The Press

Beginning with its opening days and ending with its sell to Best Buy, Speakeasy was often in the news -- in Seattle, and around the world.

Check out the clippings.


Press: Coffee And A Few Bytes — Internet Cafes Serve Up New Ways To Get Wired, Blending Technology, Community And Entertainment

Press: Coffee And A Few Bytes — Internet Cafes Serve Up New Ways To Get Wired, Blending Technology, Community And Entertainment

After months of wielding jackhammers, running cable, wrangling 2 x 4’s into actual furniture

Press: Art Of The Net — I-Music Offers Internet’s First Live Gallery Opening

Press: Art Of The Net — I-Music Offers Internet’s First Live Gallery Opening

Roderick and Anisa Romero of Sky Cries Mary hold the first live-streamed art gallery opening,

Press: Dramatic Additions — New Performance Spaces Are Springing Up In Unlikely Places

Press: Dramatic Additions — New Performance Spaces Are Springing Up In Unlikely Places

As Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood begins to be revitalized, Speakeasy’s backroom

Press: Tune In To New Sonarchy, A Web Site For Sound

Press: Tune In To New Sonarchy, A Web Site For Sound

Jack Straw Productions launches one of the first streaming radio stations, Sonarchy. 20 years,

Press: Cyberspace, Real Life Merge For A Day — Internet Users View Images From 500 Sites Around Globe

Press: Cyberspace, Real Life Merge For A Day — Internet Users View Images From 500 Sites Around Globe

In 1996, it wasn’t hard to dub your event ‘the largest collaborative Internet event

Press: Music Creates The Mood For Silent-Movie Series

Press: Music Creates The Mood For Silent-Movie Series

Speakeasy’s backroom theater was host to not only live performances, but to a wide variety

Press: Coffee and Quick Bytes – Asia Times

Press: Coffee and Quick Bytes – Asia Times

Our press coverage even went as far afield as the Asia Times.

Press: A Dose Of Culture — You’ll Find Art, Theater And More In The Heart Of The City

Press: A Dose Of Culture — You’ll Find Art, Theater And More In The Heart Of The City

“People are starting to live here again. As opposed to in the past where people leave

Press: X Marks the Spot for Low-Key Sales – Nation’s Business

Press: X Marks the Spot for Low-Key Sales – Nation’s Business

The cafe was featured in a business review newspaper, focusing on the low pressure sales approach

Press: Monk in the Cell – Der Spiegel

Press: Monk in the Cell – Der Spiegel

The cafe was featured in a piece by Der Spiegel in June of 1996.

Press: Smaller Films, Videos Find A Showcase At Speakeasy

Press: Smaller Films, Videos Find A Showcase At Speakeasy

One of the ways that Speakeasy connected with the arts community in Seattle was to provide a space

Press: Linux Journal Interviews Mike Apgar, Speakeasy Cafe

Press: Linux Journal Interviews Mike Apgar, Speakeasy Cafe

Speakeasy was conceived around March of 1994. The main impetus was that while the Internet was

Press: Covad Plans To Offer Speedy Dsl Service In Puget Sound Area

Press: Covad Plans To Offer Speedy Dsl Service In Puget Sound Area

Partnering with Competitive Local Exchange Carrier Covad, Speakeasy launches its broadband

Press: Blue law meanies ruin a business that was an institution

Press: Blue law meanies ruin a business that was an institution

“The Speakeasy has been really glorious,” says Gretchen Apgar. “From the

JAMPAC Benefit Screening – L7: The Beauty Process

JAMPAC Benefit Screening – L7: The Beauty Process

Founded by former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, JAMPAC was focused on fighting several anti

Press: Local Nightclub Owners: Music To Their Ears

Press: Local Nightclub Owners: Music To Their Ears

“It ruined us,” said co-owner Gretchen Apgar. “You spend two-and-a-half years

From Russia, with Love

From Russia, with Love

In late November, several of Speakeasy’s web servers were compromised by a hacker based in

Press: Soul Providers

Press: Soul Providers

Entrepreneur profiles several start-ups, focused on more than just making a buck.

Press: Speakeasy Acquires Jet City

Press: Speakeasy Acquires Jet City

Speakeasy expanded its customer base by acquiring another local ISP, Jet City.

Press: Covad Declares Bankruptcy

Press: Covad Declares Bankruptcy

In a brief setback, Speakeasy’s partner, Covad, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Press: Nader for Prez!

Press: Nader for Prez!

The Speakeasy Cafe hosted a fundraiser for the Green Party presidential hopeful, Ralph Nader.

Press: 21 Dog Years – Timely look inside Amazon.com

Press: 21 Dog Years – Timely look inside Amazon.com

Mike Daisey’s breakthrough work, 21 Dog Years, debuted in Speakeasy’s Backroom theater

The Fire

The Fire

On the evening of May 18th, 2001, one of the cornerstones of Speakeasy’s ideology,,

Press: Speakeasy is adept at evolving

Press: Speakeasy is adept at evolving

Finding success as an upstart Internet Service Provider in the early days of the web wasn’t

Press: Speakeasy Debuts at No. 47 on Inc. 500

Press: Speakeasy Debuts at No. 47 on Inc. 500

Speakeasy debuted at number 47 on the Inc 500 list of the US’s fastest growing private

Press: Speakeasy’s secret formula

Press: Speakeasy’s secret formula

The success of Speakeasy was often written about; this piece tracks the history of the company as

Press: DSL Headbangers

Press: DSL Headbangers

DSL Headbangers Metallica strikes Speakeasy Deal by Karl Bode Metallica, the band that created

Press: Metallica’s online strategy is ‘St. Anger’ management

Press: Metallica’s online strategy is ‘St. Anger’ management

Through a partnership between the band and Seattle-based Internet service provider Speakeasy,

Press: Launch of NetShare

Press: Launch of NetShare

Speakeasy launches the Wi-Fi sharing service, NetShare, to its customers.

Press: Speakeasy names new chief executive

Press: Speakeasy names new chief executive

Broadband provider Speakeasy has hired Bruce Chatterley as its president and chief executive

Press: Capital time for cash hunt

Press: Capital time for cash hunt

Speakeasy successfully raises $24m in additional funding.

Press: Internet provider buys GameDaemons

Press: Internet provider buys GameDaemons

Speakeasy expands its brand within the gaming community by picking up GameDaemons.

Press: Launch of OneLink – High-speed access without local line

Press: Launch of OneLink – High-speed access without local line

Speakeasy’s OneLink enabled customers to receive DSL services without requiring a land line.

Press: Internet provider reports new funding

Press: Internet provider reports new funding

Speakeasy receives funding from Intel in order to investigate the since-abandoned WiMax technology.

Press: Launch of VoIP

Press: Launch of VoIP

Speakeasy expands its product set to include Voice over IP services for their residential.

Press: Speakeasy to offer Firefox browser

Press: Speakeasy to offer Firefox browser

Yes, there was a time when Mozilla’s FireFox was considered an ‘upstart,’ and

Press Release: Speakeasy Launches Integrated Business Voice Over IP (VoIP)

Press Release: Speakeasy Launches Integrated Business Voice Over IP (VoIP)

Building on its success with residential Voice over IP services, Speakeasy launches a business

Press: Space Needle a launchpad for ‘pre-WiMax’ service

Press: Space Needle a launchpad for ‘pre-WiMax’ service

Speakeasy sets up its first hardware in order to test out delivering WiMax within the Seattle

Press: Speakeasy moving to downtown site

Press: Speakeasy moving to downtown site

Speakeasy departs Belltown for a new location overlooking the Seattle waterfront.

Press: Midsize companies beginning to mature

Press: Midsize companies beginning to mature

Founded in 1994, Speakeasy evolved into an Internet service provider primarily for residential

Press: Speakeasy founder leaves for new venture

Press: Speakeasy founder leaves for new venture

After more than a decade developing Speakeasy from nothing into something, Mike Apgar was ready

Press: Ookla puts Speakeasy creator back in control

Press: Ookla puts Speakeasy creator back in control

Upon leaving Speakeasy, Mike Apgar spins off a new company, Ookla, focused on developing and

Press: Speakeasy selling wireless assets to rival

Press: Speakeasy selling wireless assets to rival

After its experiments in WiMax didn’t pan out, and in preparation for its sell to Best Buy,

Press: Best Buy acquires Speakeasy in $97 million deal

Press: Best Buy acquires Speakeasy in $97 million deal

After running on its own steam for over a decade, Speakeasy is picked up by a major corporation.

Press: Speakeasy speaks to Best Buy’s business strategy

Press: Speakeasy speaks to Best Buy’s business strategy

When you spend over a decade building a loyal customer base, you’ve got to do a little PR to