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Sunday, October 1
 

10:00am

Sharktank Workshop for Teens: Pitching to Adult Investors as a Youth Entrepreneur

Are you ready to launch your own startup? Come learn how to do it straight from Seattle's real tech CEOs!

In this workshop, Leslie Feinzaig, the Founder & CEO of Venture Kits and Seattle Female Founders Alliance, will show you how to pitch an idea in front of investors... just like they do in Sharktank. You'll work in teams with other aspiring student entrepreneurs to brainstorm a business idea and create a pitch for it. At the end of the workshop, each team will get to pitch their idea on stage for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. 

And, by the way, you'll be mentored by leading Seattle CEOs!

This is a great opportunity to learn some important foundational skills in starting a business while getting a flavor of the startup culture in Seattle. We think it will be the most fun event in all of Seattle Startup Week!

Ages: Middle - High School

IMPORTANT REMINDERS 
- lunch will be provided
- bring a laptop if you have one 
- please show up at 9:50 at the latest so we can start on time!
- Enter name and info into this google form once you have signed up https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HOSNpCBR1v_aH3SL1EDGcvBQVnYwEL4-EEUIXzf2vK0/edit


Moderators
avatar for Angela Lin

Angela Lin

Founder and CEO, Innovateen LLC
Angela Lin is a Senior at Seattle Prep and one of the organizers for Seattle Startup Week's Youth Track this year. She is the Founder and CEO of a cross-school social venture called Innovateen, an organization that seeks to connect high school students with business and tech indu... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Feinzaig

Leslie Feinzaig

Founder & CEO, Female Founders Alliance & Venture Kits
Leslie Feinzaig is a tech executive and entrepreneur on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship. Leslie is Founder & CEO of Venture Kits - games that turn kids into CEOs through play. Her one-of-a-kind, inspirational concept has garnered critical acclaim, including features in Today Show Parents, Fox 10 News, the Seattle Times and... Read More →


Sunday October 1, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Monday, October 2
 

8:00am

Token Sales
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The presentation will provide an overview of key challenges and opportunities presented by blockchain tokens and tokenization, with a focus on the current regulatory landscape applied to token sales.  


Speakers
avatar for J. Dax Hansen

J. Dax Hansen

Chair of Fintech and Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Industry groups, Perkins Coie LLP
J. Dax Hansen is a Partner at Perkins Coie LLP and Chair of the firm's Fintech and Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Industry groups and a member of the firm’s Technology, Transactions and Privacy practice group. He has an extensive background in providing legal guidance... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am
Perkins Coie 1201 3rd Avenue, #4900, Seattle, WA 98101

9:00am

Monday Morning: Breakfast, Coffee, & Open Networking
Please join us at Basecamp every morning during the week for a light breakfast, coffee, and open networking. The free food will be available while supplies last.

Monday's breakfast is brought to you by Wicket Labs. Thank you, Wicket Labs!

9:00am

AI in Real Estate
This panel discussion will feature Devyn Cairns, CTO at CityBldr; Bridget Frey, CTO at Redfin; and Sam DeBord, VP of Strategic Growth at Coldwell Banker Danforth in a discussion on how companies leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to power new real estate products.  

Moderators
avatar for Gabriel Jones

Gabriel Jones

Stealth Mode AR/VR/MR
Gabriel Jones is the CEO of a stealthy Seattle startup building the future of human-computer interaction by leveraging computer vision and AI to re-imagine presence. He’s negotiated complex deals in Japanese over karaoke and bad sake, led M&A on Wall Street, and worked with Bill Gates utilizing data to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Devyn Cairns

Devyn Cairns

CTO, CityBldr
Devyn Cairns is CTO and Co-founder of CityBldr. Coding since the age of seven, Devyn is a self-taught software engineer, and dropped out of UBC to pursue CityBldr full time in 2016. He's contributed to numerous open-source coding projects and has been building the CityBldr app fo... Read More →
avatar for Sam DeBord

Sam DeBord

VP of Strategic Growth, Coldwell Banker Danforth
Sam DeBord is managing broker for Seattle Homes Group and Coldwell Banker Danforth. Seattle Homes Group is the top-producing team for the top-producing full-service real estate office in Seattle. He is 2016 President-Elect of Seattle King County REALTORS®, and a writer for numerous real estate news outlets. | | Sam started his career in technology and management consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has used that background to create a prolific internet lead generation and conversion system. He has gained real estate recognition as part of the T3 Swanepoel Power 200's top 20 Social Influencers. | | As a speaker and writer, Sam is known in the real estate industry for being on the cutting edge of issues ranging from technology to legislative policy. He has served as a director and spokesperson for local, state, and national... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Frey

Bridget Frey

CTO, Redfin
As Redfin’s Chief Technology Officer, Bridget leads the software engineering team, which she has grown to more than 150 engineers in Seattle and San Francisco. Her mission is to build technology that makes the process of buying and selling a home less complicated and less stressf... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Mithun 1201 Alaskan Way # 200, Seattle, WA 98101

9:30am

Copyright 101: Protecting your Content
Ever wonder about copyrighting? How do you protect your content legally and what rights do you have once you do? Come to this session to hear from copyright lawyer and business owner George Brunt for insight on what to do to protect your content. With over 12 years of legal and business experience, George’s focus is on helping clients secure, protect and leverage their intellectual property rights to achieve success in their field.

Moderators
avatar for Brooke Hubbard

Brooke Hubbard

Owner, Social Media Marketing Strategist, MBMedia
Brooke Hubbard, founder of MBMedia, is a Boston University and University of Washington graduate with a high-energy personality that throws paint all across the canvas of life. Upon returning to Seattle, she started a Social Media and Digital Media business providing strategy and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George Brunt

George Brunt

Attorney, Lee & Hayes, PLLC
George represents clients in the areas of copyright, trademark, corporate, entertainment and media law. With over 12 years of legal and business experience, George’s focus is on helping clients secure, protect and leverage their intellectual property rights to achieve success in their field. | In addition to his legal career, George has founded several companies in fields such as tech/telecom, retail, education, and the music industry... Read More →


10:00am

New Seattlers UX Fishbowl

Theme – Experiencing the city through the lens of new Seattlers, and their hopes and dreams for the future.

This will be a unique tapestry of insights into Seattle as seen through the user experience of people from across the world who have made this city their new home. The moderated session will explore experiences across a wide range of topics, including the high’s and low’s of their early years in the city. The session will appeal to old Seattle residents as well, who will get great value from listening to the stories of panelists as the city changes with the times.  Besides taking in the experiences that brought them here, the panel will also explore the future they dream of for the city and what they see as the big challenges we need to overcome on the way there. Hopefully valuable take-away’s for city leaders of all kinds!

Moderators
avatar for Sunil Kishore

Sunil Kishore

Founder CEO, Orgex Partners
I'm delighted to lead this track at SSW 2017 where we're hoping to bring the real experiences of leaders from around the world into the room, as they focus on building their futures. We'll be talking about their high's and low's, and their take on a bunch of things that new and o... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jide Akanbi

Jide Akanbi

Jide is an Entrepreneurial and Results Oriented Marketing & Product Executive who's been at top companies like Microsoft for many years. Jide came to the US from Nigeria over twenty years ago, and is advising several start up's in Seattle at this time.
avatar for Jeffrey Cone

Jeffrey Cone

Principal and Founder at The Hubb Group. Jeffrey has held a number of senior positions at global organizations such as Pepsico and UBS. Jeffrey specializes in Executive coaching and has been leading the Global Intercultural Community of Practice.
avatar for Mathew Quinlan

Mathew Quinlan

Mathew is currently Senior Director, Product Marketing, Bing at Microsoft. Mathew is a graduate of Keble College, Oxford University. He has lived and worked in the US for the last 7 years in numerous product roles at Microsoft.
avatar for Steven Sun

Steven Sun

Steven is a Director and High-Tech Client Service Partner at Revel Consulting here in Seattle. Coming into the USA as a young person from China, Steve has lived in New York before moving to Seattle for his MBA at UW and several exciting career moves since then.


10:00am

Hardware Startup Fundamentals
Looking to make your device and build a successful company? Or perhaps you are simply curious as to what the journey entails? Listen as Andy Silber breaks the process down into simple, actionable steps that you can take to make your vision a reality.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Silber, PMP, of Fiat Veritas

Andy Silber, PMP, of Fiat Veritas

Fiat Veritas, Project Management Consultant
Andy Silber is a seasoned Senior Project Management Consultant at Fiat Veritas. He has over 20 years of experience in improving product quality and designing new products. Andy has worked as a project manager for top companies in the Seattle area such as Product Creation Studio... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
thinkspace Redmond 8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052

10:00am

Map Your Leadership Circuit: Are You Wired for Startup Leadership?
Are YOU wired for startup leadership? In a startup, your team’s success depends leadership in an environment of scarcity and ambiguity. Organizations become an extension of who you are. Thus, it’s important that you raise your leadership awareness and adopt the right leadership style.

Join us to self-assess your own leadership style and consider opportunities to grow.  We'll also preview what you can learn from other Leadership track sessions during the week.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Pelto

Melissa Pelto

Melissa Pelto is an enthusiastic and strategic B2B marketing communications professional, and new Seattleite. With a passion for the emerging FinTech ecosystem and growth-stage IT software companies, Melissa has over 12 years of internal and external communications experience and... Read More →
avatar for Venus Rekow

Venus Rekow

Founder, Neural Shifts
Venus Rekow is the founder of Neural Shifts, a consulting firm specialized in developing  leaders and driving organizational culture change to help CEO’s delivered outstanding results using applied neuroscience. Clients include Fortune 500 & mid-size and small companies. She is w... Read More →


10:00am

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions (Monday)
Meet one on one with experts and members of Seattle business community! Read the mentor bios below and follow the link to Slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive early to check in!
Again, go to Slotted. Signing up here on Sched does not guarantee you the appointment! If you walk in without booking a slot you'll be put in a waiting list.
http://slotted.co/techstarswseattle17

Moderators
avatar for Fuzz Azni

Fuzz Azni

Program Coordinator, Apprenti
Fuzz is a people enthusiast who loves exploring the relationship between talent and business growth. He is passionate about human resources, video games, and fried chicken. His current life dream is to eventually live for a few years in Japan. He owns a Shiba Inu that he forces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Adler

Dennis Adler

Alliance of Angels
Dennis Adler founded D. Adler & Associates after leaving Microsoft in 2006 to spend more time on his own pursuits. With over 30 years of experience in technology-related businesses, he brings a unique blend of talent and experience (from both inside and outside the USA) to his ma... Read More →
avatar for Lizzy Ellingson

Lizzy Ellingson

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, Blueprint Registry
Lizzy is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Blueprint Registry, an innovative registry platform. Lizzy most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at Showman Design, LLC, a creative design consulting company where she managed all art direction, relationships, and new business acquisitions. Prior to that, Lizzy contracted for Microsoft on Windows 7, Xbox and Zune. Lizzy began her career as a designer at Tether Inc, a full-service advertising, and design agency. | | Lizzy graduated from the University of Washington where she received a B.A. in Visual Communication Design and holds a Masters in Design from the School of Visual Arts. In 2014, Lizzy was named Print... Read More →
avatar for David D. Harris

David D. Harris

Startup Advocate, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
David is the Startup Advocate for the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development where he supports tech startups through the StartupSeattle program. In his role, he also helps to lead the TechHire initiative for the Seattle region, which aims to connect women, people of col... Read More →
avatar for Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela is a native Seattleite who’s spent the last fifteen years in HR leadership roles at Seattle based companies including Microsoft, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela enjoys being creative and solving probl... Read More →
avatar for Michael Schutzler

Michael Schutzler

CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association
Michael Schutzler is an entrepreneur, engineer, science geek, and first-generation immigrant. He is the CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Before joining the WTIA, Michael led the merger of Livemocha – a community of 17 million language learners – with the popular education software company Rosetta Stone. He also built Classmates.com into the first profitable social media application, transformed online marketing at Monster.com, and grew the online gaming business at RealNetworks to become a global... Read More →


10:00am

Being The CEO Of Your Own Life - how personal development can #UplevelYourSuccess in business
Limited Capacity seats available

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you for your interest. We're not able to accept registrations after 10/1/2017 7:00 PM. We hope to see you at our other events!



VENUE:

AMAZON DAY 1 BUILDING

2121 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (map)

Registration required - 140 seats available on a first-come-first seated basis

 

SCHEDULE:

10:00 AM  Doors Open - Checking in & Networking

10:30 AM  Doors Close - Panel begins

11:30 AM  Panel Ends - Open Q&A

12:00 PM  Event Ends


“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development.” - Jim Rohn, legendary entrepreneur, author, speaker

And yet, as hard-charging business owners, we often sacrifice our personal needs in favor of working one more hour or one more weekend. But does that extra hour or weekend really translate into the desired ROI for your business?

Or perhaps it’s time to turn the lens inwards. Personal development is about taking the time and, making the commitment, to invest in the greatest resource in your business – you.

Join us for a moderated panel where successful Founders, CEOs, and Investor-Mentors share their personal stories of how personal development helped them become better leaders, make wiser decisions, and become the entrepreneur they needed to be, in order to bring their business to the next level.


YOU WILL LEARN:

  • About shared challenges -- no matter the type of business or entrepreneur -- and how you can triumph them
  • Practical wisdom you can apply in-real-life for uncertain times
  • Personal development tools and tips for unlocking your next level of success in life and business

At the end of the panel, the floor will be opened up to questions from the audience. This is your chance to ask for advice and tips to bring your business from where it is, to where you want it to be! Seating is limited - do reserve your spot.

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Moderators
avatar for Tay & Val

Tay & Val

Co-Founders, @taynval & M Meditation
“Stop living in your expired stories. Start living out yourself.” — @taynval.  Everything Tay & Val do is grounded in the intention to help people to lead their best lives. Conscious companies and visionary leaders go to Tay & Val to find their "Why" and answer their "What's Next?" as they navigate their personal transformations, cultivate a conscious workplace, and make their legacy impact. | | Award-winning filmmakers Tay... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ann Dorgan

Ann Dorgan

CEO, Gumball Enterprises
“Our goal is to liberate people. All people. Whether that be ourselves, business leaders, community leaders or those who are enslaved.” — Ann @gumballsocial.  For the last 20 years Ann has worked as a strategic advisor, executive coach, facilitator, and leader in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Clients say... Read More →
avatar for Michel Feaster

Michel Feaster

CEO and Co-Founder, Usermind
“I was afraid, and that’s not a good enough reason not to do it.” — @michelfeaster. Michel’s enterprise software career spans more than 20 years with roles in sales, product, marketing, and general management. Before founding Usermind, Michel was VP of products at Apptio, where s... Read More →
avatar for Donte Parks

Donte Parks

VP of Culture, Substantial
“Discovering personal taste is a journey of self-discovery. Enjoy the ride.” — @iamdonte. As one of the company's founders, Donte is the VP at digital product studio Substantial. He is dedicated to creating an environment that supports and inspires his team, and to ensuring that Substantial is an active member of its various communities. He's Vice Chair of the executive committee for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, helping to shape the neighborhood where he lives and works for the better. He is also on the board of directors for Unloop, a nonprofit teaching tech skills to incarcerated individuals to reduce recidivism. He is an occasional public speaker, usually on the topic of diversity... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Sposato

Jonathan Sposato

Chairman and Co-Founder, Geekwire.com
“You can redefine anything, if you choose to.” — @jonathansposato. A successful serial entrepreneur and investor in many startups, Jonathan is Chairman and co-founder of Geekwire.com, one of the tech sector’s top news sites, and Chairman and co-founder of PicMonkey, the world’s most fun and popular photo-editor. | | He also has the distinct honor of being the first person to sell 2 companies to Google. | | In 2016, Jonathan made headlines when he announced he would be the first technology investor to only invest in female-founded companies moving forward... Read More →
avatar for Martin Tobias

Martin Tobias

CEO, Bulletproof Labs
“Remember success is up to individual not the class.” — @martingtobias.  A serial entrepreneur and investor who lives in Seattle, Martin has invested in over 50 startups, been CEO multiple times (Loudeye Technologies, Imperium Renewables, Tippr); and is currently CEO of Bulletproof Labs, a next generation wellness company based in Santa Monica. He has raised over $500M over his career including taking a company public. | | Prior to starting his own... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Amazon Day 1 Building 2121 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

10:30am

Trademarks 101: Branding Your Business
How imporant is it really to get a trademark for your brand?
If you're just starting a business or have one that's growing, it's time to start thinking about trademarks and what you need to protect. Join us for this session on the basics of trademarks, why they are important, and how to get one. The session will be led by Lee & Hayes partner Rhett Barney, an experienced trademark lawyer adept at advising clients on worldwide trademark and copyright protection and enforcement strategies, the selection and clearance of trademarks, and the management of global portfolios.

Moderators
avatar for Brooke Hubbard

Brooke Hubbard

Owner, Social Media Marketing Strategist, MBMedia
Brooke Hubbard, founder of MBMedia, is a Boston University and University of Washington graduate with a high-energy personality that throws paint all across the canvas of life. Upon returning to Seattle, she started a Social Media and Digital Media business providing strategy and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rhett Barney

Rhett Barney

Attorney, Partner, Lee & Hayes, PLLC
Rhett’s practice includes advising clients on worldwide trademark and copyright protection and enforcement strategies, the selection and clearance of trademarks, and the management of global portfolios. He works with clients to obtain domestic and foreign trademark registrations, handles trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and... Read More →


11:00am

Ecommerce wins: the digital transformation of holdout retail categories
There's certain things that you would never. Buy. Online. 

Or wouldn't you?

Deeply entrenched shopping habits kept entire sectors confined to physical retail for years, even when just about everything else moved online. Products that we need to see, touch, feel, or try before we buy - which is why, until recently, as little as 10% of all beauty purchases took place online. Yet somehow, all of a sudden, there's a seismic migration underway, fueled by social media celebs, digital first brands, and better shopping experiences.

Why are some categories slower to migrate online? How can retailers and brands break through entrenched offline shopping habits?   What recommendations do you have for online marketers? Where and how do you find the consumer? How do you replace trial? What is worth investing in vs. not? These lessons from the fashion & beauty space are relevant for all retailers and digital marketers today. 

Katlyn Gao and Michelle Liu are beauty and fashion industry experts with decades of combined experience. They've taken to market some of the world's most popular brands - like Coach, Lululemon, Olay, Mac and La Mer - from power seats atop industry leaders like LVMH and Sephora. They join us from San Francisco for a can't miss fireside discussion on the state, and future, of retail's most challenging categories.


Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Charnas

Alexandra Charnas

Co-Founder, Zibbli
I am passionate about sparking innovation by bringing intelligent and driven people together to build amazing things. My experience as a financial and business strategy analyst helped me grow the analytics teams for two startups before starting my own venture.

Speakers
avatar for Katlyn Gao

Katlyn Gao

Katlyn is a retail leader passionate about all things that drive customers to buy what they didn’t know they needed. A strategy consultant by training, she has scaled global digital and omnichannel businesses in categories ranging from mass drugstore to luxury beauty and fashion... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Liu

Michelle Liu

Michelle Liu is a marketing executive and beauty industry veteran. Today she is the head of global brand strategy for LVMH-owned Ole Henriksen skincare, with an emphasis on creative, branding, and product. | | Her love of all things beauty and passion for creativity led her from her first job on Wall Street (mergers... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

Three Secrets of Business Networking That Pay Off

Make the most of Seattle Startup Week’s outstanding networking opportunities. Learn how to make business connections that pay off!

Startups success relies on much more than a great idea. Having the right network and fostering deep relationships can lead to new customers, partners and investors. But, networking is much more than simply showing up.

Learn three networking secrets that will transition you from cold-calling to having opportunities knock down your door. Lisa Ann Pinkerton will outline a tested, simple and systematic process for building an engaged network that pay off in the short- and long-term. You will discover:

  • Compelling introductions that leave listeners asking “how do you do that?”
  • Tricks for jumping in and out of conversations
  • Tips for reading body language
  • Knowing when it’s time to leave a conversation
  • Follow up that turns contacts into cash


From the newsroom to the boardroom, Lisa Ann Pinkerton has used her keen analytical skills to share cleantech stories with the world for nearly two decades. Most recently she was named a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2017. She is Founder and President of Technica Communications, Founder and Chairwoman of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, Co-Founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker.

Lisa Ann started her career as a broadcast journalist for nearly a decade. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, PBS Television, NBC and other US news outlets. Lisa Ann holds the degrees Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Art Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Women in CleanTech & Sustainability
From the newsroom to the boardroom, Lisa Ann Pinkerton has used her keen analytical skills to share cleantech stories with the world for nearly two decades. Most recently she was named a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2017. She is Founder and President of... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dorsey & Whitney (61st Floor) 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Startup Journey from Idea to Exit Today

In this session on corporate innovation, learn about how:

  1. A tsunami of emerging technologies is coming and transforming businesses in ways we could never imagine before

  2. To succeed in this quickly changing world, corporations need to accelerate their innovation journey internally and engage with external startup ecosystem

  3. Startups need to engage with a customer before developing a product and engagement with corporations becomes even higher priority

  4. In the digital world, startups require much less Venture Capital funding, so corporate innovation and corporate investment become even more important


Speakers
avatar for Andrey Zhulenev

Andrey Zhulenev

Vice President, Silicon Valley Innovation Center
Andy Zhulenev is Vice President at the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, responsible for Corporate Innovation Services. He brings over 20 years of industry experience, in-depth technology expertise and good understanding of both enterprise and startup environments.   Andy worked in management consulting, private equity, IT services, and has been part of or founded four different startups. Over the last 5 years, his primary focus was on corporate innovation, new product development and startup... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

11:00am

Accelerators & Incubators for Startups
If you need some guidance in creating your startup, how about applying to an incubator or accelerator? Listen as Kevin Croy of 9Mile Labs leads the discussion on the benefits that an accelerator or incubator can bring to your business.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Croy

Kevin Croy

Co-Founder, 9Mile Labs
Kevin Croy is Co-Founder and Partner of 9Mile Labs, a startup accelerator-turned-Micro Venture Capital fund based in Seattle, WA focused on finding and funding the best pre-seed Business-to-Business startups. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded five startups, two of which (Lostpedia and Jupiter Hosting) successfully exited. Kevin is a technologist and enterprise architect with hands-on experience in a broad range of Internet technologies, blockchain, data center infrastructure, and development tools. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris DeVore

Chris DeVore

Managing Partner, Founders’ Co-op
Chris DeVore is Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund, and also Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, the region’s most selective startup accelerator. Previously a co-founder of Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ: SAPE) and Judy's Book (backed by Mobius VC and Ignition Partners), Chris also created outdoor retailer Patagonia's online retailing channel and led product and business strategy teams at... Read More →
avatar for Tim Enger

Tim Enger

Head of Strategy & Business Development, Microsoft Accelerator


Monday October 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
thinkspace Redmond 8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052

11:00am

David vs. Goliath (Competing for Top Engineers Against Seattle Giants)

So, you’re growing exponentially and need top talent to push your startup to the next level. Now what? This round table discussion will explore the main drivers for engineering candidates and align them with what your startup needs to offer. This is your chance to hear from the people who spend day in and day out deciphering candidates desires and matching them with companies who are navigating what it means to compete in this hot Seattle market.



Moderators
avatar for Shauna Swerland

Shauna Swerland

CEO, Fuel Talent
Shauna Swerland is the founder and CEO of Fuel Talent. Fuel Talent matches marketing, tech, admin and sales candidates with top performing companies. Shauna has been in the Search Industry for over 20 years. She has opened 10 offices, hired, trained and managed over 100 recruiters, and built outstanding relationships with candidates and clients. Shauna loves what she does... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Goldsmith

Kevin Goldsmith

Chief Technology Officer, Avvo
Kevin Goldsmith is the Chief Technology Officer at Avvo in Seattle, overseeing all Development, Data, Dev Ops and IT teams. Previously he was the Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify in Stockholm, Sweden, leading the development of the product and streaming services... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Maddox

Nicole Maddox

Nicole heads up HR and Recruiting at Convoy, a small upstart in the Freight industry based in Seattle. She fell into recruiting after graduating with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. Nicole has managed technical recruiting at several comp... Read More →
avatar for Adam Phillabaum

Adam Phillabaum

Director of Core Engineering, PayScale
Adam Phillabaum is the director of core engineering at PayScale. Adam has spent over a decade at PayScale, including time as the product and program manager of PayScale's consumer salary research products. He has a bachelor of science in computer science from University of Idaho... Read More →


11:30am

Not Just for Plastic Anymore - New 3D Printing Materials that Will Surprise You
ONSITE 3D PRINTERS PROVIDED BY CATI AND STRATASYS
If you thought that 3D printing is just for making plastic toys on a small scale, think again! From green materials made from algae and recycled items from the movie industry to stainless steel, brass, brone and even wood, 3D Printing with materials you thought only a foundry could produce. Even conductive and magnetics. Come and learn about the flexibility (pardon the pun) 3D Printing with flexable nylons. Your protoypes and pre-design proof of concepts can come so close to prodution you will truly impress any buyer or investor. Come listen to David Beschen of Green Disk and be enlightened.

Speakers
avatar for David Beschen

David Beschen

Co-Founder & Principle, nuShootz, LLC
David Beschen is a co-founder and principle at nuShootz llc, where he is responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, and all other corporate communications. Prior to starting nuShootz, his work centered on brand marketing and strategic business development at GreenDisk Inc, a specialized recycling company David founded 25 years ago. Prior to that he provided marketing/brand management for several companies, including Microsoft, Texas Instruments, and... Read More →
avatar for Craig Walker

Craig Walker

Senior Product Advisor - Radio Talk Show Host, Heartland Payroll and HR - The High Tech Radio Network
As a High Tech Junkie, Craig has leveraged his experience into being the host of Tech Talk with Craig on AM1150 KKNW in Seattle. From an RPG Programmer in the 80s to being a 3D Printing Guru in the following century, he is excited to bring to Techstars Seattle Startup Week five great tracks that will be sure to enlighten you in everything 3D. | | For his day job, Craig is a Senior Product Advisor at Heartland Payroll and HR. Cloud Solutions that can truly help streamline your processes and get you and your HR staff doing things that can help grow your... Read More →


12:00pm

Slingshot: How Marketing Automation Can Help Davids Conquer Goliaths
You've got a killer product, built out a solid go to market strategy, and you're ready to disrupt the marketplace one sale at a time. The problem? Startups are extremely vulnerable in the early growth stage and big brands in your space can undercut and out-resource your team.

You've got to move fast and make sure your sales and marketing teams are punching above their weight. Smart marketing automation frees up hands and streamlines communications so your team can maximize its impact, and outflank even the biggest spenders in your category.

This session will cover marketing automation technology and its application to startups including:

- An overview of available technology and how it can accelerate your growth
- Structuring teams to strengthen the effectiveness of marketing automation
- Building a "marketing machine" that can scale with your business
- Managing customer lifecycle through content mapping and lead scoring

Speakers
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Nathan Young

Digital Strategist, Tencount
Nathan Young is a digital marketing expert with a strong advertising background and a sharp hairline. As the founder and Principal at Tencount, a boutique digital strategy agency, Nathan leads a multi-disciplinary team to develop strategies, build out campaigns and drive lead generation for mid-market... Read More →


12:00pm

How Podcasts Are Shaping Brands in the Food Industry

Would you like to know why celebrities and media personalities, chefs, beloved bloggers, and tastemakers are podcasting and making their shows available for free?

A well-done and carefully curated podcast is a great tool for building a brand. However, producing a show is far from easy. Join us to learn why the presenters believe podcasting is beneficial in shaping their messages and brands, and how technology is changing storytelling.



Moderators
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Yalor Tackson

Yalor is a professional in the food and hospitality industries with 10+ years of experience working front and back of the house. He has helped open restaurants in Phoenix, Los Angeles and now in Seattle. He has worked with international restaurants and domestic companies such as Four Seasons (Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and Ethan Stowell Restaurants. Currently... Read More →

Speakers
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Justin Khanna

Producer and Host, The Emulsion Podcast
From a small town in Wisconsin to the best restaurants in the world, Chef Justin Khanna is taking the past 8 years of fine dining experience he’s garnered to change the way a restaurant looks, feels, and operates. Graduating with Honors from the Culinary Institute of America in New... Read More →
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Tina Nole

Founder, Creative Director, Producer, Larj Media
Tina has spent 10+ years in the trenches of broadcast journalism, creating content, managing talent and winning awards. An Executive Producer at Air America, Long Form Producer at CBS News, Executive Producer for Dave Ross, Ron Reagan (jr.), Gil Gross, Charles Jaco, Harry Shearer, and CBS News Radio Network. She produced Edward R. Murrow award-winning coverage of the 2007 Pennsylvania Primary. Currently... Read More →
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Kimberly King Schaub

Producer and Host, PeasOnMoss
Kimberly is a Certified Culinary Scientist, research chef, and Senior Product Development Scientist working for Bulletproof 360. Her focus is on food and beverage products. Kimberly also produces and runs a podcast and website called PeasOnMoss, an alliterative play on the culinary arts term, "mis en place." She started the podcast originally to document her journey through culinary school, talk about restaurants from a nutritional science point of view, and share her stories while serving at the US Air Force. She kept writing throughout her journey into food manufacturing and product... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

Shaping Virtual Reality: Empathy and Inclusion in Emerging Tech
Before this technology alters the entire world, we have a responsibility to guide its development. Experts discuss if empathy and inclusion should be considered in the early stages, and how initiaiting best practices will propel the success of alternate realities. 

Moderators
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Xuny Haley

Operations Manager @ HQ, CoMotion, University of Washington
Xuny Haley is the Operations Manager for CoMotion Labs @ HQ, a shared space that exclusively incubates VR/AR/XR startups. She has worked for a variety of startups for three years, ranging from VR software startups to Ultimate Frisbee broadcasting startups. Her passion is for the storytelling of innovation, as she views tech as the tool to improve lives, and startups as the pioneers to implement the innovations in... Read More →

Speakers
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Brian Van Buren

Brian is the Narrative Designer at Tomorrow Today Labs, a freelance writer, editor, designer, and a VR accessibility advocate and analyst.
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Di Dang

Emerging Tech Lead
Di Dang is the Emerging Tech Lead at digital agency POP. She advises clients from a variety of industries on how emerging tech will impact their business, and she leads XR design thinking and education workshops around the country. Di also loves working the full XR product development cycle, and she has recently shipped XR experiences for... Read More →
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Jason Pace

Jason Pace is the Executive Director of the University of Washington Bothell’s Digital Future Lab, an interactive media research and commercial game development studio focused on transforming how the technology industry approaches diversity. Jason started the lab in 2012 after spending 15 years at Microsoft designing... Read More →
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Emily Pascual

At the intersection of human rights and education, Emily is the EdTech Game UI/UX Designer for the bilingual social enterprise Genius Plaza. Emily's team was awarded 2016 MIT AR/VR Hackathon's Best Virtual Reality Hack with the education platform KidCity VR. Emily earned a joint... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Startup Hall 1100 NE Campus Parkway, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98195

12:30pm

Not Just for Prototyping Anymore - 3D Printing for Production
ONSITE 3D PRINTERS PROVIDED BY CATI and STRATASYS!
3D Printing has come a long way in just the past few years. It is no longer just for prototyping and proof of concept. There are many companies now using 3D Printing as an alternative method of manufacturing. Cleaner, Greener and Cost Effective for many startups as well as established companies in some cases. Luminary, George Gosieski and JumpStart CSR is a great example of how 3D Production makes sense.

Speakers
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George Gosieski

Luminary, JumpStartCSR
George is a serial entrepreneur with more than 27 years of domestic and international experience in the consulting and corporate sectors working for companies such as Boeing, Capital One, and Broadcom.  He is a US State Department appointed national greenhouse gas expert the the UNFCCC. George grew up in Seattle graduating from the University of Washington and has lived and worked globally before returning to... Read More →


12:30pm

Visualization: Simplified with Roberto Reif
In this presentation, we will cover how to make visualizations that are easy to understand, while requiring minimum mental effort, from your audience. We will discuss typical mistakes observed on static visualizations which are commonly used in reports and presentations.  We will review some theory on how to improve these charts and graphs and increase the effectiveness of the visual for your consumer.  Finally, we will work thru an example for improving the effectiveness of a visual.

Speakers
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Roberto Reif

Senior Data Scientist, Metis
Roberto is a scientist with a strong background in data analysis and image/signal processing.  Roberto comes to Metis from Sensoria Inc., where he led the signal processing team. He has worked in applications in the healthcare, internet of things, and business intelligence market... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Metis Seattle 83 S King St #250, Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

A Non-Technical Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest topics in recent times. More importantly, from finance to entertainment to medicine, AI is set on a clear course to change virually every industry as we know it. However, before we understand its impact, we need to understand what AI is all about. 

Principal Machine Learning Scientist Sayan Pathak and Senior Product Manger Sanjeev Jagtap will guide you through a brief history of AI, as well as basic concepts and powerful applications (minus the jargon).

Speakers
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Sanjeev Jagtap

Senior Product Manager, Microsoft
Sanjeev Jagtap is a Senior Product Manager in the team that builds deep learning based content moderation web services and intelligent tools that are part of Microsoft Cognitive Services and Azure Media Services, while ensuring great customer experiences from discovery to adoption. | | A University of Washington Foster School of Business alum, Sanjeev is also an active Hackathon participant at Microsoft with award-winning projects focused on using AI for Social Good that include enhancing... Read More →
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Sayan Pathak

Sayan Pathak, Ph.D., is a Principal Machine Learning Scientist in CNTK (Microsoft’s open-source deep learning toolkit) team at Microsoft. He has published and commercialized cutting edge computer vision and machine learning technology to big data problems applied to medical ima... Read More →


1:00pm

Small Coffee Companies in a Big Coffee Town: Creative Strategies for Engaging Community

As a small company, how do you get coffee all the way from the equator to your customers? How do you succeed as a roaster in a town that has dozens? What do you offer your guests as a retailer that they cannot find elsewhere? These impressive panelists have found unique and creative ways to solve these problems. We will hear from a roaster, a retailer and a general manager as they demystify the coffee process, offer their insight and share their successes.

Venue Details: 
Dress code restricts baseball caps, shorts, athletic wear and flip-flops.  

Moderators
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Brandon Paul Weaver

Owner, Co-Op Director, Foreigner Coffee and Liberty Bar
Brandon Paul Weaver first fell in love with coffee hanging out with friends over Frappuccinos at Starbucks. That love quickly grew into a desire to learn everything about the coffee world. After stints at local cafes like Parnassus and Zoka, winning several coffee competitions along the way, Weaver and his mentor Nik Virrey brought something new to Seattle coffee in 2013 when they designed a menu emphasizing sit-down bar-style service at Slate Coffee Roasters, and he set his sights on learning everything he could about the other kind of bar service. He landed at Capitol... Read More →

Speakers
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Brandin Myett

Co-Owner, Honor Society Coffee
Brandin Myett is a career chef, the founder and co-owner of Juicebox Seattle and the co-owner Honor Society Coffee. Brandin applies his culinary expertise to plant based cuisine in order to enhance its esteem in gastronomy and invigorate its perception. Currently both a working... Read More →
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Jesse Nelson

Founder, Conduit Coffee
Jesse Nelson is the founder of Conduit Coffee Company here in Seattle. Conduit is based around the idea of sharing and connecting people to amazing coffee and the communities that thrive on the cup. His background in non-profit development and small business gives him a unique pe... Read More →
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Liz Pachaud

Roaster and Co-Owner, Honor Society Coffee
Liz Pachaud is the roaster and co-owner of Honor Society Coffee. She is also a longtime animal protection advocate who has previously worked undercover to expose animal abuse on factory farms and slaughterhouses, leading to unprecedented legal victories for animals and food safe... Read More →


1:00pm

Startup Opportunities around Washington's largest companies
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Our goal is to educate the ENTIRE Washington startup community about the corporate and government innovation efforts around which they can start to build their companies or find potential clients/ backing for their startups. There is a lack of knowledge in the Seattle Startup Ecosystem, particularly among veterans, about corporate venture organizations, such as Amazon Alexa Fund or Comcast Ventures, their history, why they exist, and the programs offered to support entrepreneurs.

The Military Innovation Track will be hosted by Bunker Labs Seattle within the UW CoMotion system at CoMotion Labs @ Startup Hall.  The Seattle Techstars incubator and Amazon Alexa Incubator are also located in Startup Hall.

The panel seeks to educate the Washington startup community about the existence, history, and opportunities of corporate venture funds such as Amazon Alexa Fund, Comcast Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, and others so that they ultimately can start companies around defined market demands.

Moderators
LT

Lizzie Tao

Associate at Amazon Alexa Incubator at Techstars. | | Previously Director of Marketing and Events at CoMotion at University of Washington. | | Headed and pioneered the Marketing and Events department for coworking space containing 40+ startups. | | Grew event venue revenue... Read More →

Speakers
JF

Jeff Finan

Jeff is Vice President of Business Development at Echodyne Corporation which is a privately held company focused on bringing metamaterials-based radar products to market. Echodyne’s radar products deliver high performance but at dramatically lower cost, size, and power than tra... Read More →
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Willy Khampradith

UPS Regional Head of Startup Strategy | | Regional Head of Startup Strategy for UPS. Responsible for creating a "mindshift" within the local community and supporting founders, startups, passionate leaders, and individuals who want to make a difference.
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Lisa Nelson

Partner, Microsoft Ventures
Lisa leads portfolio development activities for Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft’s new corporate venture fund. Additionally, she also leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest, marketing and operations for the fund, and VC relationships for Microsoft. Lisa’s been wit... Read More →
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Rodrigo Prudencio

The Alexa Fund, Amazon Corporate Development. | | A seasoned executive with twenty years of experience in public policy, energy and environmental technology and venture capital. I lead investments in early to mid-stage energy technology companies and have a passion for businesse... Read More →


1:00pm

Startup-in-a-Box Architecture Workshop
Ever wanted to get into building an Internet/mobile startup thingie? In this workshop, we'll look at a common software architecture for building one of those hot new mobile startups, work through how to build the front-end (and the pros/cons of various choices in doing so), the back-end (and the pros/cons of the various choices in doing so), and build at least the outline of what one would look like. Toss in a really cool business idea, and you're all set to go! NOTE: VC funding not guaranteed.

Speakers
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Ted Neward

Ted Neward is an industry professional of twenty years' experience. He speaks at conferences all over the world and writes regularly for a variety of publications across the Java, .NET, and other ecosystems. | | Ted currently labors on behalf of Smartsheet as the Director of De... Read More →


Monday October 2, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Code Fellows 2901 3rd Ave #300, Seattle, WA 98121

1:30pm

3D Print Services vs. Own your Own
ONSITE 3D PRINTERS PROVIDED BY CATI and STRATASYS!
Come listen to three experts in the world of 3D Printing and other types of both additive and subtractive manufacturing. They will help guide you to makerspaces in The Puget Sound where you can test, learn and start you journey into the world of 3D Printing. You will learn that it doesn't take deep pockets to get the ball rolling in this new technology that is changing the world of designing, creating, making and producing your ideas into reality.

Moderators
avatar for Craig Walker

Craig Walker

Senior Product Advisor - Radio Talk Show Host, Heartland Payroll and HR - The High Tech Radio Network
As a High Tech Junkie, Craig has leveraged his experience into being the host of Tech Talk with Craig on AM1150 KKNW in Seattle. From an RPG Programmer in the 80s to being a 3D Printing Guru in the following century, he is excited to bring to Techstars Seattle Startup Week five great tracks that will be sure to enlighten you in everything 3D. | | For his day job, Craig is a Senior Product Advisor at Heartland Payroll and HR. Cloud Solutions that can truly help streamline your processes and get you and your HR staff doing things that can help grow your... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Gruol

Kelly Gruol

Director, Sno Co Makers
Kelly is a entrepreneur with a "makers" mindset. With over 25 years experience in additive and subtractive manufacturing, Kelly has teamed up with several experts to create and manage maker spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Kelly is a distinguished design engineer that has proven... Read More →
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Samuel Hightower

Instructor, 3D Buildtower
Sam is a self-motivated and a passionate hard worker that wears a variety of creative hats. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, and worked for Microsoft from 2011 to 2015. Now Sam is pursuing his entrepreneurial journey in 3D printing. | | The meshing of Technol... Read More →
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Charles Ihler

Technical Team Lead, Johnson Controls
As Technical Team Lead at Johnson Controls, Charles provides advanced troubleshooting for particularly difficult issues, manage small projects, direct training paths, and mentor other technicians. | His love of making has inspired him to not only help and mentor in the workplace... Read More →


2:00pm

FOUNDERS WANTED! IP looking for Founders. Panel Discussion with UW, PNNL, IV and AI2 (Why are they all acronyms?)
Are you looking for intellectual property or technology for your next startup? Do you think you can connect the dots from research to commercialization? This is a great panel for you. 

  • UW CoMotion has had some amazing spinouts IP developed in house like the sale of Turi to Apple 
  • Pacific NW National Labs receives over $900M in research grants a year from the DOE and license the technology they research. 
  • Allen Institute has over 70 Ph.D.'s in Artificial Intelligence that can help solve problems for their portfolio companies 
  • Intellectual Ventures has a massive patent portfolio and a process to connect with founders

Moderators
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"

Speakers
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Lee Cheatham

Pacific NW National Labs
(PNNL) announced that Lee Cheatham has been appointed as the lab’s director of technology deployment and outreach. | | Cheatham is best-known for his long tenure as the executive director of the Washington Technology Center, the state’s technology-based economic development ente... Read More →
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Vu Ha

Incubator, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)
AK

Azam Khan

Director of New Ventures - Intellectual Ventures
FW

Fiona Wills

Director, Innovation Development at University of Washington | UW CoMotion


Monday October 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lane Powell 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200 Seattle, WA 98101-2375

2:00pm

How Startups Can Win Top Talent

Startups may not be able to offer the highest salaries or best 401k packages, but they can beat big companies in spades. From impact and learning opportunities, there are loads of ways startups can have the edge.  With competition for talented candidates fierce, and no shortage of options to choose from, the war is on! Luckily, what big companies offer isn't typically on the list of talented job seekers. The best candidates in today’s market are looking for mission driven companies, transparency, and to be able to make an impact. They want to work with strong peers and leaders, who can help them learn and grow.

Learn how to compete in a candidate driven market, from local recruiting leaders who are helping staff some of Seattle’s top startups.  From employment branding to interviewing process, what you can do make sure you attract and hire top talent.



Moderators
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Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela is a native Seattleite who’s spent the last fifteen years in HR leadership roles at Seattle based companies including Microsoft, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela enjoys being creative and solving probl... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennie Ellis

CEO and Founder, Recruiting Bandwidth
Jennie has been recruiting for startups for over 20 years. Along with her team of 17, they manage recruiting and sourcing for 30-40 tech companies at once, working from the inside as an integrated partner.
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Mei Lu

CEO, Founder, coach and consultant, Geekology.biz and Jobfully.com
Mei Lu is the Founder and CEO of Geekology.biz, providing technical recruiting training and consulting, and Jobfully.com, offering career coaching for software engineers and developers. She is also a Alumni Career/Executive coach for Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in so... Read More →
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Steven Matly

CEO and Founder, SM Diversity
Overcoming adversity is nothing new to Steven Matly. A high school dropout turned entrepreneur, he has twice created six figure revenue generating companies with less than $5,000 startup capital. Raised by a single mother in the South Seattle housing projects, Steven entered the workforce at age fifteen and quickly recognized the limited resources, mentors, and role models available to families like his in the area. In the years that followed Steven worked for both small companies and large corporations in a number of different roles. In 2014, Steven launched SM Diversity, a boutique hiring agency committed to helping businesses create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. By connecting them with community-based organizations, subject matter experts, and experienced recruiters, his clients are able to leverage a broader network of diverse talent, ultimately resulting in an expanded marketplace. Steven has become one of the up and coming thought leaders in the area of diversity and inclusion employment practices. He was recently featured in the Seattle Times October 2016 issue around... Read More →
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Shauna Swerland

CEO, Fuel Talent
Shauna Swerland is the founder and CEO of Fuel Talent. Fuel Talent matches marketing, tech, admin and sales candidates with top performing companies. Shauna has been in the Search Industry for over 20 years. She has opened 10 offices, hired, trained and managed over 100 recruiters, and built outstanding relationships with candidates and clients. Shauna loves what she does... Read More →
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Meagan Sylvester

Talent Acquisition, ChefSteps and Meagan Sylvester Consultancy
Meagan has over 10 years of experience in the recruiting world working with a variety of startup organizations in the greater Seattle and San Diego areas. She has a passion for building recruiting programs from scratch and strategizing with leadership teams on finding top talent. Meagan has a reputation as someone who produces a high volume of quality candidates in fast paced, dynamic environments. Clients appreciate her directness, strategic thinking, and ability to handle massive hiring loads with a smile. When... Read More →


3:00pm

Healthcare 101
Think you have a great idea to improve healthcare, but are mystified about how to proceed? Join us as our panel of experts from across the healthcare spectrum – commercialization, payer, provider, investor and startup – guides you through the complexities of the healthcare ecosystem and identifies additional resources to put you on the path to success. Things to Know: We’ll serve snacks and you can continue networking at the Techstars Seattle Startup Week Happy Hour immediately following this event.

*This event will be seated on a first come, first served basis. You must be registered to attend however it does not guarantee entry. 

Moderators
avatar for Liz Gruber

Liz Gruber

Principal, Liz Gruber Consulting
Liz Gruber works across the entrepreneurial ecosystem, plying her operational, project management and communication talents directly in startups as well as the in the organizations that support those companies. In her most recent healthcare role, she served as the Director of Ope... Read More →

Speakers
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Ralph Derrickson

CEO, Carena
Ralph Derrickson joined Carena as President and CEO in 2006 and has overseen the company’s transformation from a house call company to a virtual healthcare solutions provider with care-quality as the core of its vision. Prior to Carena, Ralph served as Managing Director of Venture Investments at Vulcan Capital, where he was responsible for the... Read More →
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Michael Garrett

Principal, Mercer
Michael Garrett, MS, CCM, CVE, NCP has more than 30 years of experience in managed care, care/case management, utilization management and review, chronic condition management, health information technology, healthcare quality, and population health management services. Michael has experience working in a range of benefit programs, including self-funded health plans... Read More →
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Wellesley Chapman, MD

Medical Director of Innovation and Business Development, Kaiser Permanente of Washington
Dr. Wellesley Chapman is Medical Director of Innovation & Business Development at Kaiser Permanente of Washington (KPWA). He joined KPWA (then Group Health) in 2008, serving as a Primary Care physician, Medical Center Chief, and Lean consultant prior to leading the Innovation tea... Read More →
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Patricia Beckman, PhD

VP Commercialization, Life Science Washington
Dr. Patricia Beckmann is the Vice-president for Commercialization at Life Science Washington and the Managing Director for WINGS – the MedTech Angels.  Her career spans biomedical research, operations, law and venture capital.  She spent most of her research career at Immunex (co... Read More →
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Joe Piper

Managing Director, Point B Capital
Joe Piper has 15+ years of venture capital experience and 25+ years of healthcare investment and transaction experience. Prior to Point B Capital, Joe conducted over $1 billion in M&A transactions in addition to co-founding Integra Ventures, a life science VC fund and Diversified... Read More →


3:00pm

Get your GEEK on!
A day of play for those of us old enough to order a beer and young [in spirit] enough to appreciate an event entirely dedicated to geeking out and having fun. Because, duh! The event will feature a mini tech fair showcasing some of the latest tech products in Seattle and great networking opportunities for those interested in latest and greatest. Come ready to toy around with some classics as well as emerging tech.


Demo's include:
Portal Virtual Reality Arcade Lounge Booth
Integral DJs Silent Disco
Key Tech Labs Raspberry pi's and 3D Printer demo
Comcast Technology Solutions product demo
- Oculus 

Monday October 2, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Comcast Technology Solutions 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

3:30pm

Disrupting the Fashion & Beauty Industries: What's Ahead?
In fashion and beyond, technology has enabled disruptive new business models that change consumer behavior. This has opened up the playing field for a new type of winner. Where do we go from here?

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Goldberg

Michelle Goldberg

Partner, Ignition Partners VC
Michelle has invested in and advised technology companies for the past 2 decades.  She has been a partner at Ignition Ventures since 2000 and now is an advisor to SoGal Ventures investing in how the next generation works, plays and stays healthy.  Michelle has sat on numerous public, private, and not for profit boards. She is an advocate and fundraiser for women in tech, and leads the Ada Angels loan fund program to support women becoming software... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rian Buckley

Rian Buckley

CEO, Fitcode
I co-founded Fitcode to help women of all shapes and sizes shop with confidence and help retailers lessen costly returns. | | Before founding Fitcode, I earned a degree in political science and government from the University of Washington, where I was a varsity letter winner on the... Read More →
avatar for Priya Dandawate

Priya Dandawate

CEO, Tousled
With a hybrid background in design, software engineering & language, Priya found pixels to be the perfect outlet for her creative muse. She's worked primarily on cutting edge technology, with patents in platform technologies and ux design – build stuff people want. | The Tousled App brings beauty on-demand. The beauty revolution is here - licensed... Read More →
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John Scrofano

CEO, Garmentory
John Scrofano is the CEO of Garmentory, the global destination for young luxury apparel. Garmentory's marketplace now leads the category with over 500 merchants, including 250 partner brick and mortar locations. The company is growing quickly and venture financed. He loves buildi... Read More →
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Stephanie Sprangers

CEO and Founder, Glamhive
Stephanie Sprangers is the CEO and Founder of Glamhive, an online personal styling platform that connects people with top stylists and makeup artists from around the world.


Monday October 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

4:30pm

Navigating the firehose of startup advice and truisms
When it comes to startup advice, there IS such a thing as too much of a good thing.

There is no shortage of advice when it comes to how to start and scale a company. Advisors, investors, fellow founders - they all have different perspectives and experiences to share, on a variety of topics from teams to fundraising. It can be overwhelming to balance these opinions and learn how to prioritize what’s right for each founder and company.

Come hear from other entrepreneurs, mentors and investors about the best (and worst) advice they’ve received, how they decide what advice to give to other founders, and how to go about navigating it all.

Moderators
avatar for Anne Weiler

Anne Weiler

Co-founder & CEO, Wellpepper
Anne Weiler, is CEO and co-founder of Wellpepper, a clinically-validated and award-winning platform for digital patient treatment plans. She co-founded Wellpepper in late 2012 with Mike Van Snellenberg to address issues of continuity of care experienced when her mother was releas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Bergman

Kristina Bergman

Kristina is a reformed VC turned third time entrepreneur. Previously, she was a principal at a VC firm, Ignition Partners, where she led investments in Cloud Tech, Big Data, Security and IoT devices, and served on the board of Trifacta, Bromium, Nymi, Apprenda, and Tellwise. Kris... Read More →
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Amy Buckalter

Founder & CEO, Pulse
Amy Buckalter is the founder and CEO of Pulse® (lovemypulse.com), a revolutionary new and patented technology invented to dramatically improve the delivery of “goops” - lotions, gels, creams, oils, lubricants, and other liquid or fluid consistencies within the health and beauty space... Read More →
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Sarah Daniels

Co-founder & CEO, Blue Canoe Learning
Sarah Daniels is CEO and co-founder of Blue Canoe Learning, a startup transforming how non-native English speakers improve their pronunciation, and in turn their careers and lives. Sarah leads a team bringing together a proven educational methodology, speech recognition and machine learning, and gamification to create an effective and innovative solution. | | Sarah is a serial entrepreneur and high tech leader with experience in both start-ups and public companies. Over the last 25 years she helped lead five venture-backed companies through fundraising, rapid growth, and acquisition. Throughout her career, Sarah has earned a reputation for innovation, thorough execution, thoughtful leadership, and for driving product, marketing and sales strategies around a deep understanding of the customer. | | Sarah is a partner at Social Venture Partners, a Board Director of... Read More →
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Chris DeVore

Managing Partner, Founders’ Co-op
Chris DeVore is Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund, and also Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, the region’s most selective startup accelerator. Previously a co-founder of Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ: SAPE) and Judy's Book (backed by Mobius VC and Ignition Partners), Chris also created outdoor retailer Patagonia's online retailing channel and led product and business strategy teams at... Read More →
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Laura Malcolm

Founder & CEO, Give InKind
Laura Malcolm is founder and CEO of Give InKind, a marketplace connecting people to products and services during a time of need, making it possible to lend a hand from anywhere. Laura has spent the last 10 years building and launching both B2C and B2B products for companies like... Read More →


5:00pm

Opening Party + Pitch Competition, presented by Chase for Business & hosted by Founders Live

**Opening Party + Pitch Competition, presented by Chase for Business & hosted by Founders Live **

Date: Oct 2nd 
Time: 5PM - 10PM
Location: Chase Baescamp (aka Galvanize)
111 S Jackson, WA 98104
Arrival time: 5-6pm 
Pitch Competition: 6-7pm
Opening Party | Networking Mania: 7-10pm

This is your formal invitation to celebrate entrepreneurship with Seattle's startup community on Oct 2nd from 5pm - 10pm.  

Join us for a fun night of kicking off the week with friends, local entrepreneurs, and the organizers and presenters of Techstars Startup Week Seattle, powered by Chase for business.

The night will begin with our first annual pitch competition that will feature 5 local entrepreneurs sharing their 99-second value proposition for the market. The audience will be voting for the winner and they will receive all proceeds collected from the job fair. The pitch platform and voting technology are provided by Nick Hughes, Founder and CEO of Founders Live. He’ll moderate this fun event.

The Opening Party festivities, presented by Chase for Business, will start directly after the pitch competition. Beer, wine, select cocktails, a live DJ, and great food provided by That Brown Girl Cooks will be a just a few fun features at the event.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The companies pitching are:

  1. PicPro - Meir Lakhovsky
  2. Mosaic.ai - Elena Wingate
  3. EvoEco - William Zhou
  4. Switch - Katherine Chavez
  5. Beta Hatch - Virgina Emery

5:30pm

Product Development and Startup Story with Xiao Wang/Boundless
Entrepreneurs’ personal backgrounds can influence the products and services they build. In this Diversity & Inclusion series, we’ll get to meet with startup founders who come from communities underrepresented in tech. In each session, a different entrepreneur will share their startup stories and their process for product development. The entrepreneur will then lead the audience in an interactive discussion on how to test their ideas, identify a target market, and quickly size their revenue opportunity, using their own company as an example of the product development cycle.

Meet Xiao Wang, the founder of Boundless. Boundless provides the tools, information, and personalized support to help families navigate their immigration journey with confidence. Our technology platform helps applicants understand what they are eligible for, complete their government paperwork with confidence, and support them with updates the entire way through the immigration process.

Brown Bag dinner. Feel free to bring a meal to eat during the session. No food will be provided. 

Speakers
avatar for Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang

CEO, Boundless Immigration
CEO Boundless



Monday October 2, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hing Hay Coworks 409B Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

6:00pm

Hackster.io Meetup
Our goal is simple: help hardware makers and hackers from Seattle to connect, share ideas, and build great things together! Come hack your hardware and interface your implements. Snacks provided. Whether you are a total arduino newbie or you need some advice for finishing your advanced project, this is the meetup for you! Ready to start learning how to build devices? Learn, share and connect to build better hardware with us. Hackster connects the hardware community by helping people around the world learn how to design, create and program Internet-connected hardware. By bringing together our network of engineers and makers, we hope to support the creation of technologies that make the world a better place.

Moderators
avatar for Monica Houston

Monica Houston

The Executer, Hackster.io
Our goal is simple: help hardware makers and hackers from Seattle to connect, share ideas, and build great things together! Come hack your hardware and interface your implements. Snacks provided. Whether you are a total arduino newbie or you need some advice for finishing your ad... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Baffi

Robert Baffi

Account Manager, Avnet
As Account Manager, Robert is responsible for supporting customers at each stage of the product life cycle., from idea to design and from prototype to production. A comprehensive portfolio of design and supply chain services makes Avnet the go-to guide for innovators who set the pace for technological change... Read More →
avatar for Katie Kristoff

Katie Kristoff

Digital Marketing Specialist, Hackster.io
Katie Kristoff is the Digital Marketing Specialist for Hackster.io. Before that she was a science teacher in Austin and taught Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, and Pathophysiology. But her longest gig so far was as a microbiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Service... Read More →
avatar for Prosper Van

Prosper Van

Embedded Software Engineer, Fluke Corporation
Prosper Van is an Embedded Software Engineer for Fluke by day, and a Hackster.io Ambassador by night. A consummate tutor, he has taught many of the educational sessions at Hackster.io meetups. Prosper has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Quick... Read More →


 
Tuesday, October 3
 

8:30am

Open Coffee with Tristan Kromer
Open Coffee is a regular program that helps startup seekers get connected to the Startup Scene in Seattle. Tristan Kromer from Lean Startup Circle will be visiting from San Francisco. 

Tristan Kromer works with innovation teams and leaders to create amazing products and build startup ecosystems. He has worked with companies from early stage startups with zero revenue to enterprise companies with >$1B USD revenue. (Swisscom, Pitney Bowes, Fujitsu, LinkedIn) With his remaining hours, Tristan volunteers his time with Lean Startup Circle and blogs at GrasshopperHerder.com.

Join us for a conversation with Tristan.
 

Moderators
avatar for John Sechrest

John Sechrest

Founder, Seattle Angel Conference
Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference. Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle. Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend. | | As an entrepreneurial collaborator, I focus on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts as a way to develop new projects and companies. My efforts are foc... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tristan Kromer

Tristan Kromer

founder, Grasshopperherder
Tristan Kromer works with innovation teams and leaders to create amazing products and build startup ecosystems. He has worked with companies from early stage startups with zero revenue to enterprise companies with >$1B USD revenue. (Swisscom, Pitney Bowes, Fujitsu, LinkedIn) With... Read More →


9:00am

Tuesday Morning: Breakfast, Coffee, & Open Networking
Please join us at Basecamp every morning during the week for a light breakfast, coffee, and open networking. The free food will be available while supplies last.

Tuesday's breakfast is brought to you by Mindspand. Thank you, Mindspand!

9:00am

Open Banking and APIs: The Platformification of Banking

The rise of APIs is turning banks into platforms. It’s being driven by new regulations in Europe, but in the U.S. it’s being driven by technology and by leaders who see open banking as a competitive advantage. Whether you are a coder or a banker, join us to explore the risks and opportunities of open banking as fintech continues to change the face of traditional financial services.



Speakers
avatar for JP Nicols

JP Nicols

Chairman, Next Money
After spending 20 years as a part of the leadership team growing a $6B regional bank into an industry leader with over $400B in assets, JP has been working at the intersection of fintech, innovation and financial services to help others turn potential into performance. | | He is... Read More →
avatar for Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas

Pete is the co-founder of C2FO and prior to helping start the company worked as an engineer for Impart Media and a developer at Amazon. He resides with his family in West Seattle where they try to spot Orcas and keep up a steady practice of Bikram yoga.


9:00am

Electrify Your Startup: How To Lead From Any Seat
Startups require everyone to think like a CEO owner and lead from any level or role. Leadership may begin with the CEO, but each employee has an opportunity to make an outsized impact by adopting an ownership mindset. An employee experience could be the best way to begin your startup career and grow your entreprenurial prowess.

Join this Global Cafe roundtable discussion to "write the book" on how to lead from any seat. Experienced facilitators will guide break out groups to generate ideas, challenges and pitfalls for startup employees. Walk away with a playbook on how to electrify your startup career.

Speakers
avatar for Minda Brusse

Minda Brusse

Minda is an experienced startup leader having worn many hats to solve big problems and make things happen. Her sense of curiosity and critical thinking skills give Minda the ability to lead high performing teams. | | This year, she's the Event Manager for the Leadership tr... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Franchock

Rachel Franchock

Gravity Payments
As a learning and development leader at Gravity, Rachel has found success designing, developing and facilitating a variety for learning opportunities from soft skill training to piloting Gravity's first leadership development program.  Rachel also leads Gravity's new hire experience and takes pride in making sure new team members have the support and resources they need to quickly dive into Gravity's unique... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Pelto

Melissa Pelto

Melissa Pelto is an enthusiastic and strategic B2B marketing communications professional, and new Seattleite. With a passion for the emerging FinTech ecosystem and growth-stage IT software companies, Melissa has over 12 years of internal and external communications experience and... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

9:00am

The State of Retail: Trend Tracking and Forecasting for Small Retailers

What’s the next big thing in retail? When you are caught up in the day-to-day operations of your retail business, it can be easy to feel left behind when trends emerge. Major players like Amazon and Whole Foods make big moves that send ripples through the retail sector, but that’s not always a bad thing for smaller businesses. Join retail experts Christine Guillot and Joanna Rutter for a podcast-style conversation on retail intelligence and industry trends, especially as we prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Take a deep dive beneath the retail news headlines to learn what direction the industry is heading and what that means for small and startup retail businesses.



Speakers
avatar for Christine Guillot

Christine Guillot

Founder and Retail Consultant, Merchant Method
Christine Guillot is a seasoned retail executive with over 18 years of experience in the retailing and manufacturing of women’s and men’s apparel, women’s accessories, branded and private label handbags, stationery and gifting products, and personal care. | | Her natio... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Rutter

Joanna Rutter

Joanna is a retail tech writer with four years of marketing experience with companies, nonprofits and agencies. As Dor's Marketing Associate, Joanna collects stories of innovative store owners and crafts content that helps current and prospective retailers alike get the most out... Read More →


9:00am

Lessons Learned in Scaling Up Small Businesses

The program will feature a variety of industries, where we'll discuss the obstacles that companies face at different stages of growth. Our panelists will share their entrepreneurial challenges, how they overcame them, and the key lessons they've learned while building their businesses. Throughout the conversation, they will share insight on their solutions that have helped them successfully scale.

Venue Details:
*Due to event capacity, only the first 100 people who have arrived will be allowed in.  
*Dress code restricts shorts, athletic wear, baseball caps and flip-flops.   


Moderators
avatar for Melissa Peterman

Melissa Peterman

West Coast Community Manager, Townsquared
Melissa Peterman has been building community through events and online communities since 2009. Currently, Melissa is the Townsquared Community Manager for the West Coast; a private social network for small business owners. For the past two years Melissa has collaborated with the local small business community to build a collaborative social network online and offline for small businesses in Seattle and on the Eastside to connect, ask questions and share quick information and advice via... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Petrillo

Greg Petrillo

Board Member and Advisor, Skillet Restaurant Group
Mr. Petrillo is a business operations executive with more than 30-years experience in operational management, complex vendor/partner management, service delivery, operations, and software development. He has worked comfortably in large and small companies, including many US and E... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Scott

Andrea Scott

Chief Kulture and Kreative Officer, skoah
Andrea Scott is the co-owner, co-founder of skoah Inc and CEO of skoah | Franchising Inc. skoah is a Vancouver based company with 15 locations in Canada | and the USA. skoah is a facials only, membership concept with a proprietary skin | care product line and began in 2001. The company is on a rapid expansion path | with a target of 250 franchised locations in the next 5 years. skoah has created a | new category in the health and wellness space that focuses on empathy and | personalization. Her vision through franchising is to create an opportunity for | others to become entrepreneurs and to mentor and support those on their | journey to business ownership through... Read More →
avatar for Eric Tanaka

Eric Tanaka

Partner and Executive Chef, Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen
As partner and Executive Chef of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen, Eric Tanaka, has been an essential voice and partner in the growth and successes of this leading Seattle restaurant company. Affectionately known as “ET” within the company, Tanaka’s ability to transform Tom’s ideas and interests into iconic dishes and innovative restaurants is well known and led to Seattle Metropolitan Magazine dubbing him the... Read More →
avatar for Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

Owner and Chief Motivating Officer, Ian Fitness
In 5 short years Ian has catapulted himself from couch surfing personal trainer and world traveler to owner and Chief Motivating Officer of 7 (and counting ) IanFitness Personal Training and Boot Camp Studios and become Seattle's premier fitness and fatloss expert. | | He has e... Read More →


9:00am

A Leadership Litmus Test: Do I Have What It Takes To Lead Entrepreneurially?

The leadership imperative has never been clearer – We are experiencing a crisis of leadership globally from our national political leaders all the way to our own organizations and families.  In this session, you will explore three hidden traits of great leaders – and how you can develop these traits in yourself – to have a positive impact in your organization and in our world.  You will also get hands on with personal development planning tools useful for charting your personal growth as an entrepreneur.


Speakers
avatar for Dale

Dale

Founder, ScaleUp-Hub.com
Dale Meador is a lifetime entrepreneur and currently founder of ScaleUp Hub which connects entrepreneurs with the coaching and facilitation services needed to sustainably grow their companies. He honed his coaching skills over the past decade while growing a successful CPA firm a... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

9:30am

Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Organizations
Hear from industry experts on how to implement Artificial intelligence in your organization in different areas including design, engineering, and management.

Moderators
avatar for Mike McCarter

Mike McCarter

Director of Risk & Protection Services, Microsoft
Mike McCarter is Director of Risk & Protection Services at Microsoft.  Mike and his team are tasked with mitigating a variety of online risks that impact Microsoft, its customers, and partners. Drawing from his experience in process improvement, operations, and technology, Mike has led multiple teams to help create technology solutions for some of the toughest problems in the world, including corruption, fraud, extreme content, child sexual abuse and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ellie Bennett

Ellie Bennett

Product Manager, IBM Watson
Ellie Bennett is the current Product Manager for Watson Accelerators at IBM Watson. Based out of NYC, Ellie is primarily focused on making AI real for clients through the development of rapid prototypes and new solution patterns. Prior to this position, she has held a variety of... Read More →
avatar for Emily Carrion

Emily Carrion

VP of Marketing, SmartAssist
Emily Carrion is a 5-time start-up veteran and digital marketing leader. She believes in the power of mentorship and is deeply passionate about changing the ratio of women in tech. She is the VP of Marketing at SmartAssist, where they use AI and machine learning to improve the future by learning from the past for customer service teams. She is a graduate of... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Payne

Nathaniel Payne

Global Technology Executive, Kore Software
Nathaniel Payne is a global technology executive with experience leading machine learning, statistics, data architecture, and engineering activities in both start-ups and large global enterprises with 10,000+ people. He is an expert at digital transformation and has significant experience leading the growth and maturity of start-ups as well as successful digital transformation initiatives across many industries. Nate has also worked for over 5 years as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the areas of operations management, has taught business analytics and operations management in the MBA program at Simon Fraser University, and also taught computer programming and various computer science courses. | | Nate is currently completing his PhD work in eDiscovery, machine learning... Read More →
avatar for Rossella Blatt Vital

Rossella Blatt Vital

Director of Machine Learning, Remitly
Visionary Artificial Intelligence and Innovation strategist, I love to think strategically and identify opportunities to drive innovation and generate value. I cultivate an innovative, creative, enthusiastic and collaborative mindset, fostering an energetic culture of team spirit... Read More →


10:00am

Starting Up in Fintech
Thinking about a startup in the FinTech space?  Hear from entreprenuers who are building businesses in the FinTech space and what it takes to succeed as well as areas of untapped potential and how Seattle area entrepreneurs can compete.

Moderators
avatar for Devin Miller

Devin Miller

EVP, Guidant Financial
Financial technology entrepreneur. Experienced C-level executive. Product management leader. Startup mentor. Husband and father. | | I have held various leadership roles across product management, software engineering, sales and marketing while working with companies ranging in... Read More →

Speakers
TG

Tyler Griffin

EIR at CFSI | Co-Founder of Prism (acquired by PayNearMe)
MO

Matt Oppenheimer

I co-founded Remitly in 2011 to transform the $588 Billion global remittance industry. Remitly is now transferring over $2 Billion a year, which makes us the largest independent international money transmitter in the USA. We have raised over $60 Million in funding from industry l... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Thiry

Kristen Thiry

Cofounder, K+H Connection
K+H Connection seeks to help retailers sift through the many options for gift cards, payment, security and other fintech solutions that come their way. On the flip side, we help the fintech companies figure out which retailers are right for them, and make the connection for susta... Read More →


10:00am

Design for Delight
“Design for Delight” is a common phrase in the design world, but how you can apply this to your company’s product? Learn how these local professional firms design products which delight customers, and how they are able to deliver these products on-time and under-budget.

Moderators
avatar for Sean Macleod

Sean Macleod

CEO & Founder, FenoLogica Biosciences Inc.
Sean MacLeod is an entrepreneur specializing in the commercialization of life science applications and medical device technologies. Sean has 25 years of experience as an executive, business leader, entrepreneur and engineer. He is a respected thought leader on innovation and an expert in product strategy, market diligence, technology IP commercialization and venture research... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Ball

Vincent Ball

Vice President, Product Innovation Center, Nytec Inc.
Vincent Ball is the visionary force behind Nytec’s Product Innovation Center. Over the years, he has expanded Nytec globally, and formed a talented interdisciplinary team to deliver industry-leading innovative consumer lifestyle product design, engineering and manufacturing manag... Read More →
avatar for Don Baumgarten

Don Baumgarten

Director of Mechanical Engineering, Product Creation Studio
Don Baumgarten has over two decades of experience in product development, project management and mechanical engineering with extensive experience in the design and manufacture of medical devices and high-volume consumer products. He has managed product development teams in all phases of development, from early... Read More →
avatar for Kuoyong Huang

Kuoyong Huang

Founder/ Principal Designer, AERI
Kuoyong is the founder and principal designer of AERI, a design studio creating ideas that matter to customers and markets. Working with a wide range of companies from startups to global brands, AERI focuses on discovering customer’s needs and desires and translates them into compelling products to advances business. Prior to forming AERI, Kuoyong worked with leading design firms including IDEO and Frog. He has also led and managed design teams for global technology leaders like Amazon and Motorola.Kuoyong is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Previously, he studied Architecture at Texas... Read More →
avatar for Kate Richmond

Kate Richmond

Director of Electrical Engineering, Synapse
Kate Richmond leads the electrical engineering, RF, and PCB layout teams at Synapse. She has been with Synapse since 2006, and has become the resident guru for electrical engineering of fitness electronic products. She specializes in miniaturized low-power electronic design, including flexible and high density PCB design, low power microcontrollers and radios, batteries, and display technology. She has extensive experience in design for manufacturing, contract manufacturer ramp up, and production test development. One of her favorite parts of working at Synapse is the ability to work closely with other engineering disciplines to create innovative products. | | Kate received her BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College, where she was in the first graduating class. Attending a brand new school was in many ways like working for a startup company and it sparked... Read More →
avatar for Oleha Riden

Oleha Riden

COO, MistyWest
Oleha Riden is the Principal Operations Officer at MistyWest, a Canadian based engineering design firm that specializes in developing a range of technologies including renewable, appropriate healthcare products, electric vehicles and environmental sensors. For the past 5 years, O... Read More →


10:00am

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions (Tuesday)
Meet one on one with experts and members of Seattle business community! Read the mentor bios below and follow the link to Slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive early to check in!
Again, go to Slotted. Signing up here on Sched does not guarantee you the appointment! If you walk in without booking a slot you'll be put in a waiting list. http://slotted.co/techstarswseattle17

Moderators
avatar for Fuzz Azni

Fuzz Azni

Program Coordinator, Apprenti
Fuzz is a people enthusiast who loves exploring the relationship between talent and business growth. He is passionate about human resources, video games, and fried chicken. His current life dream is to eventually live for a few years in Japan. He owns a Shiba Inu that he forces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Azaroff

Rachel Azaroff

President, Pitcht
Rachel Azaroff is the President and Founder of Pitcht, a marketing firm that works with startups to express their message in a clear, concise and compelling way to achieve their strategic goals. Pitcht helps startups with messaging, marketing strategy, go-to-market, and pitching... Read More →
avatar for Bob Crimmins

Bob Crimmins

Co-Founder, Wise Walker
Bob is the founder of Startup Haven, which is the home of Startup Poker 2.0 and Geeks on a Trail. | | Bob is a serial entrepreneur (six companies) and career technologist. As a founder, mentor, advisor and an active member of the Seattle tech community, Bob works with Techstars, Seattle Women in Tech, Seattle Angel Conference and other startup-oriented organizations to promote the success of startup entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Huang

Lucy Huang

Head of Global Venture Business Development, Amazon Launchpad
Lucy Huang is the Head of Global Venture Business Development at Amazon Launchpad. Amazon Launchpad is a program that makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe. The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, comprehensive marketing package, and access to... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Keele

Heidi Keele

Principal, Marketing Services, Peridime Strategy
Heidi Keele has over two decades of experience developing end-to-end integrated marketing programs inclusive of branding, online and go-to-market strategies. She has managed marketing budgets & teams of all shapes and sizes across media, technology, financial services and mobile verticals. Her experience includes in-depth creative pitch marketing with a fine-tuned focus on delivering a total online and socially relevant customer experience... Read More →
avatar for Matt Medlin

Matt Medlin

Alliance of Angels
Matt leads Clark Nuber's practice focused on angel and venture-backed enterprises in technology, telecom, consumer products, and health sciences. There he helps start-up and emerging-growth companies establish sound business practices to enhance their ability to raise funds, attr... Read More →
avatar for Carlee Price

Carlee Price

GP, Pique Ventures LLC
Experienced Investor with a demonstrated history of accomplishment in the public equity and venture industries. Skilled in Equity Research, Portfolio Management, Investment Management, Seed Stage Capital, and Asset Management. Strong entrepreneurship professional working towards... Read More →


10:00am

Expand Your Mental ROI - how meditation, mindset, and mantras can help you #MakeMoreMoney
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

VENUE:

Columbia Tower Club

701 5th Avenue, 75th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 (map)

Registration required - 100 seats available on a first-come-first seated basis

 

SCHEDULE:

10:00 AM  Doors Open - Checking in & Networking

10:30 AM  Doors Close - Event Begins

11:40 AM  Open Q&A

12:00 PM  Event Ends


“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.” - Napoleon Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich

You hustle, you grind and you optimize.
You circle back, you follow up and you get on people's radars.
But where's your head at?

You are the driver of your businesses' success -- but if your MIND is not prepared for greatness beyond your wildest dreams -- how will your business ever get there?

How does your mind factor into the ultimate success or failure of your business?

Join us for laser-focused panel of founders, visionaries, and thought leaders; carefully selected to give you an impactful 90 minutes on how to optimize your mind.

We kick off this panel with a fast-paced and deep-dive interview with Nick Hughes; whose Founders Live events are catching fire across the country. Nick's highly sought-after advisor chops and visibility in the startup community make him the ideal person for a bit of brain picking. Walk away with insights you can immediately apply in your business and life-path.

Then, get ready to roll up your sleeves and engage in experiential learning as our team of subject experts introduce and guide you through simple mental training tools that you can implement immediately to expand your perception of your own capabilities, AND of course, #MakeMoreMoney ;)


YOU WILL LEARN:

  • From Mindset Expert and Business Marketing Coach, Anna Choi:
    How To Get Out Of Your Own Way
    Can you live a balanced, soulful life, AND make loads of money? Anna will help you understand the biggest mistake most entrepreneurs make when it comes to taking action; what separates performing entrepreneurs from struggling ones; and walk you through a simple 6 elemental system for staying focused and balanced, while generating high-paying clients to fuel your ideal life!  

  • From Mental-Strength Expert, Hypnotist, and Co-Founder of Positive Performance, Lindsey Wilson:
    It’s Not About Who You Are - It’s About Who You Can Become
    Just how powerful is the mind? More importantly, how do we harness that power to work FOR us instead of against us? With her background as a high performance coach and hypnotist, Lindsey will share with you an illuminating exercise that will open your eyes to the enormous potential you have; the myriad ways we creatively hold ourselves back; and most importantly, how we can tap into our best self.

  • From Modern Meditation Experts, and Co-Founders of M-Meditation.com, Tay and Val:
    Learn The 3 Most Powerful Words You Can Use To Overcome Any Resistance
    ...including your (unconscious) resistance to #MakeMoreMoney. Our minds are hardwired to resist change and avoid uncertainty at all cost, even when said change is for the better, or when said risk has tremendous rewards. Meditation is the art of non-resistance, so as to cultivate greater awareness of self and greater attunement towards others (...including your affinity for money). Learn how to mind-hack your way through your resistance and thrive in entrepreneurial uncertainty with modern meditation experts Tay & Val, as they walk you through a 3-minute, 3-breath meditation, using 3 powerful words you can use to overcome any resistance.

At the end of the panel, the floor will be opened up to questions from the audience. This is your chance to unlock your mind and expand your mental ROI, so you can bring business from where it is, to where you want it to be. Seating is limited - do reserve your spot.

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Moderators
avatar for Sean McCormick

Sean McCormick

CEO, LIFE MBA, Float Seattle, Float Bellevue
“There's a deep well of purpose, talent and elevated consciousness within each of us - it should be our life's mission to tap that well.” — Sean via @LIFE__MBA  It is Sean's life purpose to elevate consciousness of humanity and his channels are his businesses, coaching practice and workshops. As the Owner and CEO of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Choi

Anna Choi

Founder, Anna Sun Choi Consulting
“Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It takes guts, grit, and resilience in the face of no agreement.” — @annachoi. Anna is fiercely committed to empowering the next generation of mission driven leaders. She helps social entrepreneurs and conscious companies get more clients through business coaching... Read More →
avatar for Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes

Founder and CEO, Founders Live
“Deep down in the founding core of any company you will find a root motivation within every founder called personal discovery.” — @jnickhughes. Nick is a successful entrepreneur with business achievements in social media, digital payments, and technology startups. He excels at interpersonal leadership, communication, business and product development. In addition to creating the global entrepreneurial network Founders Live, Nick stays busy as an advisor to numerous startups and occasionally takes positions in sales or biz dev roles if needed. He is also cofounder of... Read More →
avatar for Tay & Val

Tay & Val

Co-Founders, @taynval & M Meditation
“Stop living in your expired stories. Start living out yourself.” — @taynval.  Everything Tay & Val do is grounded in the intention to help people to lead their best lives. Conscious companies and visionary leaders go to Tay & Val to find their "Why" and answer their "What's Next?" as they navigate their personal transformations, cultivate a conscious workplace, and make their legacy impact. | | Award-winning filmmakers Tay... Read More →
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Lindsey Wilson

Co-Founder, Positive Performance
“Don't keep your awesomeness a secret.” — @lindseywilson13. As the Co-Founder and Product/Program guru for Positive Performance, Lindsey works with athletes and coaches to unlock player and team potential through mental performance training. As a former professional basketball player, mom and entrepreneur, Lindsey also brings a unique perspective to the corporate clients and women entrepreneurs she works with and is passionate about paying forward the tools that helped her be successful in sports and in life. | | In addition to her expertise in mental training, Lindsey is also a prolific writer and speaker on the topic of high performance. Her writing regularly appears on... Read More →


10:30am

Experience Design in Retail
In a world where shopping is increasingly done online, it isn’t that in-person retail design is dead; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. People are craving a special experience, which means innovative design is more vital than ever. We want to be transported to a different time and place, even to become a character in a story. We don’t just want to collect a piece of merchandise, we want to take with us a memento of our experience. A holistic design approach is key to creating a unique environment and forging a special bond between the space and its visitors. Join Charles in a lively discussion about creating an inviting and memorable design experience for your customers, and how to take those ideas into the future of retail.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Fadem

Charles Fadem

Working for years in New York City, Charles forged an eclectic background, working in corporate interiors, residential interiors, historical restoration, and eventually high-rise, mixed-use residential. During that time, he founded a graphic design company, as well. Eventually, he landed at Handel Architects, a firm run by a few of his former professors. After a brief layover in Philly doing some freelance work, Charles moved to DC, first working at Shalom Baranes Associates, where he rediscovered his love of interiors. It was there that his passion for the challenge of designing the human scale experience took hold. It led to another unique opportunity at Hickok Cole Architects, working in their fledgling Lifestyle Interiors department. Charles had been keeping tabs on Board... Read More →


10:30am

How Technology/Collaboration Can Solve the Opioid Epidemic
The national opioid epidemic is taking the lives of over 90 people and costing $215 million each day, making this national crisis a high priority to address and a hot topic of debate both on a local and national scale. This panel will discuss the reality of the crisis and what technologists are doing to solve underlying problems.

*This event will be seated on a first come, first served basis. You must be registered to attend however it does not guarantee entry. 

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Pasek

Jeff Pasek

Jeff is and Independent Healthcare Consultant/Product Manager with over 10 years experience in healthcare system development, integration and startup experience ranging from payer markets to provider markets to pharmacy integration systems, who's goal is to make healthcare a bett... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rob Arnold

Rob Arnold

Rob has been actively involved Seattle’s technology innovation and commercialization community for the last 25 years. Rob is currently a Healthcare Transformation Advisor at UW and OHSU, sits on the boards of TransformativeMed and MetaJure as well as serves as a strategic adviso... Read More →
avatar for Chris Klomp

Chris Klomp

Chris Klomp is the CEO of Collective Medical Technologies, a Salt Lake City-based health technology company dedicated to helping providers and payers collaborate to take care of their patients as effectively and efficiently as possible. CMT is building the largest real-time, data-enabled provider-payer network in the U.S. to eliminate avoidable risk and friction from care delivery by pushing real-time insights into provider workflow, automating critical tasks to be done, and driving increased focus on... Read More →
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Jeb Shepard

Washington State Medical Association
Jeb works with key stakeholders across Washington state to create positive change for physicians and assist WSMA members in meeting the challenges posed by today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. He is currently lead staff for the WSMA’s work addressing the opioid epidemic, and the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Geoffrey Tyson

Dr. Geoffrey Tyson

CEO Lazarus Medical Device, Anesthesologist


Tuesday October 3, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 9th Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98101

11:00am

Don’t Be Mean & Other HR Legal Advice
Attracting top talent is an uphill battle for cleantech startups. Complying with employment law when funding is at a minimum can turn that hill into a wall.

Aaron Goldstein of Dorsey & Whitney outlines trial-tested insights into balancing startup life and HR legal requirements. He'll share what's required in HR legal compliance and how to safeguard your startup from employee lawsuits. 

In the end, not being mean could save your startup!

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
Aaron brings a decade and a half of experience to companies’ quirkiest, thorniest, and most complex employment issues. Aaron also works with companies to develop policies and practices that are engines for business growth and that reflect the culture and values of the companies he represents. When... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dorsey & Whitney (61st Floor) 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

Fireside Chat with Eric Rivera and Yalor Tackson: Complexities of Launching a Business in the Food Industry
Food is only about 20% of the restaurant success equation. A menu needs to sweep customers off their feet. However, restaurants are businesses first and foremost. Join us for an engaging conversation between food marketing expert Taylor Jackson and Chef Eric Rivera, who will share his extensive experience in food and beverage R&D, menu development and kitchen design, staff recruiting and training, off-site logistics, managing social media marketing strategy, and how to beat the odds in this complex and high risk industry.

Moderators
avatar for Yalor Tackson

Yalor Tackson

Yalor is a professional in the food and hospitality industries with 10+ years of experience working front and back of the house. He has helped open restaurants in Phoenix, Los Angeles and now in Seattle. He has worked with international restaurants and domestic companies such as Four Seasons (Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and Ethan Stowell Restaurants. Currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Rivera

Eric Rivera

Founder and Executive Chef, Addo
Eric Rivera, founder of Addo, a pop-up dinner series he holds around Seattle, is one of the most creative chefs on the Seattle food scene. Rivera, originally from Olympia, spent three and a half years as culinary director at Chicago’s massively acclaimed Alinea. He returned to Seattle to work for the Huxley Wallace Collective as the Director of Culinary Operations and Innovations where he managed all aspects of the restaurant group including food and beverage... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

Board Of Directors - What's This Juice?

Some startups have a board of directors, and some opt for advisors. Others hold off for as long as they can. There are myths and legends about board of directors. Really, what is the value of having a board of directors, and how do you identify the right people? And when almost everything in a company has been disrupted, is there an alternative to a board of directors? In this fireside chat, we have two professional board members that will help us understand the role, power, advantages, and care and feeding for a board of directors. And there’s quality time set aside for you to ask your burning questions on this topic.


Moderators
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Hien DeYoung

Executive Coach, DeYoung Executive Coaching & Consultancy
Hien DeYoung is an executive coach who works with CEOs and Executive Women.  She draws on her 20+ years in HR building life science startups that garnered $300m in VC funding including an IPO.  Her executive and corporate officer experience enables relevant context and insights for her... Read More →

Speakers
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Jackie Davidson

Board member, BuildPulse
Jackie Davidson has over 25 years’ experience as an operating executive and in the boardroom for several private and public companies in the Pacific NW. She’s been a key player on innovative leadership teams in SaaS tech businesses and in a variety of other industries, companies that were breaking ground in some way: bringing real estate agents online, manufacturing new starch applications for food production, bringing car dealers online, or building out a new fishery. Most recently, she was the CFO at Market Leader, which was sold to Trulia for 6x revenue. Her strategic experience spans high growth strategies, financings, and mergers and... Read More →
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Michael Schutzler

CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association
Michael Schutzler is an entrepreneur, engineer, science geek, and first-generation immigrant. He is the CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Before joining the WTIA, Michael led the merger of Livemocha – a community of 17 million language learners – with the popular education software company Rosetta Stone. He also built Classmates.com into the first profitable social media application, transformed online marketing at Monster.com, and grew the online gaming business at RealNetworks to become a global... Read More →


11:00am

Scaling Your Healthy Startup Culture
Culture is key to every successful startup. When do you start defining your culture, and how do you maintain it as the company grows? Scaling culture is a big challenge, and one that not every startup can master. When the leader no longer interviews every new hire, how can you be sure you're adding people with the right values who are passionate about your mission? We’re bringing together seasoned startup CEOs who have built companies with amazing cultures that attract and retain top talent. They’ll share their thoughts and lessons learned about what makes a healthy culture and how to think about culture during rapid growth.

Moderators
avatar for Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela is a native Seattleite who’s spent the last fifteen years in HR leadership roles at Seattle based companies including Microsoft, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela enjoys being creative and solving probl... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Banfield

Steve Banfield

CEO, ReachNow
Steve Banfield is CEO of ReachNow, mobility services from the BMW Group. A 20-year technology industry veteran, Steve leads successful teams that build digital products and services loved by millions worldwide.With years of rich leadership experience from INRIX, Sony, Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Liz Pearce

Liz Pearce

CEO, LiquidPlanner
Liz Pearce is Chief Executive Officer at LiquidPlanner, the fast-growing Seattle-based maker of predictive project management technology. She is responsible for the company’s overall vision, strategic direction and growth. Liz is an entrepreneurial leader with more than 15 years... Read More →
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Leslie Redd

Director, Launch Consulting Group
Leslie was the Co-Founder and CEO of LearnBIG which created fun, interactive and effective eLearning for enterprise clients, using brain science and storytelling. LearnBIG was acquired in March 2017 by Launch Consulting Group, a business and technology solutions firm. As part of Launch leadership, Leslie builds deep partnerships with clients and helps them amplify change management and leadership development efforts. | | Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Nishant Singh

Nishant Singh

I grew up in Northern India under the himalayas in a city known as Roorkee. Completed my undergrad in Computer Science from a college in India and in 2007, went to Arizona State University for the Master's program where I secured full scholarship from Hispanic Research Institute... Read More →


11:00am

Startup Opportunities Around the US Government’s Largest Agencies
Limited Capacity seats available

In the same way that Corporate Venture provides startup capital and support for startups in specific market verticals, government agencies have their innovation organizations that fulfill the same role.  Check out these incredible speakers that will define the sort of problems they are working to solve, the startups they are seeking, and the type of funding and resources they can provide.

Our goal is to educate the ENTIRE Washington startup community government innovation efforts around which they can start to build their companies or find potential clients/ backing for their startups. There is a lack of knowledge in the Seattle Startup Ecosystem about government organizations, such as MD5, their history, why they exist, and the programs offered to support entrepreneurs.

The Military Innovation Track will be hosted by Bunker Labs Seattle within the UW CoMotion system at CoMotion Labs @ Startup Hall.  The Seattle Techstars incubator and Amazon Alexa Incubator are also located in Startup Hall.

The panel seeks to educate the Washington startup community about the existence, history, and opportunities of Government innovation organizations such as MD5, DHS Science and Technology, Navy Shipyard Innovation Team, DARPA, ONR, and others so that they ultimately can start companies and solve problems.

Moderators
JB

Janice Bryant

Strategic Innovation Manager for Tactical Innovation Implementation Lab (TIIL), Navy Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). | | TIIL includes small teams of NAVSEA employees charged to identify and pursue unique solutions to complex ship maintenance challenges. Using the High Velocity L... Read More →

Speakers
SA

Scott Aughenbaugh

Director of External Engagement for MD5, the Department of Defense National Technology Accelerator. | | MD5 does not make dilutive investments in technology startups. Instead, we provide the tools, training, and access to DOD assets like infrastructure and intellectual propert... Read More →
RC

Richard Carlin

Dr. Richard T. Carlin is Department Head for the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). | | As department head, he overseas a broad range of science and technology (S&T) programs for surface ships, submarines, and undersea weapons with an annua... Read More →
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Melissa Ho

DHS Silicon Valley Innovaton Program
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Office at Department of Homeland Security, Silicon Valley Office, Science & Technology Directorate. | | We are looking to connect with start-ups developing concepts for commercial applications and have the potential to tackle tough mission chall... Read More →
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Bill Regli

Special Assistant to the Director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). | | In my role at DARPA for the Defense Sciences Office, I manage an office of 14 program managers and over 100 support personnel with a budget of approximately $200M/year. Our program po... Read More →
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William Treseder

Partner at BMNT Consultancy in Silicon Valley. | | Supports the catastrophic success of our clients: portfolio companies, private investors, industry partners, and government agencies in their efforts to innovate and solve real-world national security challenges. | | Trains f... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Startup Hall 1100 NE Campus Parkway, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98195

12:00pm

Personal Brand vs. Product Brand: Like Oil and Water? Or Can they Mix?
You launched a company. That's awesome! Now, how do you keep your personal brand from being absorbed by your company's brand? And vice versa? Keeping strong and independent personal and product or business brands can be a challenge and less than intuitive in today's connected social world. Learn from Kelley Myers on when the two can overlap, what happens when they do, and how and when it is necessary to keep them separate. 

Moderators
avatar for Brooke Hubbard

Brooke Hubbard

Owner, Social Media Marketing Strategist, MBMedia
Brooke Hubbard, founder of MBMedia, is a Boston University and University of Washington graduate with a high-energy personality that throws paint all across the canvas of life. Upon returning to Seattle, she started a Social Media and Digital Media business providing strategy and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Myers

Kelley Myers

Director, Product Marketing & Management for Disney Consumer Products & Interactive; Product for the Disney Store, The Walt Disney Company
I champion novel, entrepreneurial endeavors by searching out creative solutions to BIG challenges. I find myself happiest developing strategy at the intersection of physical and digital be it in marketing, technology or retail all within the umbrella of using data to make smarter... Read More →


12:00pm

AoA Workshop - What to Know When Selling Your Startup

Hear directly from a former buyer of technology companies who then co-founded and sold his own technology company about how to make a buyer interested in acquiring your company. Get first hand insight into what your business might be worth, when and why to sell, what companies are buying when they buy, how to prepare for a sale and what the sales process looks like.

Lowell will review the five step process that he has documented for finding a buyer:
1. Planning & Research
2. Outreach
3. Engagement
4. Term Sheet & Due Diligence
5. Negotiation and close

Lowell Ricklefs twice built the leader in the online market research data collection industry - GMI (sold to WPP for $100M) and Toluna (sold to a Private Equity firm for $260M). He co-founded FlexMinder - the leader in Healthcare IT automated claim submission (sold to JellyVision), in addition he led the buying side of several transactions including a $10M technology company in Texas and a $40M technology company in Connecticut. At F500 Rockwell Automation as a Global Sales VP he worked closely with Corporate Development on acquisition strategy. Lowell started Traction Advising to pursue his passion: helping fellow entrepreneurs scale and sell software companies.

Gary Kocher is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates with over 25 years of experience working with emerging growth companies and investors that support them. He counsels founders on business formation issues and works with clients on a wide range of transactions, including financings, strategic partnerships and acquisitions, intellectual property creation and protection, and exit transactions. Over his career, Gary has represented more than 100 start-ups. He serves as outside counsel to the Alliance of Angels in Seattle and is a member of the Public Policy Advisory Council to the Angel Capital Association. He has helped several angel groups form side-car investment funds and is a frequent speaker and writer on topics relevant to angel investing. In his spare time, he loves to fly fish and will talk for hours about pescatory pursuits.

 


Moderators
avatar for Yi-Jian Ngo

Yi-Jian Ngo

Managing Director, Alliance of Angels
Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director, leads the Alliance of Angels. A network engineer by training, Yi-Jian stumbled into the startup world when AT&T rebooted its corporate venture fund and recruited him as a founding team member. Working closely with entrepreneurs and helping them bui... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kocher

Gary Kocher

Partner, K&L Gates
Gary Kocher is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates with over 25 years of experience working with emerging growth companies and investors that support them. He counsels founders on business formation issues and works with clients on a wide range of transactions, including... Read More →
avatar for Lowell Ricklefs

Lowell Ricklefs

CEO & Founder
Lowell Ricklefs twice built the leader in the online market research data collection industry - GMI (sold to WPP for $100M) and Toluna (sold to a Private Equity firm for $260M). He co-founded FlexMinder - the leader in Healthcare IT automated claim submission (sold to JellyVision... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
K&L Gates LLP 925 4th Avenue #2900 Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

Women in Hardware
There are very few women graduating with engineering degrees these days, and even fewer out practicing their craft in real life. However, Seattle happens to have very many active women in hardware. Learn how these women migrated into their professions, what obstacles they faced in their path, what kept them going, and how you can make the journey from where you are now.

Moderators
avatar for Christina Cyr

Christina Cyr

Founder, CEO and CTO, dTOOR
Christina Cyr is the CEO, CTO, and Founder of dTOOR, which makes “Non-Rectangular Phones for Non-Rectangular People” starting with a phone in the shape of a circle, called The Cyrcle Phone. Christina has a bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and physics, and a master’s degree in engineering. She has been a biochemical engineer for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Clarissa San Diego

Clarissa San Diego

Founder, Makerologist
Clarissa is Founder of Makerologist, a creative technology agency that creates interactive experiences using IoT and maker technology. They invoke curiosity and educate technical and non technical audiences alike through special events, workshops, and interactive installations. At Makerologist, Clarissa demonstrates her abilities in business development, STEM education, and industrial design. Leading up to Makerologist, Clarissa co-founded SoDo MakerSpace and lead developer engagement at Particle. She has also served as co-producer of numerous tech events including the Women Who Code CONNECT 2016 and the DevRel Summit conferences. Majority of her work focuses on bringing inclusion into the IoT and maker communities through the introduction of hardware... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox

Owner, Foxbot Industries
Jen Fox is an engineer, a maker, and an educator. After dabbling in dark matter (B.S., Physics, Occidental College), Fox settled into engineering (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UCLA) with a blend of inventing and education, leading her to found FoxBot Industries in mid-2015... Read More →
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Oleha Riden

COO, MistyWest
Oleha Riden is the Principal Operations Officer at MistyWest, a Canadian based engineering design firm that specializes in developing a range of technologies including renewable, appropriate healthcare products, electric vehicles and environmental sensors. For the past 5 years, O... Read More →
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Martine Stillman

Mechanical Program Lead, Synapse Product Development
Martine Stillman is an experienced Program Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer electronics industry. Her career in product development has spanned across medical devices, lab equipment, media players, healthcare devices, and wearables/fitness electronics... Read More →
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Stephanie Xenos

Senior Systems Engineer, SpaceX
Stephanie Xenos is Senior Systems Engineer for SpaceX, Seattle. She manages the satellite program, business development, capability studies, launch site operations, system integration, government agency adherence and approvals such as Range, DOT, ITAR. In the past she has been in... Read More →


12:00pm

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secret Basics For Your New Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn Intellectual Property attorney Alicia Bell will provide an overview of trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, including how they differ in coverage, cost and acquisition, and how proactively protecting the intellectual property in your business or brand now can reap benefits in the long run.

Lunch will be provided!  Please note that parking at our location is extremely limited, so we recommend using a ride share or cab.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell

Alicia helps clients develop and implement intellectual property strategies that are consistent with their business priorities and corporate culture. She assists clients with the management and protection of intellectual property assets, including evaluating and addressing copyri... Read More →


12:00pm

Revenue Redemption for Startups Ala Fledge
When startups seek outside money, the classic Angel Investing model involves selling equity (stocks) of the company. This creates constraints on the size and types of companies that can get an investment.  Luni Libes , as the founder of the Fledge.co Conscious Company accelerator has pioneered an alternative form of funding startups called Revenue Redemption.  Each of his Fledglings have gotten an investment from the accelerator that provides for a different form of investment.  Learn about how Revenue redemption has preformed for Luni, and the constraints that it alters for new startup copanies. 

Speakers
avatar for Luni Libes

Luni Libes

Managing Director, Fledge
Luni is a 25+ year serial entrepreneur, (co)founder of six companies. | | His latest startups are Fledge, the conscious company accelerator, where he helps new entrepreneurs from around the world navigate the complexities between idea and customer revenues, and investorflow.org... Read More →


12:00pm

Forecasting Foot Traffic: Weather's Astounding Impact on Your Store
Did you know that almost nine out of every 10 in-store dollars you make above or below your average is due to the weather? Don't be a weather-reactive retailer — though gray days and heat waves are out of your control, you can still be one step ahead of Mother Nature by planning inventory and staffing around foot traffic trends. Discover how retailers have used data to do more than simply react to weather events and leave with a plan of your own to turn rainy days into growing seasons for your business.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Lakind

Sean Lakind

Sean is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Dor, a retail analytics company dedicated to giving retailers the tools they need to measure marketing effectiveness and in-store conversions. With years of retail experience and Dor’s data insights, Sean helps retailers adapt to... Read More →


12:00pm

Pro Bono Patents: Volunteer Lawyers for Entrepreneurs
UW Law's Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) is pleased to announce the launch of the Washington Pro Bono Patent Network!  This program, with assistance from the United States Patent & Trademark Office, matches low-income entrepreneurs with volunteer patent attorneys across Washington State.  Please join us at William H. Gates Hall, Room 138 to learn more about the Network and how to apply for patent help.  Lunch will be provided.

Questions? Please email Allison McCarty at wapatent@uw.edu.
Formal registration located here: https://www.law.washington.edu/reg/waprobono/ 

Speakers
avatar for John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick is a Patent Pro Bono Administrator and Staff Attorney at the USPTO. He is dedicated to making sure that all inventors have access to the patent system, including those who are financially under-resourced. He works with patent pro bono programs across the natio... Read More →
avatar for Zahr Said

Zahr Said

Associate Professor of Law and Lead Faculty Director of CASRIP, University of Washington
Professor Zahr K. Said is an Associate Professor of Law, and Lead Faculty Director of CASRIP (Center for Advanced Study and Research of Innovation Policy). She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Columbia (where she was a Kent Scholar and served as Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts) and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She taught at the University of Virginia School of Law for three years as a Visiting Professor of Law, and will teach at Stanford Law School during the 2018 academic year... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
William H. Gates Hall 4293 Memorial Way Northeast Seattle, WA 98195

12:00pm

How to Raise Money for Your Data-Driven Startup
This is a panel featuring representations of data science-focused companies who have successfully raised funding since last year. Learn about their experiences, struggles, and sage wisdom for others looking to raise.

Moderators
avatar for Lee Ngo

Lee Ngo

National Data Science Evangelist, Metis
Self-described "Education Technology Community Architect." Always down for something nerdy (exception: Harry Potter).

Speakers
avatar for Ian Blaine

Ian Blaine

Chief Strategy Officer at Wicket Labs
avatar for Joel Carben

Joel Carben

IdealSeat
CEO & Co-Founder of IdealSeat
avatar for Joshua Gebhardt

Joshua Gebhardt

CEO & Co-Founder of MetricStory
avatar for Diego Oppenheimer

Diego Oppenheimer

CEO, Algorithmia
Founder & CEO, Algorithmia
avatar for Arry Yu

Arry Yu

COO, StormX, Inc.
CEO / Founder of GiftStarter, COO of CakeCodes


Tuesday October 3, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Seattle Public Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

12:15pm

Applying to Developer Jobs at Startups
Hiring developers may be competitive, maybe even more so in the startup space, but it's competitive on both sides. Join iMatch's Kory Ferbet for great tips on how developers new to the industry or looking to make a move can learn how to identify, pursue, and land roles with startups.

Speakers
avatar for Kory Ferbet

Kory Ferbet

Lead Technical Recruiter, iMatch Technical Services
Kory Ferbet is the Lead Technical Recruiter for iMatch Technical Services, Seattle’s premier boutique staffing agency. He has spent the past six years recruiting engineers and engineering leadership to some of Seattle’s fastest growing startups. Kory can be found at many of t... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Code Fellows 2901 3rd Ave #300, Seattle, WA 98121

1:00pm

Beware the Backlinks: A panel on modern SEO strategies
If you still think about SEO as link building strategies and keyword stuffing, you’re doing it wrong. As search engines get more sophisticated, technology improves, and users respond, businesses need to look at SEO in a whole new way. Modern SEO practices reach into every facet of digital marketing including user experience, voice search, and navigation tactics.

In this panel, Maureen Jann of SuperDeluxe Marketing talks with Sean Van Guilder, SEO Director at Point It, a digital marketing agency, Rand Fishkin, the Wizard of Moz and renowned SEO expert, and David Lindahl, Solutions Manager for CDK Global and President of Seattle Search Network.

This session will cover questions such as:
  • How do you define a high performing SEO strategy? What does it entail? 
  • When modern SEO practices are put in place, what does success look like?
  • What are some common pitfalls we see in SEO approaches? 
  • What are the first SEO strategies that startups should invest in? 

Moderators
avatar for Maureen Jann

Maureen Jann

Founder and Managing Director, SuperDeluxe Marketing
Maureen Jann is a compassionate and straightforward marketer who is energized by helping businesses grow. She is currently the Founder and Managing Director of SuperDeluxe Marketing, a marketing, content, and thought leadership strategy agency on the outskirts of Seattle. Before... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin

Wizard of Moz, Moz
Rand Fishkin goes by the ludicrous title, Wizard of Moz. He’s founder and former CEO of SEO software startup Moz, host of Whiteboard Friday, co-author of a pair of books on SEO, co-founder of Inbound.org, and serves on the board of the presentation software firm, Haiku Deck. Rand&rsquo... Read More →
avatar for Sean Van Guilder

Sean Van Guilder

Director of SEO, Point It
Sean Van Guilder has been helping businesses get found on the internet for over 20 years. He has a 10,000 foot view of digital marketing that helps shed light on SEO as a business driver. Sean has worn almost every digital marketing hat out there and brings strategies and tactic... Read More →
avatar for David Lindahl

David Lindahl

Solutions Manager, Seattle Search Network
As a Solutions Manager for CDK Global and President of Seattle Search Network, Dave loves solving tough marketing and business problems and has a real passion for organic search and website performance. He's been doing SEO actively since 2008 and building websites since 1998 for... Read More →


1:00pm

CEO Exchange: Insights from the Trenches for CleanTech Startup Success
CEO can be a lonely role - especially for first-time entrepreneurs. Who can you turn to for advice? There are some things that only a fellow CEO can truly understand and appreciate. If only there was a forum of seasoned CEOs available to answer questions and share lessons learned. Now's your chance. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to ask questions and gain insights from a panel of seasoned cleantech CEOs. Make connections while learning lessons from the cleantech startup trenches.

CEO panelists include:

Tuesday October 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dorsey & Whitney (61st Floor) 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

Bottoms up! Entrepreneurial Stories in the Beverage Industry
New choices in the Beverage Industry are developing not only as a labor of love but also to meet new needs, and in the process are disrupting the market and changing the ways of crafting, bartending, and the overall beverage business. Small brands and tech startups in the space are becoming important players to watch. To set themselves apart, many distilleries, breweries, wineries, startups in the industry, and bars are incorporating technology into their preparations, presentations, and operations. 

Join us for a conversation with Beverage Entrepreneurs offering high quality products and exciting, often tech-driven experiences that allow their customers to enjoy beverages in ways that go beyond the traditional.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Flaherty

Patrick Flaherty

Patrick most recently worked to grow alcohol ecommerce platform, Drizly, into 5 new markets across the US and Canada. As the face of Drizly in the Northwest, he was responsible for developing the Drizly brand in Seattle, Edmonton, and Calgary; locally scaling the footprint on bot... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Meru Belbayeva

Meru Belbayeva

Co-owner and CEO, Downtown Spirits
avatar for Andrew Fawcett

Andrew Fawcett

Technical Product Manager, Indeed
Andrew Fawcett is a technical product manager at Indeed. A 15 year veteran of the software industry, he spent nearly 10 years at Microsoft as a tester, developer and program manager. In 2011, he opened canon: whiskey and bitters emporium, renowned for it’s 7000+ bottle spirits collection and innovative cocktail program... Read More →
avatar for Matt Lincecum

Matt Lincecum

Owner, Fremont Brewing
avatar for Brenton Webster

Brenton Webster

CEO & Founder, FastBar Technologies
Brenton Webster is the CEO & Founder at FastBar Technologies Inc, a startup that solves the problem of long bar lines for special events with a simple, cashless, high-speed payment solution that improves attendee satisfaction, and increases bar revenue. Brenton is an entrepreneur... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

Inside the Hardware: Manufacturing Electronics
You are ready to move forward with the electronics on your device, but to whom do you turn once your prototype is done? How long does the “design for manufacturing” engineering process take even before your board is manufactured? Should you go immediately to China, or manufacture locally? Meet local experts in advanced electronics development, manufacturing, and overseas management and hear what they have to say about the process.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Baffi

Robert Baffi

Account Manager, Avnet
As Account Manager, Robert is responsible for supporting customers at each stage of the product life cycle., from idea to design and from prototype to production. A comprehensive portfolio of design and supply chain services makes Avnet the go-to guide for innovators who set the pace for technological change... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Rae

Brian Rae

Operations Manager, Out of the Box Manufacturing
Brian Rae has been working in the EMS industry for close to 20 years and has held a variety of Operations and Sales/Customer Service roles. Due to his experience, he has a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to build complex electronic assembly’s efficiently without sacrificing quality or customer service. Brian is a tried and true leader who inspires trust and comradery in his team and directly manages more than 20 employees in 3 departments. He has been with Out of the Box since the beginning, having been the first full time employee. Brian is also an integral part of... Read More →
avatar for David Vaillancourt

David Vaillancourt

President, DA International Group
David Vaillancourt is President of DA International Group and has over 25 years of experience. D.A. International Group is a full service manufacturing and importer of custom designed products, with offices in Seattle WA and Shenzhen, China. They have extensive experience and success working with start-up companies. The reason for their success is both their partnership model and their... Read More →
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Matt Westervelt

Founder, Metrix Create:Space
Matt Westervelt is Founder of Metrix Create:Space, a modern prototyping and fabrication lab focused on digital and distributed manufacturing technologies in Seattle. With a complement of additive and subtractive machining technologies, its scope runs from electronics to architect... Read More →


1:00pm

Born In The Cloud

A panel discussion on start-ups being “Born in the Cloud” and how to ensure scalability and elasticity, and why it’s important for the B-to-B and B-to-C to be in Hybrid Cloud. The discussion will include experts on how to be Cloud Ready, to a start-ups perspective on being “Born in the Cloud”. 

Venue Details:
*Due to event capacity, only the first 100 people who have arrived will be allowed in.  
*Dress code restricts shorts, athletic wear, baseball caps and flip-flops.  


Moderators
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Linda Lowry

Marketing Development Manager, Inviso
Linda was a Partner at Tiger Mountain IT, and her company was recently acquired by InvisoCorp.com, where she is now the Marketing Development Manager. She has a spirit for entrepreneurship and a mind for creative strategic marketing which is evident in the many ventures she has... Read More →

Speakers
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David Jennings

David is the founder and CEO of eVenues and a former Microsoft employee. eVenues is an e-commerce website operator aggregator, and direct booking service for short-term meeting space rentals. He also advises emerging IT & Communication companies seeking to expand or relocate to Seattle/King County as a Business Development Consultant with the Economic Development Council of Seattle... Read More →
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Sharon Lee

Senior Partner Channel Manager-Cloud Practice Program Owner, Microsoft
Sharon is a Senior Partner Channel Manager-Cloud Practice Program Owner. Her passion is to create and implement strategies to achieve corporate partner business goals. As a senior program manager, she owns the design and implementation of partner programs, incentives, and econom... Read More →
GM

Greg Marx

Gregory Marx has twenty years of experience as both an IT consultant and direct hire IT engineer, manager and director.  He has held positions at a wide variety of companies from Microsoft, to AT&T to in more recent years several Law Firms and technology Start-ups. He joins Invi... Read More →
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Chaitra Vedullapalli

CMO and Co-Founder, Meylah.com
Chaitra, CMO and Co-Founder of Meylah.com. Chaitra is recognized as a Top 100 small business influencers in the U.S., holds a patent and published “Partner Tweet” book. She is a former executive at Oracle and Microsoft, and she serves on the YMCA Sammamish Board, Creative Childr... Read More →


1:00pm

Product Development and Startup Story with Anna Steffeney/LeaveLogic
Entrepreneurs’ personal backgrounds can influence the products and services they build. In this Diversity & Inclusion series, we’ll get to meet with startup founders who come from communities underrepresented in tech. In each session, a different entrepreneur will share their startup stories and their process for product development. The entrepreneur will then lead the audience in an interactive discussion on how to test their ideas, identify a target market, and quickly size their revenue opportunity, using their own company as an example of the product development cycle.

Meet Anna Steffeney, the founder of LeaveLogic. LeaveLogic is a technology company that delivers a family leave management platform to Fortune 1000 companies. We inform and guide employees through the career, financial, and family decisions to ensure a successful family leave and help them return to work. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, LeaveLogic is helping companies retain their top talent. 


1:00pm

Fundability Optimization: A Checklist for Success

How ‘fundable’ is your organization?  In this session, you will walk through a checklist including 8 dimensions of fundability and learn 21 key elements to ensure your organization is ‘optimized for fundability’ – from start up to successful exit.  While focused on scaling companies, this content is useful for all start up stages as a framework for their development.

 


Speakers
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Dale

Founder, ScaleUp-Hub.com
Dale Meador is a lifetime entrepreneur and currently founder of ScaleUp Hub which connects entrepreneurs with the coaching and facilitation services needed to sustainably grow their companies. He honed his coaching skills over the past decade while growing a successful CPA firm a... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

1:30pm

The Future of Home Buying
This panel discussion will feature The CEO's of Loftium, Flipt, and a Co-Founder of FlyHomes. These three startups are changing the way homes are bought and sold.

Moderators
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Jay Wheeldryer

Entrepeneur
The church I was raised in issued it's own currency, called Memory Mights, which could be used to buy hot wheels, model airplanes, and play-doh. I was a memorization machine, and loved buying toys with my skills. I also loved trading my toys, and "mights" with other kids. So much... Read More →

Speakers
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Tushar Garg

Tushar Garg, Co-Founder at FlyHomes is an engineer by trade. He fell in love with real estate and helping clients make informed and smart real estate choices. | In addition to an MBA, Tushar’s earned a MS in Computer Science from Minnesota, and he graduated from IIT in India, where... Read More →
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Andrey Nokhrin

Founder and CEO, Flipt
CEO of Flipt, dubbed “Top Technology in real estate” by National Association of Realtors REach 2016. A technology entrepreneur with interests in real estate. Microsoft Techstars 2013 grad, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee by Geekwire 2014, Realogy FWD Finalist 2015. BA in A... Read More →
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Yifan Zhang

Co-founder & CEO, Loftium
Entrepreneur interested in using technology and incentives to impact consumers for the better. CEO & Co-Founder of Loftium, which provides down payments based on rental income. Former CEO of Pact, which gave cash incentives for healthy living. Techstars alum and mentor. Speaker a... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
TUNE 2200 Western Ave #200, Seattle, WA 98121

2:00pm

Chat with veteran CEO, Josh Decker#RealTalk with Tech Founder and CEO Josh Decker: Tagboard's unique 6 years (and still going strong) journey
Speakers
JD

Josh Decker

CEO Tagboard. I have a passion for technology and want to do something that will leave an impact on the next generation. I dream | big, and I don't let the audacity of an idea stop me from pursuing it.

Volunteers
CD

Chris DiNicolas

Head of Product, Osmosis. Art Director from the NFL, experienced founder, mental health advocate, designer.

Tuesday October 3, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
First&Bell 2218 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

2:00pm

FOUNDERS WANTED! Labs & Studios: Panel with KRNL Labs, Pioneer Square Labs and Madrona Labs
FOUNDERS WANTED! Is a series about Intellectual Property (IP), government, university and private groups looking to mobilize ideas with entrepreneurs. 

This panel explores how Local Labs and Studios work with Entrepreneurs, including KRNL Labs, Pioneer Square Labs and Madrona Labs. 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"

Speakers
MF

Mike Fridgen

CEO - Madrona Venture Labs
GG

Greg Gottesman

Co-Founder Pioneer Square Labs
AM

Amit Mital

Founder KRLN Labs
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Xiao Wang

CEO, Boundless Immigration
CEO Boundless


Tuesday October 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
CoMotion HQ 4545 Roosevelt Way NE #300 Seattle, WA 98105

2:00pm

Access To Flexible Capital, presented by Chase for Business
We know small business owners and entrepreneurs of color encounter barriers to entry into the startup world. This panel highlights the work local organizations are doing to help startups gain access to capital, shed light on some of the challenges startups face when seeking loans and capital, and provide recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. Fueling the discussion is a JPMorgan Chase Institute report, “Cash is King: Flows, Balances and Buffer Days”, that explores the financial lives of small business owners.

Speakers
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Walter Acuña

Senior Business Lender, Craft3
Walter is a Senior Business Lender for the Washington Puget Sound region. Prior to joining the Craft3 team in September 2010, he served as Assistant Vice President – Business Relationship Manager for Plaza Bank in Kent, WA. Previously Walter held positions as a Small Business Ban... Read More →
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Ivan Barron

Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center, University of Washington Foster School of Business
Ivan is Lecturer in Management and Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He has over fifteen years’ experience teaching, researching and managing programs in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship. At the Foster School, he teaches classes in Board Leadership for graduate students and leads growth strategy programs for business entrepreneurs across the state of Washington. Prior to joining the Foster School, Ivan worked as both a consultant and a director for a variety of national organizations, including The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the global design firm IDEO, College Summit Inc., The Pahara-Aspen Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Moreover, he is an active real estate investor and volunteers as an Associate Board Member of Harborstone Credit Union and Seattle's Social Venture Partners. Ivan has lived and worked throughout the U.S. and Mexico. He has a B.A. from the University of Washington and a... Read More →
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Laura Fletcher

Director of Financial Services, Ventures
Laura joined Ventures as a volunteer in 2012, and became a staff member in 2013. | | Laura oversees Ventures’ financial services department. The department provides matched savings accounts, business loans, financial education and individualized financial coaching to Ventuers cl... Read More →
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Tim Howell

JP Morgan Chase
Tim currently serves as the Market Manager for the Pacific Northwest Business Banking Market for JPMorgan Chase. He’s held this position for four years and has been with the firm for over twenty years having held various positions in the Retail Bank and with the Asset and Wealth Management group. Prior to... Read More →
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Allen Johnson

JP Morgan Chase
Allen has 15+ years of experience with small business lending and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Most of this time was spend with GE Capital, where he worked with entrepreneurs in many roles, most recently as the Managing Director overseeing the western region comm... Read More →
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Rameez Sajwani

Fuchsia Shoes
Rameez is the co-founder of Fuchsia Shoes Inc. Fuchsia makes inaccessible native craft available directly to its customer's doorstep by working closely with small scale industry artisans. | | Prior to Fuchsia, Rameez has a 14 years long experience of working as software enginee... Read More →


2:00pm

Angel Connect Panel
Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of an angel investor? Now is your chance! Join us for this one-hour panel discussion where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain feedback from some of AoA’s most experienced angel investors.

Moderators
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David Lee

Partner, Peterson Sullivan
With more than 35 years of accounting and auditing with national and large local CPA firms, David is Peterson Sullivan's Business Development Executive. David brings the experience of working for years with a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held companies, including those in hospitality, gaming, construction, land development, technology, software development, life sciences, retail, manufacturing, and distributing, among others. During his professional career, David practiced in assurance services, specialized in complex accounting and financial reporting. He also worked with numerous clients engaged in mergers and acquisition... Read More →

Speakers
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Gregg Bennett

Vice Chairman, Alliance of Angels
Gregg Bennett is Vice Chair of the Alliance of Angels. He is an angel investor and entrepreneur who coaches local, Seattle based, technology companies. Gregg has invested in and/or advised over 100 Northwest-based startup and early-stage companies.
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Dennis Joyce

Angel Investor, Alliance of Angels
Dennis has been an active angel investor in Seattle for 4 years and has led due diligence teams as a member of the Alliance of Angels. He is an experienced investor with a track record of success in multiple areas of investment including commercial real estate, equities, and vari... Read More →
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Eric Larsen

Angel Investor, Founder & CEO
Eric Larsen is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor who works with emerging Northwest companies seeking to scale by leveraging his broad experience in engineering, technology, finance, and business operations. He advises several companies and has led multiple fundraisin... Read More →
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Yi-Jian Ngo

Managing Director, Alliance of Angels
Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director, leads the Alliance of Angels. A network engineer by training, Yi-Jian stumbled into the startup world when AT&T rebooted its corporate venture fund and recruited him as a founding team member. Working closely with entrepreneurs and helping them bui... Read More →
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Shelley Whelan

Partner, Keeler Investments Group
Shelley has been a Partner with Keeler Investments Group since 2007 and invests in Private Equity and Early Stage companies for KIG. She has been on the Board of the Alliance of Angels since 2012 and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington’s Foster School of Busine... Read More →


2:00pm

How You Can Leverage Laser Cutting and CNC Machining
What is laser cutting? What is CNC routing? And, more importantly, what can you make with these services? Sit back and listen as Donald Golgert, owner and Principal Engineer at the renown Fremont Laser & Design, teaches the basics of these machines and the flair these modern fabrication services can add to your designs.

Speakers
avatar for Donald Golgert

Donald Golgert

Owner & Principal Engineer, Fremont Laser & Design
Donald Golgert is the owner and Principal Engineer at Fremont Laser & Design, a division of G2 Engineers PLLC. Donald, or “Dee” as he is known around the shop, has over 28 years of engineering experience in heavy industry and aerospace, and over 15 years experience in manufacturing of complex machines and automated systems. He is a published author on... Read More →


3:00pm

From Your Screen to Your Taste Buds: Social Media for the Food Industry
In this panel, we will discuss current approaches in the use of social media by food and beverage brands. Are you wondering what strategies are the speakers using as the best way to make people fall in love with their restaurants and products? Come find out what recipes these professionals use to gather a hungry following, and how they work to convert them to engaged and enthusiastic customers.

Moderators
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Julien Perry

Co-Founder, One Night Only Project
Julien has spent the better part of two decades discovering Seattle through its many restaurants and bars. A drop-out of the Seattle Art Institute’s Baking and Pastry program, Julien began her food media career as the restaurant reporter for KOMO Newsradio, followed by Seattle Weekly columnist, Seattle Business Magazine food editor, Q13 food correspondent, Eater Seattle editor, and Food and Dining editor for Seattle Magazine. She now uses her industry savvy in her roles... Read More →

Speakers
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Sonya Chang

Founder, Seattle Bites
Sonya Chang is an ex-New Yorker turned Seattlite and food lover. She fell in love with Seattle while vacationing here and convinced her husband to relocate in 2015. Upon her arrival, she started the Instagram account Seattle Bites as a way to explore all of the amazing eats that the city has to offer. It then expanded into a food blog and across other social channels like Facebook and... Read More →
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Zan McColloch-Lussier

Communications Director, Pike Brewing Company
Beer and food are inherently social, making Zan's job as Communications Director at Pike Brewing Company fun and unpredictable. In his role Zan manages all the social for both the brewery and the two restaurants that Pike Brewing operates. He also gets to share the Pike message v... Read More →
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Herschell Taghap

Digital Manager and Chef Instructor, Tom Douglas Restaurants + Hot Stove Society
Herschell Taghap loves food, technology and the intersection of the two. He's currently holds two positions at Tom Douglas Restaurants as digital manager and chef instructor for Hot Stove Society, Tom Douglas' cooking school. In his marketing role, he manages the entire company's... Read More →
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Crystal ​Southcote

Social Media, Content Creative, Four Seasons Hotels
With over eight years of marketing experience, Crystal ​Southcote ​has elevated digital storytelling for Fortune 500 companies, mom-and-pop shops and non-profit organizations. ​From social media strategy and branding to influencer marketing and review management, Crystal lo... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

Growing Diverse Businesses in High Growth Clusters
Launching and growing a business in growth markets is both easier because of expanding opportunities, and harder because of high levels of competition than you may think.

We’ll look at strategies that minority- and women-owned businesses are using to be successful in both the Clean Tech and Food & Beverage industries. The session will bring together partners in the Seattle Ascend 2020 network who are improving management skills, increasing access to money, and growing market opportunities.

Moderators
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Suzanne Dale Estey

Partner, Gallatin Public Affairs
Suzanne Dale Estey has over twenty-five years of experience delivering results in economic development, business development, intergovernmental relations, public policy, strategic communications, non-profit leadership and fundraising. Suzanne starts as a Partner at Gallatin Public Affairs on October 4. Most recently, Suzanne served as the President... Read More →

Speakers
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Heather Englebrecht

VP of Operations & Strategic Initiatives, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC)
Heather Engelbrecht is the Vice President of Operations & Strategic Initiatives for the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC). In her role as Vice President, she oversees the organization’s research & communications efforts, operations & finance, and provides strategic project management on both internal and external programs and initiatives. She has been with the EDC for a total of nine years and is the... Read More →
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Michael Verchot

Founding Director, UW’s Consulting & Business Development Center
Michael Verchot is the founding director of the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center and a Lecturer in the Marketing and International Business Department at the Michael G. Foster School of Business. | | The Consulting and Business Development Center, founded in 1995, accelerates the growth of minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse companies by engaging undergraduate and MBA students on consulting projects with these firms and by offering executive education courses in conjunction with the NMSDC. The Center is also a hub of research on issues related to minority business growth and is the research partner for the Billion Dollar Roundtable. Since... Read More →
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Kara Williams

Women and Minority Business Manager, Seattle City Light
Kara Williams is the Women and Minority Business Manager for Seattle City Light and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Social Science. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Williams has focused her education and career in the areas of housing, educa... Read More →
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Che Wong

Business Development Specialist, Craft3
Che Wong is a Business Development Specialist with Craft3, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans that strengthen businesses, families and the environment throughout Oregon and Washington. Craft3 has invested more than $400 million in North... Read More →



3:00pm

Network and learn about the business of social enterprise
Social Enterprise Alliance WA Chapter, in partnership with Impact Hub presents an opportunity to network with experienced pros and learn how they have managed the business aspects of their social enterprise. How have they obtained capital for growth and investment? What does it take to get bank financing? How does a socially conscious business market itself? Meet and network with other local social entrepreneurs focused on civic and socially conscious business and get answers to your questions from SEA-WA members Stephanie Welty, Chief Financial Officer of Pioneer Human Services; Mike Quinn, Vice President of Business Development at the Northwest Center; along with Anna Choi, Business Coach and Marketing Consultant; and Nick Anderson, Senior Vice President with Pacific Continental Bank.

Moderators
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Anna Choi

Founder, Anna Sun Choi Consulting
“Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It takes guts, grit, and resilience in the face of no agreement.” — @annachoi. Anna is fiercely committed to empowering the next generation of mission driven leaders. She helps social entrepreneurs and conscious companies get more clients through business coaching... Read More →

Speakers
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Nick Anderson

Senior Vice President, Pacific Continental Bank
Senior Vice President with Pacific Continental Bank | Nick Anderson leads a team of bankers focused on serving the financial needs of nonprofit sector organizations and small businesses in the Puget Sound.  Previously, Anderson was Managing Director of Treasury Management and Payment Solutions for Opus Bank where he developed a full suite of products from policy to launch, then acted as national sales manager overseeing production activities for all... Read More →
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Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn, Vice President, Business Development | | Mike joined Northwest Center in 2008 with 30 years of experience in operations management, capital projects and negotiation – as well as logistics, shipping and distribution. Mike oversees Electronetics, NWC Assembling & Packaging, and Puget Sound Laundry Services. In each of these businesses, he has emphasized lean processes and systems that resulted in a better bottom line for his customers... Read More →
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Stephanie Welty

CFO of Pioneer Human Services | | Stephanie is the CFO of Pioneer Human Services, a social enterprise that provides individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives. Pioneer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conglomerate of several industries: aerospace manufacturing, behavioral health treatment, affordable housing and reentry services, all aligned to providing critical supports to individuals reclaiming their lives after incarceration. Over 60% of... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Impact HUB, 1st Floor 220 2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

CoFounders - The Good, The Challenge, and The Reward

A majority of today’s startups have cofounders.  Some Accelerators, like the Y Combinator, won’t consider your application unless you have a cofounder.  MIT Professor Edward Roberts in “Startups That Work”, stated that the chances of being very successful increased at 2, 3 and 4 cofounders.  The benefits of cofounder teams are obvious…the work is shared, so is the pressure and there’s a diversity of skillsets.  Cofounders also means human dynamics are in play…all the time.  In this session, we have a panel of 3 different cofounders that will talk to us about their cofounder experience and wisdom earned.  Nope, no knock’em sock’em drama, and lots of opportunity for you to ask questions about The Good, The Challenge and The Reward of having cofounders.


Moderators
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Hien DeYoung

Executive Coach, DeYoung Executive Coaching & Consultancy
Hien DeYoung is an executive coach who works with CEOs and Executive Women.  She draws on her 20+ years in HR building life science startups that garnered $300m in VC funding including an IPO.  Her executive and corporate officer experience enables relevant context and insights for her... Read More →

Speakers
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Christina Cyr

Founder, CEO and CTO, dTOOR
Christina Cyr is the CEO, CTO, and Founder of dTOOR, which makes “Non-Rectangular Phones for Non-Rectangular People” starting with a phone in the shape of a circle, called The Cyrcle Phone. Christina has a bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and physics, and a master’s degree in engineering. She has been a biochemical engineer for... Read More →
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Archis Gore

CTO, Polyverse Corp
Archis Gore’s latest venture, Polyverse, began with the intent to "solve" the security problems and give operators an arsenal of options. To help operators "be secure", rather than point out problems.  Before Polyverse, Archis served time at Amazon on Search Experience, where he handled the on-call duty for... Read More →
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Shreya Ley

GeoBiz Technology
Shreya is an adventurer, a business owner, an intellectual property attorney, and, above all, a human. After working in the oil and gas industry as a chemical engineer in Houston, Texas, she went to law school at Tulane Law School.  Since law school, Shreya has worked in a start-up that crashed and burned, and founded two businesses with family members: one with her father and one with her... Read More →


3:00pm

Data-Driven Decision Making for Startups

How are you using your data?  As a Startup, you need analytics and a beautiful story that people can believe. 

Leaders in the Data Analytics community host breakout sessions so that you can learn about the resources available to you and ask your data science questions and have the conversations that will lead you to more efficient prospecting. 

Breakout Sessions include:

  • Getting Business Value out of Data Science [Blueprint Consulting]
  • Analytics of Messaging [Businesswire]
  • How to Use Customer Data to Make Decisions [Metis]
  • Business Development and Marketing [Curious Capital]

Moderators
avatar for Tiffany Dedeaux

Tiffany Dedeaux

Data Science Career Advisor, Metis
Tiffany Dedeaux empowers Tech Industry Warriors who see things differently.  She arrived at Metis as a Data Science Career Advisor with a Masters of Arts in Psychology, a coaching credential from the International Coach Federation, and experience developing workshops on job search and career exploration... Read More →
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Paul Marciante

COO, StormSensor, Inc
Paul Marciante is a hands-on finance and analytics leader bringing 15 years of progressive, diverse, big-company experience to organizations anticipating considerable growth or change. He is a data generalist driven by translating mass chaotic, or imperfect, data into concise stories to help business partners achieve their goals. Paul has a reputation for being an industrious, consensus building collaborator with exceptional financial modeling skills, able to work cross-functionally to drive performance and profits. | | With his extensive retail, e-commerce, hospitality, resort development, and travel experience, Paul has proven expertise in contact center analysis, fulfillment center/delivery analysis, creating reporting structures ground-up, strategy and development, structuring debt and equity facilities, point of sale strategy, consumer note portfolio management, asset management, project pro-forma design, marketing research and analysis, and operational excellence through Six Sigma. | | Specialties: Functional... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Warner Boutin

Warner Boutin

Regional Manager, Business Wire
Warner advises IR and PR communications folks on more effectively engaging their stakeholders through Business Wire's global suite of media services. Follow @businesswire. Responsible for the Pacific Northwest region, Boutin manages Seattle 's newsroom bureau, sales and customer... Read More →
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Andrew Dumont

Founding Partner, Curious Capital
Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist with a passion for building and growing early-stage companies. | | Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr and AirBnB, and has created companies lik... Read More →
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Millicent Hasandras

Account Executive, Business Wire
Millicent Hasandras represents Business Wire, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, and the global market leader in commercial press release distribution. Thousands of member companies and organizations depend on Business Wire to transmit their full-text news, regulato... Read More →
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Steve Hastings

Principal Data Scientist, Blueprint Consulting Services
Steve is a Data Science Engineer with significant experience deploying machine learning models in production environments. He has experience working at all levels of the data science process, from managing and extracting data with Spark, Hadoop and SQL, to developing and tuning m... Read More →
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Gary Nakanelua

Managing Director, Blueprint Consulting Services
As a professional technology consultant, Gary Nakanelua believes in the power of community, strategic vision and superior execution to drive business transformation. His focus areas include cloud strategy & implementation, distributed data processing & analytics platforms and VR... Read More →
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Alice Zhao

Senior Data Scientist, Metis
Alice, a Metis Data Science instructor, enjoys making complex things easy to understand. | | Alice comes to Metis from Cars.com, where she started as the company's first data scientist, supporting multiple functions from Marketing to Technology. During that time, she also co-fou... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Metis Seattle 83 S King St #250, Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

Science NOT Science Fiction: Medical Technologies of the Near Future
Tumor zapping, genomics, predictive and proactive medicine: Seattle is home base for some mind-boggling developing technologies and you have a front row seat! Come to be inspired by the leaders who are pioneering the personalized and targeted approaches to medicine that will change the way we manage our health.

Things to know: We’ll serve snacks, take your questions and provide time before and after the event for networking.

*This event will be seated on a first come, first served basis. You must be registered to attend however it does not guarantee entry. 

Moderators
avatar for Terri Butler

Terri Butler

Assistant Director, U Washington
Terri runs the UW Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, a student entrepreneurship competition, and advises startup companies during their launch phase. She has been co-founder and early on-board at a number of startups in the chemical and biotechnology industries. She consulted on technology commercialization at Berkeley Labs, served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Washington, and her industry experience includes market development and regulatory affairs in a pharmaceutical/nutritional products startup, sales in an early-stage monoclonal antibody company, and product development at 3M Company. Terri holds a... Read More →

Speakers
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Sean Bell

Chief Business Officer, Arivale, Inc.
Sean is Chief Business Officer at Arivale. He has spent the past twelve years working in companies that help people achieve better health. Prior to joining Arivale, Sean was the Executive Vice President at Free & Clear, the nation’s leading health coaching company for tobacco cessation and healthy nutrition and activity, where he helped build a business that assisted over 400,000 people per year in living healthier, more productive lives. He was responsible for marketing, product management, information technology, software development, clinical affairs, research, evaluation and training services... Read More →
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Alex Jiao

President and CEO, Silene Biotech
Silene Biotech wants to help you to grow a new heart or liver – in case those organs fail later in life and offers consumers a way to store their cells, and retrieve them to use later for regenerative medicine applications and personalized medicine. The company focuses on induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) technology. These cells are engineered in the lab from an... Read More →
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Kaveri Parker

President and CEO, ID Genomics
Kaveri Parker is a Principal Investigator on a $3,000,000 STTR Phase II grant from NIH/NIAID, and has successfully led the Company’s first financing round. She has also added 9 clinical partners to BactNet’s nationwide clinical consortium, including the Group Health Research Institute. Kaveri has an active role in ID... Read More →
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Rhonda Rhyne

CEO and President, Prevencio, Inc.
Ms. Rhonda F. Rhyne, M.B.A has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Prevencio, Inc. since October 2013. Ms. Rhyne is a Principal of Rhyne Life Sciences Consulting. She has more than 25 years of experience in health care with both public and private industry companies, as well as experience as a clinical pharmacist. Ms. Rhyne is a medical technology industry leader. She served as the President of CardioDynamics International Corporation since June 1997. Prior to CardioDynamics, she served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Vice President of Sales... Read More →
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Chris Rivera

President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Nativis, Inc.
Chris Rivera has more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry. He was the Founder and CEO of Hyperion Therapeutics, which was acquired by Horizon Pharma in 2015, the Senior Vice President and head of Commercial Operations at both Tercica and Genzyme Therapeutics, where he built and ran... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 9th Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98101

3:30pm

ProDev & Seattle Startup Week Present: Expanding Your Business: What Should You Do First? w/Aseem Badshah

Are you looking to expand your business? Trying to figure out what you should do first? Look no further than ‘growth’ expert Aseem Badshah, founder and CEO of Soceedo.  Aseem is teaming up with ProDev and Seattle Startup Week, to discuss just what it takes to grow properly; taking your company to the next level without compromising company values and mission.

This ‘fireside’ chat, with fellow young professionals, will expand your knowledge and leave you with great practical advice you can actually use!

See you there! 


Moderators
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Nick Hughes

Founder and CEO, Founders Live
“Deep down in the founding core of any company you will find a root motivation within every founder called personal discovery.” — @jnickhughes. Nick is a successful entrepreneur with business achievements in social media, digital payments, and technology startups. He excels at interpersonal leadership, communication, business and product development. In addition to creating the global entrepreneurial network Founders Live, Nick stays busy as an advisor to numerous startups and occasionally takes positions in sales or biz dev roles if needed. He is also cofounder of... Read More →

Speakers
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Aseem Badshah

Founder and CEO, Socedo
Aseem Badshah is the Founder and CEO of Socedo, a demand generation system that helps B2B marketers discover, engage and qualify leads through social media to increase revenue at scale. Aseem has been a leader in the social media marketing space for more than 8 years. Before Soce... Read More →



3:30pm

Hiring Focused on Diversity and Inclusion

How does having a diverse workforce further a company’s goals? Technology has made global communications accessible, making it viable to have a diverse workforce. Input from a diverse team creates empathy for a wider customer base, giving understanding to individual needs in other cultures. This panel is a variety of examples of how having an accomplished and multicultural workforce will provide your company an advantage in your market. 

*Dress code restricts shorts, athletic wear, baseball caps and flip-flops. 


Moderators
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Sheryl Tullis

President, Women in Wireless
Sheryl Tullis is known for challenging boundaries. From West Point to military information systems to tech marketing leader, Her career spans P&G, Microsoft, and mobile experience agencies. Now she creates meaningful, measurable customer experiences as a Partner at Launch... Read More →

Speakers
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Daryl J. Campbell

President and CEO, Goodwill
Daryl is the President and CEO of Goodwill. Founded in 1923, Seattle Goodwill has been an integral part of our community for 90 years. Their mission is to provide free job training and education to those in need, they continue to help change people’s lives for the better. With 24 retail thrift stores and nine Job Training and Education Centers throughout the region, they provide free classes and support services to people in need, serving over 6,000 people this past fiscal year. Seattle... Read More →
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Michelle Gonzalez

Lecturer, University of Washington
Michelle Gonzalez earned joint degrees in 1994, a JD from University of California, Berkeley School of Law and an MPA from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Gonzalez worked on voter registration and political campaigns in largely minority communities in Los Angeles, and was staff in a California State Senate office. After completing her joint degree, Ms. Gonzalez began her legal career in Seattle as an associate with a civil litigation law firm Schroeter,Goldmark... Read More →
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Phyllis Gutierrez Kenny

State Representative, State of Washington
Phyllis, a child of migrant workers, served eight terms in the Washington State House of Representatives 46th District. Her parents came to America in 1919 from Mexico, and from the age of five (5), Phyllis, worked in the fields and recalls harvesting potatoes. Moreover, her family was one of the earliest Mexican families to establish roots in the Yakima Valley. Having come from farmworker background along with her... Read More →
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Linda Lowry

Marketing Development Manager, Inviso
Linda was a Partner at Tiger Mountain IT, and her company was recently acquired by InvisoCorp.com, where she is now the Marketing Development Manager. She has a spirit for entrepreneurship and a mind for creative strategic marketing which is evident in the many ventures she has... Read More →
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Ruben Ortega

Engineering Site Lead, Pinterest
Ruben is a technologist and leader formerly with Amazon, Google, Nordstrom, and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Having spent the majority of his career developing software in Seattle, he’s built technologies and products that have scaled to millions of transactions per day and generated billions of dollars in revenue per year... Read More →
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Kim Vu

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America
Senior Vice President, Seattle Market Manager, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement. As Market Manager for the Seattle/Puget Sound region, Kim is responsible for the Bank’s investment and engagement in the community. Kim has been with Bank of America for two years. During this time, she was selected to complete the... Read More →


4:00pm

Email Marketing 101: from Zero to Hero in 50 minutes Flat

Successful email marketing brought 5,500+ attendees to Techstars Startup Week Seattle last year. But there's more to mastering email than writing snappy copy and hitting the send button. To reap the relationship and revenue rewards that email has to offer, you’ll need to apply the same best practices used by the experts.

Get equipped with actionable advice and practical case studies. Plus, learn how to avoid pitfalls that can turn off your recipients or get you marked as a spammer. Email expert Erin McKeeby will be joined by Elizabeth Schmidt Ringwald who will share lessons learned from two years of delivering startup week's email campaigns. We’ll roll up our sleeves and get down to business, so you can grow yours!



Speakers
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Erin McKeeby

General Manager, SendinBlue
Erin is a seasoned marketer who is passionate about creating "wow"-worthy customer experiences. As General Manager for SendinBlue in the U.S., she loves sharing best practices for email marketing, automation, customer engagement and brand-building.
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Elizabeth Schmidt Ringwald

Marketing Director, Start IT Seattle Producer, Marketing Consultant
The Marketing Director for Techstars Startup Week Seattle 2017, Elizabeth creates and implements promotional campaigns across social media channels and on a variety of editorial and advertising platforms. She builds marketing teams, powers up engaging promotional campaigns, and i... Read More →


4:00pm

Investor Speed Dating
An event dedicated to introducing underrepresented entrepreneurs to early stage investors, Investor Speed Dating creates space for investors to engage with entrepreneurs who are often overlooked in a direct and personal way. Like traditional speed-dating, businesses will have three minutes to present their business and swap business cards with each investor. 

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Dumont

Andrew Dumont

Founding Partner, Curious Capital
Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist with a passion for building and growing early-stage companies. | | Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr and AirBnB, and has created companies lik... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Muessig

Gillian Muessig

Co-Founder, Moz & brettapproved
Gillian Muessig is the co-founder of both Moz, the world's most popular provider of digital marketing software and analytics and brettapproved, the fastest growing information and booking site for travelers with disabilities and mobility challenges. Her radio podcast, CEOcoach, s... Read More →
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"
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Heather Redman

Partner, Flying Fish VC
Heather Redman has lived her life in leadership roles at startups, including as Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc., VP Business Operations and General Counsel at Indix Corporation and Senior Vice President at Summit Power... Read More →
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LaSean Smith

Hello. My name is LaSean Smith. I'm a maker and investor. | I spend my time on... | | AI + Augmented Reality + IoT (55-60h/wk) | Day job at Microsoft in Windows helping build new businesses and making the future. | | Real Estate Development (10h/wk) | Focused on SFR and sub-10... Read More →
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Martina Welkhoff

Founder & CEO, ConveneVR
Martina is a serial entrepreneur who launched her latest venture, ConveneVR, in early 2017 and a founding partner of Women in XR, a venture fund focused on women-led companies in VR/AR/MR. Prior to ConveneVR, she was the CEO and cofounder of Zealyst, a mobile gaming app that stra... Read More →



Tuesday October 3, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Good Bar 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

4:30pm

Making something from nothing: what a startup's early days are REALLY like
Have you ever wondered what the first few days of a startup look like? 

Those that have been through it will tell you - the first few days, weeks and months are messy. You're excited, confused, lacking any formal structure and working against self-imposed (i.e. entirely arbitrary) goals and deadlines. But most of all, you're exhilarated. Your startup journey has finally begun.

In this panel, a diverse group of founders covering everything from enterprise software, consumer marketplaces, and even VR, will share their early experiences with you. Every startup changes during the early years, but how do you set yourself up for success from the get-go? Learn what you should (and should not) be doing in the early days from founders that have seen and done it all. 

Moderators
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Melissa Lehman

Co-founder & CEO, Pogo Rides
Melissa Fox Lehman is the CEO and co-founder of Pogo Rides. Prior to founding Pogo Melissa spent her career helping Fortune 50 companies and nonprofits develop strategies for growth and implement them around the world. She’s been fortunate to travel to nearly every continent and has seen how much more help parents have in other corners of the world. | | When she became a mom she knew she wanted to focus her energies on building something to make life easier for busy parents (especially moms!). Helping parents with all the driving they do was a logical start... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lacey Leavitt

Lacey Leavitt

Founder, Electric Dream Factory
Electric Dream Factory is a cinematic content studio that explores emerging technologies and platforms. Lacey has spent the last decade as a feature film producer, and has worked on some of the most exciting and prestigious projects to come out of Seattle. Her producing credits include Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours (Sundance), Lucky Them (Toronto... Read More →
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Ambika Singh

Co-founder & CEO, Armoire
I am currently on the adventure of a lifetime, building a solution to making women's lives just a little bit easier. Gone are the days of pouring through endless webpages or crammed racks of clothes: for a flat monthly price, get access to a constantly refreshed, but curated virtual closet of high-end items (dresses, tops, pants, ect). Choose the ones you want to receive, wear them as long as you want, return them when you are done. Get other ones. Shipping, drycleaning, and curation is on us. Welcome to www.armoire.style, a true "wardrobe as a... Read More →
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Arean van Veelen

Co-founder, OfferUp
Arean van Veelen is the co-founder of OfferUp. The largest mobile marketplace in the country. | | Arean has been involved with startups for nearly 2 decades acting as a boundary spanner between business and technology. | | He enjoys leveraging technology to create great user... Read More →
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Casey Willis

Co-founder, Wrench
Casey Willis is a Co-Founder of Wrench (www.getwrench.com) where a majority of focus is on marketing and business development efforts. In between starting companies, he was Vice President of Business Development at Intelius until it was sold on July 1, 2015. When he isn't trying... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:30pm

How to Create a Recruiting Culture

Creating a company people want to work for starts with making sure you have a foundation of people who are as passionate about the company as you are. After all, your best recruiters are people who can speak to what it means to be a part of your team. They already know what you’re looking for and they are excited about your vision. This panel will lay out the basics of creating a recruiting culture by making recruiting something everyone on your team values through communication, incentives, events, etc.


Moderators
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Shauna Swerland

CEO, Fuel Talent
Shauna Swerland is the founder and CEO of Fuel Talent. Fuel Talent matches marketing, tech, admin and sales candidates with top performing companies. Shauna has been in the Search Industry for over 20 years. She has opened 10 offices, hired, trained and managed over 100 recruiters, and built outstanding relationships with candidates and clients. Shauna loves what she does... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brandis Paden

Brandis Paden

Julep Beauty, Inc.
With over 10 years of experience in the recruiting space, Brandis currently serves as the leader of Talent & Culture at Julep Beauty. For 8 years, Brandis had the opportunity to recruit and lead an amazing team at Zappos.com. It was at Zappos that she discovered her passion is no... Read More →
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Britt Provost

Senior Vice President of People and Culture, Apptio
Britt is the Senior Vice President of People and Culture for Apptio, a public software-as-a-service leader in technology business management (TBM). She is responsible for leading the Human Resources function, coaching executives and managers to become more effective leaders, and fostering... Read More →
avatar for Annie Rihn

Annie Rihn

Annie Rihn is Vice President of Recruiting for Zillow Group, the nation’s largest real estate and home-related marketplace. Joining Zillow pre-launch in 2005, Annie has built the company’s recruiting function, and company, from the ground up. She now manages a team of 60 across five offices, leading the recruiting strategy and execution for Zillow... Read More →


5:00pm

Alternative Ways to Start a Business in The Food Industry
We all have heard the story about talented chefs and entrepreneurs walking away from opening their own restaurant. There are many bits and pieces to connect first as launching a business that tries to delight customers but is also efficient and profitable is no small order. However, brick and mortar restaurants are not the only option. Join us for an exciting conversation with these outstanding food entrepreneurs that have gone in a different route—food trucks, pop-ups, catering, and cooking kits, among others—to launch their brands. Listen to their stories and get to ask them questions about the process and challenges of embracing an alternative way to launch a food business.

Moderators
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Valentina Vitols

Member, Pipeline Angels
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a Pipeline Angel, a member of Alliance of Angels, a member of Hera Angels, a SheEO Activator, a startup mentor, a committed supporter of fe... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Amato

Jonathan Amato

Owner, Seattle Food Truck
Raised in Virginia, Jonathan Amato and his business partner created Crisp Creperie mobile food truck in 2011. Within 2 months they were photographed for the cover of Seattle Met Magazine and gained the title of “Best New Food Truck”. Over the next few years they received multiple national accolades including Best Food Truck by Seattle Magazine 3 years in a row, were featured in Forbes Magazine, and filmed an episode with Food Network for their show... Read More →
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Emme Ribeiro Collins

Founder, Chef Emme
Emme Ribeiro Collins was born in Brazil and moved to Seattle in 1994. In 1999 her family opened Seattle’s first and longest standing Brazilian restaurant in the Univeristy District, Tempero do Brasil. Emme grew up in the restaurant industry, working at her family’s restaura... Read More →
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Roz Edison

COO & Co-Founder, Marination
“You can lead with grace and you can lead with all the qualities that make women awesome.” — Roz via @Marination. Roz is the COO and co-founder of Marination. Often called the Director of Many Things, Roz makes sure that the operations of Marination run smoothly across all locati... Read More →
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Shama Joshi

Owner & Chef, Roll OK Please
Shama has gone from being a long time computer scientist at Microsoft Corp to establishing one of the first Indian Food trucks in Seattle. Shama isn't done yet, after 3 years running Roll OK Please her food truck business as the owner/chef with great success she continues to look... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

5:00pm

Attract Talent Through Storytelling

Getting people to take a leap of faith is integral to starting a company. You have a vision. You have a sense of the steps to get there. Now you need a team. How do you get talented people to take a huge personal risk with you? One key skill set in attracting talent is the ability to tell a story. You need to create buy in, and you do that in part through storytelling. The same skill that has millions of viewers hooked on Game of Thrones is crucial in recruiting your team. At this event, you'll learn how to captivate talent through the art of storytelling. 

 



Speakers
avatar for Nate Chaffetz

Nate Chaffetz

Director of Business Development, Perfect Loop
Nate Chaffetz started his career as an underling at South Park, fetching everything from pita bread to kazoos. From there he worked as a field producer for the critically acclaimed Showtime skeptic series Penn & Teller: Bullshit! After working as a freelance producer, crafting st... Read More →
avatar for Greg Rutty

Greg Rutty

Co-Founder & CEO, Perfect Loop
Greg Rutty started his career as a book editor in NYC before Amazon recruited him. At Amazon, Greg managed program marketing and product for several retail categories in addition to being an Amazon Bar Raiser who helped maintain Amazon's notoriously high hiring bar. Greg is currently CEO and Co-founder of Perfect Loop Inc., a tech-enabled recruiting service specialized in building high-performance... Read More →


5:00pm

Let Art Unleash Great Happiness: An Interactive Evening of Creativity and Mindfulness for Social Impact

This very special evening will highlight the works of The Catherine Mayer Foundation – including an interactive opportunity to express, energize and excite the inner being through creative expression.

The initiatives of the Foundation, and the benefits of art, will be discussed while attendees enjoy food, beverage, interactive drawing, painting, writing, music and movement to excite all of the senses and engage all participants.

Catherine Mayer believes in the power of creativity and its essential place in everyday life – its ability to open and connect the mind and spirit to anything and to anyone. It’s one of the reasons she has created The Catherine Mayer Foundation (www.thecatherinemayerfoundation.org). 

An internationally recognized artist (www.catherinemayer.com), Mayer has engaged with Michael Woo of UpTop (www.uptopcorp.com), to develop design and technology-based solutions that help engage, calm and inspire through a curated experience. Most recently, Mayer has launched an app that encourages focus and calm in kids using interactive images, colors, sounds and music. The evidence-based app has been designed to help relax, focus and concentrate, increasing creativity, self-esteem and imagination. The app has caught the attention of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington College of Education – and is being featured in classrooms at Seattle’s Madrona Elementary School this Fall in partnership with Dr. Janine Jones, Director of the UW College of Education’s Psychology Program.

Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic calls Mayer’s efforts “preventative medicine for today’s youth and mental illness.”

The evening’s special guest includes Seattle Sounders’ All-Star Goalkeeper, Stefan Frei. In his youth in Switzerland, Frei rode the rails from school to soccer practice, from his hometown of Altstatten to the academy in nearby St. Gallen. He was always trying to catch a shape, or a squiggle or graffiti – the colorful stuff. Art has been his passion for years.

 “As a goalkeeper, if you make a mistake, nothing good comes from it. Ever,” Frei said. “With art, if you make a mistake, it can turn into something beautiful.”

Join us for a special evening as we better understand how art endures now more than ever, how art connects us, nourishes us and challenges us to better understand our shared humanity.

 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ben Danielson

Dr. Ben Danielson

Benjamin Danielson was in the foster care system as a young child. He spent most of his childhood in a low income neighborhood of Washington DC, and finished high school in rural Montana. Along with two sisters, he was raised by an amazing single mom who instilled in him an appreciation for the value of education and a desire to be a contributing member of the community. In college he decided being a doctor was a good melding of scientific and human service interests. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Boston, Dr... Read More →
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Stefan Frei

Joining Sounders FC in 2014, goalkeeper Stefan Frei has quickly put his mark in Seattle’s record book, holding franchise marks for most career shutouts (36), most career wins (59), and most career saves (370). In 2016, he displayed one of the most impressive goalkeeping streaks in league history during the playoffs, leading a stifling defense to four shutouts in six matches. In the MLS Cup Final last season, Frei recorded seven saves, including an outstretched, one-handed tip on Jozy... Read More →
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Catherine Mayer

The Catherine Mayer Foundation Art Studio
Mayer's artwork focuses on the individuality of each moment - impacting the environment and the viewer simultaneously. Her personal style reflects unique energy, movement and gesture which maybe is visually startling, yet at the same time quietly intriguing, and always powerful. Mayer is an internationally recognized artist whose work has been privately and corporately commissioned. Whether in a... Read More →
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Janine Jones, PhD

Janine M. Jones, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Washington. She is a Licensed Psychologist whose clinical research focuses on school engagement and providing culturally responsive interventions in school psychology practice as well as strategies that foster healthier relationships between home, school, and community. In her partnership with Catherine Mayer, she is exploring the impact of art-based mindfulness on school engagement and student well-being. Dr. Jones is an author and the editor of the book The Psychology of Multiculturalism in the Schools: A primer for practice, training, and research. Her educational background includes a... Read More →
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Michael Woo

As the UX Manager, Michael is responsible for a variety of B2B and B2C projects that include overall digital strategy, team assembly, the design of user interactions and user research organization and analysis. At UpTop, Michael has worked on several large-scale projects – from discovery to launch... Read More →


5:00pm

New Tech Eastside - Seattle Startup Week Special Event

RSVPS on this schedule WILL NOT register you for the event. You MUST Register on the NTNW website.  Registration includes quality connections, cool presentations, and hosted snacks and bar.

Welcome to the largest tech community in the Northwest! At New Tech, we foster meaningful connections, build your network, and showcase the industry’s best, all over great food, drinks, and a give first attitude. We’re an open door to the Seattle tech community and we’re glad to have you join us. Let’s help you build your dream and have fun doing it. It starts here. 

More than just a meetup, we're a community that loves and supports people, the Northwest and tech. Tickets are $10 - $15 before the event and $20 at the door.  

+ the crowd:  
The Northwest’s smart, fun, creative, innovative tech community – software and application developers, company owners, startup founders, recruiters, hackers, job seekers, executives, investors, community leaders, and people who are new to the area.

+ the speakers:  
Founders, leaders & innovators sharing their passion & new tech through 5 minute presentations & 3 minutes of your Q&A. Presenters flow from early stage startups to enterprise companies..

City Bldr presented by Bryan Copely – The first online real estate marketplace connecting owners with builders and developers. Know your land value in 10 seconds

Cellepathy presented by Dan Abramson – Smartphone-powered connected car technology.

MPIRICA presented by John Dex – We score hospitals and surgeons based on objective clinical outcomes, helping patients and payers avoid surgery risks and costs.

Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership presented by Ganesh Ananthanarayanan - Learn how Microsoft, UW and the City of Bellevue are working together to prevent traffic fatalities through a technology development partnership. 

Chatbox presented by Jessica Webster – Create bots with a simple, easy to use framework. Connect data sources of your choice to personalize bot-based experiences. Use keyword triggers and other actions to automate.

+ the format:  
Connecting, food & drinks >community building >community shoutouts >presentations  >sponsor shoutouts >afterparty

+ the vibe:  
Neighborhood block party – fun, friendly & relaxed with complementary food & a no host bar. You’ll laugh, smile, and have a fun night out with 350-500 Seattleites, 100-150 Eastsiders or 50-100 Tacomans.

+ the experience:  
Discover innovative, creative and inspirational new technology (or smarter use of old tech). Could be VR, IoT, Apps, Fintech, Mobiletech, Healthtech, Cloudtech, Spacetech… you get the idea.

Register Now at http://www.newtechnorthwest.com


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dex

John Dex

VP Product Management, Mpirica Health
Nationwide risk-adjusted outcomes-based quality scoring of surgeons and hospitals.



5:30pm

Distinctive & Memorable: Communicating Your Vision Through VR/AR
Hear from leaders in the field about how to leave a lasting impression on clients through VR/AR. We will have some great VR/AR branding examples, as well as tools that can enable your businesses to deliver high-quality experiences and ways VR/AR has been used to make clients feel larger than life.

Moderators
avatar for Jordan Kellogg

Jordan Kellogg

When you Text VR to 73303, you'll learn more about our testing company and how we've helped companies with VR, AR, MR, as well as websites and apps since 2007! Seattle is the heart of VR around the world, and if you head out to any VR/AR/MR event around Seattle, you're bound to m... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bharat Ahluwalia

Bharat Ahluwalia

Founder and CEO, Z-Axon
Bharat is the Co-founder and CEO of Z-Axon, a company focused on Mixed Reality solutions for real estate. Before Z-Axon, he was with the Microsoft HoloLens team where he worked on the interaction model as well as the developer platform. Prior to that he worked on the Microsoft Azure team. Bharat has also played leadership roles in both engineering and business development for Aditi... Read More →
avatar for James Brunk

James Brunk

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Fair Worlds
James Brunk is an award-winning Creative Director with more than 15 years of strategic interactive experience. His goal is always to put his creative vision, as well as storytelling and User Experience knowledge, into creating revolutionary work for clients. And he has managed to... Read More →
avatar for Julia Fryett

Julia Fryett

Director of Marketing and Community Development, Pixvana
Julia is helping to drive aesthetic innovation and cultural impact with virtual, mixed, and augmented reality. She cares about building sustainable media ecosystems that cultivate visionary products, outstanding content, and diverse communities.  | | Before joining Pixvana, Julia worked extensively in the fine art and film industries in New York and London. She acquired fine art for private collectors, curated new media exhibitions, produced multi-platform digital experiences, and founded an arts and technology festival. She holds degrees in Literature and Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and MA in Film Curating from London Film School... Read More →
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Lily Snyder

COO, Doghead Simulations
Lily Snyder is fundamentally changing the way people communicate through immersive technologies. She cares about making remote work work with new tech like virtual reality. Before co-founding Doghead Simulations, she worked extensively implementing manufacturing execution syste... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
CoMotion HQ 4545 Roosevelt Way NE #300 Seattle, WA 98105

5:30pm

Seattle Cannapreneurs Are Making Weed Their Business
Cannabis legalization is three years old in the Evergreen State, but there is still a heavy dose of confusion, consternation and complexity to the industry. Consumers, entrepreneurs, state regulators and investors seek clarity, but there is no road map in this uncharted territory. This panel attempts to answer the bigger questions facing Washington as the state struggles to navigate the complexities of the rapidly growing market. How do you approach investments when it’s federally illegal? What are other barriers of entry regarding state, local and federal laws? Why is packaging and marketing so difficult? These questions and others will be addressed in what will be a free-flowing, compelling discussion. 

Venue details: 
*Due to dress code, please refrain from wearing the following: baseball caps, athletic wear, shorts and flip-flops.  
*Entry will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

Moderators
avatar for Al Olson

Al Olson

Al Olson is a journalist with nearly 40 years of experience in mainstream print and online media. He has spent the past six years reporting and studying the cannabis industry.Olson began his journalism career working at a handful of daily newspapers in California, including the S... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Blankinship

Sarah Blankinship

Founder and CEO, RightSciences
A longtime technology leader and entrepreneur, Sarah Blankinship is the founder and CEO of RightSciences, a US biotech firm that engineers and licenses plant-based wellness products for consumers. | | Sarah launched RightSciences after observing the multiple medications her str... Read More →
avatar for Ian Eisenberg

Ian Eisenberg

Owner, Uncle Ike's
Ian Eisenberg, Owner of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, is a serial entrepreneur, whose ventures have included telecom, real estate and consumer products. | | Notable ventures have included founding the venture capital backed Blue Frog Media, a wireless and television entertainment firm, where he created the United States' first interactive TV networks... Read More →
avatar for Damian Magista

Damian Magista

Co-Founder, Annata
Damian Magista is an entrepreneur, beekeeper, photographer, occasional writer, cannabis advocate, and traveller. Having founded of Bee Local and Co-Founded Annata he has been featured on Bizarre Foods America, Tastemade's Local Flight, Original Fare, written for online publicatio... Read More →
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JJ McKay

Founder and Publisher, The Fresh Toast
JJ, a native Southerner, is the Founder/Publisher of The Fresh Toast. A lifestyle/entertainment site with a side of cannabis, The Fresh Toast launched in October 2016 and quickly became an industry leader. Built with multiple strings of revenue, they have partnered with large well known national brands like The NY Daily News and Salon as they provide trusted information to the mainstream population. the Prior to founding The Fresh Toast, McKay served as a consultant helping start-ups to mid-size companies grow via strategy, pipeline development, and partnerships. He has a tenured history with consumer marketing and has worked with a variety of regional and national brands. McKay has also served as a spokesperson and local television talent. McKay currently serves on the advisory boards of US Bank and U-Trip. | | McKay is the board chairman of... Read More →


6:00pm

Corporate Innovation: HorizonX and Adidas
What attendees will learn:

-Learn how HorizonX and Adidas build and execute on internal corporate innovation initiatives.
-Learn how HorizonX and Adidas engage with the external tech community.
-Learn how HorizonX and Adidas engage with startups.
-Learn how HorizonX and Adidas create social impact through their innovation initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Maloney

Sheryl Maloney

Director, Digital Innovation, Adidas
Sheryl Maloney is a strategic leader focused on finding the balance between technology and the human experience to bring impactful products, services and experiences to the marketplace . She has worked with top brands and companies including adidas, Intel, eBay, AT&T, Hyundai, Sa... Read More →
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Jim Salmon

Chief Engineer, Special Projects & Innovation Initiatives, Boeing
Jim is a leader in the Commercial Airplane Product Development group at The Boeing Company. He directs special projects that integrate intellectual resources from across Boeing, suppliers, customers and other collaborators. Among these is the "PD Grand Challenges", a competitive technology exploration and acceleration program. Jim also leads "PD University" a training program for high-potential business and technical leadership candidates. As an airplane designer, Jim led the early development of the 747 DreamLifter, the oversized 747 that carries 787 components to final... Read More →


6:00pm

The Future for Robots & Drones
Are you thinking of getting into robots and/or drones? Come listen to our local rockstar experts speak about what is in store for these industries in the near future.

Moderators
avatar for Parminder Devsi

Parminder Devsi

Founder & CEO, Robodub Inc.
Parminder Devsi is the Founder and CEO of Robodub, a company focused on creating patented Multi-rotor drone technology. This award winning technology makes drones safer, more agile and enhances their capabilities to handle dynamic loads. DoD and DARPA are likely to be first custo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Waters

Ben Waters

CEO & Co-Founder, WiBotic Inc.
Ben Waters is the CEO and Co-Founder of WiBotic Inc. WiBotic provides wireless power solutions and fleet management systems to charge the rapidly growing ecosystem of aerial, mobile and aquatic robot fleets. In 2015, Ben co-founded WiBotic to commercialize the wireless charging solutions he developed at the University of Washington. As a graduate student, Ben developed the FREE-D System... Read More →


6:00pm

Startup Grind Hosts: TA McCann (Angel Investor, Mentor)
Come meet T.A, If you have not heard of him you are likely new to Seattle. He has been creating and helping others create great companies for years. He is recently become a more active angel investor and is constantly mentoring young founders. He sold Gist in 2011 and founded Rival IQ a few years later.  He is an advisor to companies including Creative Live, Zooppa, EveryMove and Inkwell Media.

https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-startup-grind-hosts-ta-mccann-during-startup-week-investor-advisor#/

Moderators
avatar for Mike Grabham

Mike Grabham

Inventor, Package Guard Inc
Mike is a six-time founder and active member of the Seattle Startup community. He  hosts Startup Grind and is a special guest host on Start IT Seattle on KING5. He is a “product and revenue guy” who loves to build teams and products. Check out his latest invention www.packageguar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for TA McCann

TA McCann

Come meet T.A, If you have not heard of him you are likely new to Seattle. He has been creating and helping others create great companies for years. He is recently become a more active angel investor and is constantly mentoring young founders. He sold Gist in 2011 and founded Riv... Read More →


6:00pm

Seattle Slack Meetup

October 3, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Galvanize Seattle - 5th floor

Come join us during Seattle Startup Week for Seattle’s first ever Slack Meetup!  We’re bringing together members from the Seattle tech community along with folks from the Slack platform team.  You’ll hear from developers hacking away on side-projects and teams building venture-backed companies on Slack.  You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from Amir Shevat, Director of Developer Relations at Slack - there will be plenty of time to ask him questions about the Slack Platform and where it is headed.

Schedule:

  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM   - Check in & Networking
  • 6:30 - 6:50 PM - Leveraging the Slack Platform to drive user growth (Samir Diwan)
  • 6:50 - 7:30 PM - Building for Slack & Q/A on the Slack Platform (Amir Shevat - Director of Developer Relations at Slack)
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM - Lightning Talks
  • 8:00PM - Networking & Discussions


Speakers
avatar for Samir Diwan

Samir Diwan

CEO, Polly
Samir is a co-founder at Polly, a venture-backed company building enterprise poll and survey solutions in Slack. Samir co-founded Polly in 2015 as one of the first ever 3rd party Slack applications. Since its launch, Polly has grown to supporting over 30,000 teams, and is curren... Read More →
avatar for Amir Shevat

Amir Shevat

Head of Developer Relations, Slack
Amir is a passionate product guy working with startups around the world. Currently, Amir leads Developer Relations at Slack. Previously, he was the global Startup Outreach lead at Google Developer Relations, led Google Campus Tel Aviv, was a Developer Advocate at Microsoft, and w... Read More →


6:00pm

Grit & Resilience: Do You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur? [At Facebook Seattle]
Limited Capacity filling up

We're back for the third annual "Grit and Resilience" event!

Startups are hard whether you're the founder or on the team. Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Martin Tobias has created a Grit Test, see where you land on the Grit Scale. At this event you'll hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully created companies and how their grit and resilience has carried them through the toughest of times. You'll also learn new ways on how you can increase your grit before you attempt to start your startup. 

At this event:

  • Take the Grit Test
  • Martin will explain how to interpret your Grit score and new ways to increase your Grit
  • Listen to entrepreneurs who have pushed to their limits
  • Interactive "Grit Experiment Stations" to increase your Grit

Note: This event is inside of the Facebook offices so please arrive early to get your badge and get through security before the event starts! Limited space so make sure to sign up. Parking is FREE!!

Also in this track, How To Build The Best Entrepreneur: From The Entrepreneur's Perspective on Friday, October 6th 12:30pm at Google Seattle.


Moderators
avatar for Katie Walvatne

Katie Walvatne

Chief Experience Officer (CXO), thinkspace
There is nothing Katie loves more then being surrounded by smart people willing to share their stories. As Chief Experience Officer at thinkspace, Katie gets energized when making connections and diving into what others are passionate about. Lover of dogs, karaoke, and craft beer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Chee

Peter Chee

CEO, thinkspace
Chief Pot Stirrer at @thinkspace which supports over 600 startups and small businesses. PSBJ Fastest Growing Companies 2011, 2012. Seattle Magazine Best Companies to Work For 2013. Marathoner. Launched the Seatte Entrepreneur Organization Accelerator program in 2014. Director at... Read More →
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Ben Collins

Professional Athlete
As a 23 year old, Ben quit his career in robotics to see if he could be the best triathlete in the world. That year, while leading the world championships, he crashed his bike, got up, retook the lead, then crashed again and woke up in an ambulance with multiple broken bones. A y... Read More →
avatar for Sara Hebert

Sara Hebert

Chief Play Officer
Sara Hebert creates better organizations and happier lives through business consulting and transformative coaching. Identifying and connecting dots is Sara’s specialty.  Her work draws on decades of success in business and deep understanding of how individuals thrive. It sheds light on and adds energy to scenarios. Together Sara and her clients discover dots not seen before, and connections come into focus. She also use innovation, learning theory and play to foster divergent thinking and to create shifts and fresh... Read More →
avatar for Martin Tobias

Martin Tobias

CEO, Bulletproof Labs
“Remember success is up to individual not the class.” — @martingtobias.  A serial entrepreneur and investor who lives in Seattle, Martin has invested in over 50 startups, been CEO multiple times (Loudeye Technologies, Imperium Renewables, Tippr); and is currently CEO of Bulletproof Labs, a next generation wellness company based in Santa Monica. He has raised over $500M over his career including taking a company public. | | Prior to starting his own... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Facebook 1101 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

6:30pm

From Handmade to Small-Batch Manufacturing: Panel Discussion and Breakout Sessions
For some makers and small-batch manufacturers, success in a side hustle means scaling it up to become a full-time gig. For others, it means making the side hustle a viable business while still keeping your day job. No matter how you approach it, a successful side hustle takes careful planning and management of your operations and practices. During a panel discussion and breakout sessions, hear from each creative entrepreneur about how they have made their side hustle a success, and what success looks like for each brand.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Guillot

Christine Guillot

Founder and Retail Consultant, Merchant Method
Christine Guillot is a seasoned retail executive with over 18 years of experience in the retailing and manufacturing of women’s and men’s apparel, women’s accessories, branded and private label handbags, stationery and gifting products, and personal care. | | Her natio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Jaramillo

Rebekah Jaramillo

Rebekah J., a California native, turned Seattle dweller, is a jeweler by trade but has a very diverse art background. Attending school for; Interior Design, Drawing, Painting & Printmaking before finding Metalsmithing she developed a passion for geometry, asymmetry, and organic f... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Koehler

Andrea Koehler

Andrea’s 20+ year professional career in Learning & Talent Development bridges both educational and Fortune 500 corporate training environments, with her focus on leadership training and creating solutions to support talent development and professional growth. | | In 2015, Andr... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Rask

Kristen Rask

Kristen Rask has been crafty her entire life. Starting her first craft business at the age of 13, she has never looked back. She has been craft show vending for 20+ years and has been one of the organizers of Seattle's largest indie craft show, Urban Craft Uprising for the past... Read More →


6:30pm

Startup Fundraising - Pitch Clinic
Looking to raise capital? It starts with your pitch! The right pitch helps you recruit the right co-founders as well as the right investors. Come to this Pitch Clinic to prepare for Angels, Pitches and Beer on Thursday night. 

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin

Caitlin

Head of Community, Lighter Capital
Caitlin is an ambassador for the startup community, previously working at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) as Assistant Director, 9Mile Labs as Cohort Director, and now Head of Community at Lighter Capital. | | Caitlin has directed events and programs throughout the Sea... Read More →
avatar for Serena Glover

Serena Glover

Angel Investor & Board Advisor
Angel Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"
avatar for J. Corey Schmid

J. Corey Schmid

Investment Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures


Tuesday October 3, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

6:30pm

VR Development with Unity Workshop
Virtual Reality is here
Virtual reality, the next tech frontier, is upon us. Microsoft’s HoloLens, the HTC Vive, and Oculus are the first generation. Are you ready to build the future?

Join Chronos Global Academy for a hands-on workshop offered in partnership with Code Fellows, where you can learn the basics of creating your own VR applications, using the powerful Unity 5 game engine. CGA will offer insightful training in the fundamentals and answer your questions about the current state of the industry. 

Code your own reality
In this workshop, you will learn how Unity 5 and Game Design go hand in hand, as we explore the work and world of game designers. 

Even if you have limited coding experience, you’ll get a solid introduction to Unity UI. Get a glimpse of how to leverage the powerful tools inside Unity. We will guide you through setting up SteamVR and the HTC Vive, and show you how to make assets for a game, and get a prototype built. 

You’ll get a taste of the different pathways into VR development, and see how VR development skills can benefit you and your startup. 

Speakers
avatar for Ricardo Parker

Ricardo Parker

CEO, Chronos Global Academy
I'm a futurist, technologist, and passionate about building the Metaverse. I believe technology is the answer to many of humanity's problems. | I enjoy nature, hiking, backpacking, snowboard, and anything related to space exploration!


Tuesday October 3, 2017 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Code Fellows 2901 3rd Ave #300, Seattle, WA 98121

7:00pm

Exploring Seattle's XR Market (Night 1/2): Gaming and Social Demos
Make your way to Pluto VR in Ballard (we have free parking!) to try Gaming and Social VR/AR/XR Demos from local PNW developers, companies and organizations. We will have 12+ booths open for you to try. These include a world building experience, a social VR experience and even a multiplayer first person shooter.

More details to come!

Moderators
avatar for Heather

Heather

Pluton, Pluto VR
Excited to organize the VR/AR/XR Track for Startup Week 2017. Working to connect Seattleites with the greater VR/AR Community. Ask me about communication in VR and shared management companies!

Exhibitors
avatar for Foundry 10

Foundry 10

Our demo features content created by high school students both in classrooms and as part of internships. Developed mostly with Unity, these are student takes on everything from horror games to experiences that showcase social and environmental responsibility. There is also a God... Read More →
avatar for Verge of Brilliance: Melody and Epic Snowday Adventure

Verge of Brilliance: Melody and Epic Snowday Adventure

Verge of Brilliance
Our company focuses on how games can promote meaningful experiences using today's emerging technologies. We provide the world with many brilliant games as we work towards informing the next wave of game design and development on developing game platforms. Our games are always bri... Read More →
avatar for The Nest: OS Wars Beta

The Nest: OS Wars Beta

Duel a friend in this futuristic fight to see which AI faction will dominate the barren wasteland that was once called "Earth."
avatar for Big Bang Billiards

Big Bang Billiards

Big Bang Billiards grants your "God-like" powers to play pool with the planets in 3 dimensional space. Use your VIVE controllers to shoot the Sun into the planets and sink them into the solar pockets. This demo features a tutorial to get your started and a mini-version of the gam... Read More →
avatar for BuilderBoxVR

BuilderBoxVR

BuilderBoxVR is a physics sandbox/world builder game for the HTC Vive. Builderbox allows for the the creation of highly animated and interactive VR worlds.
avatar for Boneyard Encounters

Boneyard Encounters

Boneyard VR Studios is developing a platform for Strategic gaming in VR with an eye toward esports and collectible gaming. Our demo features gameplay for an upcoming VR board game as we look to build a community around our designs.
avatar for Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire

Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire

Hashbang Games
Mage Guard is one of the world's first truly gesture based spell casting games for VR. Take on the role of a Guild Mage, tasked with guarding the Guild’s most powerful relic, "The Grimoire". Being the last of its kind, you will defend it against countless waves of enemies that ar... Read More →
avatar for uGen - Q.U.I.R.K.

uGen - Q.U.I.R.K.

Q.U.I.R.K. is a multiplayer, cross-platform game for PC, macOS, and HTC Vive! Play our new fast-paced game-type, Capture the Flag, and build with an expanded collection of action blocks that will have your players bouncing higher, running faster, and having more fun than ever!
avatar for Virtual Spaces

Virtual Spaces

Virtual Spaces - When you step into virtual spaces you will be able to explore a room with VR content that speaks the most to you. These rooms encourage interaction and foster community creation.
avatar for SpellBound

SpellBound

Spellbound is an early access game where you become a red wizard who controls elemental magic. You live alone in a wizard tower surrounded by forests, but each night a mysterious magical disturbance interrupts your sleep. Venture on a journey to investigate the source of this dis... Read More →
avatar for Séance: The Unquiet

Séance: The Unquiet

Experience cinematic storytelling in virtual reality with Séance, a VR ghost story that brings you inside a house haunted by the past. Built by Holospark (Bellevue, WA) using the Unreal Engine and the latest performance-capture technologies from OptiTrack and Faceware, this is a... Read More →
avatar for VREAL

VREAL

VREAL turns VR games into shared virtual spaces. Hang out with friends inside the games you love, and record and stream content for your audience in VR and for those watching on 2D screens. Our demo will place you inside a VR game recording, where you'll be able to walk around an... Read More →


Tuesday October 3, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pluto VR 5245 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle WA 98107

7:00pm

Tech Pro-Tips for your Data-Driven Startup

Local technical experts share their recommendations on the best technologies for data-driven startups. Learn what tools work best in an beta, agile, scaling, B2C, and/or B2B environment.

Moderators
avatar for Lee Ngo

Lee Ngo

National Data Science Evangelist, Metis
Self-described "Education Technology Community Architect." Always down for something nerdy (exception: Harry Potter).

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Kim

Stephanie Kim

Data Science Evangelist, Algorithmia
avatar for Werner Koepf

Werner Koepf

Senior Vice President of Engineering at Conversica


Tuesday October 3, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Metis Seattle 83 S King St #250, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Wednesday, October 4
 

9:00am

Wednesday Morning: Breakfast, Coffee, & Open Networking
Please join us at Basecamp every morning during the week for a light breakfast, coffee, and open networking. The free food will be available while supplies last.

Wednesday's breakfast is brought to you by CSA (Cloud Security Alliance). Thank you, CSA (Cloud Security Alliance)!

9:00am

How to Be a GoalDigger: The Truth about Resiliency and Confidence
Empowered #badasses know that it’s not avoiding failure that helps us grow, it’s how we rise back up when we stumble. In this talk, Jen shares personal stories and practical, actionable takeaways for how to navigate change, reclaim your courage when faced with adversity, and be resilient in life and business. With a dose of humor and a lot of #realtalk, you’ll come away feeling motivated and ready to show up as your most confident, bad*ss self.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Hope

Jen Hope

Hey Jen Hope
Jen Hope is no ordinary coach. She is a bullsh*t-slaying, truth-telling, motivational powerhouse who has inspired hundreds of individuals to unleash their inner badass and live life on their own terms. Blending humor, positivity, and accountability, she helps clients of all backgrounds to confront their deepest doubts, challenge assumptions, and find the courage to realize their full potential. As a result of her process, they have experienced wild success... Read More →


10:00am

Self-Made: Success Stories by Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs
The food and beverage industry is a crowded and competitive space. Join us for a compelling and inspiring conversation with these extraordinary entrepreneurs who ventured to open their businesses, where success means more than just cooking up a great dish or serving a good cocktail or healthful beverage. Learn how they got their start, how they beat the odds, how they compete with bigger local and national chains, and how they have incorporated the innovative thinking needed to be successful as a modern food entrepreneur.

Moderators
avatar for Valentina Vitols

Valentina Vitols

Member, Pipeline Angels
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a Pipeline Angel, a member of Alliance of Angels, a member of Hera Angels, a SheEO Activator, a startup mentor, a committed supporter of fe... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Helle

Kirsten Helle

Founder, Mesa de Vida
Chef Kirsten Helle is the Founder/President of Mesa de Vida, LLC, and a private chef for professional athletes. She is on a mission to help families enjoy healthier, more delicious meals at home, more often, and helping other woman-owned healthy food products become successful le... Read More →
avatar for Donna Moodie

Donna Moodie

Founder, Marjorie Restaurant
Born in Jamaica and raised in Chicago, Donna found her way into her mother’s kitchen at an early age. What left the biggest impression wasn’t just the food, but her mother’s gracious hospitality – always hosting dinner parties, always finding room for one more guest at the table, with the standard of perfection being the comfort and pleasure of those around her. Donna moved to Seattle in 1993 and opened her first restaurant... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Szyperski

Bianca Szyperski

Founder, Jujubeet
Bianca Szyperski is the co-founder and manager of Jujubeet Artisan Juice Bars and Cafés, with two locations in Seattle and two on the Eastside. Jujubeet is opening a store at the SeaTac airport in 2018. Jujubeet is also delivering standing orders to corporate customers, runs a web site for the ordering of specialty products such as cleanses, and offers delivery besides in-store pickup... Read More →
avatar for Jack Timmons

Jack Timmons

Owner, Jack's BBQ
Jack Timmons grew up in Texas and has lived in Seattle for the last 2 decades. Prior to going into the food industry, Jack was a computer consultant at Boeing, got his MBA in Brussels followed by a stint at PACCAR, and spent 13 years working in IT, marketing, and business development at... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

Recent & Local Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaigns: How They Did It
Thinking about running a Kickstarter campaign? You could do mountains of research, or you could simply come to this panel and pick the brains of *multiple* entrepreneurs who have each had a successful Kickstarter campaign. There’s never been anything like this panel and this session is not to be missed. Room only holds 75 people so register and arrive early to make sure you get a seat.

Moderators
avatar for Marc Barros

Marc Barros

Founder, Moment
Co-founder and former CEO of Contour Cameras. Started in a garage, Marc led the company from two college grads to a +$30M business, selling product in over 40 countries around the world. Currently Marc is founder of Moment, a startup with the goal of turning smartphones into premium cameras. An ardent advisor, Marc is an active Techstars mentor, hardware startup accelerator Highway1 mentor, and an advisor on the board of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yuri Alex Brigance

Yuri Alex Brigance

Founder & Principal Engineer, Angry Lychee LLC
Yuri has over a decade of client and server side software development experience. He has electronics and hardware know-how, with a huge passion for connected IoT devices. He founded Angry Lychee LLC in 2015 to bring a line of high-tech pet products to market, starting with a computer-vision controlled laser pet toy called... Read More →
avatar for Mike Grabham

Mike Grabham

Inventor, Package Guard Inc
Mike is a six-time founder and active member of the Seattle Startup community. He  hosts Startup Grind and is a special guest host on Start IT Seattle on KING5. He is a “product and revenue guy” who loves to build teams and products. Check out his latest invention www.packageguar... Read More →
avatar for Casey Halverson

Casey Halverson

Co-Founder and COO, Cellular Tracking Technologies
I am Chief Operating Officer and founder of Cellular Tracking Technologies, a manufacturer and service provider for Wildlife Telemetry and IoT devices. We connect various sensor technologies to the cloud using cellular networks. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this ye... Read More →
avatar for Marene Wiley

Marene Wiley

CMO, VP, and Co-Founder, JikoPower
Marene Wiley is a Co-Founder of JikoPower Inc. and a graduate of the University of Washington. Marene developed JikoPower's brand, marketing materials and international marketing strategy. She worked closely with the engineering team to incorporate market research into their designs. Using social and traditional media, Marene designed, planned and executed... Read More →


10:00am

Patent Law Update: The Impact on Your Emerging Business
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn how recent changes in patent law challenge previous patent filing strategies.  How have these alternative strategies for protecting proprietary information been working?  Also, is international patent protection worth it?  We’ll discuss of all these topics, as well as how best to exploit your patent portfolio and work with (or find!) a patent attorney.

Speakers
avatar for E. Russell Tarleton

E. Russell Tarleton

Partner, Seed IP Law Group LLP
Russ Tarleton has assisted clients in the procurement and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights for almost 30 years. He received a B.S. in Aeronautics (cum laude), a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a Juris Doctorate. Russ received the Client Choice Award 2015 for Intellectual Property... Read More →


10:00am

Hot or Not: C# or Java (How tech influences developer’s decisions to join a startup)

It’s debate time and if you’re a techie, chances are you already have an opinion on what tech stack is best. Java, Python, Rails, Scala, C#....the options are endless but what tech stack should be the foundation for your startup? What scales the fastest?  What language gets the product out the door the quickest?  What has the strongest developer tools and support? Ultimately, what is the sexiest technology that is going to help you attract top talent in the Seattle tech scene. This debate is a chance for you to explore the pros and cons of different technologies and learn how it effects more than just the product. Come find out if you’re in the majority and share your own opinions on your tech stack of choice.



Moderators
avatar for Albert Squiers

Albert Squiers

Director of Technology, Fuel Talent
Albert Squiers is the Director of Technology at Fuel Talent. Albert Squiers leverages his years of international IT recruiting experience across Seattle, New York City and AsiaPac to deliver unmatched talent in an ever competitive market. He does so by consistently building personal relationships with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Francis Duong

Francis Duong

Co-Founder & CTO, Flexe
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francisd/ | Twitter: @fduong | Web: www.flexe.com
avatar for Arun Jacob

Arun Jacob

Vice President, Software Development, Zonar Systems
Arun has been with Zonar Systems since October 2016. Zonar Systems provides Fleet safety and efficiency solutions for vocational, pupil, and commercial trucking industries. | Prior to Zonar Systems, Arun held various roles in product management and product development at various... Read More →
avatar for Scott Porad

Scott Porad

CTO, Rover
Scott Porad is the CTO at Rover.com, a sharing economy marketplace for dog boarding and dog walking. In addition, he is an owner of Do206.com, an event guide that answer the question, “what to do in Seattle?” Since 1995, Scott has been building industry leading web sites includ... Read More →


10:00am

Monetization- How Will You Generate Revenue?

You have an idea that you are bringing into reality. People have expressed interest in the end product. There’s a few competitors but you’re confident that your features will get you market share. All is steady until the question of how will you generate revenue becomes more persistent. Will it be an affiliate model? Are you a B to B? Maybe B to C? What about a subscription model? Three different founders will talk to us about their business and their revenue model. What came first, the idea or the revenue model? At what point did the revenue model solidify? And were there any pivots in the revenue model? Bring your questions, and get answers from these founders’ experiences.


Moderators
avatar for Hien DeYoung

Hien DeYoung

Executive Coach, DeYoung Executive Coaching & Consultancy
Hien DeYoung is an executive coach who works with CEOs and Executive Women.  She draws on her 20+ years in HR building life science startups that garnered $300m in VC funding including an IPO.  Her executive and corporate officer experience enables relevant context and insights for her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erin Breslin

Erin Breslin

CEO, All Set
Erin is the CEO of All Set, a marketplace for house cleaning, based in Boston (also available in the San Francisco Bay Area).  All Set is currently backed by the Boston Consulting Group and Liberty Mutual.  Prior to leading All Set, Erin was an AVP at Liberty Mutual where she owned the Sharing Economy strategy and... Read More →
avatar for Rajeev Dutt

Rajeev Dutt

CEO, DimensionMechanics Inc.
Rajeev is a 17-year veteran of the high-tech industry, with prominent roles at household names like Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Microsoft, Intel and the BBC. He pioneered work at the BBC leading to the first US version of the BBC America's Shop; at HP in problem detection and self h... Read More →
avatar for Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard

Co-Founder and Chief Meddler, Meddle Group
Peter is the co-founder and CEO of Meddle - a recommendations platform that lets your trusted friends chime in where you would appreciate their two cents. It launched in 2016 as a dating app that "lets your friends swipe for you" and will soon be adding functionality to crowdsour... Read More →


10:00am

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions (Wednesday)
Meet one on one with experts and members of Seattle business community! Read the mentor bios below and follow the link to Slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive early to check in!
Again, go to Slotted. Signing up here on Sched does not guarantee you the appointment! If you walk in without booking a slot you'll be put in a waiting list.
http://slotted.co/techstarswseattle17

Moderators
avatar for Fuzz Azni

Fuzz Azni

Program Coordinator, Apprenti
Fuzz is a people enthusiast who loves exploring the relationship between talent and business growth. He is passionate about human resources, video games, and fried chicken. His current life dream is to eventually live for a few years in Japan. He owns a Shiba Inu that he forces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Feinzaig

Leslie Feinzaig

Founder & CEO, Female Founders Alliance & Venture Kits
Leslie Feinzaig is a tech executive and entrepreneur on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship. Leslie is Founder & CEO of Venture Kits - games that turn kids into CEOs through play. Her one-of-a-kind, inspirational concept has garnered critical acclaim, including features in Today Show Parents, Fox 10 News, the Seattle Times and... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Joyce

Dennis Joyce

Angel Investor, Alliance of Angels
Dennis has been an active angel investor in Seattle for 4 years and has led due diligence teams as a member of the Alliance of Angels. He is an experienced investor with a track record of success in multiple areas of investment including commercial real estate, equities, and vari... Read More →
avatar for Shreya Ley

Shreya Ley

GeoBiz Technology
Shreya is an adventurer, a business owner, an intellectual property attorney, and, above all, a human. After working in the oil and gas industry as a chemical engineer in Houston, Texas, she went to law school at Tulane Law School.  Since law school, Shreya has worked in a start-up that crashed and burned, and founded two businesses with family members: one with her father and one with her... Read More →
avatar for Pankaj Nath

Pankaj Nath

VP/Senior Client Manager, chase
Pankaj Nath is a vice president and banker with Chase Bank in Seattle. In this role, he serves the needs | of businesses in the Puget Sound area. While the practice is generalist in nature, his focus is on | technology/biotech companies as well startups. | | He has also held positions at Citi Private Bank in Seattle, where he was a private banker, and at Bank of America, where he was involved in credit underwriting as well as technology roles. | A graduate of the Pacific Lutheran University School of Business, he earned his Masters in Business | Administration in 1990. | He has served on the board of IAWW (Indian Association of Western WA) for 2 years as well as | volunteered for CISC (Chinese Information and Service Center) and Chaya. | Pankaj also serves on the organizing committee of Celebrate Asia, now in its 8 th year as... Read More →
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Greg Rutty

Co-Founder & CEO, Perfect Loop
Greg Rutty started his career as a book editor in NYC before Amazon recruited him. At Amazon, Greg managed program marketing and product for several retail categories in addition to being an Amazon Bar Raiser who helped maintain Amazon's notoriously high hiring bar. Greg is currently CEO and Co-founder of Perfect Loop Inc., a tech-enabled recruiting service specialized in building high-performance... Read More →
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Christian Servantes

Business Relationship Manager, Chase Bank
Christian Servantes is a Business Relationship Manager with Chase Bank. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the financial services industry for 10 years. As a Business Relationship Manager at Chase Christian’s... Read More →


10:00am

The Path of Mastery: Power, Performance, and Productivity - how to #WinTheDay (in real life, that is)
Limited Capacity seats available

VENUE:

Simply Measured

2211 Elliott Ave, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98121 (map)

Registration required - 60 seats available on a first-come-first seated basis

 

SCHEDULE:

10:00 AM  Doors Open (Checking in & Networking)

10:30 AM  Doors Close (PechaKucha Begins)

11:30 AM  Open Q&A

12:00 PM  Event Ends

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” - Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO at Thrive Global

Highly successful people have morning routines, afternoon hacks, and bedtime rituals to help them #WinTheDay:

  • Being more intentional and effective VS doing busy work
  • Maintain laser sharp focus on their vision and mission VS getting distracted by FOMO
  • Sustained energy VS being a caffeine junkie
  • Feeling fulfilled at the end of the day VS constantly stressing about tomorrow

Here’s the thing...

They began practicing these routines before they became successful, not the other way round.

Steve Jobs began his morning asking himself one question: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” He asked this single question repeatedly for 33 years - before Apple took over the world.

Join our expert panel as they share their daily routines with you in 20 slides - a snapshot of them IRL (in real life), pecha kucha-style. Get an insider’s look into the lives, routines, and biohacks of successful CEOs and Olympic athletes as they transform the way you define your own success while reaching for the stars.

Leave not just inspired, but ready to put your own daily routines into action to help you win your day!

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • From serial investor & entrepreneur, now CEO at Bulletproof Labs, Martin Tobias:
    What Makes A Bulletproof CEO?
    Martin shares his top 3 tools to become your own bulletproof CEO and provides an updated definition of success that we can all strive for, based on his proven experiences.

  • From two-time Olympian and performance optimizer, Peter Shmock:
    Do Less, Be More
    In his pursuit of making the Olympic team, Peter Shmock discovered a set of rituals that paved the way towards success and making the team. Today, these life altering rituals have led leaders seeking higher levels of performance in business, athletics, and life, to their ultimate finish line, with greater ease and efficiency.

  • From award-winning mompreneur and transformation advocate, Sara Dean:
    How to Feed Your Soul In Order to Fuel Your Business
    The key to building a business you actually love is knowing what you stand for and what feeds your soul, so you can create the space to best serve others in a way that lights you up #everydamnday.

  • Dietitian from Jujubeet, Elena Razmpoosh:
    A Recipe for High Productivity and Sustained Energy
    We have all experienced those moments of poor memory recall, difficulty processing information, and fatigue. If you want to keep your brain sharp and vibrant, making intelligent decisions about food is essential. Learn about how and what to eat to improve your workplace performance and overall health simultaneously.


At the end of the panel, the floor will be opened up to questions from the audience. This is your chance to seek out practical wisdom and actionable insights that will help you move the needle in your personal life and business! Seating is limited - do reserve your spot. 

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Brenna Hindman

CEO, Socialight Consulting
“We’re invited, moment by moment, to remember who we really are, reveal our gifts, and choose to honor them.” — @brennajoelle_. On a mission to create the warmest network in the world, Brenna believes in the power of connection and contribution. She sees authentic power... Read More →

Speakers
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Sara Dean

Founder and CEO, Sync Fitness Boot Camp and Transformation Center
“Build yourself a stage and stand on it #everydamnday.” — Sara via @shamelessmom. Sara is the owner of Sync Fitness Boot Camp and Transformation Center - an award winning gym on Queen Anne in Seattle. She is also the Founder and Host of The Shameless Mom Academy podcast - currently at... Read More →
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Elena Razmpoosh

Dietitian, Jujubeet
“Have your greens and change your destiny.” — Elena via @JujubeetJuice. Elena Razmpoosh is a registered dietitian with a Master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Washington. Elena works for Jujubeet, a local artisan juice bar located in Bellevue and Seattle. S... Read More →
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Peter Shmock

Founder, Life Athlete
“You are a Life Athlete.” — Peter via @lifeathlete. Over the past three decades Peter Shmock, a two-time Olympian, has been helping people reclaim and reach their optimal mental and physical potential with a sustainable, Do less - Be More approach called Life Athlete. | | Some of... Read More →
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Martin Tobias

CEO, Bulletproof Labs
“Remember success is up to individual not the class.” — @martingtobias.  A serial entrepreneur and investor who lives in Seattle, Martin has invested in over 50 startups, been CEO multiple times (Loudeye Technologies, Imperium Renewables, Tippr); and is currently CEO of Bulletproof Labs, a next generation wellness company based in Santa Monica. He has raised over $500M over his career including taking a company public. | | Prior to starting his own... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Simply Measured 2211 Elliott Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

10:30am

Five Things Investors Get Wrong About Games Startups

This will be a talk about common mistakes and misconceptions that startup investors hold about games startups and reasons to invest in them. For example, the"shots on goal" fallacy, or the idea that many investors hold wherein because they believe games are content, that the best strategy for success is to develop many small ones and hope one hits. This, in the age of service-driven games and online communities, is manifestly not true and yet investors still hold onto that belief.


Speakers
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Tadhg Kelly

Veteran game designer, producer. Has held multiple roles as creative director, startup founder, producer, lead game designer, business development, consultancy and columnist. Experienced in all major platforms, from 1999 to today, console and PC to social, mobile and VR/AR.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 10:30am - 11:25am
First&Bell 2218 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

10:30am

Equality & Diversity in Real Estate
This panel discussion will feature Jaebadiah Gardner, CEO of Gardner Global and Kassandra Rose, CEO of RentMyWay.  They're entrepreneurs and influencers working to create equality and diversity in real estate. Moderated by Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Jessica Loche`-Eggert.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Loche`-Eggert

Jessica Loche`-Eggert

Inclusion & Diversity HR Consultant
Inclusion and diversity HR consultant and advisor, and social entrepreneur with a background in global human resources, diversity and inclusion, and internal operations. Passionate about helping people lead with inclusive mindsets, growing cultural awareness, and connecting peopl... Read More →

Speakers
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Jaebadiah Gardner

CEO, Gardner Global
Jaebadiah S. Gardner is the Founder and CEO of Gardner Global, LLC. He is also currently a Board member & the Marketing Chair for the Seattle Breakfast Group as well as a Member and the Economic Development Chair for Seattle Urban League Young Professionals. Prior to founding the... Read More →
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Kassandra Rose

CEO, Rent My Way
Kassandra Rose is a successful entrepreneur living outside of Seattle. She founded Rent My Way after the real estate housing crash left countless uprooted homeowners wondering where their next homes would be. Hearing their stories compelled her to find solutions using the untappe... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

11:00am

Beginning with the end in Mind: Selling your Company Panel
If you're in the Scale Up stage of your startup and haven't yet sold a company, this panel is for you. When you get some significant traction you'll start getting inbound inquiries on potential transactions - only 11% of those inquiries actually close. Selling your company is a process and requires preparation. 

  • Chris Dishman is the Founder of Denali Financial, an interim CFO firm that works with startups from transaction and due diligence 
  • Dave Parker is a VC and 5X Founder that has sold three of his own and three additional companies as a board member. How do you need to prepare on the revenue and operating side of the business  
Moderated by Brett Greene 

Moderators
Speakers
TC

Teague Collins

Tech Investment Banker for Cascadia Capital.
CD

Chris Dishman

CEO, Denali Financial Consulting, LLC
Chris is the CEO and Founder of Denali Financial Consulting. A CFO and CPA/Audit Manager at Price Waterhouse Cooper. Denali provides interim financial leadership to early-stage startups from startup to exit.
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"
AS

Andy Shawber

Andy is a Partner at Summit Law providing Corporate, Securities, M&A, IPO work for technology companies.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Summit Law 315 5th Ave S #1000, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

Evolution of How to Get Things Made

Want to know what it takes to get your device made from start to finish? Come listen to seasoned clean-tech entrepreneur and consultant, Burt Hamner, talk about what you can expect along your journey of taking your device from concept drawings to manufacturing.


Speakers
avatar for Burt Hamner

Burt Hamner

President, Hydrobee SPC
Burt Hamner is Founder and President of HydroBee, the most versatile way to charge your electronics. HydroBee is a portable USB battery pack which is recharged by flowing water, wind, bikes, muscle power, donkey carts, sun, fire, or pretty much any source of energy to generate po... Read More →


11:00am

Learning from Veterans: How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes of Mobile Product Management
If you’re in mobile product management or mobile product marketing, you don’t want to miss this panel! Learn what not to do as a mobile PM from seasoned industry veterans from Zillow, Smartsheet, and RealNetworks.

Moderators
avatar for Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins

Apptentive

Speakers
avatar for Sara Buzak

Sara Buzak

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Zillow
avatar for Josh Lipe

Josh Lipe

Head of Mobile Product Development, Smartsheet
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Mike Vance

Senior Director Product Management, RealNetworks


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

11:00am

Listen Up, Startups; The Clinicians Are Talking!
\kli-ˈni-shəns\: Notoriously difficult groups to get in front of who also happen to be critical to the adoption of your new healthcare technology! We’re excited to be hosting this interactive event where clinicians, physicians, hospital workers and entrepreneurs will enlighten us about the realities of clinicians’ daily workflow and how it impacts the adoption of new technology. After a brief panel, we’ll break into small groups where attendee entrepreneurs can get feedback from the clinical implementation viewpoint.

*This event will be seated on a first come, first served basis. You must be registered to attend however it does not guarantee entry. 

Moderators
avatar for Stacey Long-Genovese, PhD, MPA

Stacey Long-Genovese, PhD, MPA

Director of Education and Instructional Design, Institute of Translational Health Sciences
Stacey brings more than 16 years of experience in program development, policy compliance, and higher education to her role as the Institute of Translational Health Sciences Director of Education and Instructional Design. In this capacity, she leads three complex training programs that span stakeholders and institutions across the five-state WWAMI region. She also oversees the creation and integration of workforce development training curriculum across all ITHS programs. Stacey earned her PhD in Education Evaluation and Policy at Arizona State University, where she also received a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lance Patak, MD, MBA

Lance Patak, MD, MBA

Anesthesiologist, Seattle Children's Hospital
Lance has worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years and is currently a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital. He spent his early years working as a nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, which is where he researched communication problems with mechanically ventilated patients and brought to market the Vidatak EZ Board, an evidence-based communication tool for intubated patients... Read More →
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Brad Younggren, MD

Chief Medical Officer, 98point6
Brad’s travels throughout Latin America while pursuing a degree in political science from UCLA inspired him to pursue a global vision of medicine in which technology helps to ensure all people receive the health care they need. Brad joined 98point6 in 2017 with nearly 20 years of experience as a physician, most recently serving as chief medical officer at Cue. He previously served as chief medical officer at Shift Labs and Mobisante and currently works as an emergency physician at EvergreenHealth. Brad has also held... Read More →
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Reza Hosseini-Ghomi, MD, MSE

Resident, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW Medicine
Reza’s passion lies at the intersection of neuropsychiatry, technology, and education. He is most interested in bringing significant and measurable improvement to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of neuropsychiatric illness through advancement of technology and empowerment through collaboration. To that end, when he is not practicing neuropsychiatry, he is chief medical officer... Read More →
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Molly Blank, PhD

Design Lecturer, Bioengineering, University of Washington
Molly Blank is thrilled to live in a time when savvy medical devices are poised to revolutionize healthcare. Through the development of unique and forward-thinking medical devices, she intends to help shape how we collect and interpret healthcare data to enhance the role of the patient in their own care to improve outcomes and reduce costs. She collaborates with early-stage technologies and has a passion for improving patient outcomes. To help further the development of medical technology for patients, payers, and patients alike, she provides professional services specializing in medical device design and development, including regulatory assessment and strategic development within the complex landscape of healthcare. Molly has a... Read More →
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Bianca Frogner, PhD

Deputy Director, Primary Care Innovation Lab, UW Family Medicine
Bianca, is an Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), and Deputy Director of the Primary Care Innovation Lab (PCI-Lab) in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington (UW). She is a NIH-traine... Read More →
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Swatee Surve

CEO, Founder, Litesprite
Swatee Surve, Litesprite Founder & CEO. Swatee is a digital health leader who has developed and launched disruptive technology-based healthcare businesses for Microsoft, Nike, T-Mobile, Premera Blue Cross and Eastman Kodak. These corporate efforts led to several commercialization efforts and patents, including in biofeedback and Nike's first wearable technology patents. As a Lead Consultant at Premera Blue Cross, Swatee led executive teams to identify new opportunities in wellness and member engagement programs. At T-Mobile, she incubated and launched the V1.0 Android Bobsled Group Messaging application and created the firm's mobile health strategy. At Microsoft Research she fostered collaborations in medical imaging. Swatee has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MSME and Biomechanics degree from Pennsylvania State, and a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been featured in international, national, and regional media outlets including Huffington Post, International Business Times... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 9th Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98101

11:30am

Seattle Start-Up Sanctuary?

Theme – Exploring our start-up eco-system strengths beyond the tech advantages 


This Start Up Primer will provide sharp insights and useful inputs to start up teams, going beyond the obvious stuff by bringing up some of the compelling trends that can make Seattle the next valley of dreams. The Blue View, outdoor lifestyle, iconic corporations, liberal mindsets etc.  Inspiring speakers, including some who have led start up’s to success, will set the stage for this lively and interactive session. Great for techies and everyone else to tune into as a beacon of hope for the emerging future of Seattle. 

Moderators
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Barney Brown

EVP, WorkCast
Barney Brown set up WorkCast in Seattle 2015. WorkCast has grown rapidly to become one of leading webinar and webcast platforms for marketers, with many of the World’s leading brands benefiting from our world class platform. As a webinar and webcasting software pioneer, Barney... Read More →

Speakers
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Mike Cartwright

Mike is Chief Technology Officer at DigitalTown. Since serving in several senior technology roles at Expedia, Mike founded Commencia an Online Travel portal that has been now been acquired by DigitalTown
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Karen Cone

Karen is a strategic advisor focused on business & digital transformation.  Most recently she was the Microsoft General Manager, Worldwide Financial Services. Karen Cone was accountable for the strategy and growth of the banking, payments, capital markets & insurance industries g... Read More →
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Joe Hafner

Joe is founder of Ocho Consulting specializing in Marketing Technology. A graduate of University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business Joe has worked with many start ups focusing on Revenue Chain Performance.
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Pieter De Temmerman

Pieter is Founder and CEO of Pacific Data Partners which enables B2B sales and marketing teams to maximize their effectiveness by helping them reach the right customers at the right time. Pieter also founded TrackSimple Inc which was acquired by BlueKai that was in turn acquired... Read More →


11:30am

Opportunities & Challenges for Seattle Investors North of the Border
Entrepreneur-friendly, diverse, highly skilled, and in need of capital: the Canadian startup ecosystem offers plenty of opportunities for US angel and VC investors., but challenges and market differences remain. Topics will include tax and legal implications, market trends, term sheets, syndication, and how best to connect with opportunities in these booming markets. 

 

Speakers
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Troy DeFrank

BC Trade & Invest
Troy is an international trade and investment professional with over 10 years of experience generating new business for clients and driving corporate investment in new markets. He has supported cross-border trade, investment, and partnerships in the technology sector for the Prov... Read More →
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Randall Jones

Partner, Dorsey Whitney
Partner at Dorsey has over 25 years of experience counseling emerging, private, closely-held, and public companies in a wide range of general corporate and complex transactional matters. He currently serves as the head of Dorsey’s Seattle and Anchorage Corporate departments and as the Seattle office head... Read More →
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Minh Le

Market Manager - Washington and Western Canada, Silicon Valley Bank
Spearhead Silicon Valley Bank's Early & Growth Stage initiatives in Washington and Western Canada. Manage a team of bankers that serves as a banking partner for technology, life science and clean technology companies. Structure and impliment various debt facilities for clients (v... Read More →
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Randall Lucas

Partner, Voyager Capital
Randall has been an entrepreneur and investor since 2001, primarily in the areas of analytics software and financial technology. He focuses on new investments in Washington and British Columbia, and is an observer on the boards of Zipwhip, TurboPatent, and Kaggle, and a director... Read More →
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Mike Macaulay

Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP
Michael is a Partner at Lawson Lundell LLP practising in the area of technology law. He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, emerging companies and venture capital funds in the technology, digital media, clean technology and life sciences sectors, including on matters relating to company formation and structuring, financing, and commercial agreements. He also has significant experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and private equity and venture capital transactions. Michael has advised numerous startups and emerging companies and devotes significant time to organizations in the BC startup community, including Accelerate Okanagan, Innovation Island, i4C Innovation Centre and e@UBC, the University of British... Read More →


11:30am

The Counterintuitive Startup: Finding Success in Unexpected Places
Have you ever wondered what happens when you toss out the playbook and write your own? Curious what possibilities surface when you ignore common wisdom? The Counterintuitive Startup is an interactive case study of an uncommon local enterprise: the Square Peg family of companies. What began as a husband-and-wife real estate development company evolved into a sandbox of creative ventures whose drive and innovation are making a lasting impact on lives and communities. Think nonprofits are the only entities making a difference? Think again.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you toss out the playbook and write your own? Curious what possibilities surface when you ignore common wisdom? The Counterintuitive Startup is an interactive case study of an uncommon local enterprise: the Square Peg family of companies. What began as a husband-and-wife real estate development company evolved into a sandbox of creative ventures whose drive and innovation are making a lasting impact on lives and communities. Think nonprofits are the only entities making a difference? Think again.

Moderators
avatar for Megan McNally

Megan McNally

Doyenne Legal PLLC
Megan McNally is a lawyer, strategist, and rabblerouser. She founded Doyenne Legal, an innovative, femme-powered, full-service business law firm that pairs legal counsel with business strategy for startups, small businesses, and social enterprises. She created the FBomb Breakfast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brady King

Brady King

CEO, Square Peg Development | | Brady is an Owner and CEO of Square Peg Development in Seattle, WA. He earned his BA in Management and Organizational Communications in 2002. In 2003 Brady started his building career in the city and now specializes in new construction residential... Read More →
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Karlie McCormick

General Manager, Square Peg Development  | | Karlie has spent her whole life living in Washington State, though straying dangerously close to Idaho for 4 years (Go Cougs!) where she earned her degree in political science. Out of college she went straight into the healthcare field where she found she enjoyed helping people who were at somewhat of a spot of "crisis" their lives. Needing more of a challenge with her work, she took a job in the construction field working with her friend, Amy. Being able to continue to learn and grow in a new industry, while helping people, is the perfect combination for her! Karlie enjoys Seattle sports, hiking and above all the time she gets to spend with her three year-old son, Bennett... Read More →
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Aaron Walling

COO, Square Peg Development | | Aaron has led the start-up phase of organizations in the Dominican Republic, India and several other countries in Asia for the past 14 years. His focus and passion is now set on opening pathways for justice and reintegration here in Seattle via th... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:35am

Bridging the Gap Between Games and Education and Creating a Viable Market
As a startup, it's often the case that targeting multiple markets will split your focus, causing you to succeed in neither.  This talk describes our approach of using one to leverage the other: creating video games that succeed in the entertainment market, then using that as a route into the education market.  John will describe Strange Loop's approach with a product that stretches the standards of what an educational game should be, a route has been especially helpful in helping to disrupt a very static and slow-moving market (education) through a much faster one (entertainment).  

Speakers
avatar for John Krajewski

John Krajewski

Executive producer and creative director at Strange Loop Games


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:35am - 12:30pm
First&Bell 2218 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

12:00pm

Crowdfunding record campaigns, on Kickstarter and off: what's the difference?
Bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion with Dan Shapiro. His latest company, Glowforge, raised $28 million dollars in pre-orders on their website. His previous company, Robot Turtles, had a record campaign on Kickstarter. Come learn about the difference between running noteworthy campaigns both on and off of Kickstarter. 

Moderators
avatar for Christina Cyr

Christina Cyr

Founder, CEO and CTO, dTOOR
Christina Cyr is the CEO, CTO, and Founder of dTOOR, which makes “Non-Rectangular Phones for Non-Rectangular People” starting with a phone in the shape of a circle, called The Cyrcle Phone. Christina has a bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and physics, and a master’s degree in engineering. She has been a biochemical engineer for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Shapiro

Dan Shapiro

CEO & Co-Founder, Glowforge
Dan is the CEO and co-founder of Glowforge, the 3D laser printer that makes it easy to take a product from digital design to reality. Dan sold his last company to Google. His last side project was Robot Turtles, the best-selling board game in Kickstarter history. He builds drones... Read More →


12:00pm

Values-Based Leadership: A Fireside Chat with Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin
Join us for a fun and inspiring fireside chat with Redfin CEO, Glenn Kelman. 

When Redfin went public on Nasdaq in July 2017, Kelman took 100 Redfin supporters along to celebrate, including executives and the company's first 40 employees.  How does Values-Based Leadership play into moments like that?  Jenny Zenner of The BroadPoint Group will be on hand to guide the conversation with Glenn and lead a Q&A session after their conversation.    

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Kelman

Glenn Kelman

CEO, Redfin
Glenn is the CEO of Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. In his seven years at Plumtree, Glenn at different times led engineering, marketing, product management and business development; he also was responsible for financing and general operations in Plumtree's early days. Prior to starting Plumtree, Glenn worked as one of the first employees at Stanford Technology Group, a Sequoia-backed start-up acquired by IBM. Glenn was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Zenner

Jenny Zenner

Search and Consulting Services, BroadPoint Group
Jenny Zenner​ ​has helped build teams, products, and experiences throughout her career. She completed her MEd in Sport and Exercise Psychology and MBA from the University of Virginia and BS in Psychology with a Minor in Addictions Studies from Washington State University.​ ​Post-MBA, she joined mission driven companies to contribute to the greater good including Precor, Kinetix Living (acquired by Regence), and Limeade. Now she splits her time​ ​between SEEDS, her wellness lifestylestartup... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

12:30pm

Building Inclusive Technology
As more artificial intelligence systems integrate into lives of diverse users, it is critical to examine who we build for. Learn best practices from leading AI, VR, and AR technologists on building inclusive products to expand user bases, improve customer experience, and avoid embarrassing mishaps when users cannot use products as intended due to biased system training.

Speakers
avatar for Eva Hoerth

Eva Hoerth

VR Evangelist
Eva has been working in VR for almost 2 years as a design researcher and community builder, and now deep into exploring how the brain works so she can better understand how we can ethically design for virtual reality experiences. While the technology is growing increasingly impre... Read More →
avatar for Mira Lane

Mira Lane

Director of Design & Ethics, Microsoft
Mira Lane is the Director of Design & Ethics in Artificial Intelligence for Business at Microsoft. Her team is responsible for design strategy and ethical frameworks for new products leveraging AI to create business value. | | Mira Lane’s background as an artist and technolog... Read More →
avatar for Megan Lawrence

Megan Lawrence

Accessibility Evangelist, Microsoft
Megan Lawrence is an Accessibility Evangelist at Microsoft. She has worked with the disability community for over 13 years conducting research to not only provide accessibility solutions but to ensure that users with disabilities are an integrated part of the design, development... Read More →
avatar for Michael Nassirian

Michael Nassirian

ARVR Academy
Senior Executive, Quality Architect, and Leader with over 30 years of experience building and inspiring teams that delight customers with innovative solutions spanning many emerging and existing technologies in US and International market. After receiving his Master’s degree in... Read More →
avatar for Lily Snyder

Lily Snyder

COO, Doghead Simulations
Lily Snyder is fundamentally changing the way people communicate through immersive technologies. She cares about making remote work work with new tech like virtual reality. Before co-founding Doghead Simulations, she worked extensively implementing manufacturing execution syste... Read More →


12:30pm

Alternative Pathways to Funding
For startups looking for outside funding, there are many choices. You can do Angel Investing or you can do other kinds of pathways. Have you considered going public in canada? Or doing a Revenue loan. Our expert panel will talk about the different paths that are available for startups to raise funds. 

Moderators
avatar for John Sechrest

John Sechrest

Founder, Seattle Angel Conference
Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference. Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle. Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend. | | As an entrepreneurial collaborator, I focus on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts as a way to develop new projects and companies. My efforts are foc... Read More →

Speakers
JB

James Black

Business development professional with a keen focus on early-stage corporate finance, IT, sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Focused on building valuable relationships, providing exemplary service, and working towards goals that provide economic and social benefit. | | Spec... Read More →
avatar for BJ Lackland

BJ Lackland

CEO, Lighter Capital
BJ Lackland is the CEO of Lighter Capital. BJ has spent his career working with emerging technology companies as an operating executive and investor. Before he joined Lighter Capital, he was a consultant to early stage technology companies, an angel investor with Element 8, and t... Read More →
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Joe Wallin

Partner, Carney , Barney, Spellman
Joe Wallin focuses his practice on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investors in and acquirers of businesses, and... Read More →


12:30pm

Social Entrepreneurship: Weaving Positive Impacts into the Fabric of Your Startup
Social impact is a driver for many startups and can even be found inside large and private companies. Hear from a panel of social entrepreneurs who weave positive social, cultural or environmental impacts into the fabric of their work. 

Moderators
avatar for Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott

Founder and Managing Director, Amplify Markets
As Founder and Managing Director for Amplify Markets, Tim helps clients open new markets or introduce innovative products, while building scalable operations to support them. Amplify Markets provides strategic advisory and implementation support to social enterprise and non-profi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Audra Jung

Audra Jung

Co-Founder, BridgeCare Finance
BridgeCare Finance offers bridge financing to break down the cost barriers of high quality childcare for working families. We create greater choice, higher quality care options and the opportunity for young parents to maintain uninterrupted career paths.
avatar for Ian Murray

Ian Murray

Director of Engineering, Innovation Labs, Vulcan, Inc.
Ian is an interdisciplinary technologist experienced in solving complex and ambiguous challenges in global health, wildlife conservation, and climate & clean energy with mechatronic systems and artificial intelligence. 
avatar for Marene Wiley

Marene Wiley

CMO, VP, and Co-Founder, JikoPower
Marene Wiley is a Co-Founder of JikoPower Inc. and a graduate of the University of Washington. Marene developed JikoPower's brand, marketing materials and international marketing strategy. She worked closely with the engineering team to incorporate market research into their designs. Using social and traditional media, Marene designed, planned and executed... Read More →


1:00pm

Smart Clicks: A Startup's Guide to Programmatic Media Buying
Programmatic advertising can take your brand from unknown to a common household name. Combining rich data with low cost (but high value) inventory, programmatic is a unique and effective way to reach your potential customers. Whether it’s B2B lead generation or direct response retail, programmatic advertising allows you to reach customers across many devices with banners, audio, and video.

Programmatic also allows you to deeply measure your advertising efforts - how many seconds someone listened to a radio ad, watched your video, or how long it took them to go back to your website and convert. to measure performance in this way against granular data opens opportunity for continuous improvement in your marketing program.
  • This session will teach you:
  • What is Programmatic? How does it work? 
  • What inventory can you buy programmatically? 
  • Data Strategy - 1st vs 2nd vs 3rd 
  • Vendor Vetting - Questions to Ask 

Speakers
avatar for James Haagenson

James Haagenson

Programmatic Campaign Manager, Point It
James Haagenson is a customer-service focused, strategic brand consultant who is focused on the innovative world of programmatic advertising. James started out serving the Seattle software giant in the Microsoft Retail Stores and now he is a Programmatic Campaign Manager on the P... Read More →
avatar for Priya Kapoor

Priya Kapoor

Senior Programmatic Campaign Manager, Point It
A performance maven, Priya Kapoor understands what it takes to get great digital marketing results in the emerging field of programmatic advertising. Currently a Programmatic Campaign Manager at Point It, a digital marketing agency in Seattle, Priya has been focused on helping c... Read More →


1:00pm

IoT Devices with Robert Baffi of Avnet and Franck Rougier of Kirio
Are you thinking of designing an IoT device, or simply want to know more about the IoT devices around you? Don’t miss this panel with moderator Robert Baffi, Account Manager of Avnet and Franck Rougier, CTO and Co-Founder of local successful IoT company, Kirio.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Baffi

Robert Baffi

Account Manager, Avnet
As Account Manager, Robert is responsible for supporting customers at each stage of the product life cycle., from idea to design and from prototype to production. A comprehensive portfolio of design and supply chain services makes Avnet the go-to guide for innovators who set the pace for technological change... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Franck Rougier

Franck Rougier

CTO, Kirio
As the Founder and CTO of Kirio, Franck Rougier currently partners with the company's CEO to guide the success of this fast-growing IoT startup involving the design/development of a breakthrough new home automation device allowing individuals to seamlessly control a wide range of wired/wireless systems, appliances, and controls throughout their home. | Prior to this role, Franck spent 18 years a technology entrepreneur and evangelist focused on solving complex IT challenges and bringing successful technology-enabled products to market. His experience spans CEO/CTO roles with startup and growth... Read More →


1:00pm

Fundraising: The Good. The Bad. The Actions.
A great discussion on the decisions entrepreneurs face while raising capital or funding their business, a deeper dive into what start ups need to do to get funding. Fundraising is not easy and when it's time to raise funds, for some startups it can be too late. This panel will be identifying the actionables needed before they actually need funds.



Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Lovell

Rebecca Lovell

Acting Director, Office of Economic Development/Techstars Mentor/ Board Member, Center for American Entrepreneurship, City of Seattle
Mission-driven change agent with over 20 years of operating and management experience in public and private sectors, for-profit and non-profit leadership. Experienced in strategy, program development and implementation, mentorship, and team-building. | | Startup Weekend frequen... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mamtha Banerjee

Mamtha Banerjee

Director of Technolgy Expedia, Founder/CEO Magicflix Accomplished technology entrepreneur with a track record of providing tech and product management leadership in both startups and companies like Travelocity. Developed and launched innovative game changing products on mobile a... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Foley-Wong

Bonnie Foley-Wong

Founder, Pique Ventures
Bonnie Foley-Wong is the founder of Pique Ventures and founding investor in Pique Fund. She is also the CFO of US-based specialty financial services firm, Crown NorthCorp Inc. and author of Integrated Investing: Impact Investing with Head, Heart, Body, and Soul. Bonnie helps a di... Read More →
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"
avatar for Concetta Rand

Concetta Rand

CRO, iFundWomen
Concetta Rand has an extensive background as a growth-oriented strategic marketer, having previously held positions at global brands including American Express and Google. As CRO for iFundWomen, Concetta Rand oversees revenue management, marketing, and analytics. Passionate about the power of entrepreneurship, Concetta is committed to supporting and scaling... Read More →
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Andrea Scott

Chief Kulture and Kreative Officer, skoah
Andrea Scott is the co-owner, co-founder of skoah Inc and CEO of skoah | Franchising Inc. skoah is a Vancouver based company with 15 locations in Canada | and the USA. skoah is a facials only, membership concept with a proprietary skin | care product line and began in 2001. The company is on a rapid expansion path | with a target of 250 franchised locations in the next 5 years. skoah has created a | new category in the health and wellness space that focuses on empathy and | personalization. Her vision through franchising is to create an opportunity for | others to become entrepreneurs and to mentor and support those on their | journey to business ownership through... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
WeWork SLU 500 Yale Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109

1:00pm

Mentors of the Round Table: An Intense Mentor Networking Experience with CleanTech Startup Advisors
What's the best way for cleantech entrepreneurs to build their network with potential mentors and advisors? Take part in this mentor speed dating session! 

Each participating entrepreneur gets a seat at a round table staffed by seasoned excecutives and advisors. After 30 minutes, you'll move to the next round table and advisor pool. There's no better way to glean valuable business advice from multiple advisors on multiple topics. 

Build your network; gain startup insights; and see what can happen! Come with a specific question or challenge to focus on. Register and reserve your spot at the table.

Wednesday October 4, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Dorsey & Whitney (61st Floor) 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:20pm

How to Build a Business/Game with your Best Friend or Significant Other and Live to Tell the Tale

Building a game, running a business, and nurturing a special relationship all take energy and attention. But what happens when you are doing them all at the same time? Can it be done? 


Speakers
avatar for Jason and Serena Robar

Jason and Serena Robar

Serena and Jason Robar have survived twenty years of marriage, 5 start ups, 3 sold companies, 1 failed company, and and raised three kids together. Get the inside stories from two game industry veterans who can help you traverse the minefields of entrepreneurial start ups and gam... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 1:20pm - 2:15pm
First&Bell 2218 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

2:00pm

Food as Fuel for Social Good

In this panel, we will discuss the work the speakers do to elevate the power of food as it pertains to community, by bringing people together, sharing ideas, acknowledgement through feeding people in need, minimizing waste, and supporting transitional population.

Come meet the organizations that are helping to build a food system that is genuinely sustainable and growing its reach to all the different communities in Washington State and beyond. You can also find out about how to get involved or volunteer.



Moderators
avatar for Amanda Bedell

Amanda Bedell

Co-Founder, NuFlours
Amanda Bedell is the co-founder of Nuflours, a gluten free bakery located in Seattle, Washington. She, with co-founder Phebe Rossi, built the business from the ground up. At Nuflours, Amanda is responsible for long-term and short-term organizational and financial strategy, and overall management... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eu-wanda Eagans

Eu-wanda Eagans

Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Harvest
Eu-wanda Eagans’ mission is to make a difference in the lives of people and the communities they live in. Born and raised in Seattle, she had always known about the great work Northwest Harvest does in Washington. Thus, the opportunity to work for the state’s leading hunger relief agency was a dream come... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Ferrence

Carrie Ferrence

Executive Director, City Fruit
Carrie brings almost twenty years experience working with small businesses and non-profits to promote resilient and thriving communities. Most recently, she was co-founder and CEO at Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery, which has worked to improve access to good and fresh food inside of... Read More →
avatar for Veena Prasad

Veena Prasad

Founder and Executive Director, Project Feast
Veena Prasad is the founder and Executive Director of Project Feast, an award winning nonprofit social enterprise. The mission of Project Feast is to empower refugee and immigrant cooks through pathways to jobs in the food industry and to enrich the greater Seattle community through being a platform for cultural exchange. Project... Read More →
avatar for Joe Rieke

Joe Rieke

Founder, Knowfood
Joe Rieke has worked in the Food & Beverage industry for over 15 years. He worked in and managed both the front & back of the house and opened restaurants up and down the west coast. His most recent venture has been knowfood, a Seattle based not-for-profit, connecting local chefs with food focused classrooms. Knowfood strives to provide connection and opportunity to high school students looking to make a career in the food world. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Washington. He lives with his family in the old-people part of Ballard and likes to run, make... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level Office 600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

2:00pm

Creating Social Capital: Powerful Connections and Lasting Influence

It’s often said that your network is your net worth. Agree or disagree? Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, seeking funding, or wanting to develop key strategic relationships to champion you at any stage of growth, how do you build influential social capital to attract the RIGHT people to help? Join us for a fun conversation with Seattle’s top super connectors and hear their unique perspectives on cultivating meaningful, leveraged contacts and amplifying your circle of influence through powerful digital and live platforms to reach thousands of people. You’ll witness social brilliance in action and take away principles and tools to develop invaluable connections right now, that work for YOU. This panel discussion is essential if you're seeking to authentically connect, be memorable, and create value-adds that distinguish you from the crowd and inspire others to help you.


Moderators
avatar for Brenna Hindman

Brenna Hindman

CEO, Socialight Consulting
“We’re invited, moment by moment, to remember who we really are, reveal our gifts, and choose to honor them.” — @brennajoelle_. On a mission to create the warmest network in the world, Brenna believes in the power of connection and contribution. She sees authentic power... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ruvim Achapovskiy

Ruvim Achapovskiy

CEO, Social Bomb
CEO & Founder of Social Bomb | | You know how they say age is just a number, right? Just 20 years old, Ruvim is the CEO and founder of Social Bomb, Seattle’s fastest growing social marketing agency.   Already having created influencer campaigns for several Fortune 500 companies, Ruvim garners a network of influencers with the capacity to reach over 250 million... Read More →
avatar for Emily Carrion

Emily Carrion

VP of Marketing, SmartAssist
Emily Carrion is a 5-time start-up veteran and digital marketing leader. She believes in the power of mentorship and is deeply passionate about changing the ratio of women in tech. She is the VP of Marketing at SmartAssist, where they use AI and machine learning to improve the future by learning from the past for customer service teams. She is a graduate of... Read More →
avatar for Mike Grabham

Mike Grabham

Inventor, Package Guard Inc
Mike is a six-time founder and active member of the Seattle Startup community. He  hosts Startup Grind and is a special guest host on Start IT Seattle on KING5. He is a “product and revenue guy” who loves to build teams and products. Check out his latest invention www.packageguar... Read More →
avatar for Angela Shen

Angela Shen

CEO, Savor Seattle Food Tours
I am a self-proclaimed “food evangelist.” This translates into a huge love of eating, shopping for, and cooking food. I grew up working in my family’s restaurants and countless others. After graduating from the Wharton School, I moved to Chicago to work in Brand Management at Quaker Oats. A fresh start brought me to Seattle, where... Read More →


2:00pm

University of Washington Startup Career Fair

Are you a student/individual looking for employment in a startup?

Are you a startup looking for a smart and eager individual to join your blossoming team of entrepreneurs?

If so, join us at the University of Washington Intellectual House (4249 Whitman Court, Seattle 98195) between 2:00-4:00pm on Wednesday, October 4th for our UW startup career/internship fair! Talk to dozens of fully established and vetted startups who are looking for people like you to join their companies. Bring your A game, and your resume(s).

To register for a table, fill out this form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsnX2YG_7TK8cc0UpVnh0pxEV6gRlNAF2Lu7ZjxuVvhFjBog/viewform

All attendees MUST register via Eventbrite or on the official Seattle Startup Week page in order to attend.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-career-fair-tickets-37260701762 


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Intellectual House 4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, WA 98195

2:30pm

How to Start and Sustain a Game Business
Speakers
avatar for Nathan Blair

Nathan Blair

Nathan Blair is an American video game developer and CEO of Uforia, based in Seattle. Nathan has been a part of the entertainment industry since 11 years old and is an investor and executive at several start-ups and currently mentors several entertainment-based start ups.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:25pm
First&Bell 2218 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

2:30pm

The Value of Values: The Importance of Making a Positive Impact

In building a business, there is significant value in philanthropy and improving the community. Customers want to invest in companies that support their community and consumers vote with their dollars. Building a brand that says you care about more than just the bottom line is compelling and differentiating. In addition, employees want to find meaning in their work. By focusing on doing good for the community it motivates, engages and retains employees.

Join a diverse panel of industries and experts to learn how to get started with community and philanthropic initiatives that will support your business. 

Venue Details:
*Due to event capacity, seating is on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required however it does not ensure entry.  
*Dress code restricts shorts, athletic wear, baseball caps and flip-flops.   


Moderators
avatar for Kristin Ackerman Bacon

Kristin Ackerman Bacon

Publisher, CEO, Sip Northwest
Kristin Ackerman Bacon started her career in tech at a startup in Redmond, Washington, when she was just 17-years-old, moving her way up over the course of six years to National OEM Manager. After the dot-com crash, she went to work for LuxuryRealEstate.com, which is where she helped establish the company's first print magazine. This was also where she realized her love for publishing. Kristin then spent over a decade in upper management positions with luxury lifestyle publications such as Robb Report, Worth, St. Regis, Estates West and Desert Living before starting her own publishing company in 2010. Since launching Sip Publishing, she has brought to life... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dragos Axinte

Dragos Axinte

CEO, Novo Fogo
Dragos Axinte believes that nothing worthwhile comes easy. He was born and raised in a communist dictatorship (Romania) where adversity was his best friend, moved to the U.S. with a handbag and a smile, built a consumer product company (ColdHeat) that quintupled its market category in one year, kept the faith during the fourteen years needed convince the American government to let him stay, and then finally found home in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. | | And also in the Brazilian jungle. Today Dragos is the majority owner of a zero-waste, USDA organic certified... Read More →
avatar for Terri Eccles

Terri Eccles

Owner and Strategic Planning Consultant, Virago Consulting LLC
Terri Eccles, owner & strategic planning consultant from Virago Consulting is passionate leader, entrepreneur, mentor & mom. | | She believes all business planning should begin with an in-depth discussion of a company’s purpose, vision, & values. On this core you can build a compelling and differentiated brand, product, and culture all aligned and working together. | | Before starting Virago Consulting, she was Director of Digital Product at Capital One and Premera and has extensive experience building... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman

Owner, Liberty Bar
Andrew Friedman is the owner of Liberty Bar, Scout Spirits and Industry Spirits in Seattle. Opening Liberty in ’06, Andrew has had a great time there ever since. Additionally, Andrew is one of the founder’s and President Emeritus of the Washington State Bartender’s Guild, and a founding member and Vice President Emeritus of the Washington... Read More →
avatar for Stacy Lill

Stacy Lill

Founder and CEO, Cashmere Consulting
Stacy Lill is Founder/CEO of Cashmere Consulting, focusing on corporate Networking, Marketing, & Strategic Partnerships as well as Wine Industry Education & Development. Stacy is Founder & Brand Ambassador of O Wines, and Founder of the All Wines: Opportunity for Success Scholarship Program... Read More →


2:30pm

Writing Moral Code: Examining Ethics in AI
AI system development is accelerating rapidly. With the excitement comes great responsibility to ensure we are building ethical systems. Join us as we discuss the importance of implementing ethical standards in AI and the severe consequences of not doing so.

Moderators
avatar for Drew Stone

Drew Stone

Consultant, Agency XR
Organizer of the Eastside VR Meetup group, Drew Stone is a dynamic collaborator of art and immersive experiences. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Drew has earned a Master of Communication in Communities and Networks (MCCN) from UW Seattle, and undergraduate interdis... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chau Dang

Chau Dang

Analytics Developer Relations Lead, NVIDIA
Chau Dang is the Analytics Developer Relations Lead at NVIDIA. Chau's focus is on increasing adoption of GPU accelerated AI platforms and tools; including deep learning, machine learning, cyber and analytics. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Chau was at Accenture Labs where she brought i... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Escrig

Teresa Escrig

AI Global Lead, Accenture
For over two decades, Dr. Teresa Escrig has been a researcher and professor in Artificial Intelligence, including the areas of Qualitative Modeling, Cognitive Vision, Robotics and Cyber Security. She is the author of three books, more than one hundred research articles, and the... Read More →
avatar for Bernease Herman

Bernease Herman

Data Scientist, University of Washington eScience Institute
Bernease Herman is a data scientist and researcher at the University of Washington eScience Institute. Her research focuses on interpretable machine learning with work in fairness, accountability, and transparency. In her work, she collaborates with academic researchers, startups... Read More →
avatar for Zoe Hillenmeyer

Zoe Hillenmeyer

IBM
Action oriented, but a broad and curious thinker, Zoe Hillenmeyer has education and experience in artificial intelligence, design, IT transformation, product management and marketing. From start-ups to behemoth corps, Hillenmeyer’s experiences provide diverse perspectives to so... Read More →


3:00pm

FOUNDERS WANTED! Case Study Champion Technology Company
Are you interested in working with Pacific NW National Labs? Come to this case study session. 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Dave is a Venture Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, Community Builder, 5X Founder and Board Member. He's currently working on a book called "6 Month Startup - Ideation to Revenue"

Speakers
avatar for Lee Cheatham

Lee Cheatham

Pacific NW National Labs
(PNNL) announced that Lee Cheatham has been appointed as the lab’s director of technology deployment and outreach. | | Cheatham is best-known for his long tenure as the executive director of the Washington Technology Center, the state’s technology-based economic development ente... Read More →
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John Shearer

CEO, Champion Technology Company, Inc.
CEO Champion Technology Company, Inc. | DarkLight is an artificial intelligence expert system for active cyber defense and trusted information sharing. A force multiplier which leverages the logic, knowledge and experience of security analysts to deliver human-quality results, at... Read More →


3:00pm

Intrastate Investing for Startups startup
When Startups look for outside funding, they look for a Federal Exemption for the SEC. There is a specific pathway that allows startups to raise money from just inside your state. This intrastate funding process allows for anyone to be an investor in a local company. There are more than one pathway for companies to raise intrastate funds. We will explore the SCOR program and the HB2023 program. Joe Wallin is the author of the HB2023 pathway. 

Moderators
avatar for John Sechrest

John Sechrest

Founder, Seattle Angel Conference
Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference. Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle. Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend. | | As an entrepreneurial collaborator, I focus on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts as a way to develop new projects and companies. My efforts are foc... Read More →

Speakers
JV

Jill Vallely

Jill Vallely is staff attorney with the Securities Division of the Washington State Department of FinancialInstitutions. She joined the Securities Division in 2006, initially as a member of the Enforcement Unit,and currently works on registration and rulemaking matters in the Registrations and Regulatory AffairsUnit. She is a member of... Read More →
avatar for Joe Wallin

Joe Wallin

Partner, Carney , Barney, Spellman
Joe Wallin focuses his practice on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investors in and acquirers of businesses, and... Read More →


4:00pm

Powering Up Your Facebook Advertising

Facebook advertising is the most powerful form of paid advertising available on the internet today. With targeting abilities that rival any other ad platform, there exists no better channel to get the word out about your product or service. In this session, you’ll learn the secrets the pros use to make Facebook advertising pay.

From setting up campaigns to discovering audiences, there are actionable Facebook advertising tactics that can be run on a tight budget. Whether you are already managing Facebook campaigns or just getting started, you’ll come away with the things you need to do to start driving sales. 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for John Schuster

John Schuster

Ecommerce Marketer
Professional freelance digital marketer and Vice President of the Seattle Search Network. John has successfully worked with startups to increase traffic and revenue using Facebook advertising and other growth marketing tactics since 2009. He also teaches Facebook advertising and search engine optimization at General Assembly in Seattle and San Francisco. John is a passionate entrepreneur who is big on learning and sharing the latest digital marketing tactics. When... Read More →


4:00pm

Microsoft Teams Platform: Build and Package Apps for Modern Teams

Enable higher performing teams by building an app for Microsoft Teams. Learn how to build, package, and distribute an app by walking through an example showing tabs, bots, compose extensions, and other Teams developer platform capabilities


Speakers
avatar for Bill Bliss

Bill Bliss

Bill Bliss is the Platform Architect and Head of the Developer Ecosystem for Microsoft Teams. He is a founding member of the Microsoft Teams team, helped define the Teams developer platform, the Microsoft Graph APIs for Teams, and the schemas/protocol powering the Microsoft Bot F... Read More →


4:00pm

How to make data-driven decisions with no data

Making data driven decisions is the gold standard today. But what happens when you’re too early to have much data? What happens on Day 1, when you have to decide product look and feel based on zero to little customer feedback? When to lease that office space? How to gauge staff growth? How many units to pre-order before having a track record of sales? Which feature and functionality to build when time and resources are tight? What is the (scarce) data saying about your product and customers?  

Come hear from four successful entrepreneurs who started organizations with a deeply ingrained culture of data-driven decision making before they had the data set to make their vision real.

The panel discussion will be followed by a breakout session featuring small group discussions led by the panelists. Our goal is to demystify the early days of a startup and give ‘would-be' entrepreneurs the tools to get started!



Moderators
avatar for Jordan Ritter

Jordan Ritter

Founder & CEO, Atlas Informatics
Jordan Ritter is an accomplished software architect and technical entrepreneur. His pragmatic ethos combines with a unique breadth of engineering and management experience to produce both a capable leader and do-er. His passion for his work is a point of pride that motivates and inspires those around him to exceed themselves. As a co-founder of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Blankinship

Sarah Blankinship

Founder and CEO, RightSciences
A longtime technology leader and entrepreneur, Sarah Blankinship is the founder and CEO of RightSciences, a US biotech firm that engineers and licenses plant-based wellness products for consumers. | | Sarah launched RightSciences after observing the multiple medications her str... Read More →
avatar for Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson

Co-founder & CEO, The Riveter
A captivating leader, world traveler, and true connector, Amy is committed to creating a space for women to build powerful businesses and balanced lives. She is the co-founder and CEO of The Riveter, collaborative and work spaces built to change the world. She believes deeply in... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Seabaugh

Brittany Seabaugh

Co-founder, Armoire
Brittany Seabaugh is the Director of Merchandising and Styling and co-founder of Armoire. Prior to her joining the Armoire team, Brittany had been fostering her love of fashion, analytics, and customer experience in the buying offices of Nordstrom for over 7 years. Diving into Armoire was a no-brainer... Read More →
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Daniela Luzi Tudor

Co-founder & CEO, WEconnect Recovery
Daniela Luzi Tudor is a serial entrepreneur. Ms. Tudor is the co-founder and CEO of WEconnect Recovery and creator of WEconnect mobile app and the WEconnect outcomes data platform, an on-the-go custom support and connection system for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. This venture is guided by Ms... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:00pm

The Truth About Going Indie: Dreams vs. Reality
Have you thought about leaving the relative safety of a gig at a big studio or a corporate job to go Indie and work on your dream project? Hear from a panel of industry experts who did just that about the realities, legalities, stresses and successes of indie life and how it compares to what they left behind to take that risk and follow their passion to make indie game development their way of life.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Cullings

Tim Cullings

Tim Cullings (@timcullings) is a Systems Engineer at Oculus and a Board member for both Seattle Indies and the Seattle chapter of IGDA helping to organize events such as Global Game Jam and Seatle Indies eXpo for the local indie game development community.

Speakers
avatar for Evie Powell

Evie Powell

CEO and Creative Director, Verge of Brilliance LLC.
Dr. Evie Powell is a life long games researcher and game designer.  She received her Ph.D. in computer science in 2012 researching socially pervasive game experiences and context-aware gaming using mobile technologies. These days she works on XR game experiences, NUI based game interactions, and... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith is an entrepreneur, designer and artist who has been deeply immersed in VR and AR content creation since 2014. | | In 2015 he founded Invrse, a Seattle start-up that is redefining interaction in Virtual Reality and beyond. Ryan's gaming credits include The Nest, The Wake, Ninja Trainer, and several unannounced titles. In... Read More →
avatar for Ty Taylor

Ty Taylor

The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Ty Taylor (@IMakeIndieGames) is the creator of two award-winning independent games, The Bridge and Tumblestone. He has been developing games for 13 years and owns the Seattle-based studio The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild. Ty has a Master's degree in Computer Science and was prev... Read More →
avatar for Marianna Vallejo

Marianna Vallejo

Daily Magic Productions
Marianna Vallejo founded Daily Magic Productions in 2010. After designing, developing, and shipping more than 20 mystery Adventure games for PC and iOS in partnership with Big Fish Games, Daily Magic has recently changed directions and is now an independent game studio focusing o... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
First&Bell 2218 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

4:00pm

Product Development and Startup Story with Brett Heising/brettapproved.com
Entrepreneurs’ personal backgrounds can influence the products and services they build. In this Diversity & Inclusion series, we’ll get to meet with startup founders who come from communities underrepresented in tech. In each session, a different entrepreneur will share their startup stories and their process for product development. The entrepreneur will then lead the audience in an interactive discussion on how to test their ideas, identify a target market, and quickly size their revenue opportunity, using their own company as an example of the product development cycle.

Meet Brett Heising, the founder of brettapproved.com. Home to brettapproved.com, a website predicated on user-generated, accessibility-focused reviews of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues --brettapproved, Inc. meets the accessibility-focused travel needs of people with disabilities and mobility challenges. Globally, inclusive tourism is a $1.5T market that remains underserved. In short, brettapproved exists because travel is for everyone.

Brown Bag dinner. Feel free to bring a meal to eat during the session. No food will be provided. 

Speakers
BH

Brett Heising

CEO, Brettapproved.com
Brett Heising brings extensive experience to his role as Founder and CEO of brettapproved, Inc. He’s a successful journalist and PR pro turned entrepreneur and a sought after speaker who was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a member of their 40 Under 40 class of 2015... Read More →



4:30pm

Build a Mentoring Culture on Your Dev Team
A brief guide to starting and maintaining a mentoring relationship as an experienced member of the tech community looking to share knowledge and experience with others. We talk about not just the high level concepts of what would make an ideal mentor, but also how to start and maintain a fruitful mentoring relationship. With the skills discussed in this talk, you too can either start a new, meaningful mentoring relationship, or bolster an existing one. Come join the conversation!

Speakers
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Nick Hunt-Walker

Nick Hunt-Walker is a data scientist, Python developer, and instructor of full-stack web development at Code Fellows, Seattle.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Code Fellows 2901 3rd Ave #300, Seattle, WA 98121

4:30pm

Failure or Success? How to translate your mistakes into experience

Mistakes. We all make them. But some people have a knack for turning those mistakes into accomplishments, experience, and successes. It’s not easy. It takes self-respect, confidence and a bit of creativity.

Whatever challenges you may be facing, or roadblocks you may be trying to clear, come on down to hear how 3 of our local business leaders have translated their career missteps into positive experience.


Moderators
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Patrick Flaherty

Patrick most recently worked to grow alcohol ecommerce platform, Drizly, into 5 new markets across the US and Canada. As the face of Drizly in the Northwest, he was responsible for developing the Drizly brand in Seattle, Edmonton, and Calgary; locally scaling the footprint on bot... Read More →

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Minda Brusse

Minda is an experienced startup leader having worn many hats to solve big problems and make things happen. Her sense of curiosity and critical thinking skills give Minda the ability to lead high performing teams. | | This year, she's the Event Manager for the Leadership tr... Read More →
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Katharine Geramita

Co-Founder, CTO, CreositySpace
Katharine is Co-Founder and CTO at CreositySpace, a company dedicated to inspiring early interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by connecting kids, and their teachers, to entrepreneurs who have built their companies on STEM based concepts and/or products. CreositySpace is also committed to providing support to those entrepreneurs through direct mentorship and access to a growing network of businesses, business supporters, and community members/organizations. | | Kath began her career working at a number of technology start-ups on products ranging from electronic ink, to cement made from CO2, to novel energy storage materials. While at E Ink, Kath led the lab stage development for their first electronic ink product, now a mainstay in many e-books. Later, at EnerG2 Technologies, Kath served as both a lead scientist and a member of the executive team with responsibilities for novel material development and scale up across multiple applications and product lines in the energy storage arena. | | Kath holds a B.Sc.E in Engineering Chemistry from... Read More →
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Valentina Vitols

Member, Pipeline Angels
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a Pipeline Angel, a member of Alliance of Angels, a member of Hera Angels, a SheEO Activator, a startup mentor, a committed supporter of fe... Read More →
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Ty Wolfe-Jones

Wrench, Inc.
Ty is an experienced startup operator. He has worked for food product and tech startups as an operations guy from different perspectives. He has helped build a business from a founders basement to joining fast moving larger venture-funded startups like Uber and DoorDash. Today Ty... Read More →


4:30pm

Music startups in a rapidly changing industry

The digital revolution has had a huge impact on the music business. In just few short years, the industry has evolved into something new entirely - musicians record on laptops, fans stream music, and traditional record labels are edging towards irrelevance. What does it mean to be a music startup in this landscape? Has it increased opportunities for entrepreneurs? What emerging trends are likely to become the new norm? What's in store for the future? 

8Stem founder Adam Farish hosts a panel to discuss the past and present with Bruce Pavitt of Sub Pop Records / 8Stem Interactive Music, Daniel G. Harmann of the digital distribution company DistroKid, and Meli Darby, Seattle producer, event promoter, music marketer, and artist manager of the Upstream Music Festival & Summit, ReignCity Productions, and PLZCOMEAGAIN Management.



Speakers
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Meli Darby

Meli Darby is a long-time Seattle producer, event promoter, music marketer, and artist manager. She is is currently the lead programming curator of the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. In addition, Meli is active with several music startups including PLZCOMEAGAIN Management and the... Read More →
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Adam Farish

CEO, 8Stem Interactive Music
Adam is the inventor, founder, and CEO of the 8Stem Interactive Music format and mobile remix platform. His background as a musician, producer, sound engineer, and tech entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on the future of music. Founding 8Stem in 2015, Adam has guided the company through handshake deals with musician-friends, to official relationships with major record label companies... Read More →
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Daniel G. Harmann

Director, Artist Relations, DistroKid
Daniel G. Harmann partnered with Philip Kaplan in 2016 to help build DistroKid into the world’s fastest growing, and soon to be largest digital music distributor. Their artist-first approach gained momentum as digital technology enabled performers to release music directly to the internet for purchase and streaming. The company now distributes over 100,000 artists, and has relationships with... Read More →
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Bruce Pavitt

Creative Director, 8Stem Interactive Music
Bruce Pavitt is a music historian, critic, DJ, speaker, author, founder of Sub Pop, and Co-founder and current Creative Director of 8Stem Interactive Music. He is most famous for creating the Grunge rock phenomenon in the early 1990s. Bruce not only released the first albums by Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Nirvana, but equally important, built a compelling narrative of the Seattle Music Scene in the international press that captured the... Read More →


5:00pm

Use Data for Inclusion
Examine how Design For Everyone can inadvertently exclude the very users who would challenge us to design better products and services. Apply insights from past mistakes to untangle how biases cloud both the gathering and interpreting of who our users are and what they need.

Moderators
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Tiffany Dedeaux

Data Science Career Advisor, Metis
Tiffany Dedeaux empowers Tech Industry Warriors who see things differently.  She arrived at Metis as a Data Science Career Advisor with a Masters of Arts in Psychology, a coaching credential from the International Coach Federation, and experience developing workshops on job search and career exploration... Read More →

Speakers
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Robin Counts

Senior Planner / Design Researcher, Microsoft
Robin Counts love combining art and science to make the world better, make experiences better for our world. She is especially inspired by work that supports those whose voices have been silenced by inequity in our social and economic systems. I am creative, collaborative, and sc... Read More →
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Jeanine Spence

Experience Strategist, Be Curious With Us
Jeanine works with companies of all sizes to imagine innovative solutions that deliver customer value. Having worked on both the engineering and design sides, she draws together the vision and the plan to deliver unique experiences. She believes in the power of listening closely... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Metis Seattle 83 S King St #250, Seattle, WA 98104

5:00pm

PitchBlack Seattle: The regions top black founders pitch for prize money & you play the shark
Limited Capacity filling up

"PitchBlack is the best pitch event." - Silicon Florist

Hack Nation brings PitchBlack to Seattle. A national pitch competition by the people and for the people! Unlike traditional pitch competitions, entrepreneurs will have five minutes to tell the audience their story and then answer two questions about their idea from the audience.

After the last presenter has answered questions from the audience, attendees will then vote for their favorite two - top two split the money, and we will also have a social media vote for another cash prize opportunity .

Our ultimate goal is to showcase the entrepreneurial and creative genius of black founders in the region while connecting them with the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

#PitchBlackSEA #IGot99ProblemsButAPitchAintOne #PitchingAintEasy 

Speakers
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Kronda Adair

Founder, Karvel Digital
I'm Kronda and I help entrepreneurs who are ready to stop spinning their marketing wheels and get serious about creating an online marketing engine for their businesses. | | I'm a recovering WordPress developer turned digital marketer who loves to reinvent myself and my business... Read More →
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Kenny Adams

Founder, Shia Sincere Auto Detailing
Premium On-Demand auto detailing for luxury cars and auto fleets. Kenny was born and raised in Ner Oreleans, Louisiana. He is a proud husband and father of two. At the age of 12 he began detailing cars, and that skill developed into one of his greatest passions. In June of 2017, he made a decision to move to Seattle to pursue his vision of changing the world through his career as a professional... Read More →
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Kwame Boler

Co-Founder/ CEO, Neu
Neu is a dual marketplace that connects vetted cleaners with Airbnb hosts to facilitate Hotel-Grade turnovers.
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Darren Buckner

Founder, WorkFrom
Darren is a visionary, autodidactic leader whose tech prowess as a developer rivals his creativity in design. Before founding Workfrom, he designed and built a variety of software programs and applications for the NFL, NBC and Shopzilla, and led SEO, business development and user acquisition efforts as a remote contractor for companies across the US. Although he embraces failure as a learning experience, his success as a 10-time Startup Weekend winner would suggest that... Read More →
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Dr. Tina Coleman

Founder, CNAtoMD
Dr. Tina aka "the doctor-nurse". Went from a CNA (nurse's aide) to an RN to an MD in 10 years. You can do it too! Now​ ​mentoring interested candidates in Nursing and Medicine. ​ CNAtoMD mentors young people with an interest in healthcare careers. With over ten years of exp... Read More →
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Christopher Dixon

Shoe Designer
Chris is out to design the next hottest pair of shoes, for the hood. As the Winner of the Pensole World Sneaker Championship with Footlocker, he's well on his way! 
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Baba Mallum

CEO, KaJi
Baba Mallum is an exploratory traveler and technology entrepreneur. A Microsoft veteran with over a decade of experience shipping various software products. | He is the founder of KaJi - a self-guided tour company.
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Karen Okonkwo

Co-Founder, Tonl
Karen is a Nigerian-American social entrepreneur owning various companies in the event planning and online business realm. Having been an avid blogger since starting a site with her two sorority sisters in 2013, Karen struggled to display diversity on it. Her experience with this... Read More →
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Mohammed Sahran

Co- Founder, Coin Fling
Mohammed attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is the co-founder of Coinfling. Mohammad Sarhan started his career at Zillow and is now the Principal Group Manager running the Mobile group at Zillow. | | CoinFling is... Read More →
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Janice Wilson

Hi, I'm Janice. Presently, I'm on a quest to be fully-stacked, courtesy Ada Developers Academy. After my day gig at Amazon, my evenings are spent coding my very own Happy Ending. My nights are spent dreaming about the code I just wrote. | | Life prior to Ada Developers Academy was spent in Cambodia. I founded and lead Arjuni International Ltd., named one of... Read More →




Wednesday October 4, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Impact HUB, 1st Floor 220 2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104

5:30pm

VR/AR 101: Accessing the Unattainable
Are you curious about Virtual Reality? Do you want to get started in the industry or want to integrate it into your current idea, but aren't sure how?
Four Founder/CEOs from VR startups share their analysis of the current landscape, and talk about how to transition into the field. 

Moderators
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Xuny Haley

Operations Manager @ HQ, CoMotion, University of Washington
Xuny Haley is the Operations Manager for CoMotion Labs @ HQ, a shared space that exclusively incubates VR/AR/XR startups. She has worked for a variety of startups for three years, ranging from VR software startups to Ultimate Frisbee broadcasting startups. Her passion is for the storytelling of innovation, as she views tech as the tool to improve lives, and startups as the pioneers to implement the innovations in... Read More →

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