Kontent + Kommunity
After such an eventful closeout to the millennium, Speakeasy was gearing up to continue its focus on its national broadband business. The crew grew exponentially to support this -- and qualified help was aplenty, given the number of dot-com tech companies in Seattle that went bust when the bubble burst in early 2000.
With their sights set on growing the network side of the business, they started acquiring smaller ISPs in the area and expanding their online presence to include their Kontent section -- well before the content-is-king reality of today, the crew launched music, film, gaming and trading content designed to provide more value to their base of subscribers.
In August of that year, however, they experienced a bit of a setback: Their primary partner, Covad, declared bankruptcy. While their subscribers expressed concern, the organization eventually exited from their Chapter 11 restructuring without any interruption in services.
Meanwhile, the Cafe continued to be a community hub, and it was the site for a fundraiser in support of Ralph Nader’s presidential run that year.
Events & Experiences
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I worked in Kirkland and walked by the cafe on my way to the bus every day. I don’t think I
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
While working at Speakeasy, I also had the privilege of performing in a play on the Speakeasy Cafe
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.
The Speakeasy Cafe hosted a fundraiser for the Green Party presidential hopeful, Ralph Nader.
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
There are too many memories! There were a lot of good times, but the best times were spent in
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
At some point during my tenure as a barista, I became the curator of the cafe’s music