Seattle Tech Luminaries in the News: Redfin, Jeremy Jaech, and Kindle Vs. iPad

4/26/10Follow @gthuang

Just a quick roundup of Seattle-area tech leaders making the national news this weekend:

—The New Yorker has a very interesting feature by Ken Auletta about the competition between the Amazon Kindle and Apple’s iPad, and what it means for the future of books. I haven’t had time for it to sink in yet, but a couple quotes in the story stand out. One is an unnamed Apple insider saying, “[Steve Jobs] thinks Amazon is stupid, and made a terrible mistake insisting that books should be priced at $9.99.” The other is an unnamed book publisher, who says, “Amazon sees itself as much as a competitor as a retailer. They have aspirations to be a publisher.” (Does anyone have the guts to speak on the record anymore, even when they are just stating the obvious?)

—Speaking of Seattle vs. Silicon Valley, TechCrunch reported that Seattle-based Redfin, the online real estate firm, is on pace to make $30 million a year in revenue and is poised to “rip apart” the real estate industry. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman sat down with Michael Arrington for a revealing video interview over beers (always a dangerous proposition).

—Tech industry leader Jeremy Jaech, the co-founder of Aldus, Visio, and Trumba, and currently CEO of Seattle-based Verdiem, got some nice exposure in the New York Times Sunday business column called “The Boss.” Among other things, Jaech talks about trying to retire a couple of times when his companies have been acquired, but always going back to work for “the joy of collaborating with a bright team of people to move an idea forward and watch it grow.”

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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