Xconomy Seattle Celebrates First Anniversary Digging up News on Innovation in the Northwest

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some innovation that might not otherwise occur. And that’s another way we differ from traditional journalism—we see ourselves as an active part of the community we report on, not just passive observers. We want to help lead the discussion about the most important issues in Northwest innovation. That, plus our authoritative voice on the specific technologies and businesses that leaders need to know about in today’s ultracompetitive climate, are what we think sets us apart from the media pack.

Of course, we are still in the early stages of this venture, but it is the most exhilarating ride of our professional lives. We are honored to be supported by a number of underwriters, venture members, and partners, including Alexandria Real Estate Equities, AT&T Wireless, EMC, the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Fenwick & West, Cooley Godward Kronish, ARCH Venture Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Technology Alliance, the Alliance of Angels, and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

And thank you, readers, for joining us on the journey. We enjoy hearing your feedback, at our events and other in-person meetings, as well as through your comments on the site, as you engage us in often fascinating conversations and help us do our jobs better. We make our personal contacts available on every story we write. And you can always reach us at editors@xconomy.com, or send us story ideas to tips@xconomy.com. We hope you’ll keep us on our toes, and stick around for many more anniversaries to come.

P.S. No birthday celebration would be complete without a quick rundown of our favorite hits, of course. So we’ve selected six Seattle stories from 2009 that we think best encapsulate Xconomy’s brand of journalism, in no particular order. Enjoy!

The Rise of Seattle’s High-Tech Cluster, As Told By Madrona’s Tom Alberg

From MIT Blackjack Team to Amazon Acquisition: The Lexcycle Story

How Not to Work for The Man: Jonathan Sposato on Life at Picnik, Microsoft, and Google

Dendreon Saga Heads Toward Climax, as Cancer Drug Aims to Prove It Prolongs Lives

The Washington Cleantech Cluster: The A-to-Z List of Alternative Energy Players

Cell Therapeutics Teeters on the Brink as Cash Runs Out on Promising Cancer Drugs

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49 responses to “Xconomy Seattle Celebrates First Anniversary Digging up News on Innovation in the Northwest”

  1. Jim D. Johnston says:

    Congratulations guys! I don’t think I have missed an issue since you started. Keep up the great reporting.

  2. Carl Weissman says:

    Congratulations to Luke, Greg, and the Xconomy team for making it through the first year. You chose a hell of a year to make your first, so the accomplishment is even more remarkable. As the torch continues to be passed from traditional media to “new” media in terms of not only places to find information, but also sources of content to the vestiges of traditional media, Xconomy is carving out a great niche.

  3. John Cook says:

    Congrats guys. Keep up the good work and friendly competition.

    John Cook

  4. Congrats on a successful launch in Seattle! You guys continue to raise the bar in terms of providing readers with high-quality, in-depth coverage of emerging companies and technologies, and I look forward to seeing you guys grow Xconomy and really be the new media voice for what is happening in our vibrant community here in the Pacific Northwest.

  5. Congratulations on reaching your first anniversary! With the great reduction in coverage of the local biotech scene in the Seattle Times and the (now mostly defunct) PI, Xconomy has become THE source for local news on the biotech frontier. Keep up the good work! The science community is depending on you for solid reporting and insightful interviews to keep us all informed.

  6. Nikesh Parekh says:

    Congratulations Greg and Luke. It’s been a real pleasure having you both in Seattle and getting to know you. Xconomy is a great addition to the Seattle community and one of my most visited sites for breaking news and insights.

  7. Alice Grasset says:

    Happy birthday Xconomy! And congratulations to all the team. You are now part of my daily morning routine: reading Xconomy news feeds with my first morning cup of coffee. A great way to keep myself updated on life sciences news. Thanks again for all the great reporting.

  8. Congratulations! There’s a revolution going on in the world of media and Xconomy was truly ahead of the curve when you launched a year ago here in Seattle. You are providing outstanding coverage and I look forward to it every day. Best of luck as you continue to build and grow your business and provide us all even more exciting news about where the action is in this market.

  9. Beth Etscheid says:

    Happy Birthday, Xconomy! Your articles are consistently balanced and fair, and you deliver a lot of breaking stories. Great job reporting on Seattle area biotech, Luke!

  10. Martin SimonettiMartin Simonetti says:

    Congratulations to the entire Xconomy team! A tough year to start any venture but you have done an excellent job of providing a focused approach to the news. I look forward to your continued success.

  11. Eric SchadtEric Schadt says:

    Congratulations to Luke, Greg and the entire Xconomy team. What an accomplishment. It was so fun getting to talk with you through the year as we moved to revolutionize modeling of disease biology with our Sage Bionetworks effort, while at the same time you were pushing to revolutionize the media world with your progressive content delivery network, focused on helping direct our attention to the market hot spots. I love it!

  12. Rob Arnold says:

    When Luke told me he was joining Xconomy, I knew it was going to be an important news source for our community. I have to admit, the early days of Xconomy were really fun for me. It was great to scoop my friends in Boston and San Diego with home town news before they were familiar Xconomy. They finally caught on to what I was doing and now they are loyal followers as well!

    Congratulations to Luke, Greg and the entire Xconomy team on a great first year!


  13. David M. Schubert says:

    Congratulations Team Xconomy! There is obviously a growing legion of readers out there who want their technology news in real time and in far greater depth than traditional media can offer and you guys have set the bar high. Best wishes for continued success!

  14. Congratulations Luke, Greg and team! As a biotech and sustainability/clean tech entrepreneur, I really appreciate your insight, stories and presence in the Seattle market. Thanks for your contribution to our community!

  15. Hard to believe a year has gone by so fast. Xconomy is demonstrating where a large chunk of journalism should be headed – in depth, local news with a hard, specific focus.

    Some of my friends in other cities are jealous that Seattle has its own epicenter of this new journalism.

    I just want you all to keep up the good work and have many more years of outstanding news reporting to provide us.



  16. Speaking for all their colleagues at Xconomy, I wanted to add my own congrats–and great appreciation–to Greg and Luke, who have done a phenomenal job in just one year!

    And thanks as well to all the readers and friends in Seattle who have helped make the first year so successful. It’s great to see so many wonderful comments.

  17. Ryo KubotaRyo Kubota says:

    Congratulations to Luke and the team! I am especially glad to see you succeed who share similar entrepreneurship like us.

  18. Xconomy is a great forum to share immediate news across all tech sectors in the Northwest, not just info tech, not just biotech, not just clean tech, etc. For serving that role, Xconomy is a welcome addition to the tech scene. Thank you.

  19. Congratulations!!!!! I’m a multiple-times-a-day reader, an occasional commenter, and an even more occasional author and event-attender. I particularly value the three-region perspective that Xconomy provides. There’s a lot of serendipity – I learn things that I didn’t realize I needed to know. Keep up the great work! Sites like Xconomy are the future of journalism.

  20. Happy FIRST Birthday, Luke & Greg! Xconomy is such a great addition and resource to the entrepreneurial community. It is hard to believe that you haven’t always been there! We appreciate you at ZINO Society. Please keep up the great work that you are doing. Congratulations!

  21. Ellen Cole says:

    Congratulations to the Xconomy gang from your friends and admirers in the global health community. You’ve added an important point of view to the mix!
    Ellen Cole

  22. Luke and Greg:

    Congratulations on your first.You have done a spectacular job of pulling together a first rate team and building a strong following in that year. Thanks for the depth of coverage you bring to the Northwest. I look forward to your continued success.

    Randy Schatzman

  23. Norm Wu says:

    What a joy to have such a class act like Xconomy in Seattle!

    You guys have a real zeal for discovering and sharing the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that embodies the Pacific Northwest. It’s hard to believe that such a tiny team can deliver such an impressive product. Indeed, you guys demonstrate the very entrepreneurial qualities that we hope to read about in your stories.

    Congratulations Luke, Greg and all of you at Xconomy. I look forward to many more anniversaries to come!

  24. Tom Clement says:

    Xconomy:you have done a great job this first year. I am a big fan and I look forward to reading the news as you present it. Everything you have done has resonated accurate reflections of our lives. THANKS, and keep it up. Tom

  25. Clay SiegallClay Siegall says:

    In these times where many newspapers and media outlets are either closing down or limiting their coverage, Xconomy has been a superb addition. Their website coverage of the biotechnology space has been informative, timely, and broad. They have written detailed accounts on topics ranging from important novel therapeutic agents that likely represent future product approvals to financings for the hottest new companies. It is especially important that they are linking up with main line news outlets and serving as a source of content. This new model of transmitting the innovation of the biotechnology industry from an external provider such as Xconomy to a long-standing newspaper that has limited staff is an excellent approach to disseminating key information in an expanded fashion. I fully expect Xconomy to flourish into the future as an distributor of exciting biotechnology information through many avenues of distribution.

  26. Congratulations on the first year of Xconomy. I can hardly believe it has been a year!

    We are proud to have you in the Northwest.
    Xconomy has brought a freshing and “real” feel to the technology stories that impact us in the Northwest. Your news gets underneath the surface and puts information into meaningful context. The sharp format and wonderful editorials/blogs give the site its appeal.

    We look forward to more anniversary celebrations!

  27. Luke & Greg,

    The Seattle area high tech community is fortunate to have the Xconomy team providing such rapid and diverse insights. Given the anticipated changes in the health care environment, your timing couldn’t be better.

  28. Congratulations on your first year anniversary. The WBBA is proud to be a partner of Xconomy, and looks forward to working together to strengthen the life science sector in Washington state. Our mission is to facilitate the translation of life science innovation into commercialization! Xconomy will play an important role as we continue to work towards meeting our mission.

  29. Bob WilcoxBob Wilcox says:

    I check in with you guys daily to get updates on what is stirring locally. You represent the new wave of journalism – targeted and timely. Keep it up.

  30. Great job Luke and Greg! For economic development types like myself at Snohomish County government, Xconomy is an invaluable source of timely, in-depth tech industry news. You help make our region and business communities more competitive by providing access and critical insight into an industry so crucial to our local economy. Keep up the good work!

  31. Kudos to Team Xconomy for not only surviving but thriving in these treacherous economic times! Your wire is clearly a vanguard in the biotech news arena. Best wishes for continued success!

  32. Emmanuel Marot says:

    Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

    You wrote ‘if we do our job well, we believe we can help foster community’…. Well, be assured you do both!

  33. What a whirlwind! Tripling traffic in a year through the sheer power of will and caffeine is a momentous feat by any measure. There is always vacancy in the world of journalism for cutting minds with boundless energy, and Xcomony is doing more than their part to fill that vacancy with one of the most talented and dedicated teams I’ve witnessed.

    Looking forward to see what your team will come up with next!

  34. Xconomy’s coverage is one of the things that makes Seattle a great place to grow a business. Great work this past year, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

  35. A year’s a tremendous accomplishment — congratulations. I look forward to more xConomy, and more discussions, in coming months and years!


  36. Congrats on the year! Some of the best coverage in the city and working with Greg has been awesome. What a great addition to Seattle!

  37. Congrats to Xcononmy! You have quickly integrated yourself into the Seattle tech scene. We all appreciate you hard work.

  38. Congratulations,Greg and team! Your dedicated efforts and sincere commitment to the the Seattle tech community have been stellar! You have been a valuable addition to the areas eco-system. Thank you for making an impact this year and look forward to the same in the years to come!

  39. Eric Althoff says:

    Quite the year you’ve had with many breaking news stories and being cited far and wide. Hopefully the coming years in Seattle will continue to be fertile ground for your continuing coverage. Congratulations and best of luck!

  40. Brent FreiBrent Frei says:

    Well done gentleman. You’ve baked a lot of substance into your journalism. Well worth the reading.

  41. Jane Shaw says:

    It’s been great reading Xconomy for the news scoop and behind-the-scenes reporting on local companies. We are pleased to see coverage of Western Canadian companies as part of the greater Pacific Northwest industry clusters. Keep up the good work!

  42. Simos Simeonidis says:

    Xconomy Seattle has provided insightful coverage and commentary of a number of biotech companies in our space, including OncoGenex, Dendreon, MDRNA, Oncothyreon, and others, digging through and analyzing the issues faced by and the progress made by local biopharma companies.

  43. Janis Machala says:

    I always loved MIT Technology Review so when the guys who were behind that start Xconomy I expected great insightful and thorough journalism on innovation. I have not been disappointed and am an avid fan and follower. I love the energy, enthusiasm, smarts, and commitment to our broader mission of growing an innovation
    ecosystem for our country. As someone coming from an academic to commercial bent now I value the willingness to follow trends and raw inputs and not just companies and financings.

  44. Anthony RodriguezAnthony Rodriguez says:

    I am all the way in Greece and still keep up with you guys. Thanks for the quality work and interesting stories. I look forward to another great year!!

  45. Rick LeFaivre says:

    Guys, you are doing a fantastic job of balancing “news” with in-depth coverage of the technology landscape. Congratulations on your anniversary and keep pushing forward — the tech community needs this kind of journalism.

  46. Congratulations guys on a great first year.

  47. Luke and team, congratulations! You have changed the biotech and technology reporting landscape in a very positive way. A great addition that also provides more visibility to the region. And, thanks for not forgeting about us little people up here in the northern reaches of Cascadia…

  48. Hey Greg! Congrats on the 1-year Seattle birthday. Keep digging deep to get to the bottom to stay on top.

  49. A heartfelt thanks to all of you for writing in. We couldn’t do it without your support and readership. Luke and I are in Boston this week for our XSITE summit and company retreat (and to celebrate two years of Xconomy in Boston). We’re looking forward to bigger and better things in the next year!