"Tacoma Tech Talk for August 11, 2000"

“All Eyes on TacomaTacoma tech firms have been making the news in a big way recently. An upcoming story in Inc. Magazine should be found in the September issue. A CEO of a local high-tech business may even be featured on the cover.Then, last Saturday’s edition of The New York Times technology section featured Tacoma firms EssentialMarkets.com, Y3K Inc., and IDmicro, along with local developer Eric Cederstrand and Juli Wilkerson from the City of Tacoma.The story by Sam Howe Verhovek, Its Air Cleaned, Its Tech High, a City Rebounds, included a photo of Bill Cox, COO for Y3K, and Cederstrand.If that was not enough, during this past week, the Seattle Times covered the innovative e-commerce delivery solution released by ShopperBox Networks, while dbusiness.com included a story on ContractQuest’s unique advisory team leadership.Today, a photographer from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reported to be seeking high-tech subjects in town as well, and at least one Seattle television station will be covering the first annual E-business Day events here on Thursday, August 24. Add in the coverage already provided in the Wall Street Journal and Business 2.0, along with a special section in the San Jose Mercury News or two, a dash of other regional attention, and you’ve got a veritable ongoing three-ring media circus – right here in Tacoma.Dennis Johnson, director of the Media Center for Tacoma and Pierce County notes an article on Tacoma in Business Week is also anticipated in the near future, so stay tuned…Survivor Washes AshoreSurvivor mania is sweeping the nation, and Tacoma’s high-tech community is not exempt.Rumor has it one prominent high-tech entrepreneur has made it into the upper ranks of candidates for Survivor II. No, we’re not telling who. Sorry.E-business DayIf your high-tech firm hasn’t signed up to participate in Tacoma’s first annual E-business Day, do it today. The event includes a community-wide high-tech open house Web Fair, and an evening E-wards ceremony hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. For information on the event, visit the E-business Day link at www.tacomadailyindex.com. “