TechFlash launches serving the local technology industry

TechFlash Launch Party: Rebecca Lovell (newly appointed executive director for NWEN), Craig Husa (entrepreneur), Kendall Kunz (former CEO Explorer Consulting)

Meet TechFlash.  Last Thursday, TechFlash had its launch party at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle. TechFlash is a blog by Seattle tech startup writer John Cook and Microsoft beat writer Todd Bishop. They recently both left Seattle PI to join Puget Sound Business Journal to start TechFlash.

TechFlash is instrumental to the local technology community. John has covered the local technology industry for about a decade, focusing on entrepreneurs, startups and venture capitalists.  Showing his age, he told me that he recognized me from our ARIS days.  ARIS was an IT services company that we took public on NASDAQ in 1997 and subsequently has been sold to Ciber.  Todd Bishop has covered the local tech industry and Microsoft for the past five years.  His coverage of Bill Gates’ departure from daily life at the company was picked up by papers worldwide.

Together, they cover and uncover the most important technology and venture news in the Puget Sound area. They are prolific and TechFlash has been my main source of information on the recent Microsoft layoffs, the Entellium saga and venture news. They are historians, recording the happening of the vibrant local technology industry and entrepreneurship.  They are also watchdogs, reporting the tough news within the community.  Their blogs give a platform for the local technology and venture community to discuss unfolding news.  TechFlash is a huge asset to our community.

TechFlash’s plans are to host more events for industry people to network and socialize. The next event will be April 29th. They also announced plans to hold an annual event called, the “Flashies”. More information on that to come later on their website.

At this event, the keynote speaker was Brian McAndrews, former CEO at aQuantive and Senior VP at Microsoft. The event was sold out and there were many high profile entreprenuers, executives, journalists, and venture capitalists.

John Cook working the room
John Cook working the room
A "huge" paella pan at the TechFlash launch
A “huge” paella pan at the TechFlash launch