While the Cafe was at the heart of the business, the Network was its engine.
Here are the stories, news, and events that tracked its growth from a local internet cafe to a national independent broadband service provider.
I had always been a super-fan, lived in Ballard, came to Belltown all the time, used the,
I started off doing tech support in the evenings on the weekend and found I had a lot of
Partnering with Competitive Local Exchange Carrier Covad, Speakeasy launches its broadband
My favorite memories of working at Speakeasy all have to do with how ridiculous all of it seemed.
One rainy evening in the largely industrial neighborhood of Georgetown, Speakeasy crew member
Mike actually had a printed out PowerPoint deck with our executive summary and overview. He was
I was working at an arcade in Seattle when a regular (bnelson) called to me from a mezzanine above
In late November, several of Speakeasy’s web servers were compromised by a hacker based in
Entrepreneur profiles several start-ups, focused on more than just making a buck.
I started off on the sales team. I wasn’t the best sales person on the team, however, I was good
I was hired on as a technical support representative, but I was then quickly transitioned into
I think that sense of community and togetherness is one of the best things I took away from my
Speakeasy expanded its customer base by acquiring another local ISP, Jet City.
In a brief setback, Speakeasy’s partner, Covad, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
I lived right next door to Speakeasy, and I loved waking up, stumbling down the stairs, seeing my
you | wonder whether if | with eyes closed | we could bend spoons | or ascend stairs | by desire
What I remember is that we had to move quickly. If you knew how to get the job done, the job was
I did a couple of music content ‘deals’ for Speakeasy, bundling eMusic and Rhapsody digital
The first time I had seen Mike Apgar was when my manager walked our training group through the
A lot of my favorite memories are sort of lateral, involving people I met at the Speakeasy, or
I was hired at Speakeasy as a Controller in January 2001. Having spent my career at more
I always loved the old building(s) we were in, but being in the 2nd Ave office during the
I started in billing and then tech support. I learned that I could Google steps to solve tech
One early Autumn morning, American’s perception of its place in the world was irrevocably
Press Release: DirectSwitch – Speakeasy Offers Customer-Friendly Transition Program for Stranded DirecTV DSL Subscribers
Speakeasy grows exponentially through the launch of their DirectSwitch program.
It’s rare that you work with a group of folks that you want to spend the rest of your
I have always thought that myself, you can teach anyone anything if they are willing to learn, but
Finding success as an upstart Internet Service Provider in the early days of the web wasn’t
At a meeting one morning after about six months or so of starting my job, Mike Apgar turned to me
It was so offensive, I asked Jesse Harris (who was my AS at the time) if he would take the call
Speakeasy debuted at number 47 on the Inc 500 list of the US’s fastest growing private
The success of Speakeasy was often written about; this piece tracks the history of the company as
DSL Headbangers Metallica strikes Speakeasy Deal by Karl Bode Metallica, the band that created
Through a partnership between the band and Seattle-based Internet service provider Speakeasy,
After their infamous battle with Napster, Metallica decided to take the reigns of how their music
Jay Hollett was newly hired, and I was his mentor, so he sat next to me and asked a lot of
Broadband provider Speakeasy has hired Bruce Chatterley as its president and chief executive
Speakeasy expands its brand within the gaming community by picking up GameDaemons.
Speakeasy’s OneLink enabled customers to receive DSL services without requiring a land line.
Speakeasy receives funding from Intel in order to investigate the since-abandoned WiMax technology.
Speakeasy expands its product set to include Voice over IP services for their residential.
Yes, there was a time when Mozilla’s FireFox was considered an ‘upstart,’ and
Building on its success with residential Voice over IP services, Speakeasy launches a business
One warm spring day, we lost our Internet connectivity in the 3rd Ave building, and I just
Speakeasy was full of heart at all times. I have a million examples of this kind of corporate
Speakeasy sets up its first hardware in order to test out delivering WiMax within the Seattle
Speakeasy departs Belltown for a new location overlooking the Seattle waterfront.
Founded in 1994, Speakeasy evolved into an Internet service provider primarily for residential
After more than a decade developing Speakeasy from nothing into something, Mike Apgar was ready
I don’t think I’d ever had so much fun on the job, we laughed daily and the overall
After its experiments in WiMax didn’t pan out, and in preparation for its sell to Best Buy,