What’s going on?
First, Seattle is the software capital of the world. That’s literally – numerically – true: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more “Software Developers” (“Applications” + “Systems”) in Seattle (Seattle-Everett-Bellevue) than in Silicon Valley (San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara).
Second, Seattle the cloud capital of the world. That’s also literally true – just look outside. But, seriously, who are the major players in cloud services? Amazon – Seattle. Microsoft – Seattle. Google – 2,000+ engineers, and lots of their cloud activity, Seattle. There are also some leading “cloud technology” companies here, such as F5 Networks and EMC/Isilon, plus some smaller folks such as Skytap. And there are the “big data” analytics and applications companies: Tableau, INRIX, GraphLab, etc.
Go team! Even more of our alums will be able to remain in-state!