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Only weeks after boasting to shareholders about “one of the most exciting and productive periods in the company’s history,” ClearSign Combustion chairman and CEO Richard Rutkowski is out — by all appearances pushed, although he officially resigned.
Speculative officer towers going up on Eastside and Seattle; Starbucks knocked off survey of best companies to work for in U.S.; Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane boosts nearby restaurants.
Filings for Juno Therapeutics’ pending IPO reveal potential riches for partners; Bezos says risky investments a good thing; fewer hires expected for holidays; Starbucks plan tests next year of delivery service.
Seattle’s La Marzocco offers consumers a way to spend almost $7,000 on an espresso machine. Also, Black Friday keeps expanding at major retailers, and Eastside business leaders have high hopes for 2015.
Seattle brokerage Surefield is slashing the total commission its customers will pay to sell their homes, joining a trend by some firms to undermine the industry’s status quo.
Another lawsuit for CEO of meat merchant Bill the Butcher. Also, downtown’s Federal Reserve building heads for auction; China hospitals planned by Seattle company Columbia Pacific Management.
Paradoxically, lower than predicted energy costs throw Puget Energy for an accounting loss; also Starbucks settles with disgruntled owner of Tassimo brewing system
An eye-catching version of Aviation Partners Boeing’s split scimitar winglets; Starbucks loyalty program has its biggest following in China and other Asian markets; Washington’s most ‘unique’ job is no surprise; Boeing sells supplies to Iran Air, with government approval.
Alan Mulally returns to Seattle and basks in the warm crowd; Costco is thriving; Bezos answers Hachette query; few sign anti-Nadella petition.
The Fox network, in a power play, tells Q13 owner Tribune Media it will drop the Seattle station in January; Also, Quadrant abandons Columbia City project; Jimmy John’s urged to OK tattoos.
Sleep Country founder Sunny Kobe Cook turns on another retailer in a blog post; Super Jock ’n Jill is opening a second store — this time on the Eastside.