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Seattle Startup Week

October 20–24, 2014


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About Seattle Startup Week

Seattle Startup Week is a five day celebration of your community. Join your community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Seattle Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community's unique entrepreneurial identity.



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Monday October 20


Startup Resource Fair for Vets

Networking and meet & greet for Military Veterans, Veteran Entrepreneurs, and Organizations for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Service Providers and Veteran Organizations promoting entrepreneurship will be on-hand to provide information, resources, and answer questions. Coffee and light breakfast provided.

Startups 101 for Vets

Kickoff Event for the Veteran Track at Seattle Startup Week. Dan Hall, military veteran and CEO of GunUp, will be giving an orientation on what startups are and what they aren't as well as how to get involved in the Seattle Startup Community (websites, events, and organizations). An overview of the rest of Seattle Startup Week will also be provided.

Social Venture Partners: How 3 Tech Social Enterprises Got Funding and Mentorship from Impact Investors at SVP's Fast Pitch competition / A Brown-Bag Lunch

Speakers: Jay Goyal of Actively Learn, Casey Dilloway of CSC, Ryan Luce of Corengi, moderated by Will Poole of Unitus Fund (Founder of SVP Fast Pitch-Seattle)

Crowd Funding

Joe Wallin and his team will talk about the Washington State equity crowdfunding law, the federal crowdfunding law, the JOBS Act, 506(b) vs. 506(c), general solicitation of fundraising rounds, and other fundraising alternatives.

Getting into an Accelerator & You

Q&A Round Table with 9Mile Labs leadership (women) on what it means to be in an accelerator? Bring your questions! If anyone wants to pitch an idea, receive quick feedback.

What is a High Growth Startup?

What being a high growth startup really means. The mentality, the expectations, the challenges and the fundraising. EO-sponsored speaker: Aviel Ginzburg, co-founder of Simply Measured, which recently raised $20M in VC funding.

Fireside Chat w/ Scott Porad

Scott Porad is the CTO at Rover.com, a sharing economy marketplace for dog boarding. Previously, Scott was CTO at the Cheezburger Network, the company behind the well-known user-generated content sites I Can Has Cheezburger?, Failblog, Memebase, TheDailyWh.at and Know Your Meme. Since 1995, Scott has been building industry leading web sites including launching drugstore.com, working on ESPN.com at Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation and for Seth Godin at Yoyodyne Entertainment. Scott lives online at http://scottporad.com and in real life with his family in Seattle.

"I moved to Seattle and..."

An informal gathering/welcoming of local transplants to share experiences moving to the Seattle area. Want to defang the prospect of moving somewhere new? Join us - whether your story is "I moved my company to Seattle" or "I moved here with my family." Pick up some perspective from some people who went through the exact same thing.

Heart Attack - When Rand Fishkin of Moz called 911

Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz talks about his failures as a CEO, leader over the last 12 months, limited attendance

Growth Hacking Success Stories

From traditional advertising to digital, social media and mobile, the landscape and techniques for marketers to connect with consumers has changed radically over the past few years. How do successful entrepreneurs, startups and marketers cope with these exciting changes, and more importantly, how do you stay ahead of the curve? What will the customer journey look like five years from now? What does all this mean for you, the entrepreneur? Hear how four leading marketing executives answer questions like these in this powerful panel discussion about the future of marketing. Panelists include: Aaron Bird | CEO & CO-Founder | Bizible Jennifer Sable Lopez | Director of Community | MOZ Stephan Martinez | Owner | Trysk Print Solutions Ashley Tate | Director of Marketing | BigDoor

Seattle Startup Resource and Job Fair

We're delighted to be kicking off Seattle Startup Week with a casual, mix-and-mingle event at the beautiful Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall. We'll showcase a sampling of the fast-growing tech startups in the region, as well as community resources available to technologists and entrepreneurs. The event is free (read: priceless) and we hope you can join us and get connected to the bustling startup community!

Startup Matchmaking: Find Your Co-Founder, Business Partner, Developer and more

So you want to start or grow your company? Or maybe join the team of a new startup? It goes without saying that finding the right team members or business partners is extremely important. But how do you find the 'right' people? How many co-founders is likely to be best? What should you look for in a business partner? Who's the right developer for your project and where might you find them? And how do you handle equity? This event not only will help answer these questions but should also help you find what (or who) you're looking for. Join us for the opportunity to take part in a unique matchmaking event: Learn from our experts how to build the right team for your company to succeed. Special Feature: You'll also get a chance to announce who/what you're looking for (in 15 seconds). If you're looking for co-founders, developers, team members, marketers (or are one of any of these) - this could be the most important event you'll attend this year. EVENT PANELISTS: Diane Najm - serial entrepreneur, Founder of PhotoPad, Director of Founder Institute, angel investor, advisor, and philanthropist Josh Maher - Microsoft, Seattle Angel Conference, Angel Investor Other panelist to be announced Moderated by Colin Christianson (CEO/founder, Tenacious Ventures)

Understanding the Power of Visual Information & Rules to Never Break When Embracing it

Killer Infographics CEO Amy Balliett speaks on how and why visual information is so important and how it can help companies grow. She'll also showcase some best practices for infographic, motion graphic and interactive design.

Financing Fundamentals: Obtaining VC Funding
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

VC funding is an important and almost necessary milestone in the life of every technology startup. Obtaining VC money, however, is extremely difficult and time consuming unless you’ve done it before and have a systematic, organized approach. During this meetup, we will share tips and tricks for identifying and contacting VCs, in addition to how to put yourself in the best position to close a seed or Series A round. We will also share information about how to prepare yourself and your company to be able to quickly close a financing deal with a minimum of stress and last minute scrambling. So, come out, connect with your fellow entrepreneurs, and kick off Seattle Startup Week with a bang! We look forward to seeing you at the meetup! Update: We plan on serving Specialty's sandwiches for those of you worried about going hungry. ;-)

Seattle Startup Week Kick-Off Party

Help us kick off Seattle Startup Week off right! Join us at The Central Saloon for drinks, food and music. Seattle's own Flavr Blue will be performing a DJ set to keep things (your body) moving. Just bring a valid Seattle Startup Week event ticket with you (any event will do) to get in the door.

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Tuesday October 21


The NexGen Developers Day

Our friends over at NexGen Developers Day have graciously offered the Seattle Startup Community 20 free tickets to their event that happens tomorrow at Bell Harbor International Conference Center. If you're interested, register via our Eventbrite page and we'll get your name over to them so that you're on the list.

Code & Coffee

Casual get together to meet some new people, hack on projects and drink some great local coffee.

Boosting Small Business Growth in the Seattle Region Game Industry

Hosted by Phyllis Campbell, Pacific Northwest Chair for JPMorgan Chase, this event will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Seattle Region’s game industry, evaluate how the Region is positioned to support the industry, and identify the programs and resources needed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Panelists include Kristina Hudson, Executive Director of the Washington Interactive Network; Matt Wilson, Founder of Detonator Games; Jason Robar, CEO of Area 52; and Swatee Surve, Founder of Lite Sprite.

Innovation Districts: New Centers of Commerce, Collaboration, Creativity, and Economic Expansion

Join panelists Chris Devore, Rebecca Lovell, UW Architect Rebecca Barnes, VIA Principal Alan Hart hosted by CoreNet to discuss the increasingly important role of innovation districts in not just entrepreneurship or the creative economy, but the national economy. (Standard CoreNet event pricing is $30 for members, $60 for non-members). Limited number of free tickets available. Compliments of Kinzer Partners, 50 tickets to this event are available (for free!) to startup founders, entrepreneurs, and innovators. For others (or after free registration has closed) visit http://bit.ly/1vAV5ao.

Seed Financings, Convertible Notes and Early Stage Financing Terms

This discussion will cover the key terms of a seed financing term sheet and the potential impact such terms have on the founders and the company as the company progresses through its life cycle. We will cover seed equity, convertible notes, documentation and diligence.

Walking Tour of Seattle

Discover the Emerald City's tech nooks - coffeeshops, popular venues, coworking spaces, etc. Establish baseline familiarity with new spaces so you're on good footing should you join the community.

Fireside Chat w/ Susan Preston

Susan Preston is fund manager for the Seattle Angel Fund. In addition, Preston is a General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington, and a Trustee for the Angel Resource Institute. Susan is a recent recipient of the 2014 Women of Valor award. Susan will be interviewed by Josh Maher, a passionate supporter of the Seattle startup community. He is the President of Seattle Angel, a non-profit focused on education at the intersection of startups and angel investing.

Vet DNA: How Military Veterans Can Add Value to Startup Organizations

Join our panel discussion for the Seattle startup community with experienced & successful veteran startup founders, executives, attorneys, and technologists on their experiences in the military and in startups and how these experiences can add value to their organizations. Panelists include: Gordon Empey – Gordon is a Partner at Cooley LLP and a Navy Veteran. Gordon focuses on corporate law is and a member of the Emerging Companies practice group. Gordon also represents a large number of venture capital firms and private equity funds. Blake Ilstrup – Blake is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Kineta, Inc. and is a Navy Veteran. Prior to joining Kineta, Blake practiced law with Cooley LLP. He has also served as Vice President and General Counsel of Qpass ushering Qpass through its sale to Amdocs for $300+ million. Dr. Phil Potter – Dr. Potter is the Director of University of Washington’s Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE). Additionally, he is an experienced entrepreneur and founder of Athlete Safety Alliance, an instructional media startup. He is also a board member of several companies and an angel investor. George Tronsrue III – George is an Army Veteran and the founder and CEO of MainNerve Federal Services Inc. George has prior experience on the Board of Directors for Infospace and iPass as well as executive leadership positions for several private and public companies, including Monet Mobile Networks, XO Communications, and e.spire Communications.

Fireside Chat w/ Jonathan Sposato

A serial entrepreneur and investor in many startups, Jonathan is currently the Chairman of Geekwire.com, the region's top technology news site, and CEO of PicMonkey the world's most popular photo-editor. He also has the distinct honor of being the first person to sell 2 companies to Google. As the CEO of Picnik, Jonathan created a category-defining (1st search result for “photo editor”) online photo editor to profitability and reached over 60M visits a month. Prior to Picnik, Jonathan founded Phatbits which went on to become Google Gadgets. Prior to Phatbits, Jonathan was a Senior Manager in Microsoft’s consumer division, personally delivering the next level of thought on key Microsoft properties to chairman Bill Gates and the company’s leadership, as well as driving the development of award-winning software applications, video games, and social communications applications. Jonathan is a graduate of Whitman College.

Fireside chat w/ Michael Mattmiller

Imagine becoming the CTO of one of America's most tech savvy cities - Seattle. That's what Michael Mattmiller faced earlier this year when he was named the city's Chief Technology Officer. It's a daunting job, but a challenge that Mattmiller is up for. His goal: Bring broadband internet coverage to everyone in the city. Join us for this fireside chat as we pick his brain on all things tech in Seattle.

Tech4Good

Tech startups are changing the world. Some entrepreneurs are specifically trying to solve major social problems. Hear their stories, at a panel featuring: Ryan Richards, founder of Serve Smart Jesse Cooke, founder of Watsi Mark Horoszowski of Moving Worlds Joshua Pineault of Genimbi

Women Founders & CoFounder Roundtable

Interested in being a founder or a cofounder? 9Mile Labs & FounderDating to host. Roundtable discussion to talk about 1) founder profiles, 2) life of a founder, 3) tips & tricks of being a founder

New Tech Seattle - Startup Week Keynote Event

New Tech Seattle (formerly Seattle Tech Meetup) is the heart of Seattle tech where you'll connect with smart, fun, creative people from across the full spectrum of our tech community. On the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of every month you'll enjoy great food and drinks, learn about new companies doing cool things, laugh, smile, and have a fun night out. We believe that the Greater Seattle Area has the greatest tech community in the country, and the more we support our full tech ecosystem the more greatness we'll all experience and create together! This month, we're featuring the following Seattle companies doing great things with new technology: Agenda: 5:30pm - Doors Open/Buffet/Drinks/Get to know your community 7:00pm - Event Begins - Community Announcements - Pres. #1: Gathered Table presented by Mary Egan - Pres. #2: Ghostruck presented by Nathanael Nienaber - Pres. #3: Mixby presented by Sam Teplitsky - Pres. #4: 3D Product Imaging presented by Darrick Morrison - Pres. #5: Reveal (formerly LikeBright) presented by Nick Soman 8:30pm - After-Party @ Jabu's (Sponsored by Ninkasi and The World is Fun)

Agile User Testing That Won't Bring You Down

This three hour workshop will provide makers with the tools and tips to improve their design process and future products. It's a chance to take a step back, talk to real users about your design, and learn how to conduct quick and dirty user-testing using minimal resources (that won’t break the bank.) Bring an idea that you have been throwing around, or an in-progress project, and we'll help you create a plan and show you how to conduct user testing to reveal invaluable insights for your great idea. Led by David Wykes and Amy Carney, with support from AIGA.

The "How to Start a Startup" series by Y-Combinator: Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann / How to Raise Money

Live Streaming: (lecture class at Stanford, taught by entrepreneurs, syndicated through local university meetups)

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Wednesday October 22


Waffle Wednesday

Waffle Wednesday is the monthly UP Global networking event for everyone in (or interested in) the Seattle entrepreneurship community.

Scaling Sales & Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

A fast-paced, action-oriented framework for building, managing and executing a scalable, predictable sales and marketing engine without breaking the bank. EO-sponsored speaker: Matt Heinz, author of Sales for Startups, founder of Heinz Marketing, Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member. Former marketer at Microsoft, Weber Schandwick and the Seattle Mariners.

Women in Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

The purpose of this event is to discuss what is known about the relative lack of female entrepreneurs, what research may be available on the topic (or needed), and anything else the panel can shed light on about the experience of women entrepreneurs and how to increase their ranks. So far, Startup Seattle Director Rebecca Lovell, entrepreneur Amanda Koster, and World Affairs Council Program Coordinator Joelle Klein have accepted the invitation. Joelle most recently led a local tour of the startup community for an international delegation of female entrepreneurs. Also invited Chemo Bites founder Kristen Rogers, Startup Seattle director Rebecca Lovell, and Giftstarter CEO Arry Yu.

Bringing Your "A" Game: Why Authenticity Matters, Whether You’re an Entrepreneur or Executive Who Serves Them

Put simply - authenticity matters. That goes for entrepreneurs, and for the executives who serve them. Join us as Laura Miller, President of Small Business Card at Chase, and Shauna Causey, VP of Marketing at Decide.com, both leaders within the entrepreneurial and executive worlds, discuss what authenticity means to them. This discussion will be moderated by Arry Yu, CEO of Giftstarter. Laura Miller Laura is the President of Small Business Card at Chase. She is a member of the Card Services Executive Team. Laura was previously the Managing Director of Commercial Banking Products & Sales for the Global Commercial Card business. She was responsible for product management, and sales, and relationship management for the commercial card products in the Middle Market and Commercial Banking business segments. Laura joined JPMorgan Chase in 2009 after an 11 year career with American Express where she served in a variety of leadership roles in the commercial card division, including operations, servicing, sales, relationship management, strategy and centralized utilities. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona and resides in New York City with her family. Shauna Causey Shauna is the VP of Marketing for Decide.com. She started her career with the Seattle Mariners, when she was just 15 years old and worked in nearly every department of the organization throughout high school and college. Over the last 18 years, Shauna has had leadership roles in teams involved with digital media marketing, innovation, strategic planning, community building, social media, design, public relations and operations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for three nonprofits and acts as a marketing advisor for three startups, the City of Seattle and King County on digital media and innovation initiatives.

Mentor Hours

Several area mentors have 15 minute time slots for you to ask any question about design, marketing, startup and more.

Startup Valuation Strategies & Impacts

Join us for a discussion focused on valuation trends and the many ways valuation impacts your startup. From founders and key employee ownership to significant tax arising from valuation and deal term dynamics, this session will equip participants with tools to build sound financial models, including identifying sources of earnings and cash flows that will unlock shareholder value. Led by Ben Straughan and Jim Carroll of Perkins Coie (recently named “Law Firm of the Year” for both Venture Capital and Patent Law by US News & World Report), participants will leave with knowledge necessary to avoid common missteps and drive business growth.

Fireside Chat with Sir Mix-A-Lot

Exploring the intersection of technology, music and entrepreneurship.

Life Support: Know When to Pull the Plug on Your Idea/Project

Want to know what it is like to fail and still be alive to talk about it. Come join Nick Hughes, Jay Weeldreyer, Michael Grabham and Startup attorney Joe Wallin for a guided pub crawl around Pioneer Square starting at the Impact HUB at 2 pm...Bring your umbrellas to enjoy 3 pubs and numerous experiences about how to handle failure gracefully and legally.

Valuation for Start Ups and Social Enterprises

Speakers: Eric Camm of the Apex Law Group, LLP, Alan Chaffee of TurningPoint Consulting; Nick Howe of TurningPoint Consulting. Description: Come learn what factors to consider when creating or applying a valuation to your early stage or start up venture. Find out how to position yourself in manner that maximizes the valuation you can get for your company with your first capital raise or angel investor.

The Five-Spot: Hard Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Ian Lurie, CEO Portent, Inc., will tell us the lessons he's learned during his time as an entrepreneur.

Node in the Enterprise - Building a Scalable Node Apps and Deploying them to the Cloud

So you've played around with Node, but can you really use it to build scalable, enterprise-grade software? Yes! Ryan Roemer (Formidable Labs), Brock Whitten (Harp) and Ken Perkins (Rackspace) will share their thoughts on how to Node in production.

Pitches and Beer

Founders, come meet Angels and pitch them. This will be a great opportunity to meet angel investors in the Seattle area. There will be the chance to pitch them and see if they want to learn more!

Seattle Startup Week Keynote - RICH BARTON

Join us at Kane Hall on the UW campus for an amazing Seattle Startup Week keynote talk! Rich Barton, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zillow - 7 pm Rich is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zillow. He served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from the company’s inception in 2005 until September 2010 when he passed the baton to Spencer Rascoff. Before co-founding Zillow, Rich founded Expedia inside Microsoft in 1994. Expedia was spun out of Microsoft in a 1999 IPO and Rich served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director until 2003. Rich is also co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Glassdoor, a social career and jobs community, where you can rate and review your company, search for jobs, and see how your salary stacks up internally and externally. He also is co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Seattle-based Trover, a mobile app helping people find and share their “discoveries” around the world. In addition, Rich dedicates time as a venture partner at Benchmark Capital and serving on the boards of directors at Netflix, Avvo, RealSelf, NextDoor, and YearUp. He is also an active angel investor with stakes in innovative startups such as Hotel Tonight, Hipmunk, Room 77, Decide, Qliance, Duetto, Seattle Bank, Revinate, and Frontdesk. Rich earned a bachelor's in General Engineering: Industrial Economics from Stanford University.

The New Stack WarmUp
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The role of Docker, orchestration and contaimer ecosystems on the platforms of the new stack. We'll be having discussions, doing interviews and trading stories about this new movement. Come meet The New Stack Founder Alex Williams and enjoy some food, drink and conversation at the amazing EMP venue.

How VR Will Change the Way We Work

Forest Gibson, Co-Founder of Impossible Object, a Seattle based VR development Lab, leads this session on how virtual reality will change the ways we design games, products, marketing campaigns and more. Learn what you can do to keep your skills relevant and take advantage of opportunities opening up in this new industry.

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Thursday October 23


Woman of Presence

What does it mean to be a woman of presence? How do we apply that to the startup world? Coffee & a round of breakfast pasteries.

How to Get Free Legal Support from the UW Law School

Free law clinic for Startups

Jumpstart Office Hours with Venture Scale

The VentureScale Jumpstart program is an individual coaching support program based on a best-in-class curriculum for entrepreneurs. The course is delivered in a customized one-on-one manner but follows a structured Lean Startup process. The course is designed for early stage startups or for small businesses interested seeking to reach a new phase of growth. Sign up for a 30-minute timeslot during Startup Week during their office hours to explore how you might jumpstart your next venture!

Autopsy: Digging Deep to Discover Where it All Went Wrong

Interview and Q & A session with Terry Drayton of Storrage, who shares his learning experience starting Homegrocer.com and raising $500 million. Jeff Martens, co-founder & CEO of CPUsage. A Tech Crunch Disrupt presenter, with four employees, having raised almost $1M, closed it's doors at its Portland Headquarters earlier this year.

Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Startups

In Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Startups you will learn the fundamentals of intellectual property law that every startup must know and how to avoid the most common intellectual property mistakes made by startups.

Alliance of Angels Workshop: Angel Investing Data & Trends

Join us for an interactive session with Rob Wiltbank, who will analyze published data on angel investing and provide guidance on parsing fact versus fiction. Rob will also share the latest data from his own research on angel returns, as well as from the HALO Report, a collaborative research effort of the Angel Resource Institute and Silicon Valley Bank. Rob is CEO of Galois, a computer science R&D firm headquartered in Portland OR, focused on the trustworthiness of systems. Prior to joining Galois, Rob was a professor at Willamette University for 10 years, where he continues to run an angel investing fund with 2nd year MBA students that was selected as one of the top 10 entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc Magazine. Rob has served on the boards of two acquired companies, Veriwave and Max-Viz, and currently serves on the board of Galois, Tozny, and the Angel Resource Institute. In 2013 Rob received the Hans Severeins Award, a national award from the United States angel investment community, for his academic research and service to the field of angel investing. He is co-author of two books, Effectual Entrepreneurship and The Catalyst, as well as many academic articles. As part of the Angel Resource Institute board he leads the Halo report and Investment returns data projects. He completed his PhD in Strategic Management at the University of Washington, and undergraduate work in finance and accounting at Oregon State University.

Everything I Screwed Up While Scaling Up

Both Andy and Russell have build and sold companies. They will share how they screwed up along the way but still managed to succeed. EO-sponsored speakers: Andy Liu, angel investor in over 40 startups, CEO of Buddy TV, Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member and Russell Benaroya, CEO of EveryMove.com, EO member, on a mission to improve the health of 10 million people in 10 years.

VC Panel Discussion: What We Look for Before We Fund a Startup

Join us for a panel discussion of VCs on what they look for before they fund a startup. This is a great event for any startup considering raising funds and wants to learn what it takes to do it successfully.

Re-imagining Power: Startup Opportunities in the Changing Energy Landscape

The way we receive and distribute energy has taken a major shift in the last decade. With greater demand for real time information, a focus on efficiency and an expansion in the types of resource we utilize, there are tremendous opportunities for startups across the board. Jimmy Jia, the co-founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management and head of the Energy Program at Pinchot University, will discuss his own startup path and shifts in the wider industry. Jimmy is also the the Chair for the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest and a member of the events committee of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA).

Public Tour of 220 & Change

220 & Change is a beautiful, historic building – but it is so much more. It is a living switchboard for the common good. A dynamic business center and a place where spontaneous connections can happen anywhere – at an event, around the lunch table or passing on the staircase. It’s a place where changemakers, entrepreneurs, savvy optimists and practical dreamers get great stuff done – right in the middle of thriving and diverse Pioneer Square! Come explore 220 & Change and learn about the three anchor tenants: Pinchot: a university for the common good; Social Venture Partners and Impact Hub (Basecamp hosts!)

Startup Hall Open House

We believe in the potential for innovation at the crossroads of campus and commerce. We can’t do it without your awesome energy. Bring it! Music, food, and drink will be accompanied by some short remarks (we promise). Admission is free, but registration is required.

How to Find and Pay for an Intern from UW

Learn about the Lavin program. A scholarship program for entrepreneurship majors which offers a match for startup internship wages.

Walking Tour - Madrona, 9Mile Labs, SURF Incubator

Madrona Venture Group, SURF Incubator, and 9Mile Labs all share the same building in downtown Seattle. Join us for a walking tour, see the offices, meet the partners, ask questions, network with your entrepreneurial peers. We’ll meet at the SURF space on the 7th floor and tour the new SURF with Seaton Gras, We’ll make a stop at 9Mile Labs to get an overview and answer your questions about the accelerator program, next we’ll head up stairs to visit Madrona Venture Group to learn about about the prominent Seattle venture capital firm.

Happy Hour with Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie LLP invites you for drinks and appetizers in the WeWork lounge. Meet the partners and mingle with other leaders in the community. Perkins Coie represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from start-ups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. Lisa Weeks, Fortunato Vega, and Dan Savage host 6pm-8pm with the 601 Club

Fledge5 "Demo Day"

Come be inspired by the seven newest "fledglings" of Fledge, the conscious company accelerator. Seven startups from around the world, all both mission-driven and for-profit. Missions include: making cotton recyclable, affordable cookstoves in Ethiopia, free speech from Georgia (Republic of), the only domestic escargot in America, alleviating poverty in Kenya via entrepreneurship, green bulding in China, and transparency in American government. Plus dinner by Project Feast, training refugee women.

The "How to Start a Startup" series by Y-Combinator: Alfred Lin Company Culture and Building a Team, Part 1

Live Streaming: (lecture class at Stanford, taught by entrepreneurs, syndicated through local university meetups)

Creating Your Story Bootcamp

This interactive bootcamp will teach you the secret sauce to presenting your company's brand story with passion and conviction to activate the magic button inside your audience.

The Future of Software, APIs and the Internet of Things

With the proliferation of connected phones, watches and even credit cards what does that mean for companies who build APIs? What are the best practices for producing APIs, consuming APIs and just getting everything work? John Sheehan (Runscope) and Jim Heising (Bug Labs) will share their thoughts on the future of APIs and tooling.

Seattle Startup Week Keynote - ROB GLASER

UPDATE: The venue has been moved to Startup Hall on the UW campus. 1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle, WA 98105 _________________________________________________________________________________ Join us at Startup Hall on the UW campus for another amazing Seattle Startup Week keynote! Rob Glaser, founder, chairman and interim CEO of RealNetworks, Inc. (Real) – 7 pm Rob is an Internet, technology and media pioneer. Under Rob’s direction, Real introduced the groundbreaking RealAudio®, followed by RealVideo® and RealPlayer® Cloud. Rob founded Real in 1994 and served as CEO until January 2010. During that time, Rob successfully steered the company through its initial public offering. In July 2012, Rob returned to Real as interim CEO, and was made permanent CEO in July 2014, to help lead the company through its next period of transformation and innovation. Prior to RealNetworks, Rob spent 10 years at Microsoft in a number of roles, including vice president of Multimedia and Consumer Systems. Under his guidance, Rob’s team set the engineering standard for integrating multimedia hardware and software into PCs. Rob has served on several non-profit boards and committees, including an appointment by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Rob is a graduate of Yale University, with a Master of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Science in computer science.

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Friday October 24


The Honest Truth: Quitting Your Job & Being a Fulltime Startup CEO

Ever wonder what it's like to quit your very well paid job that you've been working over a decade on? What's that mean? Have any questions? Want the unfiltered truth? Come by!

Seattle "Need to Know"

There's a steep learning curve involved when you move anywhere new. Who are the startups to know in Seattle? Who are the movers and shakers? Notable exits, VC's. A top-line overview of the Seattle startup community.

10 Marketing Strategies for Launching a New Business

What marketing connects with prospects to launch your product or service? This is a testable hypothesis, and modern marketing gives you ample data for determining when to persist and when to abandon one ship for another. Join veteran C-Suite marketer Ellen Valentine (Evangelist for IBM Silverpop) and entrepreneur Brian Rants (Director of Marketing for DMX) for a roundtable discussion on: - What you do (and don’t) need in your marketing infrastructure - How to run lean today without compromising scale tomorrow - Why you need to the feedback loop in your marketing so you know what is connecting with prospects - How behavioral marketing allows you to test your assumptions and then make adjustments accordingly LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED, but space is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Random Acts of Cupcakes

​It's not about the cupcakes. Building a foundational culture of trust, collaboration and fun for a sustainable business. EO-sponsored speaker: Jody Hall, founder of Cupcake Royale, Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member, former marketing lead for Starbucks, helping scale the company's growth in early years.​

In Ferment - The Beauty and Health of Fermenting Your Own

Come to hear about the quality of fermented foods and get a start off for your own fermenting journey in a water-seal ceramic crocks, thrown by Hadar Iron, a Seattle ceramist who leads workshops and a fermenting-explorer. In Ferment crocks are made through traditional high fire ceramics, which is enhanced by the efficient production of probiotics, and reopen our minds to Art practices.

Coding Dojo Demo Day

Come see what the talented Full Stack Developers at Coding Dojo have to offer! Coding Dojo, Startup Weekend Bellevue, and Seattle Startup Week have partnered together to celebrate the accomplishments of Coding Dojo's students, the end of Seattle Startup Week and to kick off Startup Weekend Bellevue! At Demo Day, you'll have the opportunity to see projects that Coding Dojo students have built from the ground up with the knowledge they have gained through the 12-week course. Projects include games, social media platforms, and other creative projects that highlight Coding Dojo student's full stack capabilities. Dinner and Networking event is included. Agenda: 5:00pm Coding Dojo Project Demo's Begin 5:45pm Guest Speakers 6:00pm Individual Demo's & Networking 6:30pm Catered Dinner & Networking with Startup Weekend Bellevue 7:20pm Keynote Kickoff of Startup Weekend Bellevue

Sports Tech Meetup and Social

We are a group of sports fans, entrepreneurs, scientists, developers, engineers, and anyone who is interested in the intersection of sports and technology today. Join us to discuss analytics, platforms, APIs, software and technology as it relates to sports!

Startup Weekend Bellevue
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to be an Entrepreneur? Have you thought about it? Sure you’ve thought about it. Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? Who doesn’t want to experience creating something with your own hard work, guts and brains? But…You have questions about: - The Professional and Personal Challenges - The High and Lows - The Failures and the Success If you want these questions answered -If you want to experience the Startup process -If you want to work in a team environment with other Startupreneurs -If you want to experience pitching an idea -If you want to present in front of leading local entrepreneurs - Then join us this weekend in Bellevue for an event that may change the trajectory of your life.





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