Companies Founded in Seattle

List of notable businesses founded in Seattle, listed alphabetically with corporate logos when available. This list includes some of the largest, most profitable companies that were founded in Seattle. The famous Seattle companies and corporations on this list include both public and private corporations. You can find information about the popular companies on this list, such as what industry they're part of. When available you can click on the successful Seattle company's names to find out even more about them.

Companies here include everything from Eddie Bauer to Starbucks.

This list answers the questions, "What companies were founded in Seattle?" and "What are the biggest Seattle companies?"

If you're a Seattle native then this list of the biggest Seattle companies will make you proud. This list is also an excellent resource if you're doing research on reputable businesses from Seattle. Then, head over and check out some other top cities in Washington, where companies like Microsoft and Boeing are based.

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  • Associated Grocers
    Food Manufacturing, Wholesale
    Associated Grocers was a retailers' cooperative that distributed full lines of groceries and general merchandise. Founded in 1934, it also provided retail services to independent groceries in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. Based in Seattle, it had over 300 members before it was acquired by another cooperative, Unified Western Grocers on September 30, 2007.
  • Avantopia


  • Bartell Drugs

    Bartell Drugs

    Retail, Pharmacy
    Bartell Drugs, also known as Bartell's, is a chain of pharmacies in the Puget Sound area of the U.S. state of Washington. It primarily serves the Seattle/King County area but also has stores in neighboring Snohomish and Pierce Counties. It claims to be "the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain"; the founder's grandson, George D. Bartell, is chairman and CEO, and the founder's granddaughter, Jean Bartell Barber, is vice-chairman and CFO. Bartell Drugs was founded in 1890 when George H. Bartell Sr. purchased the Lake Washington Pharmacy at 2711 S. Jackson St. in Seattle's Central District/Leschi neighborhood. He opened a second store in 1898 at 506 Second Ave., downtown, sold the Jackson Street store in 1900, and in 1904 opened another store at 610 Second Ave. His third store was opened in 1908 in front of the Pike Place Market; the store at 506 Second closed in 1911. As of 1930 there were 15 total stores, and as of 1956 there were 23. The company underwent contraction over the next few years, with 12 stores remaining in 1961. A 13th was opened in 1966 in Edmonds, Snohomish County. By 1980, there were 17 stores, and by Bartell's centennial in 1990, there were 31.
  • Bassetti Architects

    Bassetti Architects

    Bassetti Architects is an architectural firm based in Seattle, Washington with a second office in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1947, the firm has designed several well-known Seattle landmarks and many schools in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, including several buildings at the Pike Place Market, the Jackson Federal Building, Seattle City Hall, the Seattle Aquarium, Franklin High School, Roosevelt High School, and Stadium High School. The firm's work has been awarded local, national, and international awards.
  • Big Fish Games

    Big Fish Games

    Software, Video game, Video game industry
    Big Fish Games is a Seattle-based casual gaming company. The company serves as both a developer and distributor of casual games, primarily on computers and mobile devices. The company was founded in 2002 by Paul Thelen, and currently employs more than 500 people.
  • Blist


    Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal
    If a blog is a web log, well, a blist is a web list. A blist is a list with some structure. You can create all kinds of useful blists - one might be a list of dates, like a calendar, another might be a list of contacts, like an address book, a third might even be a collection of pictures, books, wines, or stocks. blist lets you organize all these lists, connect one list to another, and share any part or all of the information easily online. Create. Organize. Share. Connect.