‘ID8 Nation’ Tells Seattle’s Story of Entrepreneurship

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In-depth coverage of the city’s startup scene adds to the Kauffman Foundation’s growing online and digital portfolio of profiled entrepreneurial ecosystems across America.

In content released today, ID8 Nation reports on the unique entrepreneurial landscape that continues to evolve in Seattle as part of an in-depth series on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s website, http://www.id8nation.com, and in its digital magazine app.

With a coffee-fueled entrepreneurial spirit that created giants such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Costco, ID8 Nation examines the relationship between rain and video game development, discusses the city’s love of disruption and asks why there aren’t more angel investors in the town full of billionaires. Between the website and tablet-based magazine, ID8 Nation contains 14 feature articles, four national trend columns and five short documentary videos, taking a deep dive into the fabric of Seattle’s entrepreneurial scene and exploring its history and promising future.

"ID8 Nation’s Seattle coverage provides a lens in through which others can view the inner workings of this ever-changing, complex entrepreneurial community," said Thom Ruhe, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. "While its startup landscape is unique to the city, Seattle’s entrepreneurial history is full of lessons and findings that can encourage and inspire other entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country."

The Seattle coverage includes stories about why the city dominates retail and features several professionals who have left big business to start their own. Jane Park, former Starbucks executive and founder of beauty brand Julep, discusses how she saw opportunity in a crowded industry. I Can Haz Cheezeburger’s Ben Huh explains how he built an empire on cat photos. And ID8 Nation reports on how, after years of ignoring each other, City Hall and the startup community are testing whether they can work in harmony.

ID8 Nation, an initiative to create conversation around the unique entrepreneurial environments that exist in cities across America, chose Seattle as its third featured city. Pittsburgh and San Diego have also been featured, and their coverage can be found at id8nation.com and on the ID8 Nation app. ID8 Nation’s editorial team visited Seattle in August and September to meet with influential entrepreneurs, city experts and investors and uncovered how capital, talent, education, culture and government uniquely affect its ecosystem.

View the Stories

Each city’s story on ID8 Nation is told through video, with supporting prose, podcasts and infographics. Stories can be read online at id8nation.com or through a digital publication app available for mobile devices and tablets. The app, available through November for 99 cents, provides extended content and additional interactivity. It currently is available for iPad, Kindle, Nook and Android tablet viewing.

Interact with ID8 Nation

Entrepreneurially minded people can engage with ID8 Nation on Twitter at @ID8Nation, on Facebook.com/ID8Nation and through multichannel hashtag #ID8Nation.

Up Next

The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, often known as the Research Triangle, will be the next region to be profiled by ID8 Nation. ID8 Nation encourages nominations on http://www.id8nation.com for cities with vibrant entrepreneurial communities for future coverage.

Note to media

A full content guide and slate of high-resolution images are available here.

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

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