Send us a picture that captures the spirit of your company

 
 

Take a picture that says something significant about your company and post it with a 75-word description of why you think your company is great. In three weeks we will choose the best entry and publish it in the magazine and on our website. The picture can be of your office, an important product, an employee who has made a great contribution, a customer or some significant activity at your workplace that's important to your company.

 
For example: I think Seattle Business magazine is great because we get to cover some of the most creative people in the world running some of the smartest businesses ever created. In this picture I am moderating a discussion among technology leaders as they select the winners of our Tech Impact Awards. We had a lively debate that included both the economic success of particular tech companies in our region as well as the social value they provide. Our coverage of the winners is here. We celebrated the winners at a great event on the Sky Bridge of the Washington Convention Center overlooking the city. Rich Barton, who helped found Expedia and Zillow, gave the keynote speech in which he compared the difficult journey a startup company must take to Dorothy's journey in the Wizard of Oz.

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Nadella calls it a marriage of 'leading professional cloud' and 'leading professional network.'
 
 

Microsoft on Monday announced that it is buying LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. Microsoft says LinkedIn "will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence." Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year. 

Here is Microsoft's announcment of the agreement, and here is Nadella's email to Microsoft employees, in which he describers the acquisition as bringing together "the world’s leading professional cloud with the world’s leading professional network."