Steve Murch

Steve’s a Seattle-based entrepreneur and software leader, husband and father of three. He’s half Canadian, and east-coast born and raised. Steve has made the Pacific Northwest his home since 1991, when he moved here to work for Microsoft. He’s started and sold multiple Internet companies. Politically independent, he writes on occasion about city politics and national issues, and created Alignvote in the 2019 election cycle. He holds a BS in Applied Math (Computer Science) and Business from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Steve volunteers when time allows with Habitat for Humanity, University District Food Bank, Technology Access Foundation (TAF) and other organizations in Seattle. More of his writings can be found at

A Culture of Innovation: That Line Between “Fake it Till You Make It” and Fraud

Setting ambitious goals is not only legal, they’re essential for visionary leadership.

Twitter Leadership Change Signals Fierce Debate Over the Future of Free Speech

Jack Dorsey's abrupt departure suggests a new chapter in the debate about social media platforms, regulation, the future of the internet, and ultimately how we define and allow free speech.

New Book Argues that our Approach to Homelessness Won’t Work

The book is at its best detailing the success stories of other cities. Shellenberger holds up Amsterdam, Lisbon, New York City, and Miami as cities to consider as much better models than the failed west-coast models.

The Billionaire Tax: Good Idea? Could It Happen?

Taxing the fat cats has undeniable political appeal, but the Wyden proposal is loaded with unintended adverse consequences, such as the impact on revenue from estate taxes.

Candidate Questions for the 2021 Seattle Election: What to do about Homelessness

"Compassion Seattle" is a voter initiative which would have amended the City Charter to require emergency housing (2,000 units within the first year of adoption), dedicate at least 12% of the City's general fund revenues to address homelessness, and required the City to take action to ensure that parks, playgrounds, and public spaces remained clear of encampments as housing and services became available.

Candidate Questions for the 2021 Seattle Election: Prosecution for Misdemeanors

Seattle is already one of the most progressive cities in the nation with respect to diversion-from-jail programs, yet it has a serious frequent offender problem.

We Asked: Seattle Election Candidates (Except One) Respond to Questions on Three Important Issues

Seattle candidates respond, in their own words, to three key issues in the election: single-family zoning, abolishing misdemeanor prosecution, and solutions to homelessness. This is Part One.

Back to College While COVID: A Tale of Two Schools

Thousands of colleges and universities have required that all incoming students be fully vaccinated, barring medical exception. But that's where the similarities end.