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The University of Washington is getting serious about making the University District Seattle’s next tech hub. This month its opening up Startup Hall, a 20,000 square-foot space for entrepreneurs inside of Condon Hall – the university’s old law school building located on the western edge of campus. Excitement has already begun to build around the idea of the University District becoming Seattle’s next innovation hub. Three of Seattle’s startup incubators (TechStars, Founders Co-Op, and UpGlobal) have already signed up as anchor tenants.
With many of Seattle’s other urban neighborhoods such as Pioneer Square, Downtown, and the newly minted South Lake Union (SLU) becoming too pricey for new companies, UW’s startup Hall is an attractive option for budding entrepreneurs. Following in the footsteps of other great tech companies who got their start in garage like settings, Startup Hall will provide space for scrappy startups just coming online. Many are hoping the partnership will create new opportunities for students at the university and fuel new economic opportunities for the region.
This effort doesn’t exist in a vacuum however and is a part of a larger vision being championed by the city to rezone the University and attract more business diversity. UW’s push to cultivate a stronger culture of innovation and create opportunities for the commercialization of new ideas could be the spark needed to start Seattle’s next innovation district.
Further Reading on the Subject
U-District Urban Planning: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/universitydistrict/whatwhy/default.htm
U-District Density Push: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022357441_udistrictfuturexml.html
Startup Hall Launch: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/video-inside-university-washingtons-new-startup-hall/

U-District Tech Hub: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/09/17/with-startup-hall-u-district-aims-to-be-new-tech-hub/

The University of Washington is getting serious about making the University District Seattle’s next tech hub. This month its opening up Startup Hall, a 20,000 square-foot space for entrepreneurs inside of Condon Hall – the university’s old law school building located on the western edge of campus. Excitement has already begun to build around the idea of the University District becoming Seattle’s next innovation hub. Three of Seattle’s startup incubators (TechStars, Founders Co-Op, and UpGlobal) have already signed up as anchor tenants.

With many of Seattle’s other urban neighborhoods such as Pioneer Square, Downtown, and the newly minted South Lake Union (SLU) becoming too pricey for new companies, UW’s startup Hall is an attractive option for budding entrepreneurs. Following in the footsteps of other great tech companies who got their start in garage like settings, Startup Hall will provide space for scrappy startups just coming online. Many are hoping the partnership will create new opportunities for students at the university and fuel new economic opportunities for the region.

This effort doesn’t exist in a vacuum however and is a part of a larger vision being championed by the city to rezone the University and attract more business diversity. UW’s push to cultivate a stronger culture of innovation and create opportunities for the commercialization of new ideas could be the spark needed to start Seattle’s next innovation district.

Further Reading on the Subject

U-District Urban Planning: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/universitydistrict/whatwhy/default.htm

U-District Density Push: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022357441_udistrictfuturexml.html

Startup Hall Launch: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/video-inside-university-washingtons-new-startup-hall/

U-District Tech Hub: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/09/17/with-startup-hall-u-district-aims-to-be-new-tech-hub/

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Back in Seattle after an extended weekend in San Francisco with my fellow IDF Alumni. Thumbing through my notes and reflecting on how lessons shared can be applied to the Seattle area. Super thankful to IDF for the opportunity to participate and speakers for sharing their expertise.

Experiencing the Bay’s microclimates. Sweating it out in Orinda discussing BART, transit, development policy, and general Bay Area life. #IDFSF (at Orinda)

One of the more powerful points I heard about land use in the Bay Area during my IDF San Francisco trip so far. “San Francisco represents 12% of the Bay population,” yet the housing shortage debate is largely focused on SF proper. Time to think about larger regional solutions to housing?

It’s also a bit antiquated but what about empowering employers to create housing, similar to the upcoming “Facebook apartment:” http://bit.ly/1m193is. It could be a powerful tool for place making and creating new “cool spots.”

Strolled by Twitter HQ this afternoon. Sleek looking building. For some reason I was expecting a live Twitter “stock ticker” for some reason. #IDFSF #SocialMedia #SFTech

Discussing the complex political and economical components of California state. #IDFSF (at Public Policy Institute of California)

Discussing urban development in SF - growth, challenges, & the “magic moment” when you fall in love with a city.

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” -
Winston Churchill

Point for transparency I guess. Not a fan of passing regulatory fees directly to the consumer however.

This video is sure to tug on the heart strings of all gamers. The Zelda series always gets me with its epic story lines and I’ve played Smash so many times I’ve lost count. Games are gateways to stories, memories, and bonding moments with friends.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
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If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.
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A little Friday perspective. 

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