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The Circle’s 400-acre campus is an array of brushed steel and glass, each building named for a certain time period in history such as Renaissance and Enlightenment. The fountains, tennis courts and lemon trees hint towards any number of popular tech companies of today. But The Circle is not a tech company of today. It is the only tech company of tomorrow. After acquiring giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google, among others, The Circle remains “the only company that matters at all.”
The company’s first product, “TrueYou,” was a “Unified Operating System” that combines social media profiles, payment systems, passwords, email accounts, user names, preferences and everything else about a person’s digital self into a single login. TrueYou changed the internet within a year and soon The Circle was able leverage all that data to rapidly extend its reach through other increasingly invasive technologies.
We learn about the inner workings of The Circle through Mae Holland, a 24-year-old new hire who starts off as a star-struck customer service agent and quickly climbs the ranks to company spokesperson.
Mae’s initial excitement and desire to fit in at The Circle must seem familiar to anyone with some knowledge of the culture of Silicon Valley or other tech capitals. When HR informs her that her workspace will include three screens, each with separate but equal importance, it is not much of a stretch for us tech workers to see where that idea came from.
As Mae settles in and we learn more about the company, the three screens become four, then six, and it becomes increasingly difficult to disconnect from The Circle’s network. Any gap in online activity is immediately noticed and raises concern among the thousands watching.
You have five minutes to pitch your start-up business to a crowd of judges, hosts, peers and investors…GO!
This classic request to entrepreneurs worldwide was put to eight startup finalists at NWEN’s First Look Forum at the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square.
Here is how the day unfolded.
This post was originally published on the Seattle Globalist.
A week ago about 75 Singaporeans gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle to hear from successful Singaporean entrepreneur Dennis Goh.
Goh co-founded a first-of-its-kind website for people to share food reviews on restaurants in Singapore. He was visiting the West Coast for a few days to conduct a series of talks.
Being Singaporean myself, I was especially interested in hearing the war stories of an entrepreneur from back home. Years ago, as an intern for a local business newspaper, I had to make a list of 20 Singaporean entrepreneurs. I could barely find ten. Fast-forward seven years and entrepreneurs like Goh are part of a growing and well-respected community.
His company, Hungrygowhere.com, was acquired for S$12 million last year by Singapore’s largest telecommunications company.
“Hungry go where” is local slang for “where are you going to eat?” The term is Singlish – coloquial English spoken in Singapore, mixed with words and phrases from other regional languages such as Mandarin, Hokkien and Malay.
The Seattle-based Singaporeans in attendance at Goh’s talk were from all walks of life; some had settled here for over 20 years, others were fresh-faced University of Washington students. The Singaporeans in Seattle Meetup group is 256 members strong, made up of college students and professionals mostly in tech or finance. While exact numbers are unknown, the Singaporean Diaspora in Seattle is much smaller (and younger) than the Chinese, Japanese or Korean one.
At this year’s Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s Entrepreneur University Flip the Media partnered with Jenni Hogan, CEO of TVinteract, to hear “Prime Time Pitches” from local start-ups.
This article is the second in a series of profiles of up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. (Check the first one here.)
If you’ve ever found a presentation deck online and wished you had listened to the presenter, or watched a great video presentation and totally missed the visual reference the speaker gave, then 9Slides is about to become your best friend.
Born from the idea that every presentation should give the viewer the experience of “being there” regardless of physical location, 9Slides entered the marketplace just over two years ago, bridging the gap between YouTube and SlideShare.
“We’re similar, but different,” explains 9Slides marketing manager Alonso Chehade the unique positioning. “Neither are ideal for sharing content when you can’t synchronize the slides to the presenter.”
The young Seattle-based startup relies on the expertise of only seven core team members, many with past experience leading teams at Microsoft and Amazon. Chehade describes the team as being highly “data-driven”. Insights from analytics are crucial to shaping the company’s future.
The focus on user data has taken the team down an unexpected path from the initial idea for 9Slides; one beyond the presentation sharing space and into corporate training and online lectures.