Seattle startup anticipates the future. Matt Day talks travel ban. Forbes sends love Seattle’s way. Local restaurants nominated for coveted award.
1. Geekwire’s weekly Startup Spotlight focuses on Seattle’s Silene Biotech. Per Geekwire, Silene wants to “capitalize on medical breakthroughs yet to come”. Their recent venture aims to freeze vital organ cells so that if those organs fail, they can use the cells to grow you a new heart or liver. While the technology to grow body parts is still down the road, freezing your cells now would allow you to have the heart, liver, or lungs of your current self.
2. Matt Day, a Seattle Times tech columnist, recently sat down with Q13 to discuss the impact of Trump’s travel ban on Seattle’s tech companies. Day observed that with these new restrictions, workers may choose to work in different countries. If they are unable to have their families visit or can’t leave the country for vacation, there is a risk they will choose to live in another country. These are high-paid workers that spend their money at Seattle small businesses and whose tax dollars fund necessary social services.
3. Forbes ranked Seattle as the city most workers are flocking to! In this article, OED’s own Joe Mirabella and Rebecca Lovell attributed Seattle’s economic growth to its strong tech and innovation sector, stable manufacturing industry, and abundant diversity. It’s a good time to be a Seattleite.
4. 17 Seattle restaurants are nominated for one of the highest honors an eatery can receive: a James Beard award. The Stranger reports that Canon is nominated for Outstanding Bar Program, Eric Donnelly of RockCreek for Best Chef, and No Anchor for Best New Restaurant, among many others. Congrats to these incredible Seattle restaurants!