business http://kuow.org en Why Invest Millions In Companies That Are Just Beginning? http://kuow.org/post/why-invest-millions-companies-are-just-beginning <p>Jeannie Yandel speaks with&nbsp;entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer&nbsp;about what investors look for when scoping out new projects.</p><p>S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">tartup accelerator TechStars just started its fifth installment in Seattle, after having chosen</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ten startup companies out of a pool of 600 for a three-month crash course on development and pitching in the University District.</span> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:04:20 +0000 Jeannie Yandel & Matthew Streib 40357 at http://kuow.org A Conversation With Striking Amazon Workers In Germany http://kuow.org/post/conversation-striking-amazon-workers-germany <p>Ross Reynolds visited some of the workers who have participated in the strikes at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany. The country is the second biggest market for the Seattle-based online retailer. While selling in Germany may be straightforward for Amazon, labor relations are not.</p><p>Since May last year, union employees at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany have been gone on strike seven times for one to three days at a time. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:17:17 +0000 Ross Reynolds 40027 at http://kuow.org A Conversation With Striking Amazon Workers In Germany Ferguson Economics: 'Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty In America' http://kuow.org/post/ferguson-economics-suburbs-are-new-epicenter-poverty-america <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times and founder of the blog, Rogue Columnist, about <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/jontalton/2014/08/15/the-economics-of-ferguson/">the economic landscape of Ferguson, Missouri, </a>and how it effects racial tensions.</p><p>“Now, there’s a lot more going on in Ferguson than just the economics, but we can’t be complacent here,” Talton said.</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:46:25 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 40288 at http://kuow.org Ferguson Economics: 'Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty In America' No Criminal Charges In Deadly Tesoro Refinery Explosion http://kuow.org/post/no-criminal-charges-deadly-tesoro-refinery-explosion <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its four-year criminal investigation into whether environmental and worker safety laws were broken leading up to the fatal Tesoro refinery blast. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:57:41 +0000 John Ryan 40265 at http://kuow.org No Criminal Charges In Deadly Tesoro Refinery Explosion Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday http://kuow.org/post/oregon-decide-controversial-coal-export-dock-permit-monday Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.<p>The Morrow Pacific coal export project needs a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands to build a dock for coal barges. The project would ship nearly 9 million tons of coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:49:45 +0000 Cassandra Profita 40250 at http://kuow.org Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday Ahoy-Hoy! Week In Review Live From South Lake Union http://kuow.org/post/ahoy-hoy-week-review-live-south-lake-union <p>KUOW's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bill </span>Radke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviews the week's news in front of a live audience at the Center for Wooden Boats on the shores of Lake Union with Joni Balter, Knute&nbsp;Berger, Sherman Alexie&nbsp;and Luke Burbank.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The panel discusses:</span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The eyes </span>of America turn to Ferguson, Missouri, after a police shooting. Are there any parallels to the police response to WTO in Seattle?</li><li>The publishing war between Amazon and Hatchette heats up. Spoiler alert: Our authorial guest has a stake in the outcome.</li><li>Steve Ballmer buys the LA Clippers.</li><li>And the Internet lights up with people dumping ice water on their heads — for a good cause.</li></ul><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:21:54 +0000 Bill Radke 40164 at http://kuow.org Ahoy-Hoy! Week In Review Live From South Lake Union Remember Superyacht Serene? Gates Family Is Vacationing Aboard http://kuow.org/post/remember-superyacht-serene-gates-family-vacationing-aboard <p>European news media are reporting that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has chartered a luxury yacht owned by Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler.</p><p>The yacht, named Serene, is the third-largest superyacht in the world. The cost of chartering the boat runs around $2.1 million a week, according to Yacht Charter Fleet. That's roughly $212 a minute.</p><p>Gates and his family are vacationing in Sardinia. They are reportedly using the yacht's helicopter to go ashore for tennis.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:12:35 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 40017 at http://kuow.org Remember Superyacht Serene? Gates Family Is Vacationing Aboard Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant' http://kuow.org/post/wanted-barneys-new-york-anti-profiling-consultant The luxury retailer Barneys New York is hiring.<p>WANTED: an "anti-profiling consultant."<p>The hire is just one part of Barneys' new settlement with the New York state attorney general's office, as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/11/339641172/barneys-agrees-to-settlement-over-racial-profiling-allegations" target="_blank">The Two-Way reported</a> this week.<p>The state launched a nine-month investigation after <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=241903939" target="_blank">two African-American customers claimed they were racially profiled</a> and f Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40067 at http://kuow.org Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant' Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In http://kuow.org/post/amazon-vs-hachette-two-local-authors-weigh <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house.&nbsp;</p><p>Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:53:31 +0000 Ross Reynolds 40015 at http://kuow.org Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In Why 'Run, Walk, Bike' For A Cure Brings In The Big Bucks http://kuow.org/post/why-run-walk-bike-cure-brings-big-bucks <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, about the trend of fundraising events that ask participants to "run, walk or bike" for a cure. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:08:57 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 39891 at http://kuow.org The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette http://kuow.org/post/cold-war-brewing-between-amazon-and-hachette <p>Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a <a href="http://kuow.org/post/seattle-freeze-real-thing">"Seattle freeze."</a> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:07:25 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 39890 at http://kuow.org The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce? http://kuow.org/post/why-are-men-leaving-american-workforce There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.<p>To describe this historic development with the context it deserves, we start with the American economy after World War II. It was firing on all cylinders, dominant globally, confident and dynamic. It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace. Hiring was strong for white-collar jobs and factory work. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 39907 at http://kuow.org Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce? Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems http://kuow.org/post/critics-blame-airbnb-san-franciscos-housing-problems Online rental brokers like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey in San Francisco may be finding some success renting to visitors on a nightly basis, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.<p>In the city's North Beach neighborhood, for example, protesters recently gathered around a three-unit apartment with flats an online broker rents to vacationers. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 editor 39862 at http://kuow.org Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers http://kuow.org/post/these-waves-keep-sharks-away-swimmers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dghbyBaQyI</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:57:18 +0000 Greg Allen 39859 at http://kuow.org These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Washington Supreme Court http://kuow.org/post/seatac-minimum-wage-fight-hands-washington-supreme-court <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/062614AJ_MinimumWage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Voters in SeaTac, Washington, narrowly approved a $15 per hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand, and if so, whether it should apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Currently it does not.<p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:54:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39851 at http://kuow.org SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Washington Supreme Court