Bike to Work Month 2014

Point Inside Biker with Amy

Point Inside's contingent of hardcore bike commuters rip serious asphalt on a daily basis. Most days, we ride for our own reasons. Some of us love the road, others love the trail, and all of us love the simple pleasure of passing through city, town and country under our own steam at our own pace. In a region replete with great roads and temperate (sometimes wet) weather, it’s hard to find reasons not to ride. That said May was a special month for us. We banded together in the name of the Commute Challenge to crank out miles upon miles. The numbers speak for themselves: 10 riders, 117 round … [Read more...]

Hackathon June 2014

Hackathon June 2014

Each Hackathon at Point Inside keeps on getting bigger and better.  Every quarter we set aside a day to work on a new idea, collaborate with other team members, and brush up on some new skills.  Some of the highlights of this spring’s Hackathon include: Data visualizations, indoor location experiments, mapping process improvements, and more! One of the favorite projects involved syncing an Android smart watch with retail mobile apps.  The wearable can display your shopping list and product location of each item, allowing you to pick up all of the items on your shopping trip without taking … [Read more...]

Kaci Aitchison Visits Point Inside

Kaci Aitchison at Point Inside

Kaci Aitchison, Features Reporter at Q13 Fox News, stopped by yesterday's all hands meeting to talk about how she found her passion in her career. From graduating from a university without a broadcast journalism program to becoming 2013’s Best Local TV personality, Kaci’s got quite a story! Her goal of becoming a TV journalist led her to stints as a radio traffic news reporter, working the overnight shift, and becoming a TV news anchor. Through all of these experiences, she stayed true to her passion of telling stories about people, not hard news, and also stayed open to new possibilities. … [Read more...]

Sounder Lamar Neagle Visits Point Inside

Lamar Neagle at Point Inside

In the spirit of “Going Pro,” Seattle Sounders FC soccer player Lamar Neagle spoke at Tuesday’s company meeting.  Growing up in Federal Way, WA, Lamar has an incredible story of perseverance.  He told Point Inside that his mom never let him give up his dream of playing soccer, instilling determination in him. After graduating high school, he played as a walk-on for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas – starting every game except for 1 in 4 years.  Neagle wasn’t signed as a senior at UNLV as he anticipated, but successfully trialed with the new Seattle Sounders FC.  His first 2 games were … [Read more...]

Jeopardy Champion Comes to Point Inside

Ken Jennings at Point Inside

Answer: Holder of the longest winning streak on Jeopardy and the speaker at Point Inside’s last company meeting? If your response was, “Who is Ken Jennings?” you are on your way to winning this round! Ken Jennings played 75 Jeopardy matches in 2004, winning a record 2.5 million dollars. While there is no doubt his intelligence played a big part in his winning streak; Ken shared some tips and tricks he used to become a Jeopardy champion. Practice is essential Ken talked about preparing for the show by practicing at home, standing behind his recliner while watching episodes. When he got … [Read more...]

Point Inside’s First Open House

Point Inside Open House Mural

Point Inside’s first Open House was a smashing success.  On Wednesday March 26 we celebrated our newish digs in Bellevue Place with beer, wine, food, friends, and a raffle complete with gift cards for shopping.  We treated guests to demos of our innovative new technologies. (Trust us - it's pretty amazing!) Couldn’t make this one?  Stay tuned for our next Open House. We’d love to meet you. … [Read more...]

Hackathon March 2014

Point Inside Hackathon 2014

Have you ever wondered, “What if…”? That’s the question Point Inside Hackathon participants asked last Friday. At Point Inside, hackathons are about experimentation and problem solving. Participants choose an area of interest to investigate, working either in teams or flying solo. Whether projects succeed or are still works in progress, they are always tremendous learning opportunities. Point Inside's 2nd Hackathon explored iBeacons, MapReduce, improved search capabilities, image recognition, new mapping tools, visualizations, and more. Participants presented their results to a packed house. … [Read more...]

Point Inside’s First Foosball Tournament

The final game in the first Point Inside Foosball Championship

With a new foosball table, there was only 1 obvious thing to do – Have a championship tournament. 24 employees participated in our inaugural tournament, playing 24 games in 2 weeks. The winner of the tournament, Alex, won with an impressive 10-2 score. What’s next for our foosball players? More practice and a Doubles Championship match where teams are formed by random selection. Want to be the next Foosball Champion at Point Inside? Check out our job postings. … [Read more...]

Meet the Point Inside team on March 26th!

Our new office building!

Point Inside has settled into our new Bellevue Place digs and we're inviting you to come check it out!  Join us on Wednesday, March 26th for drinks, appetizers, and exciting demos of the new technologies we’re working on. Meet the team behind the technology and win prizes (including giftcards to our retail partners, of course.) We’re located in the Bellevue Place building at the corner of Bellevue Way and NE 8th above JOEY Restaurant and Bo Concept on the 5th floor. Parking is available in Bellevue Place garage, connected to the Hyatt. Take the Bellevue Place elevator to the 5th floor to find … [Read more...]

Point Inside’s Snowy Holiday Party

2014 Holiday Party Bar

This past Saturday Point Inside hosted our annual holiday party at Cast Iron Studios in downtown Bellevue.   Employees and their significant others got a chance to celebrate a successful year by eating delicious food, taking photos with fun props in the photo booth, and dressing up a bit.   Our favorite highlights included the Point Inside blue signature margarita and the surprise snow. That’s right, we even got it to snow in February! Want to join us at our next company party?  Check out our open roles in Software Engineering, Big Data and Analytics, Web Services, and more. … [Read more...]