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Blues Travelers Brendan Hill on the Present & Future of the Pot Industry

April 13, 2017

Brendan Hill is the drummer for Blues Traveler, a Grammy-winning U.S. band led by famed singer and harmonica player John Popper. Some people know them for their Top 40 singles “Run-Around” and “Hook”—which boast millions of YouTube views—others, for that time they played Woodstock; and another big bunch, from that time they opened for the Rolling Stones.However, this is not a story about Hill’s musical career, but about his foray into the cannabis industry. 

As Trump Throttles Immigration, Tech Looks to Apprentices for Its Needs

April 11, 2017

A year ago, Shawn Farrow worked full time as a mover, hauling boxes for wealthy tech engineers in Seattle. These days, Farrow isn't just lugging furniture for tech workers. He's a tech worker himself.Farrow is an apprentice engineer, writing code from the comfort of his desk at Avvo, a Seattle tech firm. He is a fresh breed of tech worker coming into the industry through a new type of training program that is designed to identify talented individuals from non-traditional backgrounds."It's more rewarding for me coming to an office and using my brain rather than my physical abilities," Farrow says. "It's a different kind of fatigue, but it's rewarding."

Blues Traveler Drummer Discusses Sharing A Joint With Metallica, Neil Young & Marilyn Manson

April 7, 2017

You never forget your first or your best. Right?A few months ago, I was discussing the cannabis industry with Brendan Hill, drummer of Grammy-winning U.S. band Blues Traveler. The musician had opened a dispensary, Paper & Leaf, in Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 2015, so we were talking about going into the marijuana business and changing the stigma around it.At one point, I decided to ask about both his first and his best joint. And damn, I’m glad I did!As many blues bands, Blues Traveler is sort of an improvisational group, Hill commenced. 

Stop paying full price: Here are the best days of the week to buy everything on sale

April 7, 2017

Feel too busy during the work week to run errands? Know that a little planning ahead — and skipping happy hour for a targeted post-work shopping spree — can actually save you tons of cash.That's because weekend shoppers actually miss out on sales and discounts for many items, including booze, ice cream, produce, cleaning products, beauty supplies and other stuff. Analyzing years of retail trends, shopping app Ibotta found that none of those surveyed products were less expensive if purchased on a Saturday or Sunday.Blame weekend competition from other consumers, said Bryan Leach, Ibotta's CEO: "Saturday and Sunday were the worst or most expensive days to shop for most products, but had the highest traffic," he said in a phone interview.

Salesforce Skytap enterprise cloud company hires Microsoft VP as CMO, cites big growth on path to future IPO

April 4, 2017

Enterprise cloud company Skytap has hired a former Microsoft vice president, Wayne Morris, as its new chief marketing officer in an effort to further boost its growth in the market for running legacy business applications in the cloud.The Seattle-based company, originally founded in 2006 as a University of Washington spinoff, employs about 160 people and has raised $65 million in total funding. Skytap cites Airbnb, Fiserv and NBC Universal among hundreds of customers that use its cloud to run applications that would have otherwise remained in on-premises data centers.

AI’s Next Stop: Back-Office Risks

March 29, 2017

Investment in startups focused on risk and compliance, which command less share of buzz among back-office tech products, is getting new cachet with the help of artificial intelligence.Unsexy specialties such as contract management, tax compliance and regulatory tools are getting a fresh glitter of promise for what’s possible.That is because the future of machine learning for extracting new data insights and heading off corporate risks could save corporations enormous costs.Within just a few years, algorithms will be able to parse mountains of data to make decisions on contracts, for example. That would mark the start of an era in which corporations will send in the machines to “talk” to one another to negotiate contracts.

New tech apprenticeship racks up 1,000 applicants, first two success stories

March 22, 2017

A new, federally funded apprenticeship program aimed at diversifying the tech workforce in Washington has drawn interest from more than 1,000 applicants in just a few months.And two of its earliest participants have already started yearlong, paid apprenticeships.
WTIA says it is the first registered tech apprenticeship program in the nation. It’s based on the idea that a short, intensive burst of training can be enough to lead a prospective employee to a midlevel, yearlong apprenticeship that can result in a permanent job at a technology company.

SpaceX, Virgin vets bring new launches to Space Coast

March 22, 2017

The leaders of a Tucson, Ariz.,-based company that hopes to launch rockets from the Space Coast have some firepower on their resumes.They are just a few of the companies that the space company Vector’s executive leaders have worked for in the past.Now, the company will show off one of its rockets in a new display at Kennedy Space Center at a press event on Saturday.The company will unveil and assemble its new Vector-R rocket at Launch Complex 46 on Saturday morning. That rocket will then be put on display at KSC.

Silicon Valley techies are fleeing to Seattle

March 17, 2017

Silicon Valley might be considered the center of the technology universe, but other cities across the country are also attracting some of tech's best and brightest, including one located 800 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area: Seattle.There are now 250,000 people working in technology-related jobs in the state of Washington, according to the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), which says the industry is growing at about 10 percent per year. Nearly 90 percent of those jobs are located in King County, which includes Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, and neighboring cities like Redmond -- Microsoft's home -- and Bellevue.

VMblog’s Expert Interviews: Adaptiva CEO Talks Endpoint Security and Client Health 6.0

March 13, 2017

According to a new report released from Orbis Research, the global endpoint security market is expected to double its value of 9.15 billion in 2016 to reach 17.33 billion by the end of 2022.  This demand is fueling a surge in endpoint health and security products, many of which claim to provide instant visibility and control over thousands of endpoints in seconds.  While solid for SMBs, the question is whether or not these product architectures can intelligently scale to handle multiple simultaneous endpoint queries which results in CPU processing and network bandwidth nightmares for larger enterprise organizations.This week, Adaptiva launched Client Health 6.0 which the company says integrates the load balancing technology and peer-to-peer architecture necessary to provide enterprise-grade health and security across hundreds of thousands of endpoints. 

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