. Stories about innovation in high tech, biotech, and cleantech that are happening all around us. This provides an amazing lens on the world, and every week we feel the joy of discovering people and projects that are new, interesting, and important drivers for the Seattle region (and beyond)—as well as some things that just never pan out. Much of this stuff is off the radar of other media, so it means we have the good fortune of digging out stories you can’t find anywhere else.

The Web also allows amazing freedom in how we write our stories and engage with readers, in ways that wouldn’t work in a traditional print operation. As Xconomy founder and editor in chief Bob Buderi described when we launched the Seattle site a year ago, “We aren’t a typical blog: we’re more like a cross between a blog, a daily newspaper, and a magazine, running articles that range from 30-odd words to more than 3,000, depending on where the story takes us.”

Xconomy as a company has been around for almost two years, since we first got going in Boston on June 27, 2007. After opening Seattle, we added another site in San Diego last October. Since we are always asking companies to explain their strategies in plain English, I figured it was only fair to let you hear from the horse’s mouth exactly what it is we aim to accomplish:

“We believe that you can best understand today’s high-tech economy by keeping your eye on the places where diverse people, technologies, organizations, expertise, and interests come together,” Bob wrote, on the day we launched in Boston. “Life sciences is made stronger by world-class information technology. Nanotechnology helps drive biotechnology, computing, and energy…The collaboration of—and friction between—academia and industry sparks profound changes in the way novel technologies are commercialized…The interactions of venture capitalists, angel investors, professors, students, lawyers, consultants, accountants, legislators, consumers—all these forces and interests come together in different ways to spur or hinder technological creativity and economic growth.”

Basically, if we do our job well, we believe we can help foster community. Maybe we’ll even help spark … Next Page »

Luke Timmerman is Xconomy's National Biotechnology Editor. Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's National IT Editor. Follow @

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  • Jim D. Johnston

    Congratulations guys! I don’t think I have missed an issue since you started. Keep up the great reporting.

  • Carl Weissman

    Congratulations to Luke, Greg, and the Xconomy team for making it through the first year. You chose a hell of a year to make your first, so the accomplishment is even more remarkable. As the torch continues to be passed from traditional media to “new” media in terms of not only places to find information, but also sources of content to the vestiges of traditional media, Xconomy is carving out a great niche.

  • http://www.techflash.com John Cook

    Congrats guys. Keep up the good work and friendly competition.

    John Cook

  • http://www.wrfcapital.com Thong Q. Le

    Congrats on a successful launch in Seattle! You guys continue to raise the bar in terms of providing readers with high-quality, in-depth coverage of emerging companies and technologies, and I look forward to seeing you guys grow Xconomy and really be the new media voice for what is happening in our vibrant community here in the Pacific Northwest.

  • http://www.lymanbiopharma.com Stewart Lyman

    Congratulations on reaching your first anniversary! With the great reduction in coverage of the local biotech scene in the Seattle Times and the (now mostly defunct) PI, Xconomy has become THE source for local news on the biotech frontier. Keep up the good work! The science community is depending on you for solid reporting and insightful interviews to keep us all informed.

  • Nikesh Parekh

    Congratulations Greg and Luke. It’s been a real pleasure having you both in Seattle and getting to know you. Xconomy is a great addition to the Seattle community and one of my most visited sites for breaking news and insights.

  • Alice Grasset

    Happy birthday Xconomy! And congratulations to all the team. You are now part of my daily morning routine: reading Xconomy news feeds with my first morning cup of coffee. A great way to keep myself updated on life sciences news. Thanks again for all the great reporting.

  • http://sorensenideas.com Gretchen Sorensen

    Congratulations! There’s a revolution going on in the world of media and Xconomy was truly ahead of the curve when you launched a year ago here in Seattle. You are providing outstanding coverage and I look forward to it every day. Best of luck as you continue to build and grow your business and provide us all even more exciting news about where the action is in this market.

  • Beth Etscheid

    Happy Birthday, Xconomy! Your articles are consistently balanced and fair, and you deliver a lot of breaking stories. Great job reporting on Seattle area biotech, Luke!

  • Martin Simonetti

    Congratulations to the entire Xconomy team! A tough year to start any venture but you have done an excellent job of providing a focused approach to the news. I look forward to your continued success.

  • Eric Schadt

    Congratulations to Luke, Greg and the entire Xconomy team. What an accomplishment. It was so fun getting to talk with you through the year as we moved to revolutionize modeling of disease biology with our Sage Bionetworks effort, while at the same time you were pushing to revolutionize the media world with your progressive content delivery network, focused on helping direct our attention to the market hot spots. I love it!

  • http://www.geospiza.com Rob Arnold

    When Luke told me he was joining Xconomy, I knew it was going to be an important news source for our community. I have to admit, the early days of Xconomy were really fun for me. It was great to scoop my friends in Boston and San Diego with home town news before they were familiar Xconomy. They finally caught on to what I was doing and now they are loyal followers as well!

    Congratulations to Luke, Greg and the entire Xconomy team on a great first year!

    Rob

  • David M. Schubert

    Congratulations Team Xconomy! There is obviously a growing legion of readers out there who want their technology news in real time and in far greater depth than traditional media can offer and you guys have set the bar high. Best wishes for continued success!

  • http://www.ekosi.com Cynthia Figge

    Congratulations Luke, Greg and team! As a biotech and sustainability/clean tech entrepreneur, I really appreciate your insight, stories and presence in the Seattle market. Thanks for your contribution to our community!

  • http://www.spreadingscience.com Richard Gayle

    Hard to believe a year has gone by so fast. Xconomy is demonstrating where a large chunk of journalism should be headed – in depth, local news with a hard, specific focus.

    Some of my friends in other cities are jealous that Seattle has its own epicenter of this new journalism.

    I just want you all to keep up the good work and have many more years of outstanding news reporting to provide us.

    Congrats,

    Richard

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/bbuderi/ Robert Buderi

    Speaking for all their colleagues at Xconomy, I wanted to add my own congrats–and great appreciation–to Greg and Luke, who have done a phenomenal job in just one year!

    And thanks as well to all the readers and friends in Seattle who have helped make the first year so successful. It’s great to see so many wonderful comments.

  • http://www.acucela.com Ryo Kubota

    Congratulations to Luke and the team! I am especially glad to see you succeed who share similar entrepreneurship like us.

  • http://pnl.gov/edo Gary Spanner

    Xconomy is a great forum to share immediate news across all tech sectors in the Northwest, not just info tech, not just biotech, not just clean tech, etc. For serving that role, Xconomy is a welcome addition to the tech scene. Thank you.

  • http://lazowska.cs.washington.edu/ Ed Lazowska

    Congratulations!!!!! I’m a multiple-times-a-day reader, an occasional commenter, and an even more occasional author and event-attender. I particularly value the three-region perspective that Xconomy provides. There’s a lot of serendipity – I learn things that I didn’t realize I needed to know. Keep up the great work! Sites like Xconomy are the future of journalism.

  • http://www.zinosociety.com Cathi Hatch

    Happy FIRST Birthday, Luke & Greg! Xconomy is such a great addition and resource to the entrepreneurial community. It is hard to believe that you haven’t always been there! We appreciate you at ZINO Society. Please keep up the great work that you are doing. Congratulations!

  • http://www.path.org Ellen Cole

    Congratulations to the Xconomy gang from your friends and admirers in the global health community. You’ve added an important point of view to the mix!
    Ellen Cole

  • http://alderbio.com Randy Schatzman

    Luke and Greg:

    Congratulations on your first.You have done a spectacular job of pulling together a first rate team and building a strong following in that year. Thanks for the depth of coverage you bring to the Northwest. I look forward to your continued success.

    Randy Schatzman

  • http://www.qliance.com Norm Wu

    What a joy to have such a class act like Xconomy in Seattle!

    You guys have a real zeal for discovering and sharing the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that embodies the Pacific Northwest. It’s hard to believe that such a tiny team can deliver such an impressive product. Indeed, you guys demonstrate the very entrepreneurial qualities that we hope to read about in your stories.

    Congratulations Luke, Greg and all of you at Xconomy. I look forward to many more anniversaries to come!

  • Tom Clement

    Xconomy:you have done a great job this first year. I am a big fan and I look forward to reading the news as you present it. Everything you have done has resonated accurate reflections of our lives. THANKS, and keep it up. Tom

  • Clay Siegall

    In these times where many newspapers and media outlets are either closing down or limiting their coverage, Xconomy has been a superb addition. Their website coverage of the biotechnology space has been informative, timely, and broad. They have written detailed accounts on topics ranging from important novel therapeutic agents that likely represent future product approvals to financings for the hottest new companies. It is especially important that they are linking up with main line news outlets and serving as a source of content. This new model of transmitting the innovation of the biotechnology industry from an external provider such as Xconomy to a long-standing newspaper that has limited staff is an excellent approach to disseminating key information in an expanded fashion. I fully expect Xconomy to flourish into the future as an distributor of exciting biotechnology information through many avenues of distribution.

  • http://www.vlstcorp.com Julie Eastland

    Congratulations on the first year of Xconomy. I can hardly believe it has been a year!

    We are proud to have you in the Northwest.
    Xconomy has brought a freshing and “real” feel to the technology stories that impact us in the Northwest. Your news gets underneath the surface and puts information into meaningful context. The sharp format and wonderful editorials/blogs give the site its appeal.

    We look forward to more anniversary celebrations!

  • http://www.coaptus.com Joe Eichinger

    Luke & Greg,

    The Seattle area high tech community is fortunate to have the Xconomy team providing such rapid and diverse insights. Given the anticipated changes in the health care environment, your timing couldn’t be better.

  • http://www.washbio.org Chris Rivera

    Congratulations on your first year anniversary. The WBBA is proud to be a partner of Xconomy, and looks forward to working together to strengthen the life science sector in Washington state. Our mission is to facilitate the translation of life science innovation into commercialization! Xconomy will play an important role as we continue to work towards meeting our mission.

  • http://bionager.com Bob Wilcox

    I check in with you guys daily to get updates on what is stirring locally. You represent the new wave of journalism – targeted and timely. Keep it up.

  • http://snoco.org Donna Ambrose

    Great job Luke and Greg! For economic development types like myself at Snohomish County government, Xconomy is an invaluable source of timely, in-depth tech industry news. You help make our region and business communities more competitive by providing access and critical insight into an industry so crucial to our local economy. Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.allozyne.com Meenu Chhabra

    Kudos to Team Xconomy for not only surviving but thriving in these treacherous economic times! Your wire is clearly a vanguard in the biotech news arena. Best wishes for continued success!

  • Emmanuel Marot

    Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

    You wrote ‘if we do our job well, we believe we can help foster community’…. Well, be assured you do both!

  • http://www.bonanzle.com Bill Harding

    What a whirlwind! Tripling traffic in a year through the sheer power of will and caffeine is a momentous feat by any measure. There is always vacancy in the world of journalism for cutting minds with boundless energy, and Xcomony is doing more than their part to fill that vacancy with one of the most talented and dedicated teams I’ve witnessed.

    Looking forward to see what your team will come up with next!

  • http://www.ontela.com Dan Shapiro

    Xconomy’s coverage is one of the things that makes Seattle a great place to grow a business. Great work this past year, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

  • http://www.teachstreet.com Dave Schappell

    A year’s a tremendous accomplishment — congratulations. I look forward to more xConomy, and more discussions, in coming months and years!

    Dave

  • http://www.rescuetime.com Tony Wright

    Congrats on the year! Some of the best coverage in the city and working with Greg has been awesome. What a great addition to Seattle!

  • http://mpire.com Matt Hulett

    Congrats to Xcononmy! You have quickly integrated yourself into the Seattle tech scene. We all appreciate you hard work.

  • http://www.theclariongroup.com Eddie Pasatiempo

    Congratulations,Greg and team! Your dedicated efforts and sincere commitment to the the Seattle tech community have been stellar! You have been a valuable addition to the areas eco-system. Thank you for making an impact this year and look forward to the same in the years to come!

  • Eric Althoff

    Quite the year you’ve had with many breaking news stories and being cited far and wide. Hopefully the coming years in Seattle will continue to be fertile ground for your continuing coverage. Congratulations and best of luck!

  • http://www.smartsheet.com Brent Frei

    Well done gentleman. You’ve baked a lot of substance into your journalism. Well worth the reading.

  • Jane Shaw

    It’s been great reading Xconomy for the news scoop and behind-the-scenes reporting on local companies. We are pleased to see coverage of Western Canadian companies as part of the greater Pacific Northwest industry clusters. Keep up the good work!

  • Simos Simeonidis

    Xconomy Seattle has provided insightful coverage and commentary of a number of biotech companies in our space, including OncoGenex, Dendreon, MDRNA, Oncothyreon, and others, digging through and analyzing the issues faced by and the progress made by local biopharma companies.

  • Janis Machala

    I always loved MIT Technology Review so when the guys who were behind that start Xconomy I expected great insightful and thorough journalism on innovation. I have not been disappointed and am an avid fan and follower. I love the energy, enthusiasm, smarts, and commitment to our broader mission of growing an innovation
    ecosystem for our country. As someone coming from an academic to commercial bent now I value the willingness to follow trends and raw inputs and not just companies and financings.

  • Anthony Rodriguez

    I am all the way in Greece and still keep up with you guys. Thanks for the quality work and interesting stories. I look forward to another great year!!

  • Rick LeFaivre

    Guys, you are doing a fantastic job of balancing “news” with in-depth coverage of the technology landscape. Congratulations on your anniversary and keep pushing forward — the tech community needs this kind of journalism.

  • http://culturemob.com Steve McCracken

    Congratulations guys on a great first year.

  • http://www.indeltherapeutics.com Malcolm Kendall

    Luke and team, congratulations! You have changed the biotech and technology reporting landscape in a very positive way. A great addition that also provides more visibility to the region. And, thanks for not forgeting about us little people up here in the northern reaches of Cascadia…

  • http://www.wetpaint.com Kevin Flaherty

    Hey Greg! Congrats on the 1-year Seattle birthday. Keep digging deep to get to the bottom to stay on top.

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/ghuang/ Gregory T. Huang

    A heartfelt thanks to all of you for writing in. We couldn’t do it without your support and readership. Luke and I are in Boston this week for our XSITE summit and company retreat (and to celebrate two years of Xconomy in Boston). We’re looking forward to bigger and better things in the next year!