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Zoe and Amazocalypse
Posted on June 28, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

The Road to Amazocalypse

I wanted to share some of Megan Marie Myer’s original sketches for Zoe and the Amazocalypse, our Kickstarter for an illustrated children’s book about the tech boom’s impacts on Seattle. She actually came up with the box monster concept used in the story first, but also drew three other Amazocalypse monster concepts. The second sketch reminded Read More

Posted on June 21, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Zoe and the Amazocalypse Search for Seattle’s Space Needle

The Space Needle’s gone missing beneath Seattle’s epic growth. Zoe goes searching for it and soon meets Amazocalypse and his dog Prime. Once Amazocalypse realizes the impacts of his actions, he decides to do everything he can to find the city’s special landmark. Please consider a pledge to our Kickstarter campaign for Zoe and the Read More

microsoft id card circa 1991
Posted on June 3, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

25 Years Ago Today I Started at Microsoft and…

On June 3, 1991, I began my career at Microsoft. Today is also the one year anniversary of my brain surgery. Both have provided incredible experiences yet only one left me permanently scarred. For the first four years at Microsoft, I worked in research to bring Windows to fax machines so you could send files from Read More

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Update on Amazon’s Impact on a Ballard Street

My post last May about Amazon’s impact on a Ballard neighborhood street proved quite popular, especially on Slashdot’s: Visual Walk Through Amazon’s Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood. You may remember there were two houses sold as lots: Here’s what those lots look like now, a third house beside the lot will be torn down shortly: Read More

microsoft cumulative revenue
Posted on May 8, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Microsoft Revenue Quietly Surpasses $1 Trillion

Microsoft recently surpassed $1 trillion in cumulative revenues. Similarly, Amazon’s earned more than a half trillion. Yet, Washington State still can’t afford to pay for education, transportation, police and other vital services and resources.

microsoft boeing tax break
Posted on May 5, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

Forget Boeing, Microsoft’s Tax Break Costs $776 Million

On Tuesday, The Seattle Times’ columnist Danny Westneat expressed shock that Boeing’s tax breaks cost the state $304 million last year. He failed to mention that the legislature’s actions in 2010 allowed Microsoft to save $776 million in taxes this year. And, he probably didn’t mention it because he didn’t know its scope — The Read More

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