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Seattle’s Facebook office, one year old

UW CSE undergraduate and Facebook intern Cullen Walsh, "loaded with a Nerf gun and looking for a battle" (Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times profiles Seattle’s Facebook office on its first anniversary:

“The office — Facebook’s first development center outside of its Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters — ends its first year Tuesday …

“Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington … said the wave of Californians is ‘all to the good,’ though he said it makes it even more important for the state to adequately fund education and prepare students.

“‘Microsoft and Amazon will lose some people, but they’ll hire some other people,’ he said. ‘There will be people brought in from other states, and students who graduate here will have a much broader choice of what they can do. The only gap is, we’re failing to prepare enough kids who grow up here for these opportunities.’

“All these companies are appealing to UW computer science graduates. Over the past two years 35 percent went to Microsoft, Amazon and Google, and 30 percent went to startups and smaller companies, including Facebook …”

Read the article here.

August 8, 2011