Seattle lessons for Phoenix tech startups

As the Phoenix area’s burgeoning technology sector seeks to keep entrepreneurs and investors interested in the region, startups must ponder the talent competition it faces with leading tech cities. Paul Gambill, an Ahwatukee Foothills native and Arizona State University graduate, headed to Seattle five years ago, where he has worked for several tech firms and now heads operations for Mentor Creative Group. Mentor Creative runs a tech startup atop Seattle’s Smith Tower overlooking Puget Sound. Gambill said he opted for Seattle because he wanted to live in a major tech hub other than California’s Silicon Valley. While Seattle’s technology sector has grown steadily, it’s ballooned in the past several years, and technology startups compete there with industry giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft. For companies hoping to attract new talent, it takes more than good compensation and benefits. Gambill and other recruits say they’re also looking at what a company offers, the office culture and if there is opportunity to make a social impact through their work. If Arizona startups are looking to hire employees and build out the sector, they’ll have to be thinking about the culture and benefits that tech industry workers have grown to value. Several key approaches are evident in Seattle’s gains.

Source: Seattle lessons for Phoenix tech startups


About Stephen G. Barr, Group Publisher

Author, Syndicated Columnist, Editor In-Chief and Group Publisher at SGB Media Group, a social media marketing firm specializing in digital media content production, publishing, affiliate marketing, public relations and advertising. Over 25 years experience in retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, affiliate marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, non-profit fund raising. Event planning, promotion, production and MC/Host at public events. Author, Editor & Publisher of 35 syndicated, digital publications utilizing multiple digital distribution channels in conjunction with launching and administrating national advertising campaigns for major Fortune 500 advertisers in partnership with Google, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, DoubleClick, LinkShare, PepperJam and other industry leading third party affiliate networks. Product development team member from conception to launch on many websites, tangible goods and organizational structure for start ups. Specialties: Public relations, retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, blogging, email campaigns, affiliate/performance marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, event production & promotion, non-profit fund raising and tasteful, responsible adult content publishing. An internationally recognized and read social media columnist & pundit on The Examiner, Associate Content,, and Technorati and his own affiliated sites.
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