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Making Money Across America: Seattle -- Video Roundup

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“Power Lunch” is in Seattle to focus on the things that put the Pacific Northwest on the map, including the Internet and socially-conscious energy.     

Here's what some of the guests on the program are saying.

Blue Nile Chairman & CEO Mark Vadon

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E-commerce started with books and vintage lunchboxes, but Vadon harnessed the Web to move precious jewels at cut-rate prices -- via a user friendly site and old fashioned sales ethics.

Vadon says that in 2006, BlueNile.com did a stronger trade in engagement rings than Tiffany.

"We're just a great retailer... We worry about serving the customer, not the competition," the CEO explains.

Safeco CEO Paula Reynolds

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Reynolds says the property and casualty insurer is "sitting in the heart of the middle class" -- and thus is protected from wild market swings and mortgage loan woes.

She also speaks about the company's "Teen-surance" Internet car monitor/remote-controller, which has caused a privacy debate -- but is proving attractive to safety conscious parents.

Puget Energy Chairman & CEO Steve Reynolds

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The head of Washington state's oldest and largest energy company talks about his success in making green energy profitable.

"Oil is 80-plus dollars a barrel, but the wind is free," says Reynolds. How has Puget made it pay when other generators have not?

Among other factors, he explains, "We were a first mover with wind [power]," building wind farms "large, fast and close to the center."

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