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Why tech startup CEOs love Seattle

20160502_Tech_Alliance_26-630x330GeekWire reports on today’s State of Technology luncheon. More than 1,000 attendees heard from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, preceded by 3 tech startup CEOs: Clayton Lewis (Arivale), Forest Key (Pixvana), and Chris Diorio (Impinj). Our favorite excerpts from the GeekWire article:

“Cost of living . A competitive talent pool. The University of Washington …

“Lewis also credited the University of Washington as an important part of the technology ecosystem in Seattle. That was echoed by Diorio, who co-founded RFID-maker Impinj 16 years ago in Seattle. Diorio noted that he originally came to Seattle to work at the UW’s nationally-recognized computer science department.

“‘It was really the draw of the university and the entire ecosystem that a large prestigious university creates, and how it draws students and industries and people and faculty,’ he said. ‘The bandwidth of the community here as a consequence of that university is transformational.'”

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May 2, 2016