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The Seattle Social Community is Growing

Ever since I moved here to Seattle, I’ve talked to all of you about how much I love it here. I love the people, the weather and the city itself. There are so many amazing people and companies within a short distance of where I live, and being able to network with them face-to-face is invaluable to me. It’s been exciting this week to read the news of two big names agreeing with me and making a home here in the Pacific Northwest.

On Monday, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced that he had moved his home to Seattle. He listed many reasons for this change, including pointing at the many awesome startups who have staked a claim here. Michael says that he has always felt that the Silicon Valley was the place to be if you had anything to do with startups and the people behind them. However, he now states that “But that doesn’t mean Seattle isn’t a hotbed of entrepreneurism. There are scores and scores of startups here that are doing innovative and disruptive things, and I want to get right in the middle of things. Be an insider instead of just an occasional visitor.” I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t hurt that Seattle is also an absolutely beautiful place.

Photo credit goes to Tim Knight for this amazing shot of Lake Union and the surrounding area.

Today, I read that Facebook is moving in, as well. They are scouting locations for a new engineering office, and plan to have about 30 people employed there by next year. All of us who are locals already should be quite proud of what the official announcement said: “Seattle has a strong history of innovation and is home to thousands of talented technical people who we want to help us solve the challenges of designing and building the next generation of Facebook.”

Welcome Facebook and Mike Arrington! I have a feeling our paths will cross often as we all work together to continue to bring Seattle to the front of the social media and technology worlds.

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