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Monday, October 8
 

8:00am

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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Galvanize - Downstairs

10:00am

Purpose Driven Brands: How to Build Brand Love
Limited Capacity filling up

NOTE: Space is limited so arrive early to secure your seat

Once upon a time, startup companies measured success based primarily on the ability to achieve scale and negotiate a profitable exit for themselves and investors.  Social good was seen as antithetical to that goal. But things are changing. With a new generation of entrepreneurs raised on doing well by doing good, many companies are thriving by incorporating social purpose into their business models.  This panel will explore the opportunities, challenges and rewards of operating in this framework.

Our panel features 5 social-impact entrepreneurs who will give their perspectives on how their mission differentiates them from their fashion peers, contributes to society and their brands, changes the vibe in the workplace, forces operating tradeoffs and impacts their bottom line.  How do they communicate their cause to consumers and to investors? They don’t just give lip service to their mission – they build it into the fabric of their business. They’ll share insights and stories from the trenches that will help you think through how your business might be able to give back and what it will take to make (or build on) your idea.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Clise

Laura Clise

CEO & Founder, Intentionalist
Founder and CEO, Laura Clise is a corporate intrapreneur turned social entrepreneur with a passion for instigating impact at the intersection of business and society. Prior to founding Intentionalist, she held a variety of corporate roles leading sustainability, corporate responsibility... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Valeria Cole

Valeria Cole

Founder & CEO, Teadora Beauty
Valeria Cole is the Founder of TEADORA, an independent Clean Beauty start-up that crafts powerful, proprietary blends of Amazon rainforest superfoods while sharing ancient Brazilian beauty secrets. TEADORA uses technology to inform product development and drive consumer engagement... Read More →
avatar for Fran Dunaway

Fran Dunaway

CEO/Co-Founder, TomboyX
Fran likes to call herself the accidental entrepreneur. In 2013, she had a great life – partner in a media strategies firm with big budgets, lots of vacation time, regular exercise, excellent sleep habits. She and her wife, Naomi Gonzalez, started a little side business because... Read More →
avatar for Joy Egbejimba

Joy Egbejimba

Nuciano Bags
Nuciano is a socially conscious brand, empowered by women and motivated by self-expression.Teetering on the border of trendy, Nuciano, sometimes likes to offer a "surprise" in design by creatingcolorful, exotic pieces, however, the brand likes the overall concept of traditional construction.Nuciano's... Read More →
avatar for Jane Hedreen

Jane Hedreen

Owner and Designer, flora and henri
Jane is a Seatle Native, Yale Graduate, who began flora and henri as a vertical luxurychildren’s retailer in 1998.  The flora and henri brand has been available via catalogue,website, select wholesale relationships and proprietary shops in Seattle, New York, andLos Angeles.  Over... Read More →
avatar for Linda Lowry

Linda Lowry

Co-Founder, DSA Solutions/Fashion Lab International
Linda | Lowry’s creative energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for the  Arts & Fashion are evident in all her ventures whether it be the motivation that drives success in her role as Co-Founder and CMO of DSA Solutions, her focus on enhancing relationships through connecting... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- DoveTail

10:00am

Low Cost, High Impact Employment Branding and Recruitment Marketing for Startups
Your employment brand is the market perception of what it's like to work for your company.  It’s the image that your prospective, current and past employees have in their minds about what it’s like working at your company. A small investment in fortifying your employment branding can boost your talent pool and positioning in the market 10x. 
 If you don’t intentionally define your Employment Brand, you’ll get one by default. Intentionally defining it reaps large benefits:


  • Differentiates your company from competition
  • Move you out of competing with companies solely on compensation,
  • Lowers your cost to attract candidates
  • Boost the quality and volume of qualified candidates 
  • Differentiates your company from competition
 
All throughout your recruitment process – from beginning to end – you are either diminishing or building your employment brand. We’ll walk through a case study of a company that achieved success in short order. Learn actionable, tactical ways to boost your own employment brand in ways that won’t break the bank. 

Speaker
avatar for Jennie Ellis

Jennie Ellis

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

Deli Moussavi-Bock

Growth Director, Recruiting Bandwidth
Deli has over 20 years experience in marketing/branding, business development and leadership development. She’s passionate about building businesses and tracking patterns of successful ventures – when innovation, focus, talent and strong culture unite. She is Recruiting Bandwidth's... Read More →
avatar for Edward Pedini

Edward Pedini

Principal Recruiter, Recruiting Bandwidth
Edward has spent his entire career working in, and with, technology startups.  With a background in engineering, sales, and product management, his early career focused on the development of web and mobile apps, enterprise SaaS, and consumer hardware that included globally successful... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- Harbor Room

10:00am

Fireside Chat with Blockchain, Crypto, eSports, Venture Expert: Rahul Sood
Limited Capacity filling up

An intimate fireside chat with Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn, moderated by Arry Yu.  Learn more about his fascinating journey as an avid gamer, building Unikrn, the world of cryptocurrencies, being backed by the giants of investing, and even building a joint venture company in Malta!  

Rahul Sood is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unikrn, a global esports, gaming and entertainment platform built on cutting-edge blockchain technologies. Unikrn is backed by Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Liz Murdoch, Shari Redstone, and many others.

Prior to Unikrn, Sood launched Microsoft Ventures and was involved in a number of other startups, including Vrvana (which recently sold to Apple Computers). A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups prior to joining Microsoft, including his start as founder of luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in the fall of 2006.

Sood is a co-founder of Malta based Palladium, a joint Venture with Bittrex. Palladium is a European Tokenized Security Exchange and Blockchain Banking Platform that aims to launch sometime in early 2019. He also sits on the board of advisors for Razer, a company that is widely known for taking over where Voodoo left off.

In his spare time, Sood enjoys wakesurfing & wakeboarding, paddleboarding, cycling, racing cars and spending time with his family. He was born in Calgary and now lives in Seattle. You can find him on Twitter @rahulsood. You can find Unikrn on Twitter @unikrnco.
                                                           

Speaker
avatar for Rahul Sood

Rahul Sood

CEO, Unikrn
Rahul Sood is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unikrn, a global esports, gaming and entertainment platform built on cutting-edge blockchain technologies. Unikrn is backed by Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Liz Murdoch, Shari Redstone, and many others.                       Prior... Read More →
avatar for Arry Yu

Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
SURF Incubator 999 3rd Ave Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98104

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.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Outcalt

Nancy Outcalt

Sr. Business Development Executive, eXcell, a division of CompuCom
Nancy is thrilled to be the 2018 StartUp Week Mentor Program Lead.Connecting people to each other is my passion. With a foundation in executive, technical and sales recruiting, I’ve placed hundreds of candidates into career advancing roles. I transitioned into pure business development... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Bob Crimmins

Bob Crimmins

Founder, Chief Instigator, Start Up Haven
Lifelong technology professional and entrepreneur. I care about business AND I care about technology.I live two lives. I'm a senior software engineer and I'm a "business guy". I wrote my first BASIC program on punch cards at a time when it was neither cool nor lucrative to be a 15-year-old... Read More →
avatar for Matt Francis

Matt Francis

CTO, Flyhomes
Matt is an exceptional product and engineering leader with a track record of taking innovative ideas and turning them into category defining products. He is currently the CTO of Flyhomes who’s mission is to transform the home buying process by leveling the playing field for all... Read More →
avatar for JoAnne Jaspan

JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →
avatar for Joli Mosier

Joli Mosier

Principal and Founding Partner, MosierMcCan
Joli Mosier is Principal and Founding Partner of MosierMcCann; an award winning consulting firm that has been helping the Greater Seattle Area’s top companies solve their most difficult business challenges for over 20 years. In her entrepreneurial post, Joli sets the strategy for... Read More →
avatar for Yi-Jian Ngo

Yi-Jian Ngo

Managing Director, Alliance of Angels
If you're building a startup in the Pacific Northwest and looking for angel investment, would love to chat!
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner/Managing Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; DKParker, LLC
Scaling startups to growth and exit. Dave's career success has included both product and service industries, selling both tangible and intangible technology products and professional services. An Alumnus of the University of Washington, Dave has been recognized by the World Technology... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith

VP of Information Security, Textio
Chuck Smith is a technology executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience leading engineering teams and building category-defining software products. He is particularly passionate about helping startups grow successfully by creating collaborative team cultures and scalable... Read More →
avatar for Javier Soto

Javier Soto

Angel Invstor, Grubstakes
Full time angel investor with a portfolio of a dozen of direct individual investments in startups, plus a few more invested through funds and syndicates. Member of different angel networks and funds in Seattle like Grubstakes, Alliance of Angels, SWAN Venture Fund and Seattle Angel.Originally... Read More →
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The Accelement Team

Accelement
Multiple members of the Accelement Team will be at Seattle Startup Week for Mentorship! Take a look at their bios here! Don't forget to sign up in Slotted , Accelement mentors will have Acc. before their names... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize-Room TBD

11:00am

The Economy of Ideas: How Startups and Agencies Should Work Together
Smart. Nimble. Creative. Many of the same words used to describe leading startups also describe leading creative agencies. However, early stage cash-strapped companies can find it difficult to work with the $200 hourly bill rates top agencies tend to charge. And it's a shame, because the most impactful startups are those who combine disruptive innovations with attention-grabbing branding and advertising.

In this talk, we discuss the relative value of ideas on both sides of the relationship and the new models of agency-startup partnership that empower deeper, better collaboration without breaking the bank.

Speaker
avatar for Nathan Young

Nathan Young

Director, Creative Strategy, CROWN
Nathan Young is a digital marketing expert with a strong advertising background and a sharp hairline. As the Director, Creative Strategy at CROWN, Nathan leads a multi-disciplinary team to develop strategies, build out campaigns and drive performance marketing for leading US brands... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

11:00am

Telling Your Story: An Improv Playshop
Limited Capacity filling up

An engaging, interactive playshop based on the principles of improvisational storytelling. Learn a basic narrative structure as we create stories together. Then apply what you learn to your own personal story, the story of your startup, or any story you want to be telling during Startup Week™ and beyond. We will explore practices that help you get your message out and help you receive the messages others are sending.

What you’ll take away:
  • Laughter & insight
  • A draft of your own story in an easy to remember format
  • Something unexpected (it's improv after all)

Speaker
avatar for Diane Moore

Diane Moore

Consultant & Coach, Diane Moore Consulting
How do we experience meaning and purpose? That question compels Diane’s work to help others flourish in their work. She supports individuals and groups in transition through one-on-one coaching, leadership development, and organizational consulting.  | | Diane draws on techniques... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

11:00am

7 Keys To A Six Figure Speaking Career
Limited Capacity full

Join us for a fun and engaging workshop on "The 7 Keys To A 6-Figure Speaking Career".

You will walk away with:
- The most essential (yet often overlooked) elements needed to get paid to speak
- A simple template to make $20k/month from speaking (even if you are just getting started)
- Heartfelt, authentic and effective business strategies used by today's top speakers
- ... and more!

This workshop will be led by Frank Macri, Founder of Speak More, Make More. Frank is an international speaker and six-figure coach who has trained over 1,000 successful entrepreneurs on sharing their message and growing their businesses.

Contact:
Please reach info[at]speakmoremakemore.com for any questions.

What Frank's Past Clients Are Saying:
"I had always dreamed of having my own business but didn't know how to make it a reality. At first, I was frustrated because I had invested in other programs that didn’t do the trick in getting my business off the ground. But something inside me said to give it another shot, so I decided to work with Frank. Within the first week, I welcomed a $2000 client and from then on continued to have amazing success. Now, I work full-time as a speaker and coach. Later this year, I will be going on a speaking tour around the United States! It would have taken years to get all of the knowledge I gained from Frank. The best part of the journey is I didn’t feel like I had to “hustle” to get things up and running. With Frank's support, my business flowed easily and quickly.
- Maria Bailey, Executive Coach, California

"Before, I was terrified at the thought of speaking in front of a room. Even though I knew I had an important message to share, I was worried people would judge me and my delivery would be choppy. I also had never done a workshop before and had no clue how to get people in the door. Through working with Frank and "Speak More, Make More", I filled up my first workshop and overcame my fear of public speaking! My workshop flowed smoothly from start to finish, and the attendees didn’t want to leave when it ended. Thanks to Frank’s valuable feedback, I now feel confident in my speaking skills and am excited to grow my business with more speaking opportunities.”
- Gayle L., Author, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, California

Speaker
avatar for Frank Macri

Frank Macri

Founder, Speak More, Make More: Professional Speaker Academy
Frank Macri is an international speaker, certified business coach and Founder of "Speak More, Make More: Professional Speaker Academy." Frank has mentored over 1,000 highly successful leaders and entrepreneurs, and one of his clients is a 3-time Emmy Award winner and writer for "Everybody... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

12:00pm

Guaranteed Successful Design
There are a lot of ways to approach design. Some are well known and commonly used, others are obscure or often not well-implemented. This talk is a survey of 17 useful techniques that are not well known (Axiomatic Design, Wardley mapping), or are known but not sufficiently practiced (draw the map, deliver higher-value information).

Topics include:
  • Separate function from implementation (Axiomatic Design) 
  • Solve the abstraction first, or see how it was solved in other domains 
  • Track your assumptions 
  • Introduce constructive constraints 
  • Pursue bigger, better boxes 
  • Deliver insight and actions, not just information 
  • Architect for human use 
  • Draw the map or diagram 
  • Consider what could go wrong 
  • Design for human inaction 
  • Track opportunities for improvement 
  • Do root cause analysis 
  • Analyze the market visually 
  • Predict the (inevitable) future with Wardley mapping 
  • Pursue much bigger boxes 
  • Work on stuff that matters 
  • Save the world

Three key takeaways:
  • Learn how to find the right problem to solve, and solve it well 
  • Learn to think more holistically about the design process and problem-solving 
  • Your choices matter and have an impact on the world

Speaker
avatar for Noah Iliinsky

Noah Iliinsky

Information and Visualization Designer, UX Architect, Amazon Web Services
Noah is an Information & visualization designer, UX architect, and author/speaker. He designs processes, systems, and platforms that help people explore and communicate information more effectively. He deconstructs complex problem spaces in a systematic way and then represents the... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize - Lumber Yard

12:00pm

The Business of Fashion & Beauty - Industry Trends, Opportunities & Challenges
Limited Capacity filling up

NOTE: Space is limited so arrive early to secure your seat

Fashion is no longer a low-tech business with limited opportunities for economies of scale.  It is now a $2.4 trillion industry, rich with exciting new businesses that aim to increase the functionality of what we buy and how we buy it.  It has grown to provide new categories that improve our ability to shop for, visualize, size and share what we buy, from the time and location that suits us best.  

Our panelists are leading the way with more efficient tools for accessing the products and services that help define our face to the world.  As they improve our ability to shop for deals, help us visualize and coordinate our wardrobes, improve the fit of our online purchases and enhance access to quality services, they have a bird’s eye view of what’s happening in the fashion ecosystem.  They will also speak to the implications of the ongoing evolution of the shopping experience, as well as the opportunities and challenges that they see on the horizon.  


Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Geri

Elizabeth Geri

Multi-Channel Retail Strategist & Digital Innovation Advisor
I’m a retail strategist and advisor that plays in the places where brands, customers and technology meet.  With executive experience at well-known consumer brands like Gap, Sur La Table and Amazon.com, I’ve seen and driven significant changes in the way we shop in my 20+ year... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Rian Buckley

Rian Buckley

Former CEO, FitCode
At the age of 26, Rian founded Fitcode—a fashion data company that enhances the shopping experience by focusing on fit, not size. In just three years, she secured $3.7M in funding, grew Fitcode to over 300,000 users, and developed partnerships with powerhouse brands and retailers... Read More →
avatar for Suk Chai

Suk Chai

Creative Director, Mode Legion Design Group
With over 24+years of industry experience from working at Fortune 100 companies to becoming an entrepreneur, Suk’s passion extends beyond just a good design.  She believes the size doesn’t matter — however big or small of a business, a great brand strategy and customer-centric... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Miller

Kristen Miller

CEO, Stylyze
Kristen Miller is CEO and CoFounder and is an entrepreneur who has founded four companies in the Home Improvement/Home Décor Industry. As a co-founder of Stylyze, Kristen’s mission is to provide a platform for retailers and consumers that is transformative in how they create, match... Read More →
avatar for Tom Seery

Tom Seery

CEO, RealSelf
Tom Seery is the founder & CEO of RealSelf, the leading and most trusted source for people to learn about cosmetic procedures, share their experiences, and connect with aesthetic providers. Founded in 2006, RealSelf attracts approximately 10 million unique visitors each month. Prior... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

12:00pm

10 Things to Do to Begin Your Startup (and in What Order)
Limited Capacity full

When you start your company, which do you do first - open a bank account or file with the IRS? For those beginning a hardware startup (or any startup) for the first time, your expertise may not be in the business details. Sure, you can talk to specialists like attorneys and CPAs for specific areas, but who will give you a quick overview of the process? In this presentation Christina discusses, in entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur style, a basic business checklist she kept as she started her company and the lessons she learned along the way, which you might find useful for beginning your own startup.

Speaker
avatar for Christina Cyr

Christina Cyr

CEO, CTO and Founder, dTOOR Inc. SPC
Christina is a hardware entrepreneur. She has degrees in biochemistry, physics, and engineering, experience as both a software engineer and biochemist, and has led technical teams of over 150 people. Her current team is building dTOOR's 4G LTE Android version of The Cyrcle Phone... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

12:00pm

Launch it Broken, Fix it Live
Join Women in Tech (WiT) Regatta founder, Melody Biringer,  as she brings one of the most popular  sessions from the Regatta to Startup week.

As the saying goes, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs & executives on how they keep momentum up by focusing on “good enough” when launching their projects, businesses and Startups. There will always be something to “fix” or improve so why wait? Jump in, the water feels fine!

Speaker
avatar for Melody Biringer

Melody Biringer

Founder, Women in Tech Regatta + The Crave Company
As a connection engineer, Melody is a master of designing alliances. She believes that relationships are most important in our lives and that unlikely mashups create new perspectives and opportunities. She has built an international ecosystem of sisterhood.The founder and producer... Read More →
avatar for Shauna Causey

Shauna Causey

Founder, Partner, Relovable.co, Madrona Venture Labs
Shauna is the founder of Relovable.co and also serves as a Partner to Madrona Venture Labs. She is the former VP of Startup Weekend where she launched a global program that launched in 20 countries, Startup Women, to encourage more women across the world engaging in entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Christy Johnson

Christy Johnson

CEO, Artemis Connection
Christy Johnson is the founder of Artemis Connection—a company committed to helping organizations innovate and engage talent in creating new products and services. She is an entrepreneur and educator focused on creativity, strategy and the value of human capital. Ultimately she... Read More →
avatar for Rakhi Voria

Rakhi Voria

Chief of Staff | Sr. Business Manager to Corporate Vice President of Inside Sales, Microsoft
Rakhi has played a key role in building the digital sales force for Microsoft, growing the team to 2,000 sellers globally and the business to over $5B in under 3 years. Rakhi partners with the leadership team to drive and land Microsoft's inside sales strategy and global implementation... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104
  • Demo Night Panel + Workshop

1:00pm

Startup Fundraising 101 - Investor/Entrepreneur Panel
This panel sets the stage for the week's fundraising session.

Where do you find resources in Seattle? What is stage-appropriate capital? When should you consider raising capital and what do you need to accomplish <traction> before you can raise capital? Which resources are great and where are they weak?

  • Silicon Valley Bank 
  • WTIA Startup Programs 
  • Create 33 
  • City of Seattle 




Speaker
avatar for Nick Ellingson

Nick Ellingson

Startup Ambassador & Membership Consultant, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
Nick is Startup Ambassador and Membership Consultant at Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). In that role, Nick leads WTIA's startup programs to help connect startups and founders with stage appropriate resources ranging from investor introductions to health insurance... Read More →
avatar for Dan Kihanya

Dan Kihanya

Investor-Founding Team, Wizely
I am a 20 year veteran of the startup ecosystem - founder, investor, advisor. Spent time building ventures in Silicon Valley, India, and Seattle. Working now on my 4th startup. In the meantime, I love to help emerging startups and aspiring entrepreneurs move ahead and upwards.
avatar for Gillian Muessig

Gillian Muessig

General Partner, Outlines Venture Group
Gillian Muessig is the Managing Director of the global gender-lens investment fund ‘Sybilla Masters Fund’; cofounder of both Moz, the world’s most popular search marketing software and brettapproved, the world’s fastest growing standardized accessibility rating, review, and... Read More →
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Matt Rubright

Silicon Valley Bank


Monday October 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail
  • Demo Night Panel

1:00pm

Blockchain Office Hours - Monday October 8 (1-4pm)
Limited Capacity filling up

BLOCKCHAIN is all about community - community of people coming together for the greater good.  It's that alternative technology that really is the future of a true global financial system, a true global identity system, and so much more.  

Do you have an idea you want to chat about?
Do you want to pitch your blockchain startup idea?
Are you interested in doing a tokensale (ICO)?
Do you want to whiteboard a problem?
Do you need help finding and connecting to blockchain experts?

Come to the office hours where you can get that personal attention from 1 or more blockchain industry experts and get real time feedback!  In order to participate, you must sign up here with your name and email.

SIGN UP SLOTS ARE HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CvQGeHflDNhzskYRzXsplTVuue5fFzgnBUgDqSC0NVA/edit#gid=2052427219

RULES FOR SIGNING UP FOR A SLOT WITH A BLOCKCHAIN EXPERT:
Rules - please come prepared with your ask: 1) 2 minutes intros of yourselves, 2) 3 minute high level overview of your space/business/problem... and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A/asks.
You can also use this time to pitch the mentors as many of them are angel investors themselves: 1) 2 minute intros, 2) 5 minute pitch, and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A.
TIP: if you want to keep in touch with the mentor, ASK THEM FOR THEIR INFO BEFORE YOU LEAVE.  It is your responsibility.
1 person/or team per room per time slot.
Please do not delete any person's timeslot - as that is NOT cool


Thank you!

Speaker
avatar for Chris Jones

Chris Jones

President, Dragonscale Incubator
Chris Jones is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in strategy, product marketing and user acquisition. He is adept at translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Previously Chris held executive roles with adidas America, Mattel... Read More →
avatar for Adam Philipp

Adam Philipp

CEO/Founder, AeonLaw
One of the earliest lawyers on the Cypherpunks list and an early advocate for cryptography, Adam is the founding partner of the High Tech Intellectual Property Law firm: ÆON Law. Adam has been involved in the prosecution of patent applications in the computer science, electrical... Read More →
avatar for Nate Whitehill

Nate Whitehill

CEO/Founder, Cryptoslate
Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur and the CEO of CryptoSlate, a website for cryptocurrency researchers and blockchain enthusiasts — featuring industry news, crypto prices, a product database, company directory and blockchain events.
avatar for Simon Yu

Simon Yu

Cofounder/CEO, Storm
As CEO and Co-Founder of Storm, Simon’s own personal experience with financial hardship and the ‘gig economy’ during college, combined with his passion for blockchain, helped spark Storm’s vision -- “to empower the lives of billions worldwide by allowing anyone to earn anywhere... Read More →
avatar for Arry Yu

Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize 111 S Jackson Street, Pier 31 and 32

1:30pm

Fireside Chat with David Galvan, VP of Digital Partnerships and Startup Engagement at Mastercard
Limited Capacity seats available

Fireside Chat with David Galvan, VP of Digital Partnerships and Startup Engagement at Mastercard
Please join us as we hear from David Galvan, VP of Digital Partnerships and Startup Engagement, talk about why his team at Mastercard is focused on engaging startups. With an eye to global opportunities, David and his team are interested in a wide range of Fintech investments and are committed to helping startups navigate Mastercard waters. David will also be sharing his investment philosophy and touch on what Mastercard thinks of the blockchain.  

This fireside chat will be moderated by a legend of the Seattle startup community, Dave Parker.


Speaker
avatar for David Galvan

David Galvan

VP of Digital Partnerships and Startup Engagement at Mastercard, Mastercard
David Galvan is a payments, technology and internet veteran, with over 25 years of business and operating experience in Silicon Valley. He is currently VP of Digital Partnerships and Start-Up Engagement for MasterCard International, where he focuses on digital partnerships, alliances... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

1:30pm

Branding 101 for Startups + Small Business: Develop Your Strategy + Voice
Limited Capacity filling up

Your brand goes way beyond a logo - it's how you show up in the market, and it's how your customers feel about you on a gut level. In other words, it's kind of a big deal.  

In this hands-on workshop, we'll walk you through everything you need to build your brand - whether you're starting from scratch, looking at a refresh, or somewhere in between. You'll learn how to uncover your unique selling point, vision, core values, and your target customers. And you'll leave roadmap and the tools you need to create a compelling brand that connects with your customers. Learn from the pros - your workshop leaders are founders, too.  

Speaker
avatar for Mary Fritz

Mary Fritz

Engagement Manager, Lenati
Mary is a marketing strategy consultant who has worked with a huge range of companies - from the Fortune 100, to Silicon Valley unicorns, to social enterprises in Latin America, to small businesses across the US. She loves helping entrepreneurs uncover their unique missions, values... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Swan

Natalie Swan

Founder, Glaci
Natalie has years of experience in brand strategy and marketing, with a background ranging from supporting small businesses, to large-scale national & international events, to enterprise-level companies. Now, she owns Glaci - a business helping other small businesses and entrepreneurs... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

1:30pm

Health Care 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Health care is highly regulated, slow to change and complicated. It is also ripe for innovative solutions from new technologies to drugs to processes. Join us to learn about what makes health care innovation both challenging and exciting! Our panel of experts will share their experiences in the field as well as emerging trends demanding attention from the entrepreneurial community.

1:30-1:40pm:  Guest Arrival - we have coffee!
1:40-3:00pm:  Panel discussion and Q&A

Moderators
avatar for Maura Little

Maura Little

Executive Director, Cambia Grove
Maura Little joined the Cambia Grove team in April 2017. Her role as Executive Director builds on her previous leadership roles in advancing the conversation on health care towards constructive change. Previously, Maura served as Director of Life Science and Global Health Development... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Terri Butler

Terri Butler

University of Washington
Terri enjoys working with researchers and entrepreneurial students at UW and regional institutions, helping them on their commercialization journeys.  She runs the ITHS Drug and Device Advisory Committee, which provides medical researchers with information about the FDA requirements... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Rachel Gerson

Dr. Rachel Gerson

Radiologist, Rachel Gerson
Rachel is a board certified radiologist with expertise in musculoskeletal radiology and women’s imaging and more than a decade of clinical experience.  Rachel has worked in highly diverse clinical settings including teleradiology and internationally.  She is interested in health... Read More →
DC

Dr. Chris Porter

Medical Genesis
Chris Porter, Ph.D. has had a successful 38-year career in the medical-device and biotechnology industry.  He has been influential in introducing over 30-medical products and is the holder of 48-US patents.  He has served in a variety of positions (CEO, General Manager, top technical... Read More →
avatar for Ben Ransford

Ben Ransford

CEO, Virta Laboratories


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 Ninth Ave. Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98101

2:00pm

From Blogs to Instagram to Cookbooks: the Path to Publishing in the Food Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

Food bloggers and influencers power food and lifestyle discovery, connecting with readers through thoughtful and often thought provoking writing and compelling images. However, it hasn't always been easy for them: food bloggers and influencers have had to work very hard to earn respect and build their following. The rise of instagram has also given them more to work with in this path to connecting with an audience. It's been a long road, but they have succeeded tremendously as food has always had social and community aspects and people are reaching out for information shared by food bloggers and influencers more than ever.

From food preparation spanning bright healthful options, to homemade and cozy delights that warm our hearts, to mastering the art of composting and working with scraps, to reimagining culinary classics, to stylish food gurus that broadcast their food wherever they go, our experienced and esteemed panelists will take us on a trip that will show the audience the ways in which we experience food in all its possibilities—which often includes travel, photography, video stories, health, fitness and, of course, their experience with ultimately publishing their own cookbooks.

Moderators
avatar for Naomi Tomky

Naomi Tomky

Food Journalist and Author
Naomi Tomky writes about food and travel for publications including Saveur, Fodor’s, Vogue, Food & Wine, and many more from her Seattle home. She has contributed to various guides, guidebooks, and cookbooks. She won the Association of Food Journalists “Best Food and Travel Writing... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Sapana Chandra

Sapana Chandra

Founder, Real + Vibrant
Sapana Chandra is a Seattle-based food blogger, social media influencer, future cookbook author (Sasquatch Publishing, April 2019), certified health coach, professional plant-based cook, and self-taught food photographer. Sapana aims to change her audience's attitude towards food... Read More →
avatar for Jill Lightner

Jill Lightner

Writer, Seattle Times / CIDERCRAFT Magazine
Jill Lightner has been writing about food, farms, and sustainability since 2001. She has been a restaurant critic, recipe developer, magazine co-editor for the largest member-owned food co-op in the U.S., and editor of the James Beard-winning magazine Edible Seattle. Her latest book... Read More →
avatar for Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott

Owner and Pie Whisperer, Art of the Pie
James Beard Nominee, Kate McDermott, is the author of "Home Cooking with Kate McDermott" (Oct 2018), and the best seller "Art of the Pie" (2016). She has been named “Food Rock Star” and “Pie Whisperer”, and has received high praise for her work from Dorie Greenspan, Ruth Reichl... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Indi Chocolate 1901 Western Ave D, Seattle, WA 98101

2:00pm

Delighting Customers Through Superior Retail Operations
Limited Capacity filling up

From merchandising to inventory management to customer engagement, retail operations are complex.  Successful retailers know that in today's hyper-competitive market, operational excellence is key to winning loyal customers.  Join a distinguished group of entrepreneurs and business leaders as they discuss innovation in the world of retail operations.

Speaker
avatar for Rian Buckley

Rian Buckley

Former CEO, FitCode
At the age of 26, Rian founded Fitcode—a fashion data company that enhances the shopping experience by focusing on fit, not size. In just three years, she secured $3.7M in funding, grew Fitcode to over 300,000 users, and developed partnerships with powerhouse brands and retailers... Read More →
avatar for Mauricio Cuevas

Mauricio Cuevas

Founder & CEO, BevyUp
I am an entrepreneur passionate about creating and commercializing new technologies that solve big problems for consumers and enterprises. I have successfully launched, managed and grown global businesses in online advertising, ecommerce and financial services.  I enjoy bringing... Read More →
avatar for Karl Siebrecht

Karl Siebrecht

Co-founder & CEO, Flexe
Karl Siebrecht is a co-founder and the CEO of FLEXE. In his role as CEO, he focuses on driving strategy, managing growth, and building a world-class team. Karl’s initial experience in operations and logistics came when he was a Diving Officer in the US Navy and as a consultant at... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

2:00pm

Media Training
Limited Capacity filling up

This event will provide emerging, underrepresented entrepreneurs with applicable media relations training and digital marketing consultations.

Session #1: Storytelling
How to effectively and succinctly tell your story, showcase impact, and explain the value in your product/service. Some call it a elevator pitch, but this session will teach entrepreneurs how to build interest with an individual or a group when talking about their product/service.

Session #2: Digital Marketing & Branding
How to build a tailored marketing strategy to promote your product or service. Tips for driving client and customer engagement to ensure long-term success. How to build a social profile, increase digital presence, maintain engagement and cultivate your brand identity.

Session #3: Media Relations
This session should cover how aspiring entrepreneurs should engage with media if they are looking to get press coverage on something they are working on. Entrepreneurs will also learn how to conduct a professional interview.




Speaker
avatar for Briaan Barron

Briaan Barron

Senior Brand Manager, Seattle Chocolates
Briaan is a Seattle-based brand strategist, content creator and graphic designer with a passion for social purpose brands. She is the Senior Brand Manager for jcoco (pronounced jay-cocoa), a culinary-inspired fine chocolate company that donates fresh food to U.S. food banks with every... Read More →
avatar for Florangela Davila

Florangela Davila

Journalist/ Communications Strategist, Crosscut
As a journalist, Florangela specializes in behind-the-scenes, closely-observed stories of artists and creatives. She is a former daily newspaper journalist with two decades of experience, more than 1,000 bylined news and feature stories produced under every imaginable deadline. She's... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Hegg

Stephen Hegg

Executive Producer, KCTS 9
Stephen is a producer with national and regional credits, budget/rights/contracts expertise, talent coaching and scripts. He is experienced in short-format segments, documentaries as well as studio and remote multi-camera production. He has done everything from public affairs to live... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hive Media Lab 401 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:00pm

Five to Fifty Employees in Six Months
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hear Brex’s CEO and Founder Henrique Dubugras talk about how their fundraising strategy, innovative marketing campaigns, and international network, fueled one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley’s history.

Speaker
avatar for Henrique Dubugras

Henrique Dubugras

Founder and CEO, Brex
Henrique Dubugras is Co-Founder & CEO of Brex — the first of its kind credit card for startups. A Brazilian entrepreneur, Henrique built payments company Pagar.me — the Stripe of Brazil — when he was sixteen years old. In just three years, Pagar.me grew to $1.5 billion in volume... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

3:00pm

Alternative Pathways to Startup Funding
Angel Investing is popularized at THE path to getting funding for your startup. However, there are many different pathways which can be used to fund a startup.  This panel discussion will explore different pathways including Revenue Redemption, Intrastate Crowdfunding and Revenue Loans as potential pathways to funding a startup. 

Moderators
avatar for John Sechrest

John Sechrest

Founder, Seattle Angel Conference

Speaker
avatar for BJ Lackland

BJ Lackland

CEO, Lighter Capital
BJ is CEO of Lighter Capital, an investor in early growth stage software, SaaS and tech services businesses. Lighter Capital's mission is to use technology and entrepreneur-friendly financial structures to provide $50K-$2M to small businesses in a fast, efficient manner. BJ has broad... Read More →
avatar for Luni Libes

Luni Libes

Managing Director, Fledge
After 20 years of co-founding and leading to success venture scale software companies, in 2012 Luni Libes launched Fledge – a startup accelerator for conscious companies. Today Fledge has held over a dozen cohorts across the globe. Through his series of books, podcasts and online classes entitled "The Next Step," Luni regularly teaches on startups and business. He's helped thousands of entreprene... Read More →
avatar for Joe Wallin

Joe Wallin

Lawyer, Carney Bradley Spellman, PS
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 businesse... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room
  • Demo Night Panel Discussion
  • Customer Acquistion Alternative Fundraising

3:00pm

Startup Lessons From the 5 Hottest Marketing Campaigns in 2018
Splashy marketing campaigns are a dime-a-dozen these days, but there are a few that stand out in 2018 because they were out of the box, interesting, and funny in a smart way. When it comes to smart and tongue-in-cheek marketing, a lot of startups can miss the mark.

In this session, I'll walk you through:
  • The key successes and failures from some of the most memorable campaigns of 2018
  • Tips to scale big name marketing campaigns for your startup without a huge budget
  • Action items you can begin implementing the second you get back to business

Speaker
avatar for Berrak Sarikaya

Berrak Sarikaya

Founder, Amplify Your Biz
Berrak Sarikaya is a natural conversation driver with an undeniable belief in the power of community. Motivated by a firm belief in owning who you are instead of trying to fit the mold, she forged her career path by finding a way to bring all of her passions together as a writer... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

3:00pm

Social XR: Immersive Technology as the Next Social Media Platform
Concerned about the evolution of social media, spatial computing, and how they'll co-evolve? Experts invite the audience to engage in a discussion about the pros and cons of social XR.

Moderators
avatar for Drew Stone

Drew Stone

Mindfulmedia Artist
@stonedrew, @EsideVR | Drew Stone is a culture-hacking mindful-media artist from the Pacific Northwest. A frequent contributor to the local XR scene at hackathons, events, and 360 film jams, his passion for collaborative and engaging community dynamics are influenced by a Master of... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Eugene Capon

Eugene Capon

Founder, Capon Design
Eugene, also known as Capon Design, is known for bringing a mix of knowledge and wit to his public speaking appearances.  As an XR evangelist, and host of Glitched, the first in VR talk show to be ordered by a network, he has helped carve the path for others to become influencers... Read More →
avatar for Serah Delaini

Serah Delaini

Communications Director, Pluto VR
Serah Delaini wears many hats at Pluto, a Seattle-based startup developing a human-centered communications service for people using spatial computing technologies such as VR. Before coming to Pluto, she managed content marketing for Microsoft Unified Communications, including internal... Read More →
avatar for Ishita Kapur

Ishita Kapur

Senior Program Manager, AltspaceVR, Microsoft
Ishita Kapur is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. She has worked on some of Microsoft's most impactful and innovative products like Windows, HoloLens and most recently AltspaceVR. Ishita brings years of experience in human-centered design, product strategy and thought leadership... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Whiting

Shawn Whiting

Community Designer, Against Gravity
Shawn is the Community Designer at Against Gravity, creators of the popular social VR app Rec Room. He leads a team focused on moderation, community engagement, support, and social feature development.


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

3:00pm

Negotiation 360 - the art of the *real* deal
Join this session to explore the art of negotiation through a variety of lenses. We'll talk about strategies; tactical tips; expert insights and debunking myths to form a holistic 360º view of negotiation and deal making. We'll address how facts, figures, timing and mindset all play a role in negotiation outcomes.  Learn how to master business negotiations, regardless of if they are legal, financial or operational in nature. Whether they relate to funding, M&As, hiring talent or closing net new business,  you'll come away with a new understanding of how to approach negotiations to drive the outcomes you desire.  

Speaker
avatar for Joe Hafner

Joe Hafner

Senior Consultant, Ocho Consulting
I am an independent marketing consultant specializing in helping companies apply data insights to improve sales and marketing performance.
avatar for Shreya Ley

Shreya Ley

La Presidente, LayRoots + GeoBiz Technology
A Technologist and an Attorney, Shreya will challenge you to a dance-off to settle disputes and describes herself as a “third culture kid.” She is originally a child of the global economy.  She co-founded a Oil and Gas Tech Startup in partnership with her father, and often travels... Read More →
avatar for Diane Najm

Diane Najm

CEO & Founder, PhotoPad for Business
After practicing Social Work for over 20 years, Diane leapt into the entrepreneurial world to launch a consumer and B2B tech platform in the photo and digital content marketing space.  She is Founder and CEO of Photopad, the recipient of two nominations for startup of the year and... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Zeiser

Michelle Zeiser

Leadership Coach | Strategist | Consultant, Self Ideate
Michelle, a member of the Forbes Technology Coaches Council, is an accomplished sales technology strategist with specialization in leadership coaching, change management, strategic business alignment, and organizational leadership facilitation. Michelle drives new market business... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Galvanize- DoveTail
  • Demo Night Panel Discussion

3:00pm

Pre-Funk Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Excited to be a part of Seattle Startup Week? Ready to mix and mingle with friends and colleagues even earlier? thinkspace and Cloutier Ortega PLLC, a full service technology law firm, are teaming up to throw a Pre-Funk party prior to Seattle Startup Weeks official Opening Party at Redhook. Join us as we welcome in the week with some food, drink, and merriment. 

Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 5:30pm
thinkspace Seattle- Pacific Crest 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 200, Seatle, WA 98109
  • Demo Night Happy Hour

4:00pm

The Economic Engine of Your Business (Why Have a System)
Limited Capacity filling up

99.9% of schools have no sales training.  Once you're launched, how do you ensure you have a system of business development you can follow, track, measure and refine?

Speaker
avatar for Geof Bowie

Geof Bowie

Owner, Sandler Training Seattle


Monday October 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

4:00pm

The Art and Science of Pivoting
Limited Capacity seats available

Founders are masters at pivoting. Whether they are small pivots like changing value props and feature sets, or giant pivots like reorgs, closing and opening businesses, or changing your product entirely. Startups live or die by their ability to change directions when it's warranted, and not overreacting when it's not. But frequent change is exhausting, and can leave the team behind. In this panel, we'll hear from successful founders who have learned when to stay the course, when to pivot and how to do each gracefully.


Moderators
Speaker
avatar for Fran Dunaway

Fran Dunaway

CEO/Co-Founder, TomboyX
Fran likes to call herself the accidental entrepreneur. In 2013, she had a great life – partner in a media strategies firm with big budgets, lots of vacation time, regular exercise, excellent sleep habits. She and her wife, Naomi Gonzalez, started a little side business because... Read More →
avatar for Michel Feaster

Michel Feaster

Co-Founder and CEO, Usermind
Michel Feaster, , Michel’s enterprise software career spans more than 20 years with roles in sales, product, strategic marketing, and general management. Before founding Usermind, Michel was VP of products at Apptio, where she drove product strategy, defined the category and discipline... Read More →
avatar for Manny Medina

Manny Medina

CEO and co-founder, Outreach
Manny Medina is CEO and co-founder of Outreach, the leading Sales Engagement Platform. By automating and prioritizing all customer touch points throughout the sales process, Outreach increase efficiency and effectiveness of sales teams, improves visibility into sales activities and... Read More →
avatar for Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang

CEO, BOUNDLESS
Xiao Wang is the co-founder and CEO of Boundless, helping families navigate the complex legal immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably than ever before. Prior to Boundless, he held leadership roles at Amazon Go, Providence Equity, NYC Department of Education, and... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

4:30pm

Beyond Hype: Five Real Use Cases for Blockchain (Panel Discussion & Networking)
Limited Capacity filling up

Time is 430-630pm.
MONDAY OCTOBER 8th.

We have met a lot of innovators and seen Blockchain captivate industry beyond financial services, including media, logistics, charity, government and many more. Blockchain is becoming even more dynamic, with new tokens and regulation. We'll be bringing you some of the best projects to talk about their use cases - from a global micropayments network, to esports and more.  Come hear about real uses cases from our own global Blockchain hub, Seattle - panel moderated by Arry Yu from Seattle's Blockchain Underground Meetup Group.

Blockchain Use Cases:
  • Storm (Confirmed) - micropayments and microtransactions for a global marketplace to earn (freelancing)
  • Dragonchain (Confirmed) - platform that attempts to simplify integration of real business applications onto a blockchain
  • Tenta (Confirmed) - the world's most private and secure web browser
  • Decent (Confirmed) - healthcare for all
  • LifeID (Confirmed) - the open-source, tokenized protocol for self-sovereign identity

Speaker
avatar for Chris Boscolo

Chris Boscolo

Founder, LifeID
Chris Boscolo is Founder and CEO of ZNO Labs, the official launch partner of the lifeID Foundation. ZNO Labs is partnering with the lifeID Foundation to build and launch a worldwide, open source, blockchain-based identity platform. Chris has decades of experience in security startups... Read More →
avatar for Chris Jones

Chris Jones

President, Dragonscale Incubator
Chris Jones is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in strategy, product marketing and user acquisition. He is adept at translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Previously Chris held executive roles with adidas America, Mattel... Read More →
avatar for Jen McEwen

Jen McEwen

COO/Cofounder, Tenta Browser
As the daughter of small business owners, entrepreneurialism is in Jennifer McEwen’s DNA. Being exposed early on to creating products and growing companies gave her the building blocks needed to pursue her own American Dream. Today, Jennifer has experience building start-ups into... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Sharlock

Suzanne Sharlock

Product Manager, Decent
Decent's Product Manager, Suzanne, is passionate about finding and amplifying the voice of the customer.  She joined Decent because she is driven to use business innovation for social good. Her previous experience includes being hired early for product management at Reveal Chat... Read More →
avatar for Simon Yu

Simon Yu

Cofounder/CEO, Storm
As CEO and Co-Founder of Storm, Simon’s own personal experience with financial hardship and the ‘gig economy’ during college, combined with his passion for blockchain, helped spark Storm’s vision -- “to empower the lives of billions worldwide by allowing anyone to earn anywhere... Read More →
avatar for Arry Yu

Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:30pm

Women & Power: An Honest Discussion About Women Leveraging Power
Limited Capacity filling up

Enjoy a Fireside Chat, complete with hot-chocolate and Smores with Legal Legend, Kris Costello, Influential Entrepreneur, Petra Franklin, and Media Tech expert, Lakshmi Shankar, as they openly discuss women in positions of power who have authority, influence, and/or great responsibility. The discussion will explore power with purpose and how a women’s leadership can boost the economy and our society. Space is limited to 75 powerful women!
 

Speaker
avatar for Kris Costello

Kris Costello

Founder, Costello Law Firm
Kris heads the firm’s litigation practice and represents corporations, executives, business owners and professionals in highly regulated industries. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, complicated white collar defense, professional licensing defense, and civil... Read More →
avatar for Petra Franklin

Petra Franklin

Co-Founder, Vault Capital & Dwehl Inc
Petra Franklin co-founded and is the Managing Partner of Vault Capital.  She is responsible for Vault Capital’s early stage investments in Glowforge, which sold $27 million in product within it’s first year, Clover, acquired by Starbucks, HouseValues, which went public, Singingfish... Read More →
avatar for Linda Lowry

Linda Lowry

Co-Founder, DSA Solutions/Fashion Lab International
Linda | Lowry’s creative energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for the  Arts & Fashion are evident in all her ventures whether it be the motivation that drives success in her role as Co-Founder and CMO of DSA Solutions, her focus on enhancing relationships through connecting... Read More →
avatar for Lakshmi Shankar

Lakshmi Shankar

CEO, Bitlume
Passionate about technology, start-up's and small businesses.  Not afraid to fail.  Many ideas cloud my thoughts, yet, I cherry pick them and work on those that impact me the most.  I will vet them with the market and will go ahead with execution anyway, because that's what keep... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The Collective 400 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Customer Acquistion Women & Power

6:30pm

Opening Party!
Redhook is sponsoring our Opening Party at their Capital Hill location. Join us for some appetizers, beverages, and social hour. This is a 21+ event.

Redhook Brewlab features 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers, brewed on site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall, an eight-year brewing veteran who has spent his time at Redhook focused on innovation and new recipe development.  Redhook Brewlab is a beer-focused working space. The brewery is a test ground to experiment and create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes that will eventually come to life on a wider scale in Washington and beyond.


Monday October 8, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Redhook BrewLab 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

7:00pm

UX Design for XR Startups
https://www.meetup.com/seattle-VR-Panels-Presentations/events/253797242

In conjunction with Seattle Startup Week, The Salon will host a UX Design Panel for Startups. UX designers, strategists and VR/AR/MR/XR startup founders will discuss how UX methodologies help turn innovative ideas into viable businesses. Our panelists come from a variety of backgrounds and work for local startups that run the gamut of immersive experiences. XR startups are welcome to demo their products after the panel.

Parking at Pluto VR is free. Be sure to park in a spot labeled "Pluto!" Bus routes nearby include 40 and 44. Light refreshments will be served. 

Speaker
avatar for Boaz Ashkenazy

Boaz Ashkenazy

Founder and CEO, SimplyAugmented
 Boaz Ashkenazy is the founder and CEO of Simply Augmented, a mobile first augmented reality platform that improves the effectiveness of enterprise sales reps, by using AR to enable prospects to visualize products in their environment in real time.Prior to Simply Augmented, Boaz... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Erven

Marisa Erven

Art Director, Hyperspace XR
Marisa Erven is an Art Director and Experience Lead who specializes in world-building and the development of new intellectual properties. Her extensive experience includes work on emergent technologies and award-winning video games.  Emergent technologies expertise includes early... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Esworthy

Caitlin Esworthy

XR Evangelist and Design Strategist, VR Ulysses
A XR evangelist and design strategist, Caitlin Esworthy believes that immersive technology has the potential to transform how we interact and what we think is possible. At VR Ulysses she is responsible for crafting user-centered design solutions to make data exploration with VR Ulysses... Read More →
avatar for Todd Little

Todd Little

Lead XR Prototype Developer, Fair Worlds
Todd is the Lead XR Prototype Developer at Fair Worlds. As he was getting his Masters in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, VR was taking off in 2016, so he focused his attention on designing for VR, which included doing his Capstone on Valve's Knuckles controllers. At this small... Read More →
avatar for Daniel C. Robbins

Daniel C. Robbins

Principle UX Designer, HTC
As the Principal UX Designer at HTC Vive in Seattle I've crafted a set of positive interventions to curb toxic behavior in Social VR and am guiding the UI strategy for future AR efforts. Prior to HTC, I was a founding member of Seattle mobile VR startup Visual Vocal, was the first... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pluto VR 5245 Shilshole AVE NW, Seattle WA 98107
 
Tuesday, October 9
 

8:00am

Executive Assistant- Tips and Tools Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity filling up

Those in the field know an executive assistant is the unsung hero of the office who is running the show. Executive assistants spend countless hours anticipating the needs and supporting their bosses to make the CEO look good and of course to keep him or her organized. Though there are endless professional development and conference options for any given profession, executive assistants don’t have much to depend on in this arena. Enter: Executive Assistant- Tips and Tools hosted by thinkspace during Seattle Startup Week.

Come join an informative and fun brunch-time panel discussion with a few of Seattle’s finest EA’s. Whether you are new to the profession, a long-time EA excited to learn and network, a startup entrepreneur interested in why you should have an EA, or ready to learn about this overlooked but indispensable role, thinkspace Seattle is excited to welcome you.

Speaker
avatar for Matt Heinz

Matt Heinz

President and Founder, Heinz Marketing
Prolific author and nationally recognized, award-winning blogger, Matt Heinz is President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 20 years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations and industries. He is a dynamic speaker, memorable not only... Read More →
avatar for Nicci Herron

Nicci Herron

Executive Assistant, Rover
Nicci currently provides support for the CTO at Rover.com. She has eight years of experience as an executive assistant, where she's supported CEOs, a founder and several C-suite executives in various industries in Seattle and the San Jose, CA. She loves working with creative minds... Read More →
avatar for Lynanne Lewis

Lynanne Lewis

Executive Assistant, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Lynanne has supported C-suite executives for over 20 years. She is currently Executive Assistant to the CFO at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At the foundation for the past ten years, she has supported the CAO, COO and now CFO. Prior, Lynanne was in the corporate sector as... Read More →
avatar for Sheena McKinney

Sheena McKinney

Executive Assistant, Heinz Marketing
Sheena is the Executive Assistant to B2B Influencer (and busy) Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing.  Her 30+ years’ Admin experience spans a diverse set of industries.  She thrives on utilizing both natural and honed people and project management skills and specializes in... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Hall, CAP, OM

Leslie Hall, CAP, OM

Executive Assistant, Amazon
Leslie has worked as an administrative professional for 25+ years with roles at businesses of all sizes and types: from a small engineering office to city government to a mid-size tech to Microsoft. She is currently supports a VP in Supply Chain at Amazon and is the Pacific Northwest... Read More →
avatar for Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Senior Assistant, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Heather Smith, Senior Assistant, Information Technology supports the Chief Information Officer and the IT Leadership team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this role, Heather is the Chair of the Women Connect Employee Resource Group and member of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). With over 15 years of broad industry experience, Heather has worked in a number of rol... Read More →
avatar for Jess Stipe

Jess Stipe

Executive Assistant, Moz
Jess joyfully assists Sarah Bird, CEO of Moz. During her 6+ years as Executive Assistant she has supported two CEOs, a startup founder, and several C-suite executives. While her primary activity is to keep the flywheel of the CEO’s calendar perpetually in motion, her responsibilities... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
thinkspace Seattle- Pacific Crest 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 200, Seatle, WA 98109
  • Demo Night entrepreneurs
  • B2B Sales entrepreneurs

9:00am

Blockchain 101: Cats, Dogs and World Peace
Limited Capacity seats available

Why are some people skeptical, and others are so excited about blockchain and Bitcoin?  This session teaches fundamental blockchain technology concepts and answers the question, "So what?"

We promise you'll come away prepared to explain blockchain to a friend over coffee.  This is a non-technical presentation, and prepare to be adequately entertained as you learn! 

Speaker
avatar for Minda Brusse

Minda Brusse

Minda is a past Chief of Staff for a blockchain/cryptocurrency startup.  She currently advises and consults for early stage startups.  Her experience includes co-founding two startups, a dot-com era eProcurement company,  management consulting, and non-profit board leadership... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Galvanize- DoveTail

9:00am

How Events Can Build Community around Your Startup's Brand Story
Limited Capacity filling up

What is your Brand Story? Do you have one? Creating a Brand Story is vital in today's market; essential for your target audience to FEEL something about your brand and have a need to engage with you. Event Marketing is a perfect way to give your audience an experience that is meaningful to your Brand Story. Larry & Luis will share insights about how to connect your Brand Story to an Event Marketing Strategy that will create lasting memories of your brand.

Speaker
avatar for Luis Antezana

Luis Antezana

Co-Founder, Seattle Creative League
Luis Antezana is a freelance communications strategist, creating narratives that enable awesome content for brands. Using a combination of brand, creative, content, and social strategies, he shapes the stories that differentiate, raise interest, and incite action for clients that... Read More →
avatar for Larry Swanson

Larry Swanson

Principal, Elless Media
Larry Swanson is a content strategist by day and a community event organizer by night. He is also a veteran of several startups dating back to the original dot-com boom. Larry currently focuses his local event efforts on the Seattle Content Strategy meetup and the Ignite Seattle talk... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Galvanize- Harbor Room

9:00am

Shipping and Logistics 101 for Startups - Presented by UPS and powered by Oviture University
Limited Capacity seats available

On October 9th, 2018, United Parcel Service in association with Oviture University, will present a seminar on Shipping and Logistics, especially designed for the needs of startups.  

  • Learn from UPS Shipping and Logistics professionals as they explain the most common needs of startups who have shipping and/or logistics as an important part of their business operations.
  • Take a short, online multiple-choice exam at the conclusion of the course. Digital certificates will be issued to students with a passing score.
  • Enjoy a box lunch after the class and network with other startups, investors and area experts.
  • For those interested in learning about Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks, patents, etc.) a similar course presented by Knobbe Martens will be presented from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM on the same day and in the same location.
Event will be located on the 4th Floor Conference Center

Speaker
avatar for Willy Khampradith

Willy Khampradith

Startup Strategy Pacific Northwest
avatar for Todd West

Todd West

Startup Strategy Pacific Southwest


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Law Offices of Knobbe Martens 925 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98104

9:30am

The Five Pillars of Success
How do you achieve success?  What is greatness?  Jay Deubler of Seattle's own Avalara has been leading sales teams for 22 years and has developed a 5 step plan.  Get great!

Speaker
avatar for Jay Deubler

Jay Deubler

SVP Sales, Avalara
Jay Deubler is a Sales Leader with over 22 year’s experience in technology sales and sales leadership   He has been a key player in not only in Seattle’s Avalara growth from a small Bainbridge Island company to the Global Leader in Sales Tax Compliance Automation, but in companies... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

10:00am

Burnout - Proof Your Startup
Limited Capacity full

BURNOUT – PROOF YOUR START-UP 



Are you excited about your business’s potential, but find yourself exhausted at how much energy it will take to get there?


Let’s face it, even the most seasoned entrepreneurs experience burnout.  In today’s escalating “burnout epidemic”, it’s easy to get depleted, making it harder to show up in the best way for your business & team.


What if you could have the impact, the energy and the income you want… without sacrifice? 


Join us for a fun & powerful session on how to burnout proof your start-up so that you not only meet but exceed, your business goals year after year.


THIS SESSION IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You are a conscious business owner with the desire to excel without missing family time, canceling vacations and sacrificing your well-being
 
  • You want to learn the 3 most important keys to avoid uncertainty, chaos & crisis

  • You want to attract and retain a team of employees who are excited, engaged and committed

  • You want to learn the most essential (but often overlooked) six-figure strategy to eliminate burnout

Speaker
avatar for Cynthia Scherer

Cynthia Scherer

CEO | Principal Strategist | Certified Executive Coach, Scherer Excellence Consulting
I’m Cynthia Scherer, founder, CEO & Principal Strategist for Scherer Excellence Consulting & I’m on a mission to transform how C-Suite & senior executives are living, leading & succeeding. With a specialized approach to Conscious Leadership & Assessment, we empower executives... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- Harbor Room

10:00am

Scaling Your Healthy, Inclusive 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 and recruiting experts who have built companies with amazing cultures that attract and retain diverse 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

CEO/Founder, uniquelyHR
Mikaela is a native Seattleite who spent fifteen years in HR leadership roles at local companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, providing no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela serves on the boards of Businesses Ending... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Alexa Anthony

Alexa Anthony

CEO, MagicAI
Alexa Anthony is the CEO of Magic Ai Corp., a computer vision-based machine learning company that collects and analyzes data on animal behavior. Alexa is a passionate and driven entrepreneur with a successful track-record in fundraising and sales. As a former Division 1 athlete in... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Arterburn

Jennifer Arterburn

VP of Legal & Business Affairs, Geocaching
Jennifer Arterburn is the Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs at Geocaching, a real-world GPS treasure hunt game played by millions around the world. In addition to legal affairs for the 80-person Fremont neighborhood company, she also manages the Human Resources, Learning... Read More →
avatar for Fran Dunaway

Fran Dunaway

CEO/Co-Founder, TomboyX
Fran likes to call herself the accidental entrepreneur. In 2013, she had a great life – partner in a media strategies firm with big budgets, lots of vacation time, regular exercise, excellent sleep habits. She and her wife, Naomi Gonzalez, started a little side business because... Read More →
avatar for Max Mankin

Max Mankin

CTO/Co-Founder, Modern Electron
Max Mankin is the co-founder and CTO of Modern Electron. Modern Electron is an energy startup company dedicated to generating cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Max currently leads a team of 25 brilliant engineers and scientists developing Modern Electron's technology... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- DoveTail

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.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Outcalt

Nancy Outcalt

Sr. Business Development Executive, eXcell, a division of CompuCom
Nancy is thrilled to be the 2018 StartUp Week Mentor Program Lead.Connecting people to each other is my passion. With a foundation in executive, technical and sales recruiting, I’ve placed hundreds of candidates into career advancing roles. I transitioned into pure business development... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Julianna Duso

Julianna Duso

Chief Compliance Officer, Business Impact NW
Julianna Duso, MBA joined Business Impact NW (BIN) in 2013 as a business counselor for the Region X Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and moved into the role as the director of that center in 2014.  In 2016 she joined the team at the Washington Women’s Business Center... Read More →
avatar for JoAnne Jaspan

JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Murillo

Oscar Murillo

Creative Director, Microsoft
Oscar is a Creative Director on Microsoft’s Ethics and Society team, specializing in artificial intelligence and mixed reality. Born in New York City, and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Oscar’s passion is to amplify the societal impact of technology by placing the human experience... Read More →
avatar for Yoko Okano

Yoko Okano

Angel Investor, Grubstakes
Yoko Okano took a non-traditional path to tech and startups, studying music history at Stanford and playing Taiko (Japanese drums) professionally before joining Google. In her 8 years with Google, she worked in operations and strategic partnership roles for AdWords, Book Search... Read More →
avatar for Susan Perreault

Susan Perreault

Program Director, Washington Women's Business Center (Business Impact NW).
Susan Perreault, D.B.A., M.B.A., is a the Program Director for the Washington Women’s Business Center and Business Impact NW, a non-profit small business community development lender supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise. Prior to joining... Read More →
avatar for David Pitman

David Pitman

Co-Founder, Converge
David is an engineer/designer/CEO with 15 years of experience across multiple startups, and the cofounder of Converge, a Techstars company focused on drones for building inspection. David started his first company during college, and within a year it had grown to multiple offices... Read More →
avatar for Anne-Marie Scollay

Anne-Marie Scollay

Director Information Security, Pushpay
Anne-Marie is the head of information security for Pushpay with responsibility for the security of Pushpay’s products/services, corporation, and governance risk and compliance (GRC). She regularly presents to the C-Suite and Board of Directors on information security topics.With... Read More →
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The Accelement Team

Accelement
Multiple members of the Accelement Team will be at Seattle Startup Week for Mentorship! Take a look at their bios here! Don't forget to sign up in Slotted , Accelement mentors will have Acc. before their names... Read More →
avatar for Henry Wong

Henry Wong

Office of Labor Standards Project Manager & Business Consultant, Business Impact NW
Henry Wong is a business consultant at Business Impact NW where he helps support clients in the conceptual and early-growth stages of their business planning through one-on-one coaching and trainings. He is also the Office of Labor Standards project manager where he focuses on educating... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize-Room TBD

10:15am

Engaging the Startup Community: Investments, Acquihires, and External R&D
Limited Capacity filling up

Come hear from venture groups at Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft to learn how they use investment, acquisitions, and the external startup community to help with corporate innovation

Learn about topics like:
  • What types of technologies do Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft invest in?  
  • What do they look for in a startup?
  • How are these venture groups associated with their companies as a whole?  How do they fit in with wider priorities and initiatives?
  • How do these companies engage with the wider ecosystem?  How can startups engage with these companies?  

Speaker
avatar for Beckett Jackson

Beckett Jackson

Investing Director, Portfolio Strategy, Boeing HorizonX
Beckett Jackson is the investment portfolio director and strategist for an organization that is shaping the future for Boeing and the aerospace industry. Boeing HorizonX explores opportunities through strategy and experimentation with business models for emerging aerospace applications... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

Managing Director, M12
As Managing Director at M12, Microsoft’s new corporate venture fund, Lisa leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, she also leads portfolio development activities, marketing and operations for the fund, and VC relationships for Microsoft. Lisa’s been... Read More →
avatar for Rodrigo Prudencio

Rodrigo Prudencio

Corporate Development, The Alexa Fund, Amazon
Rodrigo is a member of the Alexa Fund, Amazon’s corporate venture capital fund dedicated to backing high-quality startups that are innovating their products and services with voice technology. Previously, he was the founder of Shuddle, a family-focused transportation service, and... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Create33 999 Third Avenue, Suite 3300 Seattle

11:00am

Visual Branding through Photography
Limited Capacity filling up

For most startups and small businesses, photography is a major component of a visual brand identity.
In this workshop, you'll learn how to make immediate connections with your target audience in a swipe right/swipe left world. We'll cover how to showcase your products and services, how to create your personal brand, and best practices for building marketing campaigns - all through the lens of a camera. 

Speaker
avatar for Charlie Cotugno

Charlie Cotugno

Founder, Charles Cotungo Photography
Charlie Cotugno is a Seattle based commercial and privately commissioned photographer specializing in creating images for businesses and individuals that accelerate their growth and brand awareness. Combined with over twenty years in corporate management, he has unique insight into... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

11:00am

How to Stand Out in Overcrowded B2C Markets, Fashion & Beauty
Limited Capacity filling up

NOTE: Space is limited so arrive early to secure your seat

The fashion business is a treasure trove of distinctly beautiful, shiny objects that we use to define our personal style.  At the same time, there can be so many choices that it is hard to find the items that speak to our personal style in the midst of the crowded market.  This presents a fundamental challenge for fashion businesses, in particular, to capture the right customers at the right time in the right place.  In this panel, we convene the leaders of companies that have successfully carved out a unique voice and brand presence that differentiates them and establishes a distinct place for them, including the creation of a new channel, in the hearts of their customers.

We will explore how our panelists created their clearly identifiable voice, communicated that voice to the market and avoided the trap of diluting their message.  Through their experiences and insights, we will tease out how to infuse the brand image into every aspect of the business, from sales and marketing, to company culture to corporate development, all on a finite budget - what’s worked and what hasn’t, how they’ve protected their brand and where they see the brand growing from here.
Join us for a lively discussion and ideas on how to enhance your own brand image and stand out from the crowd.

Moderators
avatar for Suzanne Mills

Suzanne Mills

Retail Strategist
A creative female founder with expertise in delivering physical and online growth opportunities for both the B2C retail and B2B Banking sectors. Founded & grew a luxury apparel business into a top national brand in Ireland with customer advocacy core to success.  Startup enabler... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Stephanie Chacharon

Stephanie Chacharon

Former CMO, FitCode
Stephanie loves all things digital and marketing. She’s responsible for bringing the Fitcode brand to life through its marketing and PR initiatives. Stephanie has 10+ years of digital and content marketing experience—ranging from marketing strategy and execution to brand development... Read More →
avatar for Alvin Glay

Alvin Glay

Senior Director, Growth Marketing, RealSelf
Alvin Glay is a researcher and growth marketing expert with over 12 years experience. Alvin has developed and managed growth marketing projects for firms such as Verizon Wireless, P & G, Disney, Travelzoo, and many others. In his current role, Alvin leads growth marketing for Realself... Read More →
avatar for Dani May

Dani May

CMO, Every*
A seasoned thought leader in the global e-commerce arena, Dani is the CMO for EVERY. Dani has over 15 years as a retail business athlete and prior to joining EVERY*, she was the Head of Global Marketing & Traffic for Amazon, developing Amazon's first global marketing team, scaling... Read More →
avatar for Cal McAllister

Cal McAllister

Wexley School for Girls, Owner, Paper Crane Factory, Founder
(As told and typed by his 6-year-old niece, Louisa.)Uncle Cow is a man, and he is nice!He is a joyfle man. He has 2 girls, 2 neeses, and 1 nefuwe. He likes chikins. He has soft scruffy hair. He has a nice wife named Amanda who takes showers 100 times a day. He has a verey good tast... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

11:00am

Panel: Latinos in Business
Limited Capacity filling up

What were the challenges that these talented entrepreneurs faced during the creation of their company? What were the lessons that they learned?  
Do they think the Latino entrepreneurs have a competitive advantage in the Pacific Northwest?
Join us!
Moderator: Valentina Vitols
Speakers: Valeria Cole, Beto Yarce and Roberto Salazar

Speaker
avatar for Valeria Cole

Valeria Cole

Founder & CEO, Teadora Beauty
Valeria Cole is the Founder of TEADORA, an independent Clean Beauty start-up that crafts powerful, proprietary blends of Amazon rainforest superfoods while sharing ancient Brazilian beauty secrets. TEADORA uses technology to inform product development and drive consumer engagement... Read More →
avatar for Roberto Salazar

Roberto Salazar

Owner, Vision 7 Advertising
Roberto Salazar was born and raised in Mexico. He has been an entrepreneur since was a child starting trading collectible sports cards and selling toys. Now he owns a Visual Communication firm based in Seattle and also co-owner of various business in the art, fashion, greeting card... Read More →
avatar for Valentina Vitols

Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →
avatar for Beto Yarce

Beto Yarce

Executive Director, Ventures Nonprofit
Beto Yarce is the Executive Director for Ventures Nonprofit, an organization with the mission of empowering individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership. Beto started his first business at the age of eight years... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

11:00am

Why It Pays to Pay Your Employees Now vs. Later
Limited Capacity seats available

The employees that have seen large payouts in Silicon Valley traditionally tend to have joined early on, yet Henrique feels that early employees shouldn't be the only ones making money. Hiring ambitious people that believe in the company's mission will continue to drive the success of the company regardless of the money they've made. Henrique will speak to his alternative opinion on hiring ambitious people and paying them well from their start date so their loyalty is not embedded in only the amount of money they've made after a certain period of time. 

Speaker
avatar for Henrique Dubugras

Henrique Dubugras

Founder and CEO, Brex
Henrique Dubugras is Co-Founder & CEO of Brex — the first of its kind credit card for startups. A Brazilian entrepreneur, Henrique built payments company Pagar.me — the Stripe of Brazil — when he was sixteen years old. In just three years, Pagar.me grew to $1.5 billion in volume... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

11:30am

Catered Lunch by HomeGrown
HomeGrown
 For us it’s about “Growing with Purpose,” ensuring our food is sustainably sourced, ingredient by ingredient, farm by farm, choosing what is best for all stakeholders - people, animals and the land. We believe that as our business grows, our positive environmental impact should too.

Please join us!


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

12:00pm

Causation: The Missing Piece in Big Data
Limited Capacity filling up

Causation is a hot topic in data science right now as people realize the limits of Big Data. We’ve all heard “correlation is not causation,” yet many companies only measure correlations that deliver little value. Causal inference tools can transform simple correlations into business insights that drive change. Unlike machine learning, which aims to predict the future, causal inference tools are designed to improve the future. A clever startup that understands causation can improve its products and services in ways that separate you from Big Data competitors. This session will introduce you to causal inference and “causal discovery” methods that link machine learning with causation and provide real-world examples of how they can deliver value to you and your clients.

Speaker
avatar for Dan Taber

Dan Taber

Product Scientist, Indeed
For 15 years, Dan has worked as a data scientist at the intersection of health, technology, and policy. He combines causal inference with machine learning to transform data into large-scale change, guiding city leaders and technology companies alike. By working with stakeholders in... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

12:00pm

Virtual and Augmented Reality Design Usability and Inclusiveness in both Hardware and Software.
Limited Capacity filling up

Virtual and augmented reality is finally breaking into the mainstream.  With large companies investing in living room virtual reality headsets and wear anywhere augmented reality devices, the drive to develop accessories and software to take advantage of these devices is on the rise.  In this panel we are going to talk about users of virtual reality and how to make sure your VR/AR product connects with as broad of an audience as possible.  We will dive into designing products that accessible, inclusive both in hardware and software.

Speaker
avatar for Ryan Atkins

Ryan Atkins

Founder, Atkins Digital
I have a passion for understanding how society uses emerging technology to continually reinvent its relationship with reality. I believe that this process is inherently artistic and uniquely human, for better and worse. I try to make a positive impact by being an active and organizing... Read More →
avatar for Susan Burgess

Susan Burgess

Lead Producer, HTC Creative Labs
A storyteller at heart and technologist by profession, Susan has spent her entire career at the intersection of narrative, tech and design. Her journey began at Microsoft as part of the nascent field exploring design and user interaction and continued through her tenure at HTC during... Read More →
avatar for Ishita Kapur

Ishita Kapur

Senior Program Manager, AltspaceVR, Microsoft
Ishita Kapur is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. She has worked on some of Microsoft's most impactful and innovative products like Windows, HoloLens and most recently AltspaceVR. Ishita brings years of experience in human-centered design, product strategy and thought leadership... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room
  • Demo Night Hardware, Software, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality

12:00pm

Future in business: Connected intelligence
Limited Capacity filling up

What are the technologies that will lead the future for start ups? What are the characteristics the start ups should have in order to become suppliers of big companies?  Find out during this talk with: Fernando Hernandez


Speaker
avatar for Fernando J. Hernandez

Fernando J. Hernandez

Director Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Microsoft Corporation
Mr. Hernandez serves as Supplier Diversity Director for Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he drives Microsoft’s strategies to achieve supplier diversity objectives. He is responsible for Microsoft’s $3.2 Billion annual Supplier Diversity initiative and $4 Billion in indirect... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

12:00pm

Alternative Forms of Executive Compensation for Start-ups
Limited Capacity filling up

Trying to hire key employees in this competitive market is difficult at best. Christopher will help you think outside of the box on executive compensation issues.

Speaker
avatar for Christopher J. Yoson

Christopher J. Yoson

Partner, Cloutier Ortega PLLC
Christopher Yoson is a partner at Cloutier Ortega and represents individuals and businesses with complex federal and state tax matters involving business sales and succession, executive benefits (including nonqualified deferred compensation – IRC 409A), life insurance, estate planning... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
thinkspace SEATTLE - Mailbox Peak 1700 Westlake Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

12:30pm

Pro Bono Patents
The Washington Pro Bono Patent Network, administered by the University of Washington School of Law, 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.  

If you’re a UW student interested in this event and Seattle Startup Week, contact the Buerk Center for a discount code to attend our University events and other SSW offerings.
 

Speaker
avatar for Jennifer Fan

Jennifer Fan

Assistant Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, University of Washington
Jennifer Fan is an Assistant Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. She holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University (with distinction). Before joining the law school in 2010... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Kindra

Jesse Kindra

Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy and a Supervising Patent Attorney, University of Washington
Jesse S. Kindra is Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) and a Supervising Patent Attorney within the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) at the University of Washington School of Law. He was previously an Assistant Vice President... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:30pm - 1:20pm
University of Washington Law School (William H. Gates Hall) Room 138 4293 Memorial Way NE Seattle, WA 98195

1:00pm

Tech Startups for the Non-Technical
Limited Capacity filling up

Blueprint was founded by a serial entrepreneur who saw a gap in the consulting industry. Over the years, Blueprint has brought on incredible talent including innovators, disruptors, solution architects, data scientists and more. The company was the fastest-growing private company in WA state in 2015 and 2016 and continues to remain entrepreneurial year after year. In this talk, we'll feature Blueprint's founder and President, the Managing Director of Innovation and Experimentation as well as the company's Senior Principal Architect.  

Speaker
avatar for Gary Nakanelua

Gary Nakanelua

Managing Director, Blueprint Technologies
Gary Nakanelua is a professional technologist with over 15 years of experience. Gary believes in the power of community, strategic vision, and superior execution to drive business transformation. As the co-founder of multiple companies, Gary has a passion for fostering entrepreneurship... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

1:00pm

Angel Investor Group Panel
Meet the Angels! Angel groups are an essential part of the startup ecosystem. For entrepreneurs, they provide a great way to get your pitch in front of many Angel investors at once. For Angels, it's a great way to pool resources for due diligence and deal opportunities. Come to find out how they work and what stage they seek.


Moderators
avatar for Dan Kihanya

Dan Kihanya

Investor-Founding Team, Wizely
I am a 20 year veteran of the startup ecosystem - founder, investor, advisor. Spent time building ventures in Silicon Valley, India, and Seattle. Working now on my 4th startup. In the meantime, I love to help emerging startups and aspiring entrepreneurs move ahead and upwards.

Speaker
avatar for Gregg Bennett

Gregg Bennett

Vice Chairman of the Board, Alliance of Angels
avatar for Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

Board Chair, WINGS
An experienced entrepreneur, Larsen 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 fund raising rounds, with a focus on life... Read More →
avatar for Yoko Okano

Yoko Okano

Founding Member, Grubstakes


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail
  • Demo Night Panel

1:00pm

How to Launch Your Own Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Limited Capacity filling up

Crowdfunding, especially the first time, is an incredible amount of work - from pre-committing donors, to selecting a platform, to building your email lists, to getting video and creative assets together. Few among us have taken the plunge. Come hear from four local entrepreneurs who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, iFundWomen, and Crowdsupply and learn what you can do to organize your own successful campaign to launch your product.


Speaker
avatar for Jill Angelo

Jill Angelo

CEO, Genneve
Jill Angelo is the CEO of genneve, a company which is re-imagining how women in midlife get the answers, solutions and products to help them take control of their changing health due to hormonal changes. Jill is also a member of StartUp Health which provides coaching to entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Christina Cyr

Christina Cyr

CEO, CTO and Founder, dTOOR Inc. SPC
Christina is a hardware entrepreneur. She has degrees in biochemistry, physics, and engineering, experience as both a software engineer and biochemist, and has led technical teams of over 150 people. Her current team is building dTOOR's 4G LTE Android version of The Cyrcle Phone... Read More →
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Asaad Kaadan

Maker-in-Chief, Hexabitz
 Asaad Kaadan is the Founder & CEO of Hexabitz, hexagonal rapid prototyping boards which offer innovation, biomimicry, and cross-pollination of ideas. Hexabitz is one of the few startups from our area offering product on the open crowdfunding platform called Crowd Supply where 100... Read More →
avatar for Michele Mehl

Michele Mehl

CEO, Excy
Michele Mehl is the Founder & CEO of Excy, an innovative exercise device with a mobile coaching application helping bridge traditional fitness with outpatient rehabilitation. Michele was also Co-Founder at digital marketing firm Buzz Builders, which launched startups Coros Cycling... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Pierson

Leslie Pierson

CEO, Good Hangups
Leslie Pierson is the CEO and inventor of GoodHangups, launched in 2015 with a successful Kickstarter campaign. From there, GoodHangups won the Today's Next Big Thing award on NBC's Today Show in the fall of 2015. Leslie has also presented GoodHangups on QVC several times, and in... Read More →
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Mina Yoo

CEO, Heroclip, Inc.
Mina Yoo, Ph.D is a CEO, inventor, recovering business professor, everyday adventurer, and pragmatic believer. Launched through three crowdfunding campaigns totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges, Mina’s flagship product, Heroclip, was selected as Top 5 Gear by Outside... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room
  • Demo Night Panel Discussion

1:00pm

Keeping it Real – How to Do Smarter Social Media Marketing
You have limited time and budget. So you can’t afford to chase every shiny new thing when it comes to social media marketing. In this session, you’ll learn 3 things that work: listening to your customers, engaging your employees, and telling stories about the problems you’re trying to solve.

Speaker
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Elaine Helm

Social Media & Content Marketing Manager, Premera
Elaine Helm is an integrated marketing strategist, social media community manager, and content creator who helps companies tell stories with a purpose. That means making videos that inspire people to take action. It means writing blog posts that people actually use. It means developing... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104
  • Demo Night Elaine Helm is an integrated marketing strategist, social media community manager, and content creator who helps companies tell stories with a purpose. That means making videos that inspire people to take action. It means writing blog posts that people actually use. It means developing social media posts that people like, share, and discuss. She’s worked with major consumer and B2B brands, as well as smaller nonprofits and startups, for more than 13 years. She’s currently the social media and content marketing manager for Premera Blue Cross, the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest.

1:00pm

The Swing Shift Consult: Strategy Chat
Feel Stuck? Need a guide on your career journey? The Swing Shift can assess where you're at, make recommendations and work on your next steps. We work with hundreds of women (and men!) in the Puget Sound who are looking to shift gears, changing careers and roles, and getting back into the workplace after a break. 

Will meet one on one for 15-20 mins strategy chat!

Speaker
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Sarah Deunwald

Co-Founder/Program Development Director, The Swing Shift
Sarah is Co-Founder and Program Development Director at The Swing Shift. Sarah’s career started in sales and business development. She served as regional sales manager for ADP, where she earned the Presidents’ Club Award for managing large sales teams while consistently exceeding... Read More →
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Nancy McSharry Jensen

CEO/Co-Founder, The Swing Shift
Nancy McSharry Jensen is CEO and Co-Founder of The Swing Shift, the destination for women in career transition. She’s been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, at Seattle’s infamous F-Bomb Breakfast Club and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. The award-winning... Read More →
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Lynn Juve

Job Search Strategist
Lynn is a job search strategist specializing in candidates with international experience and those looking to return to the workforce after a break. More specifically, she makes connections between candidates and internal contacts at hiring companies to help them land their perfect... Read More →
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Jennifer Youngblood

Taking control of your career is an essential skill for today's worker. As a Career Transition Coach, I have 20+ years experience partnering with clients to navigate their career journey as they discover, pursue, and refine meaningful work for their lives. I help clients stay focused... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize - Lumber Yard

1:00pm

Intellectual Property Law 101 for Startups - Presented by Knobbe Martens and powered by Oviture University
Limited Capacity seats available

On October 9th, 2018, Knobbe Martens Olsen and Bear, in association with Oviture University, will present a seminar on Intellectual Property, especially designed for the needs of startups.  

  • Learn from Knobbe Martens attorneys as they explain the most common needs of startups who want or need copyrights, trademarks, patents and other types of intellectual property in their business operations.
  • Take a short, online multiple-choice exam at the conclusion of the course. Digital certificates will be issued to students with a passing score.
  • Enjoy a box lunch before the class and network with other startups, investors and area experts.
  • For those interested in learning about Shipping and Logistics, a similar course presented by United Parcel Service will be presented from 9 AM to 11:30 AM on the same day and in the same location.
Event will be located on the 4th Floor Conference Center

Speaker
avatar for Bryan McWhorter

Bryan McWhorter

Partner Seattle Office
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Jacob Peterson

Partner Seattle Office


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 3:30pm
The Law Offices of Knobbe Martens 925 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

Blockchain Office Hours - Tuesday October 9 (1-4pm)
Limited Capacity filling up

BLOCKCHAIN is all about community - community of people coming together for the greater good.  It's that alternative technology that really is the future of a true global financial system, a true global identity system, and so much more.  

Do you have an idea you want to chat about?
Do you want to pitch your blockchain startup idea?
Are you interested in doing a tokensale (ICO)?
Do you want to whiteboard a problem?
Do you need help finding and connecting to blockchain experts?

Come to the office hours where you can get that personal attention from 1 or more blockchain industry experts and get real time feedback!  In order to participate, you must sign up here with your name and email.

SIGN UP SLOTS ARE HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CvQGeHflDNhzskYRzXsplTVuue5fFzgnBUgDqSC0NVA/edit#gid=2052427219

RULES FOR SIGNING UP FOR A SLOT WITH A BLOCKCHAIN EXPERT:
Rules - please come prepared with your ask: 1) 2 minutes intros of yourselves, 2) 3 minute high level overview of your space/business/problem... and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A/asks.
You can also use this time to pitch the mentors as many of them are angel investors themselves: 1) 2 minute intros, 2) 5 minute pitch, and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A.
TIP: if you want to keep in touch with the mentor, ASK THEM FOR THEIR INFO BEFORE YOU LEAVE.  It is your responsibility.
1 person/or team per room per time slot.
Please do not delete any person's timeslot - as that is NOT cool

Thank you!
Office Hours will be moderated by Arry Yu (Blockchain speaker, startup strategic operations, scaling, fundraising and investing).

Speaker
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Chris Jones

President, Dragonscale Incubator
Chris Jones is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in strategy, product marketing and user acquisition. He is adept at translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Previously Chris held executive roles with adidas America, Mattel... Read More →
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Adam Philipp

CEO/Founder, AeonLaw
One of the earliest lawyers on the Cypherpunks list and an early advocate for cryptography, Adam is the founding partner of the High Tech Intellectual Property Law firm: ÆON Law. Adam has been involved in the prosecution of patent applications in the computer science, electrical... Read More →
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Lee Schindler

Partner, Perkins Coie
Lee Schindler| Partner | Seattle, WAwww.perkinscoie.com/LSchindler/Lee Schindler, a partner in the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice, serves as corporate counsel to high growth technology and life science companies. Lee also represents the venture capitalists and corporate... Read More →
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Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →
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Dae Yu

Managing Director, Yellow Umbrella Ventures
Early-stage (pre-seed/seed) angel investor.  I am a lonely independent investor who likes to take long walks on the beach with founders of new technology businesses who are looking to become a common household name in ten years.  In my past life, I was an Electrical Engineer who... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize 111 S Jackson Street, Pier 31 and 32

2:00pm

Sales is not a DIRTY word: adapting sales to meet the shifting needs & expectations of today’s B2B buyers.
Forget everything you know about “sales”. Today, everyone in business is in sales. Join this fireside chat with Manny Medina- Founder and CEO of Outreach (just named # 15 on LinkedIn's recent Best 50 Startups list) and JoAnne Jaspan to learn how the seismic and irrevocable shift in the buyer/seller dynamic has necessitated a reboot on the sales role and sales playbook. Learn about the new skill sets and strategies needed to win your prospects’ trust, show up in a way that is additive to their buying journey, and in the process, differentiate yourself & your solution in a highly commoditized and competitive space.

Speaker
avatar for JoAnne Jaspan

JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →
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Manny Medina

CEO and co-founder, Outreach
Manny Medina is CEO and co-founder of Outreach, the leading Sales Engagement Platform. By automating and prioritizing all customer touch points throughout the sales process, Outreach increase efficiency and effectiveness of sales teams, improves visibility into sales activities and... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

2:00pm

Untapped Data Sources for Urban Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

We will examine cities from a civil engineer’s perspective and discuss how design and infrastructure challenges are solved through data analytics and visualization. Examples from the rapidly growing field of public urban data will be discussed to show how new insights can be gained into our cities. From data on airplane traffic noise, building energy use, urban trees, and multimodal traffic counts, there is great promise in developing new tools and applications for understanding and improving our cities. Examples from a wide array of data sources will set the stage for a discussion on how software developers and data scientists can solve urban challenges that are currently out of reach for engineering, planning, and architectural professionals.

Speaker
avatar for Ondrej Sklenar

Ondrej Sklenar

Civil Engineer and Data Visualization Lead, Herrera Environmental
Ondrej Sklenar is a professional civil engineer and urban planner at Herrera Environmental Consultants and is part of their Data Science team. He is passionate about using data analytics, visualization, mapping and graphic design tools in explaining and solving complex built environment... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

2:00pm

The Influence of Emerging Tech on Retail & Shopping, Fashion & Beauty focus
Limited Capacity filling up

NOTE : Location change to The Underground @ Galvanize

It is clear that the fashion industry and all B2C sectors have been disrupted through changes in the consumer shopping experience.  Emerging technologies such as AR, VR, Machine Learning, AI and blockchain continue to redefine the industry. AI has the ability to help brands and retailers with predictive forecasting, capacity planning and merchandising. AR allows for convenience and eliminates the need to test physical products in-store. Blockchain can help brands garner greater trust with shoppers building brand loyalty throughout the product lifecycle.

Our panel features innovators who have differentiated themselves through sophisticated automation, and are here to share their insights on the influences that are reshaping the balance of power in international markets.  From new ways of managing inventory to new channels for distribution to delivering product on time at lower costs to offering high touch customer personalization, they understand the importance of channeling limited resources to more effectively compete on the global stage.  Our goal is to help you learn from their experience and insights, as well as discover new ways to provide a more fruitful customer experience without adding layers of staffing.

Speaker
avatar for Elizabeth Geri

Elizabeth Geri

Multi-Channel Retail Strategist & Digital Innovation Advisor
I’m a retail strategist and advisor that plays in the places where brands, customers and technology meet.  With executive experience at well-known consumer brands like Gap, Sur La Table and Amazon.com, I’ve seen and driven significant changes in the way we shop in my 20+ year... Read More →
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Xuny Haley

Manager @ HQ, CoMotion, University of Washington
Xuny Haley is the Manager for University of Washington's CoMotion Labs at HQ, an incubator space that exclusively incubates spatial computing startups. She has worked for a variety of startups for three years, ranging from VR software startups to Ultimate Frisbee broadcasting startups... Read More →
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Ambika Singh

CEO, Armoire
I am currently on the adventure of a lifetime, building a solution to make 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... Read More →
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John Wantz

CEO, Every*
John is a serial retail entrepreneur and a former team member of Target’s Innovation group. John architects conceptual design decisions behind the Every ecomm technology that contains trusted value exchanges between Brands and Shoppers while driving long term research and road map... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

2:00pm

Where are they now: a one-year update from successful food entrepreneurs Jack Timmons and Eric Rivera
Limited Capacity seats available

Where are they now? We had the pleasure to host Jack Timmons from Jack's BBQ and Eric Rivera from addo at Seattle Startup Week last year. Since then, both entrepreneurs have seen their businesses grow at a very accelerated and exciting rate. We're bringing them back to share their experiences and how they have managed to efficiently scale in past year. Grab some coffee and hear these two veteran food entrepreneurs and chefs share their successes, challenges, and plans
for the future with expert moderator and podcaster, Kimberly King Shaub.

Speaker
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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cone & Steiner 135 S King St Seattle, WA 98104

2:00pm

10 Lessons You'll Learn Launching ABM
While ABM has been one of marketing's biggest buzzwords the past 3 years, very few Seattle companies have figured out how to do it well — and scale. That's because it's hard. You need your entire marketing, sales and leadership team onboard to radically change your customer acquisition strategy. Is it worth it? Is it for you? This talk will go over 10 lessons learned launching ABM with teams big and small. This isn't a step-by-step guide the launching ABM. You can find a million online resources to guide you there. This is a peek into the behind the scenes that happens once you dive in. The hard lessons you'll inevitably learn and what to prepare for as you re-think your marketing and sales strategies.

During this session, we'll explore the following ideas:
  • Account based marketing is really account based sales development. If your demand gen and sales development teams aren't working as one team, your account-based strategy won't work.
  • In the world of ABM, the MQL is dead. Before you change you strategy, you must get your entire team (and LT) on board with how you're going to measure success.
  • Strategy first, technology second. Before you buy the latest software to round out your ABM tech stack, you have to think through your strategy. Your technology will only work hard for you if you have a solid strategy.


Speaker
avatar for Jori Saeger

Jori Saeger

Head of Marketing, Koru
Jori Saeger is the head of marketing at Koru, a Seattle tech startup that uses AI, machine learning and assessment science to help companies develop predictive hiring models. Before Koru, she lead demand gen and sales development teams at Limeade, an employee engagement technology... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

3:00pm

How to Rock Your Brand Like a Hurricane: Cheap Tricks to Help You Design Great Content Marketing
Whatever the size of your organization, you can make your customers into not only fans, but SUPERFANS with a few simple steps. Get them sharing your content and talking your brand up in less time than it takes to make a killer mixtape.

Speaker
avatar for Rob Christianson

Rob Christianson

Creative Director, Bridge Partners
Rob Christianson is a Creative Director and illustrator with over 20 years experience in digital marketing, user-centric design and branding. He is currently leading content marketing design for tech partnerships with Bridge Partners.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

3:00pm

Customers Come First: How to Build a Customer-Centric Startup
Too often, startups focus on shiny new services and technologies but they fail to think about their customers. Ideas are great, but if customers won’t buy what you’re selling – your startup is on a fast-track to nowhere. And what if you can’t retain your customers? Without managing your customer relationships effectively, your startup will fail to thrive.

This panel is dedicated to thinking through a customer’s wants, needs, pain-points, and the customer journey prior to launching. Leaders from customer-centric companies will share their tips, tricks, and the biggest lessons that they’ve learned along the way.

Moderators
avatar for Amanda O'Shannessy

Amanda O'Shannessy

Community Marketing Manager, LiquidPlanner

Speaker
avatar for Devon Burns

Devon Burns

Director of Customer Experience, LiquidPlanner
Years of conducting user research, building digital strategies, and a background in design led Devon to discover the relationship between a positive customer experience and a company's growth. What gets her out of bed in the morning? Her passion for solving customers' problems to... Read More →
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Lucas Dickey

Co-Founder & CPO, Fernish
Lucas Dickey is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Fernish--a new lifestyle subscription service for the home designed for the on-the-go generation--where he leads product, engineering, design and logistics. He's built and led product teams across many VC-backed startups... Read More →
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Danielle Hill

COO, The Riveter
Danielle Hill is the Chief Operating Officer of The Riveter, a network of coworking and community spaces built by women, for everyone. For more than 15 years, Danielle's approachable, results-driven leadership has yielded significant results with high-growth startups like Remitly... Read More →
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Adam Stelle

COO + Co-Founder, Loftium
Adam leads product and operations at Loftium, a Seattle company recognized for providing innovative affordable housing solutions by leveraging homesharing & Airbnb. Prior to Loftium, Adam was the COO of UP Global (acquired by Techstars), the parent non-profit of Startup Weekend and... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

3:00pm

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Navigating Your Startup's Early Days

Every startup idea is perfect in your brain. But that's because, if you have't launched it, you just haven't figured out all the ways in which you're wrong! A startup's earliest days are exhilarating, fast-paced, full of mystery and surprises. But they are also not glamorous. Oftentimes you're just trying to survive, dealing with problems you could never have predicted. Come listen to a few experienced founders share the good, the bad and the ugly stories from their earliest days.


Moderators
avatar for Keita H. Williams

Keita H. Williams

Founder & Chief Strategist, Success Bully
Keita H. Williams is the  Founder and Chief Strategist of Success Bully, is an elite accountability practice for visionaries who need strategic support (a professional butt-kicking) to create momentum in their personal and professional lives. We develop bespoke 90 Day Sprints to develop clarity and habits to achieve your audacious goal.At the end of... Read More →

Speaker
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Reetu Gupta

Co-founder and CEO, cirkled in
Reetu Gupta is Co-founder and CEO of Cirkled In– An award-winning, 21st-century recruitment platform matching high school students with the best-fit colleges and universities, improving outcomes for both sides. On this secureonline platform students maintain their holistic profile and portfolio of accomplishments, showcase themselves... Read More →
avatar for Jensen Harris

Jensen Harris

Co-founder and CTO, Textio
Jensen is Co-Founder & CTO of Textio, the augmented writing platform, where he leads engineering, product, and design. A Yale graduate, before Textio Jensen guided the design of some of the most widely-used software in the world, including Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Surface. Textio... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Strawn

Melissa Strawn

founder and CEO, Mypeoplenow.com
Melissa Strawn is the founder and CEO of MyPeopleNow.com, a peer-to-peer marketplace for one-of-a-kind services and unique experiences.  She blogs at FromWelfareToMillionaire.org, is the mother to five amazing sons, and is on a mission to change the social services system in order to better impact poverty... Read More →
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Helen Wang

CEO & Co-founder, 6crickets.com
Dr. Helen Wang is the CEO and cofounder of 6crickets.com, which builds online tools to more easily manage children’s enrichment for schools, enrichment providers, and parents. She oversees the company's the strategic directions, product management, customer relations, operations, and advanced research. Helen is a world-renowned compu... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Create33 999 Third Avenue, Suite 3300 Seattle

3:00pm

Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge - Launch Event
Building a Digital Future for Diabetes Care
Great things happen when entrepreneurs and industry innovators work together. Join us at Cambia Grove for a panel discussion, where leadership from Novo Nordisk, and two Seattle-based startups will discuss how digital technology can be used to create a better future for those living with diabetes, and explore opportunities where startups and industry can work together to make that future a reality.
At the event, you’ll also have a chance to learn and ask questions about the Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge, which the global company recently launched in collaboration with MATTER, Chicago’s premier health tech incubator and innovation hub.
About the challenge
More than 400 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. While there is no cure for the disease today, when diabetes is properly managed it’s possible for people to lead full and active lives. Through this challenge, Novo Nordisk aims to collaborate with startups to explore, design and co-develop digital health solutions that help people living with diabetes achieve better health. Winnings team will receive a $25,000 cash prize and a one-year opportunity to co-develop their solution with Novo Nordisk.
Learn more.
Event agenda:
3:00-3:15 pm | Networking
3:15-3:30pm | Opening remarks
3:30-4:00pm | Panel discussion: digital health startups making a difference in diabetes
4:00-4:30pm | Challenge overview and open Q&A with Novo Nordisk
4:30-5:00pm | Networking and refreshments

Speaker
avatar for Alan Michelich

Alan Michelich

Development Engineer, Novo Nordisk
Alan is a Medical Device Engineer at Novo Nordisk, with a bachelors in Biomedical Engineering. Alan joined Novo as part of Device R&D in Denmark. During his time abroad, he contributed towards the development of the first connected insulin pen approved for European market and clinical... Read More →
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Oren Nissim

CEO, Brook Health
An idea creator, product strategist and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the digital world, Oren brings vision, industry know-how, and energy to every endeavor he undertakes. He has founded several startup ventures and sold his last company, Telmap, a world... Read More →
avatar for Dave Szakelyhidi

Dave Szakelyhidi

Sr. Development Engineer, Seattle Open Innovation Lead, Novo Nordisk
David SzakelyhidiSenior Development Engineer  / (Seattle Open Innovation Lead?)US Device Research UnitDave has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering, and over 15 yrs of early stage product development experience.  He has been involved... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 Ninth Ave. Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98101

3:00pm

Investor Speed Dating
Limited Capacity full

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 five minutes to present their business and swap business cards with each investor.

Speaker
avatar for Andrew Dumont

Andrew Dumont

Founder, Curious Capital
Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist with a passion for building, growing and investing in early-stage companies. Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr, Medium and Kickstarter, and has... Read More →
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William Finney

Director, SeaChange Fund
avatar for Austin Guyette

Austin Guyette

VC, Voyager Capital
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Gillian Muessig

General Partner, Outlines Venture Group
Gillian Muessig is the Managing Director of the global gender-lens investment fund ‘Sybilla Masters Fund’; cofounder of both Moz, the world’s most popular search marketing software and brettapproved, the world’s fastest growing standardized accessibility rating, review, and... Read More →
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner/Managing Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; DKParker, LLC
Scaling startups to growth and exit. Dave's career success has included both product and service industries, selling both tangible and intangible technology products and professional services. An Alumnus of the University of Washington, Dave has been recognized by the World Technology... Read More →
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Carlee Price

Founder, Pique Financial Works
Expert outsourced CFO, 18 years in fiduciary roles on Wall Street. History of achievements in the public equity and venture industries:●    Financial Analyst●    Asset Management●    Equity Research●    Portfolio Management●    Investment Management●    Seed... Read More →
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Tamara Rogers

Blockchain VC Lawyer, Pithia
As in-house counsel Tamara advises on corporate governance, business law, and peforms due diligence on our blockchain-based startups. She also advises independent companies on the legal aspects of technology businesses, particularly intellectual property contracts. Tamara is an active... Read More →
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Javier Soto

Angel Invstor, Grubstakes
Full time angel investor with a portfolio of a dozen of direct individual investments in startups, plus a few more invested through funds and syndicates. Member of different angel networks and funds in Seattle like Grubstakes, Alliance of Angels, SWAN Venture Fund and Seattle Angel.Originally... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Impact HUB 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

4:00pm

Cybersecurity for Startups
Security practices that make a difference without breaking the bank. Practical things that startups can do that will make a huge difference in their overall security. Much of cybersecurity doesn’t require complicated tech or expensive solutions – awareness, procedure and habits can go a long way.

Speaker
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Casey Allen

Information Security Manager, Rubica, Inc.
An OEF/OIF veteran, served as the Data Section Chief for 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment during multiple combat deployments to the Middle East. More than 10 years managing IT systems for more both large and small business environments. Casey’s passion for cybersecurity lead him... Read More →
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Jose-Miguel Maldonado

Director of Information Security, Rubica, Inc.
18 years of experience working in the tech industry and 10 years in the cyber security space.Master of Science in Technology (Information Security) from UAT (University of Advancing Technology).


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

4:00pm

Burnout - Proof Your Startup
Limited Capacity filling up

BURNOUT – PROOF YOUR START-UP 

Are you excited about your business’s potential, but find yourself exhausted at how much energy it will take to get there?


Let’s face it, even the most seasoned entrepreneurs experience burnout.  In today’s escalating “burnout epidemic”, it’s easy to get depleted, making it harder to show up in the best way for your business & team.


What if you could have the impact, the energy and the income you want… without sacrifice? 


Join us for a fun & powerful session on how to burnout proof your start-up so that you not only meet but exceed, your business goals year after year.


THIS SESSION IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You are a conscious business owner with the desire to excel without missing family time, canceling vacations and sacrificing your well-being
 
  • You want to learn the 3 most important keys to avoid uncertainty, chaos & crisis

  • You want to attract and retain a team of employees who are excited, engaged and committed

  • You want to learn the most essential (but often overlooked) six-figure strategy to eliminate burnout

Speaker
avatar for Cynthia Scherer

Cynthia Scherer

CEO | Principal Strategist | Certified Executive Coach, Scherer Excellence Consulting
I’m Cynthia Scherer, founder, CEO & Principal Strategist for Scherer Excellence Consulting & I’m on a mission to transform how C-Suite & senior executives are living, leading & succeeding. With a specialized approach to Conscious Leadership & Assessment, we empower executives... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

4:00pm

KPI for Emotional Wellness
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 16.2 million adults in the US experienced a major depressive episode in 2016 and 46.2 million adults in the US have experienced an anxiety disorder in the last year. Mental health challenges are rampant in every part of our culture and especially in entrepreneurship. 

Let's come together, connect in real life, have conversations that destigmatize mental health, and reduce the isolation that can creep up on us as entrepreneurs. It's ok to not be ok. 

**Confidentiality in this group is of the utmost importance - What happens here, stays here.**  

Speaker
avatar for Jen Hope

Jen Hope

One part marketer, one part loving ass-kicker, and  let’s do this thing!, Jen's the energy boost you need to get. stuff. done. (The right stuff!) Like a fitness trainer for your business life, her coaching will get you moving so you can do the dang thing! No B.S. allowed! In addition... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

4:00pm

Cannabis: Exploring the wild west of retail & manufacturing
Limited Capacity filling up

Five years ago, an opportunity opened up that is unlike anything else that's happened in business in our lifetime - recreational cannabis use was legalized and a new retail and manufacturing vertical was created. This talk will bring together local business people who have participated in this burgeoning industry in different factions from the beginning. We'll explore the opportunities, challenges, misconceptions and the future of this industry.

Speaker
avatar for Laurel Lo Friesen

Laurel Lo Friesen

Founder and CEO, Heylo Cannabis
Laurel (Lo) Friesen is the founder, CEO and Chief Extractor of Heylo. Upon obtaining a degree in Environmental Chemistry from Northwestern University, Lo followed a passion for medicine to work in a renown gastroenterology lab in Chicago, IL. The experience inspired her to explore... Read More →
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Jason Makuch

CPO, Leafly
Jason Makuch is a cannabis evangelist, husband, and father of 1,002 (two human children and roughly 1,000 cannabis plant babies). As Chief Product Officer at Leafly, he is accountable for the worldwide vision, strategy, and development of content, products, and services designed to... Read More →
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Tim Moxey

Founder and CEO, botanicaSEATTLE
Tim Moxey was living in the UK when he read an article in ‘The Economist’ about Washington State's move to legalize cannabis. The article convinced him that the socioeconomic benefits from a legal framework far outweighed the prohibition model and he promptly relocated to the... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

4:00pm

KEXP Net Neutrality Event - A Celebration of the Creativity and Innovation of an Open Internet
Join us in the KEXP Gathering Space for a panel discussion about how an open internet allows free expression, creativity, innovation and collaboration to flourish online. Guest speakers include Governor Jay Inslee, State Representative Drew Hansen, Brady Walkinshaw of Grist, Jessyn Farrell of Civic Action, Sarah Bird of Moz, local artist Sera Cahoone, KEXP DJ and musician Gabriel Teodros, and more. Made possible in part by the Washington Council of Firefighters.There will be a Q+A and reception following the panel discussions.

Itinerary:
4pm Doors
4:30pm Welcome by KEXP Executive Director Tom Mara
4:35pm First Panel begins
5pm 2nd Second panel
5:30pm QandA
5:45-6:30pm Hanging out reception


THE PANEL
Welcoming Remarks by Tom Mara, Executive Director, KEXP
Moderator:


Panelists:  


Speaker
avatar for SARAH BIRD

SARAH BIRD

Sarah Bird serves as the President, COO and Board Member at Moz. Sarah loves and welcomes conversations on inbound marketing, business models, entrepreneurship, productivity tips, women in tech, and fostering inspiring company culture. Her super-sharp business acumen is always paired... Read More →
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SERA CAHOONE

Across her four critically-acclaimed albums, Seattle artist Sera Cahoone has become known for creating stirring, hushed Americana music that embodies raw emotionalism. Sera’s music reflects her love of both old country-western and modern lo-fi. As she has steadily gained a wider... Read More →
avatar for JESSYN FARRELL

JESSYN FARRELL

Jessyn Farrell is the Senior Vice President of Civic Ventures, an independent organization known for pushing "disruptive innovation in the civic sphere" and focused on improving the lives of our fellow citizens and community. Jessyn also represented Washington’s 46th Legislative... Read More →
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BEN GOLDEN

Ben Golden is the General Counsel at TUNE, a marketing technology startup based in Seattle. He previously worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented startups, public companies, social enterprises, and nonprofits. Ben currently serves on the Boards of the Washington Technology Industry... Read More →
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DREW HANSEN

Rep. Drew Hansen has served in the Washington State House of Representatives since 2011, where he chairs the House Higher Education Committee. He is the prime sponsor of Washington state’s first-in-the-nation law protecting net neutrality. He is also a giant Sera Cahoone fan so... Read More →
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GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE

Gov. Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University. Inslee first served as a State Representative from Yakima before being... Read More →
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GABRIEL TEODROS

KEXP DJ Gabriel Teodros is a musician and writer from South Seattle who first made a mark with the group Abyssinian Creole, and reached an international audience with his critically-acclaimed solo debut Lovework. He has since set stages on fire all across the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba... Read More →
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BRADY WALKINSHAW

Brady is the CEO of Grist, an independent, nonprofit online news publication whose newsroom pursues in-depth stories on under-covered topics like clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a better economy. In their terms, Grist is a "news outlet and... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
KEXP Gathering Space 472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

5:00pm

Fundraising V. Bootstrapping
Some say you should raise as much capital as you can, as soon as you can, as often as you can, period. Others say VC is not for everyone - or worse! When you're an early stage founder, navigating the trove of advice can be treacherous and confusing. This panel of founders will share experiences and advice about what kinds of businesses would do well with VC funding, who, when and why should businesses bootstrap, and whether one or the other spells success or failure. Before you try raising a penny, save your hard-earned equity and come listen to what they have to say!


Moderators
avatar for Tim Porter

Tim Porter

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Tim is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. Madrona manages nearly $1.6 billion and are currently investing out of their $300 million Fund VII. Tim is focused on... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Kristina Bergman

Kristina Bergman

founder and CEO, Integris Software
Kristina is the founder and CEO of Integris Software, a data privacy company that allows organizations to stay in compliance with data privacy laws, such as GDPR and CCPA. Previously, Kristina was a venture capitalist at Ignition Partners, where she led investments in Cloud Tech... Read More →
avatar for Danna Redmond

Danna Redmond

Co-Founder, HeyThrivy
Danna Redmond is the Co-Founder of HeyThrivy, a customized personalized assistant service powered by technology and data insights that is helping people manage their busy lives.   In the founding of HeyThrivy, Danna set out to solve a problem that she, too, was experiencing – how... Read More →
avatar for Gabe Richman

Gabe Richman

Founder and CEO, Omic Inc.
Gabe Richman is the founder and CEO of Omic, a SaaS company that enables healthcare providers to take control of genomics, their most valuable asset for improving care and reducing costs. Prior to founding Omic, Gabe held multiple leadership positions in SaaS companies and was most... Read More →
avatar for Adam Schoenfeld

Adam Schoenfeld

co-founder and CEO, Siftrock
Adam loves breakfast, b2b marketing, SaaS, and golf. He's currently General Manager at Drift, where he leads Siftrock & Drift's new Seattle office. Before that he was co-founder and CEO at Siftrock which bootstrapped to cash flow positive and an acquisition by Drift in September 2018... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Create33 999 Third Avenue, Suite 3300 Seattle

5:00pm

Sips and Scholarships: Trivia Night
Join Seattle Education Access for a casual and fun trivia night! Do you know what percentage of people of color graduate from college in King County? What best-selling author is your neighbor? What did Kanye West say now? Explore a variety of topics, learn about education in our community, and win a prize with your team! $2 dollar beers!

Speaker
avatar for Dulce Siguenza

Dulce Siguenza

Development Manager, Seattle Education Access
Dulce focuses on coordinating and managing SEA’s fundraising events and community outreach opportunities. Prior to SEA, Dulce worked with middle, high, and college students for five years. Most recently, she worked at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Dulce is an immigrant herself... Read More →
avatar for Neena Viel

Neena Viel

Community Engagement Director, Seattle Education Access
Neena has over five years of experience in development, communications and volunteer management. Prior to joining the SEA team, Neena held positions at College Access Now, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Neena is a first-generation... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

5:30pm

Seeing Green: How Startups Can Grow Market Share with a Counterintuitive Sustainability Branding & Messaging Strategy
With more than 71 percent of consumers “thinking green” when making a buying
decision, and nearly three out of four Millennials willing to pay more for
environmentally-sound products, driving increased sales should be as simple as
incorporating sustainability into your brand.
 
But on the contrary, the vast majority of clean energy companies fail to realize
significant revenue growth (or reach their full environmental impact) because
they make little-known branding and messaging mistakes.
 
In this eye-opening session, Carolyn Parrs, CEO of Mind Over Markets and
founder of Women Of Green, will reveal the five specific strategies she has
developed over her more than 15 years as a Sustainability and Green Marketing
expert, which have significantly increased her client’s revenue without
compromising their core values.
 
In this session, you will learn:
 
•  How to skillfully integrate sustainability messaging into your brand
communications in a way that directly drive sales and gives you a
distinctive advantage in your product category
•  The counterintuitive sustainability communications strategy that has helped
product companies increase their sales by as much as 425%
•  What to drip into your marketing strategy that deepens the brand loyalty of
existing customers while also attracting new ones
•  How to avoid the biggest mistake most marketers make when communicating
their product or services’ sustainability initiatives or benefits
 
With real-world case studies at its core, this session is designed for business
leaders from energy companies that are either actively integrating sustainability
communications and messaging into their business strategy already — or just
getting started. You will walk away with a mix of both new insights and proven
strategies you can take back to your office or teams for
immediate implementation.


Speaker
avatar for Carolyn Parrs

Carolyn Parrs

CEO/Founder, Mind Over Markets
Carolyn Parrs is the CEO and founder of Mind Over Markets , a brand marketing andmessaging company in Seattle and Santa Fe. Since 2003, MOM has helped thousands ofentrepreneurs, mid-size energy companies & the utility market build counterintuitivesustainability communications str... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

5:30pm

Cascadia Developer Happy Hour
CascadiaJS and PuPPy are teaming up to host a happy hour for developers to celebrate Seattle Startup Week! Don't feel like you have to be a front-end React developer or a big data Python engineer to attend this event. This is an inclusive and friendly networking event for ALL developers.

The event is being hosted at Thinkspace Seattle, located on the Lake Union waterfront. Enjoy drinks, food and good conversation with your fellow hackers courtesy of CascadiaJS and PuPPy.

CascadiaJS - We are a conference for web developers here in the Pacific Northwest taking place Nov 15-16. The conference features 24 talks over the course of 2 days that focus on the cutting edge of JavaScript, Node, web development and engineering culture. We expect to host 500+ developers from all over the PacNW. In addition to the conference, the week of CascadiaJS will feature networking mixers for junior devs, React training workshops and much more!

PuPPy - We are a fun and friendly user group dedicated to proliferating a diverse and talented Python community in the Puget Sound region. We are devoted to exploring Python-based programming knowledge, embracing new and experienced members from all walks of life, and helping those members to achieve their professional goals.



Moderators
avatar for Carter Rabasa

Carter Rabasa

Founder, Fizbuz

Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
thinkspace Seattle- Pacific Crest 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 200, Seatle, WA 98109

6:00pm

How to build your hardware startup
Limited Capacity full

While there seem to be a million resources online about starting a startup, there are very few places to find good information about starting a *hardware* startup.

In honor of Seattle Startup Week, we have some amazing guests who going to share the stories of the hustle and tears that they put into building hardware startups in Seattle.

SPEAKERS:

Christina Cyr - Co-Founder, CTO & CEO - dToor

dTOOR makes “Non-Rectangular Phones for Non-Rectangular People” starting with a phone in the shape of a circle, called The Cyrcle Phone. dTOOR had a successful Kickstarter campaign in September 2016 with a 2G prototype of The Cyrcle Phone, and delivered all rewards (phones, classes, t-shirts, etc.) to backers within 60 days. Christina has degrees in biochemistry and physics, a master’s in engineering, and an unrelenting passion for electronics.

Filipp Shpomer - Co-Founder and CTO - Strive Tech

Filipp's biggest interests have always been physics and computer science. After a few years in industrial automation and many years as a software engineer at Microsoft, he returned to the world of electronics by cofounding athletic wearable company Strive Tech, where his role is to design and build the electronics that collects biosensor information about the athlete.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ada Developer Academy 1215 4th Ave, Suite 1050 Seattle, WA 98161

6:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Dave Rendall: THE FREAK FACTOR DISCOVERING UNIQUENESS BY FLAUNTING WEAKNESS
DAVID RENDALL sponsored by Ebay
During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include  the US Air Force, Australian Government, and Fortune 50 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, United Health Group,  Fannie Mae, and State Farm. Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a leadership professor, stand-up comedian, and nonprofit executive. In between presentations, David competes in ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons. David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of four books.



Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Galvanize - Downstairs

6:30pm

Disruptive Real Estate Technology Companies
Limited Capacity seats available

Real Estate is the world's largest asset class, is valued at over $217 trillion and is ripe for disruption.  While the real estate industry is widely recognized to be change-resistant and only at the earliest stages of digital disruption, interest and investment is growing rapidly and startups are jumping into the race to transform the industry.

Opportunities abound for companies of all sizes and the race to be the Amazon or Google of digital real estate is heating up (and even Amazon and Google are investing more heavily in this biggest of all markets).  
Join us to hear from some of the local innovative real estate companies and discuss the many emerging opportunities to transform Seattle and the built environment. 

Speaker
avatar for Bryan Copley

Bryan Copley

CEO and Co-founder, CityBldr
Real estate entrepreneur. Passionate about building real solutions to difficult problems with talented,conscientious teammates.
avatar for Greg Howes

Greg Howes

Cofounder, CutMyTimber, AEC Hackathon, Seattle Proptech
Greg Howes is a Geek Builder, frequent speaker on Digital Construction and leading hacker of the $10 trillion global construction industry.  He is a cofounder of CutMyTimber a technology-driven fabricator of Prefab wood buildings using CNC machines and robots to manufacture extr... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Hughes

Pamela Hughes

Co-founder, Cobuy
Pam is a bona fide real estate veteran. She brings deep industry expertise as an executive and an entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of real estate experience spanning development, investment, advisory and transactions. She co-founded Hughes Building Company in Greater Seattle before... Read More →
avatar for Jared Jones

Jared Jones

Lead Product Manager, Redfin
avatar for Mitch Robinson

Mitch Robinson

SVP, Marketing and Communications, EXP Realty
Mitch Robinson is the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications for eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America His responsibilities include branding, external and internal communications, social media, and events (both live and... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Metropolist 2931 1st Ave S A, Seattle, WA 98134, USA

8:30pm

Networking Night Out at Flatstick Pub
Limited Capacity seats available

After enjoying a message from our Keynote Speaker; Dave Rendall, join us for some social networking time at Flatstick Pub. They will be offering FREE games and 1$ off drinks . Hope to see you there!
Cheers!



Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Flatstick Pub 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Wednesday, October 10
 

8:00am

KPI of Emotional Wellness
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 16.2 million adults in the US experienced a major depressive episode in 2016 and 46.2 million adults in the US have experienced an anxiety disorder in the last year. Mental health challenges are rampant in every part of our culture and especially in entrepreneurship. 

Let's come together, connect in real life, have conversations that destigmatize mental health, and reduce the isolation that can creep up on us as entrepreneurs. It's ok to not be ok. 

**Confidentiality in this group is of the utmost importance - What happens here, stays here.**  

Speaker
avatar for Jen Hope

Jen Hope

One part marketer, one part loving ass-kicker, and  let’s do this thing!, Jen's the energy boost you need to get. stuff. done. (The right stuff!) Like a fitness trainer for your business life, her coaching will get you moving so you can do the dang thing! No B.S. allowed! In addition... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Galvanize- DoveTail

9:00am

CoMotion Labs' Carbs & Coffee
Limited Capacity filling up

Start your day off right with a yummy breakfast and the opportunity to connect and catch up with the brightest minds of the Seattle entrepreneurial community! Bring a friend and make some connections over delicious free breakfast!

If you’re a UW student interested in this event and Seattle Startup Week, contact the Buerk Center for a discount code to attend our University events and other SSW offerings.
 

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
CoMotion HQ 4545 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

10:00am

Brand Identity & Design for Startups + Small Business: Where to Spend Your Limited Budget
Limited Capacity filling up

It's totally possible to build a visual brand on a budget. The key is to be focused in your needs and targeted in your ask - and sometimes, to get a little creative.  

In this hands-on workshop, we'll cover the key visual and design elements that impact your brand. You'll learn how to do a competitive brand audit, how to find a good cheap designer, and how to think about evolving your brand over time. And you'll leave with a clear plan. Learn from the pros - your workshop leaders are founders, too.  

Speaker
avatar for John Kendall

John Kendall

Visual Designer, Lenati
John Kendall started his career working in brand development, logo design, packaging design, advertising and brand strategy. While working on other brands John was inspired to start a brand of his own and has learned the difference between brand development on the level of Microsoft... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- Harbor Room

10:00am

F*ck, Startups Are Hard
Let's face it, creating and scaling a startup is hard. The good news? We've assembled a panel of startup founders and executives to share their wisdom (along with a few horror stories of course)! In this session, we'll dive into the challenges that are unique to startups and how you can prepare for and overcome those challenges. Our panelists will reveal mistakes they made while forming and working at startups, things they wish they would have known before they embarked on their startup journeys, and share advice for startup founders and employees alike. By the time you leave this session, you'll be a little more prepared for the startup grind!

Moderators
avatar for Amanda O'Shannessy

Amanda O'Shannessy

Community Marketing Manager, LiquidPlanner

Speaker
avatar for Monica Guzmán

Monica Guzmán

Co-Founder + Director, The Evergrey
Mónica Guzmán is co-founder and director of The Evergrey, a daily newsletter that helps 9,000+ Seattleites make the most of their city. She is a former columnist at The Seattle Times, GeekWire, The Daily Beast and The Columbia Journalism Review, and studied ways to build closer... Read More →
avatar for Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis

CEO + Founder, CreativeLive
Chase Jarvis is an award-winning photographer, director and entrepreneur. He has shot campaigns for Nike, Apple, Samsung, Google, and Red Bull and his photographs have appeared in every nearly major network and media outlet, including the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning... Read More →
avatar for Thor Kallestad

Thor Kallestad

CEO, DataCloud
Thor and team founded DataCloud in 2016, by bringing together a best-in-class group of experts in both the mining and metals sector and the technology industry. Using DataCloud’s integrated suite of the latest in automated IoT sensors, artificial intelligence, and the cloud, mine... Read More →
avatar for Adam Stelle

Adam Stelle

COO + Co-Founder, Loftium
Adam leads product and operations at Loftium, a Seattle company recognized for providing innovative affordable housing solutions by leveraging homesharing & Airbnb. Prior to Loftium, Adam was the COO of UP Global (acquired by Techstars), the parent non-profit of Startup Weekend and... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

10:00am

In the Wake of #MeToo: What's Next for Leaders and People Ops
Join us for a discussion on the roles of leadership, HR, and culture when a #metoo concern surfaces at work. We'll talk about who should take action, how to take action, the obstacles we face, and recommendations to ensure a positive, respectful work environment. This session will be honest and educational. It will not be a platform to bash men. We support men and women at work, and want to help everyone learn to navigate tricky situations. Let's help women get the respect they deserve

Moderators
avatar for Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

CEO/Founder, uniquelyHR
Mikaela is a native Seattleite who spent fifteen years in HR leadership roles at local companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, providing no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela serves on the boards of Businesses Ending... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Adrienne Kortas

Adrienne Kortas

Executive Coach/Leadership Development Consultant, uniquelyHR
Adrienne Kortas has been coaching executives at a variety of organizations – from startups, small businesses, higher education, and Fortune 50 companies – since 2016 and has 15+ years of experience in Leader Development at companies like Amazon and Target.  She is known for bringing... Read More →
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner/Managing Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; DKParker, LLC
Scaling startups to growth and exit. Dave's career success has included both product and service industries, selling both tangible and intangible technology products and professional services. An Alumnus of the University of Washington, Dave has been recognized by the World Technology... Read More →
avatar for Amelia Ransom

Amelia Ransom

Sr. Director of Engagement & Diversity, Avalara
Amelia Ransom is a dynamic executive with over 20 years of expertise building strategy and delivering impactful results in business operations and human resources.  Amelia recently joined Avalara as the Sr. Director of Engagement and Diversity at Avalara.  Prior to this role, Amelia... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- DoveTail

10:00am

How to Give a Killer Pitch: Secrets from TEDx
Limited Capacity seats available

Selling your idea to people that matter is a crucial skill for any startup founder. Discover the secrets used by TEDx to shape clear, compelling, and persuasive ideas.
Join TEDxSeattle co-chairs Lisa Phelps Dawes and Lee Gibbs along with Senior Speaker Coach Jacqueline Farrington as they take the mystery out of becoming a dynamic, influential speaker. In this fast and fun interactive session, they’ll reveal their behind-the-scenes secrets designed to ignite the imagination of your audience. 
Discover:
  • A new way to think about and frame ideas that helps make any topic clearer
  • How to get your idea to stand out in a crowded field
  • The important steps to take before taking the stage that elevate your pitch to a new level
  • Three field-tested techniques for generating presence and gravitas

Speaker
avatar for LISA PHELPS DAWES

LISA PHELPS DAWES

Co-chair for the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, TEDx Seattle
In her role as co-chair for the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, Lisa is responsible for discovering,developing, and curating the final lineup of speakers to create ideas worth spreading. As an executive storyteller, Lisa has helped global leaders ignite cultural change, deliver an arresting... Read More →
avatar for JACQUELINE FARRINGTON

JACQUELINE FARRINGTON

TEDxSeattle speaker team, TEDx Seattle
Jacqueline has over 18 years of experience helping senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies deliver successful communication strategies, as well as 14 years as a Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. As a member of the TEDxSeattle speaker team, she curates speakers, develops talks... Read More →
avatar for Lee Gibbs

Lee Gibbs

Co-chair for the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, TEDx Seattle
As a co-chair for the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, Lee helps to steer the process of discovering, developing, and curating the final lineup of speakers for the annual event at McCaw Hall. Lee has brought a background of coaching and team development to the TEDxSeattle mission to help... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize - Downstairs

10:00am

Using the 5 Points of Health Care to Bring Your Product to Market
Limited Capacity seats available

Health care is complicated and getting your innovative product to market can seem impossible. During this two hour intensive workshop, you will learn how to position your market strategy using the perspectives from founders who have already done it plus the 5 major stakeholders in health care:  Patient, payer,  policy maker, provider, purchaser.

10:00 - 10:10am:  Guest Arrival - we have coffee!
10:10-11:20am:    5 Points & Entrepreneur Panel
11:20-12:00pm:    5 Points Breakout Sessions

Speaker
DB

Dr. Bob Crittenden

Executive in Residence, Cambia Grove
JL

Jeff LeBrun

CEO, Pillsy
JL

Johanna Lindsay

Johanna Lindsay is a health policy professional who views health care through a patient lens. Having spent much of her career working shoulder to shoulder with people living with arthritis, she has a deep respect for the power of advocacy not only to shape policy, but to change the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sunita Mishra

Dr. Sunita Mishra

VP Express Care and Consumer Innovation, Population Health, Providence
Education: University of Arizona College of MedicineInternal Medicine residency:  University of WashingtonMBA: University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton SchoolDr. Mishra is responsible for the Express Care suite of services across the PSJH enterprise.  The portfolio consists of 34... Read More →
avatar for Torben Nielsen

Torben Nielsen

VP Innovation & Strategic Investments, Premera
Torben Nielsen is Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Investments for Premera Blue Cross.  In this role, he oversees innovation initiatives and processes and strategic investments in early to mid-stage startups.  Torben joined Premera in 2017 from HealthSparq; a $25M startup... Read More →
JR

Jessica Roberto, PhD

Director, Life Science WA Institute
avatar for Bill Waller

Bill Waller

CEO, Monitor Mask
Bill Waller is a med tech CEO, entrepreneur, active angel group leader, who is invested in nine, mostly med tech, startup companies, and an expert life sciences attorney. Bill is currently the CEO of Monitor Mask, Inc., a Seattle startup selling FDA-cleared medical devices for measuring... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 Ninth Ave. Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98101

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.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Outcalt

Nancy Outcalt

Sr. Business Development Executive, eXcell, a division of CompuCom
Nancy is thrilled to be the 2018 StartUp Week Mentor Program Lead.Connecting people to each other is my passion. With a foundation in executive, technical and sales recruiting, I’ve placed hundreds of candidates into career advancing roles. I transitioned into pure business development... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Mamtha Banerjee

Mamtha Banerjee

Sr. Director of Technology, Expedia
Mamtha Banerjee is currently Senior Director of Technology at Expedia and a Mentor at the UW Master's in Entrepreneurship program. Mamtha is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of providing technology and product leadership at both startups and companies like Expedia. She... Read More →
avatar for Hal Brookins

Hal Brookins

SCORE Mentor, Seattle SCORE
Currently retired and have been a volunteer with Greater Seattle SCORE Chapter since March 16, 2012.  Served 2 years as Chapter Chair from FY2013 - 2014.  During that time I was responsible for writing a grant to establish 4 branches in South Snohomish County, Kitsap County, East... Read More →
avatar for Kerrie Carbary

Kerrie Carbary

South King County Project Manager, Business Impact NW
Kerrie is a business coach and project manager for our clients located in the South King County area. She has previously worked for the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and has a background in social services as well being a small business owner herself. She has an MBA in Sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Libby Christensen

Libby Christensen

Sr. Program Manager, Apptio
The tech community is what drew Libby to Seattle from the Midwest. Libby has a Computer Science degree with a minor in Visual Communication from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Prior to coming to Seattle, she was a developer for an established Insurance Company. Moving cross... Read More →
MD

Marcus Delgado

Angel Investor, Grubstakes
avatar for Amy Higgins

Amy Higgins

HR Leader, Amazon
Proven leader with 20+ years of broad HR experience at high tech manufacturing companies. Experience includes partnering with senior leadership in areas of global HR management, strategic benefit design, executive coaching, organizational development, policy development and compensation... Read More →
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Bo Pintea

Principal, Skype AI & Smart Devices, Microsoft
Bo has launched multiple technology start-ups and is currently leading Skype efforts in ambient computing at Microsoft. Interests: video intelligence in communications, IoT, and machine learning. Startup founder: Tulemod (3Dtechnologies for online apparel retailing), BoxFish (data... Read More →
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The Accelement Team

Accelement
Multiple members of the Accelement Team will be at Seattle Startup Week for Mentorship! Take a look at their bios here! Don't forget to sign up in Slotted , Accelement mentors will have Acc. before their names... Read More →
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Henry Wong

Office of Labor Standards Project Manager & Business Consultant, Business Impact NW
Henry Wong is a business consultant at Business Impact NW where he helps support clients in the conceptual and early-growth stages of their business planning through one-on-one coaching and trainings. He is also the Office of Labor Standards project manager where he focuses on educating... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize-Room TBD

10:15am

Building a Corporate Innovation Program
Limited Capacity filling up

A focus on innovation and an innovative mindset can be hard to establish at large companies with established processes, a workforce that may not be aware of startup methodology, and with less appetite for risk taking.  But corporate innovation is critical for the long-lasting success of any organization.

Come learn how companies like Symetra, Premera, and Nordstrom focus on innovation internally, set up programs to support innovation, and engage with the startup community

Speaker
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Patti Brooke

Director, Innovation, Premera
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Irv Latta

Director of Digital Enablement, Symetra
Irv Latta has more than 20 years of experience in IT and management consulting, mostly in the financial services industry.  Irv combines his technical, managerial, and entrepreneurial backgrounds to help drive Symetra’s corporate innovation program, working directly with all layers... Read More →
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Micheal Leavitt

Senior Engineering Leader, Nordstrom
Micheal Leavitt is a Senior Engineering Leader and cofounder of Your Look—an internal startup at Nordstrom.  He has scaled an innovation team from 2 to 35 engineers in just over a year while supportIng an ambitious growth goal that has influenced nearly $50M in net sales in 2018... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
SURF Incubator 999 3rd Ave Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

How Buyers Buy: get inside the minds of your prospective customers
In this session, a multi- disciplinary panel of decision makers, all of whom have a seat at the buyers table, will share their POVs on the buyer’s journey: What they do and do not find helpful; how they want to you to engage with them; how you can deliver additive value; what do they think is the most effective way to learn more about your solution; how  do they develop the criteria against which they’ll score your solution compared to others under consideration; how they reach internal consensus. What can sellers do to make the buying process a better experience for all involved.

Speaker
avatar for Alex Brooks

Alex Brooks

Founder, CEO, Etnreprov
Alex Brooks is a Detroit native and the founder of Entreprov, a Seattle based software company that builds tools to help companies increase customer retention and drive revenue. He’s also the founder of Data Science in Action- a monthly meetup based in lower Queen Anne. Alex started... Read More →
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Christina Cyr

CEO, CTO and Founder, dTOOR Inc. SPC
Christina is a hardware entrepreneur. She has degrees in biochemistry, physics, and engineering, experience as both a software engineer and biochemist, and has led technical teams of over 150 people. Her current team is building dTOOR's 4G LTE Android version of The Cyrcle Phone... Read More →
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Alex D'Angelo

Software Development Manager, PayScale
Alex D'Angelo is a software development manager at PayScale, and has lead development on both B2B and B2C applications. He previously worked at Microsoft and MySpace (after it was cool).
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David VanGeystel

Senior Talent Consultant, TalentReach
David VanGeystel is a seasoned Sales and Business Development Executive with extensive experience  in revenue and market growth; product development; mergers & acquisitions; partner management; and complex contract negotiations. He has worked across Media, Saas, Enterprise, and Government... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104
  • Demo Night Panel
  • Customer Acquistion Buyer's Journey in B2B

11:00am

From Attendees to Loyal Fans: Leveraging Hybrid Events for Marketers
Limited Capacity filling up

Successful Event Marketers know that an event is more than just bodies in the room. They turn their audience into a brand fan club, and successfully leverage event content to generate leads, build their client base, and develop long-term customers. This workshop will help you take your event to the next level by considering the possibilities of live-streaming and content capture at your event. Join Darcy Gabriele to learn ways to build excitement for your event, engage viewers in real-time, and extend the reach of your content long after the live event ends.  

Speaker
avatar for Darcy Gabriele

Darcy Gabriele

Client Solutions Manager, Evia
Darcy Gabriele works closely with event marketers and planners who understand the value of event content, and want to leverage it to achieve a higher ROI long after their event is over. She represents Evia, a women-owned company that specializes in event media, live-streaming, and... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

11:00am

Introducing Search Funds: Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition
Limited Capacity filling up

Little-known to most entrepreneurs and investors, Search Funds get results: The asset class provides returns of 28.8% IRR and cash-on-cash multiples of 3.1x (Stanford). But WHAT IS a Search Fund? An entrepreneur raises a small fund, pays themselves while seeking a small business acquisition, then structures that transaction--and runs the company for years more with a focus on growth and preparing for an exit. Join us for this panel to learn more about Search Funds and this type of next-level entrepreneurship: You'll hear from the CEO of the largest social network in the space, one of the Pacific Northwest's most eminent search investors, and multiple search entrepreneurs who are out there right now, looking for the right company.

Speaker
avatar for Scott Alderman

Scott Alderman

Managing Director, Trilogy Search Partners
Scott Alderman is a Managing Director of Trilogy Search Partners. Previously, he was on the investment team of Trilogy Equity Partners, where he is still a Partner.  Prior to Trilogy, he spent 11 years at Western Wireless in various roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Western Wireless International which operated mobile networks in Europe... Read More →
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Jennifer Fuller

Founder and Managing Principal, Kent Hill Capital
As Kent Hill Capital’s Managing Principal, Jennifer Fuller has more than 15 years of professional experience in business strategy, finance, marketing and private equity. This includes working at Nordstrom as a Director of Corporate Strategy and at Bain & Company where she advised... Read More →
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Ben Fuller

Managing Partner, East Franklin
Ben Fuller is an entrepreneur and experienced leader familiar with the daily responsibilities and challenges of running organizations. Fuller has worked as a quality and continuous improvement leader at Sonoco Products Company, a global diversified packaging manufacturer, and as CEO... Read More →
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Edward McDonnell

CEO, Botanical Designs
Edward McDonnell is CEO of Botanical Designs, the Seattle area leader in design and maintenance of high-impact urban landscapes for commercial clients in office, retail, and medical facilities. Key services include horticulture, landscaping, living walls, green roofs, and holiday... Read More →
avatar for Joe Morrison

Joe Morrison

Director, 49th State Angel Fund
Joe Morrison has worked on nearly all sides of the startup equation: As the co-founder of a tech startup, a startup accelerator, and as the sole staff person to build and manage the $12.7mm 49th State Angel Fund, one of the only municipally-managed venture capital functions in the nation. Particularly knowledgeable about early-stage capital and company formation, Joe's now focused on the intersection of impact companies and innovation finance. He holds an International MBA from Madrid... Read More →
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Jon Staenberg

Founder and El Jefe, Hand of God Wines
Jon Staenberg is a five-time founder with diverse experience across technology and investing: Early in his career he created marketing groups at Microsoft, moved on to become VP of sales and marketing at venture-backed startup Virtual i-O, then joined Rustic Canyon Partners as a venture... Read More →
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Luke Tatone

Founder and CEO, Searchfunder.com
Lucas Andrew Tatone is the Founder and CEO of Searchfunder.com, the online hub for searchers, investors, and other lower middle market professionals.  At Searchfunder, we believe that searching is better together and does not have to be a lonely road.  In a previous life, Luke built... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

12:00pm

NEW: Workshop with Cal McAllister - What kind of brand do you want to be?
Limited Capacity filling up

NEW ADDITION: Workshop with Cal McAllister
Cal McAllister, founder of Paper Crane Factory and Wexley School for Girls, is hosting a Brand Strategy workshop. Cal has worked on all aspects of brand strategy for clients such as Brooks Running, Sephora, Rainier, PCC Community Markets, Planned Parenthood, MoPOP, Sounders, Nordstroms Rack, University of Washington, SeaHawks and Dairygold. Cal is now focusing his creative eye on early-stage startups with his new venture Paper Crane Factory.

Don't miss this opportunity to explore "What kind of brand you want to be" with Cal. The workshop will cover these 3 essentials:
  1. What problem do you solve? No one is ready to market until they can answer that question for their product or service.
  2. What kind of brand do you want to be? Some brands are successful because they commit the lion’s share of their operating budget to marketing (Nike), some are successful because they have a breakthrough product that succeeds with little paid marketing (Toms). Deciding which will dictate how you should behave.
  3. Understand your market. There are blind loyalists, prospects, enthusiasts and true fans of brands. Let’s discuss where you think your consumer is sitting right now.
 

Speaker
avatar for Cal McAllister

Cal McAllister

Wexley School for Girls, Owner, Paper Crane Factory, Founder
(As told and typed by his 6-year-old niece, Louisa.)Uncle Cow is a man, and he is nice!He is a joyfle man. He has 2 girls, 2 neeses, and 1 nefuwe. He likes chikins. He has soft scruffy hair. He has a nice wife named Amanda who takes showers 100 times a day. He has a verey good tast... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

12:00pm

Latests Trends and Innovations in the Craft Chocolate Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

First, it was coffee. Then, micro brewers and their small batch beers. Now is the time for craft chocolate. Is this space within a titanic industry ready to go mainstream? How are the incorporating innovation in their companies? How are they managing pricing to be able to compete with cheap candy confections? How does uniformity affect their outcomes? What challenges are makers facing and how are they managing growth?

The fascinating story of craft chocolate has gone through many elements: makers changing careers entirely to devote themselves to chocolate crafting, adventurous travels to remote areas in the tropics
to find the best beans to make their chocolate, establishing relationship with farmers and embracing advocacy to support them, working with repurposed machinery and fashioning new systems to craft
more efficiently, coming up with compelling packaging, and finding ways to retail products that, for many, are completely new to their palates, even though chocolate has been a staple for years. However, there's an unparallel opportunity for innovation and growth, and our expert and esteemed panelists will share their experiences within the industry and talk about the opportunities they see are most exciting right now.

Moderators
avatar for Valentina Vitols

Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Lauren Adler

Lauren Adler

Owner, Chocolopolis
Popping a square of Bonnat Madagascar chocolate into her mouth, Chocolopolis founder Lauren Adler was surprised to find bursts of fruit taking over her senses. Lauren had never tasted chocolate quite like this. It was incredibly fruity and wonderful, not bitter as she had expected... Read More →
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Erin Andrews

Owner, Indi Chocolate
Erin Andrews, founder of indi chocolate, has been making chocolate for more nearly a decade. It all started when her daughters asked her where chocolate came from.  After traveling to Belize to show them that cacao grows on trees, she fell in love with the world of chocolate.  She... Read More →
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Kim Wilson

Owner, Good King®
Kim has been a chocolate LOVER her whole life. So, in 2009, when she began hearing about the extensive bonded labor, child trafficking and unfair wages taking place in the chocolate industry, she wanted to be part of the solution. In 2013, at the mid-point of her career, she finally... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indi Chocolate 1901 Western Ave D, Seattle, WA 98101

12:00pm

Designing for Security in IoT and Robotics
Limited Capacity filling up

In 2016 a group of young hackers in Anchorage Alaska ran a denial of service (DDoS) attack leveraging unprotected IoT devices which became known as Mirai.  As of early July 2018 there are 13 different versions of the Mirai malware has been used to launch additional attacks.  In the wake of the Mirai malware the threat hackers taking over hardware devices connected to networks has become very real.  This panel will discuss best practices in designing for security when developing hardware devices to ensure they can not be used as sources to launch DDoS attacks, infect hardware with viruses to misbehave or even to take over control of drones and robots.

Speaker
avatar for Brandon Frick

Brandon Frick

Cyber Security Specialist, Rubica, Inc.
Prior to Rubica, Brandon performed a wide range of technical and cybersecurity roles at former employers Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Dutch Bros Coffee and F5 Networks working to help enhance and ensure a positive security posture. Brandon is passionate about continuing his education... Read More →
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Alan Meekins

CEO, ROSHUB
Alan has been building internet connected robots since 2002. Over that time he's become an active advocate of the open source Robotics Operating System(ROS). Currently he leads a startup, ROSHub Inc, focused on bringing cloud based devops tools to the ROS eco-system. When he's not... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

12:00pm

Identify and Monetize Your Intellectual Property
Limited Capacity filling up

Intellectual propety issues can be confusing even for the serial entrepreaneur.  This session will help you identify where your intellectual property lies and how to monitize it.

Speaker
avatar for Priya Cloutier

Priya Cloutier

Intellectual Property Attorney, Cloutier Ortega PLLC
Priya Sinha Cloutier focuses her practice on helping start-ups and emerging companies build their business. She has extensive experience in the procurement and enforcement of domestic and international patents, trademarks and copyrights. Her experience includes various technical areas... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
thinkspace SEATTLE - Mailbox Peak 1700 Westlake Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

12:00pm

High Tech + High Touch: Achieving Balance in Retail
Limited Capacity filling up

Today's shoppers demand the convenience that technology provides plus the personal touch of great customer service.  Panelists from both the "tech" and "touch" sides of retail will discuss the importance of balancing the two and strategies retailers are undertaking to achieve this balance.

Moderators
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Gabe Goldberg

CMO & Consultant
Gabe Goldberg is the Founder of Hone Marketing and serves as the CMO of a portfolio of 90+ health, wellness, and cosmetic improvement retail-service brands under ownership of  SST Group LLC, Urban Float LLC, and TruFusion Washington.  He’s a multi-disciplinary, data-driven, marketer... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Sean Conroe

Sean Conroe

General Manager, b8ta
Sean Conroe is social entrepreneur who has extensive experience with innovation and community capacity building. He serves as General Manager of the b8ta retail store in Seattle's University Village. Founded in San Francisco, b8ta is a software-powered retailer designed to improve... Read More →
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Loretta Soffe

Strategic Advisor, Loretta Soffe Consulting
Loretta Soffe is an accomplished retail executive with extensive experience in consumer brands. She combines her foundation in retail with a clear understanding of innovative technology to solve the challenges in today’s digital environment. As principal of Loretta Soffe Consulting... Read More →
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Miriam Subbiah

Head of Product + Marketing, Armoire
Miriam runs Product and Marketing at Armoire, a Seattle-based women’s clothing tech company. With a focus on working women, Armoire is disrupting the retail space by providing a faster, easier and more fun alternative to shopping. Armoire helps women amplify their personal brand... Read More →
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Brian Watkins

Founder & CEO
Brian Watkins is an ecommerce veteran who has spent the last twenty years focused on business to consumer markets.  Most recently, Brian was the CEO of Rep the Squad, a sports apparel subscription company he founded in 2017.  Prior to Rep the Squad, Watkins served as the president... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

12:00pm

Catered Lunch by Neighborhood Grill
Join us for lunch catered by Neighborhood Grill. 


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

12:00pm

A Startup's Ecosystem: Understanding the Key Players in a Startup's Life
Limited Capacity filling up

As a startup, do you wonder who are the important people to help your business grow and scale? Join a panel discussion with different perspectives of how a lawyer, angel investor, VC and founder work together to bring a company to life. 

Speaker
avatar for Trenton Dykes

Trenton Dykes

Partner, DLA Piper
Trent Dykes concentrates in securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. His experience ranges from advising startup companies about formation and venture financings to representing public companies with SEC compliance, corporate governance... Read More →
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Len Jordan

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Len joined Madrona in January 2010. He is interested in analytics systems and IoT devices that radically transform economics for big industries, and consumer products that change the way we see, hear, feel and sense life. “There are some amazing companies developing systems that... Read More →
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Jonathan Sposato

Chairman, PicMonkey, Geekwire
Chairman of Geekwire.com, CEO of PicMonkey, and an active angel investor.A serial entrepreneur and investor in many startups, Jonathan is currently the Chairman of Geekwire.com, the region's top technology news site, and CEO of PicMonkey the world's most popular and fun photo-editor... Read More →
avatar for Avni Patel Thompson

Avni Patel Thompson

CEO + Founder, Poppy
Avni Patel Thompson is the founder and CEO of Seattle-based Poppy (meetpoppy.com). Poppy is a Y Combinator and venture-backed startup whose mission is to build the modern village. Poppy is a platform that matches parents to a team of amazing caregivers that bridge gaps in care each week and provide the critical safety nets today’s families need. Prior to t... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Create33 999 Third Avenue, Suite 3300 Seattle
  • Demo Night Panel discussion

12:00pm

Technology, Truth and Trust - Presented by Knobbe and Powered by Oviture
Limited Capacity seats available

On October 10th, 2018, Knobbe Martens Olsen and Bear's Seattle Office will host an executive seminar focusing on the complex relationship between technology, and the concepts of truth and trust. Leading experts will discuss breakthrough technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain, XR (augmented and virtual reality) and others.

  • Learn from world-class experts as they share real-world examples of innovative technologies that can build trust or destroy it.
  • Formulate strategies for use of these technologies in your business. Ethical use and careful planning and management can create amazing new revenue opportunities and profit.
  • Protect your business, employees, community and family members from attacks coming from bad actors local and abroad.
  • Enjoy lunch and network with senior executives from the Seattle and West Coast business community.
  • Leave with an innovation kit tailored to help you take action on information presented during this event

Speaker
avatar for Robert Brown

Robert Brown

CEO, Meridiun
Expert on XR / AR / VR
avatar for Joe Jacobsen

Joe Jacobsen

Vice President, United Parcel Service
avatar for Ken Moyle

Ken Moyle

Former DocuSign Chief Legal Officer Expert on Blockchain and ICO
avatar for Neil Sahota

Neil Sahota

Worldwide Leader IBM Watson, IBM



Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The Law Offices of Knobbe Martens 925 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98104

12:30pm

Panel Discussion: If you build it, they WONT come.
Limited Capacity filling up

Not everything goes to plan.  How thinking around corners can impact your business development, either from sales or not making mistakes to start.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Rosbough

Chris Rosbough

CEO and Cat Whisperer
Chris is currently a national trainer for businesses and organizations in the areas of leadership development, communication, and feedback. Chris also serves as an Associate for the Predictive Group, where he helps organizations maximize productivity by helping them understand human... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Doug Hall

Doug Hall

Owner, Resources for CEOs
Doug Hall is passionate about helping a “Chief Executive Owner” (CEO) get what they really want from their business. He is an expert business owner advisor and does his best work with clients that want to take themselves and their leadership team to the next level. Doug is a seasoned... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Hogan

Patrick Hogan

Patrick Hogan I have 25 years of experience helping teams bringing compelling breakthrough concepts to market, fast.  I help teams avoid the things that kill most new projects - bringing clarity and precision to the customers they target, the problems they solve, what they build... Read More →
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Thor Kallestad

CEO, DataCloud
 Thor and team founded DataCloud in 2016, by bringing together a best-in-class group of experts in both the mining and metals sector and the technology industry. Using DataCloud’s integrated suite of the latest in automated IoT sensors, artificial intelligence, and the cloud, mine... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Rossi

Daniel Rossi

Chief Business Officer, Geekwire
I love to work - especially with people. Occasionally I take a break to BBQ and watch a soccer game.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

1:00pm

The Human Side Of Being Data-Driven
What drives our data-driven decisions is it a better customer experience or the bottom line of a business? The big data we analyze, slice and dice represent real human interactions and or tools that impact human day to day living. Being data-driven impacts decisions that drive these real-world transactions that affect people not computers. Whether it be a customer, a patient or a stakeholder, the decisions our algorithms, dashboards, and systems help us make impact us. How being data-driven impacts the end-user isn't always considered. Instead, the parameters and goals of the business often come first. This leads to many of the current problems we are seeing arise today in big tech and in small companies. The push to be more data-driven to help businesses perform better can sometimes leave stakeholders behind.

At the end of the day, our decisions can't just be for the benefit of businesses and entities. We need to consider how the algorithms we create impact the daily lives of those who interact with it.

Speaker
avatar for Benjamin Rogojan

Benjamin Rogojan

Data Scientist, Acheron Analytics
Ben has spent his career focused on all forms of data. He has focused on developing algorithms to detect fraud, reduce patient readmission and redesign insurance provider policy to help reduce the overall cost of healthcare. He has also helped develop analytics for marketing and IT... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - Lumber Yard

1:00pm

Early Stage Venture Fund Panel
Think you are ready for your first institutional investment? Come to find out what early-stage investors look for when they fund startups. Discover what it takes to be VC-ready.


Moderators
avatar for Dan Kihanya

Dan Kihanya

Investor-Founding Team, Wizely
I am a 20 year veteran of the startup ecosystem - founder, investor, advisor. Spent time building ventures in Silicon Valley, India, and Seattle. Working now on my 4th startup. In the meantime, I love to help emerging startups and aspiring entrepreneurs move ahead and upwards.

Speaker
CD

Chris DeVore

Partner, Founders Co-Op & Techstars
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Geoff Harris

Partner, Flying Fish VC
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Andy Liu

Partner, Unlock Venture Partners
avatar for Gillian Muessig

Gillian Muessig

General Partner, Outlines Venture Group
Gillian Muessig is the Managing Director of the global gender-lens investment fund ‘Sybilla Masters Fund’; cofounder of both Moz, the world’s most popular search marketing software and brettapproved, the world’s fastest growing standardized accessibility rating, review, and... Read More →
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner/Managing Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; DKParker, LLC
Scaling startups to growth and exit. Dave's career success has included both product and service industries, selling both tangible and intangible technology products and professional services. An Alumnus of the University of Washington, Dave has been recognized by the World Technology... Read More →
avatar for Martina Welkhoff

Martina Welkhoff

Founder-ConveneVR, Jump Canon


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

1:00pm

Impact Startups: Funding Double and Triple Bottom Line Companies
Limited Capacity filling up

True disruption's future is with impact startups taking on big markets. This panel's examples: Helping the homeless via hardware as a service; creating better animal feed from insect proteins; offering up an eco-friendly alternative to cremation and burial. And when it comes to their funding, impact startups take on a journey that's both the same and different to traditional startups. Come hear from a variety of impact startups and resource providers on both their entrepreneurial journeys, approach to fundraising, and the increasing focus on impact beginning to take hold in the startup community.

Speaker
avatar for Bill Bryant

Bill Bryant

Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Bill Bryant knew in junior high he wanted to work on his own projects. He imported sunglasses with tiny AM radio earpieces, raised exotic tropical fish, and created a line of "fishing lure" earrings. Fortunately, he encountered software, leading to founding roles with Visio (Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Virignia Emery

Virignia Emery

Founder and CEO, Beta Hatch
Virginia Emery is founder and CEO of Beta Hatch, a pioneering insect farming company that is industrializing insects for agriculture. Beta Hatch is fueled by a passion to see insects reach their true potential in our food systems. The company has grown to be internationally recognized... Read More →
avatar for David Griest

David Griest

Managing Director, SJF Ventures
David Griest is a Managing Director at SJF Ventures and based in Seattle.  He joined SJF in 2004 and has served as a Director or Observer for portfolio companies Aseptia (sustainable food processing technology), BioSurplus (used laboratory equipment), HYLA (mobile device trade-in... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Kumar

Jonathan Kumar

CEO, Samaritan
Jonathan Kumar is a user experience designer by trade, founding several projects to solve social issues. After founding his first social enterprise, FoodCircles, Jonathan created Samaritan, enabling Seattle citygoers to invest directly and compassionately into individuals around them... Read More →
avatar for Luni Libes

Luni Libes

Managing Director, Fledge
After 20 years of co-founding and leading to success venture scale software companies, in 2012 Luni Libes launched Fledge – a startup accelerator for conscious companies. Today Fledge has held over a dozen cohorts across the globe. Through his series of books, podcasts and online classes entitled "The Next Step," Luni regularly teaches on startups and business. He's helped thousands of entreprene... Read More →
avatar for Joe Morrison

Joe Morrison

Director, 49th State Angel Fund
Joe Morrison has worked on nearly all sides of the startup equation: As the co-founder of a tech startup, a startup accelerator, and as the sole staff person to build and manage the $12.7mm 49th State Angel Fund, one of the only municipally-managed venture capital functions in the nation. Particularly knowledgeable about early-stage capital and company formation, Joe's now focused on the intersection of impact companies and innovation finance. He holds an International MBA from Madrid... Read More →
avatar for Katrina Spade

Katrina Spade

CEO, Recompose
Katrina has been an entrepreneur and designer since 2002.  With over 15 years of experience in project management, finance, and architecture, Katrina invented a patent-pending system to transform the dead into soil. In 2017, she founded Recompose, a Public Benefit Corporation. Katrina... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

1:00pm

Are You a Lover or a Fighter? Find Your North Star for Brand Storytelling
Is your brand more about community and belonging, or autonomy and independence? Does it promise stability or change? Is it a Hero, an Explorer, a Ruler, or a Rebel? Focusing your brand around one clear archetype is a powerful tool for connecting with your audience, standing out from your competition, and accelerating creative expression.

This fast-paced, participatory session will introduce 12 archetypes for deeply resonant storytelling and explore how they apply to brands, from articulating a clear purpose and establishing brand personality to shaping messaging, imagery, products, and company culture. The archetype model applies to all kinds of brands—consumer, B2B, non-profits, and personal brands.

We’ll take a look at real examples from the Seattle startup scene, and we’ll work through exercises right in the room to help you find your north star, whether you’re building a new brand, refocusing a messy one, or ready for some fresh inspiration.  

Speaker
avatar for Catherine Carr

Catherine Carr

Founder, Vitamin C Creative
Catherine Carr has 20+ years of leadership-level experience in branding, marketing, and product development at Microsoft, Cranium, and Haiku Deck. As Cranium’s Keeper of the Flame, she led brand expression and global content development. Following Cranium’s acquisition by Hasbro... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

1:00pm

Blockchain Office Hours - Wednesday October 10 (1-4pm)
Limited Capacity full

BLOCKCHAIN is all about community - community of people coming together for the greater good.  It's that alternative technology that really is the future of a true global financial system, a true global identity system, and so much more.  

Do you have an idea you want to chat about?
Do you want to pitch your blockchain startup idea?
Are you interested in doing a tokensale (ICO)?
Do you want to whiteboard a problem?
Do you need help finding and connecting to blockchain experts?

Come to the office hours where you can get that personal attention from 1 or more blockchain industry experts and get real time feedback!  In order to participate, you must sign up here with your name and email.

SIGN UP SLOTS ARE HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CvQGeHflDNhzskYRzXsplTVuue5fFzgnBUgDqSC0NVA/edit#gid=2052427219

RULES FOR SIGNING UP FOR A SLOT WITH A BLOCKCHAIN EXPERT:
Rules - please come prepared with your ask: 1) 2 minutes intros of yourselves, 2) 3 minute high level overview of your space/business/problem... and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A/asks.
You can also use this time to pitch the mentors as many of them are angel investors themselves: 1) 2 minute intros, 2) 5 minute pitch, and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A.
TIP: if you want to keep in touch with the mentor, ASK THEM FOR THEIR INFO BEFORE YOU LEAVE.  It is your responsibility.
1 person/or team per room per time slot.
Please do not delete any person's timeslot - as that is NOT cool

Thank you!
Office Hours will be moderated by Arry Yu (Blockchain speaker, startup strategic operations, scaling, fundraising and investing).

Speaker
avatar for JOSEPH CUTLER

JOSEPH CUTLER

Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Joe is a Privacy & Data Security Partner at Perkins Coie LLP and core member of the firm’s Fintech and Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry groups. His practice emphasis includes cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology, like blockchain, in areas related to... Read More →
avatar for Chris Jones

Chris Jones

President, Dragonscale Incubator
Chris Jones is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in strategy, product marketing and user acquisition. He is adept at translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Previously Chris held executive roles with adidas America, Mattel... Read More →
avatar for Kate Mitselmakher

Kate Mitselmakher

General Partner, Bloccelerate
Kate Mitselmakher is the CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC, a blockchain fund and an accelerator looking to invest in 50-100 blockchain companies over the next 5 years. Bloccelerate is a team of serial investors, entrepreneurs, and executives from Fortune 500 companies... Read More →
avatar for Nate Whitehill

Nate Whitehill

CEO/Founder, Cryptoslate
Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur and the CEO of CryptoSlate, a website for cryptocurrency researchers and blockchain enthusiasts — featuring industry news, crypto prices, a product database, company directory and blockchain events.
avatar for Arry Yu

Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize 111 S Jackson Street, Pier 31 and 32

1:00pm

Panda Tank
DARE TO ENTER THE PANDA TANK

Come join Altruist Partners Wednesday, October 10th from 1-4pm at Impact Hub Seattle for Panda Tank! It's the kinder, only somewhat gentler version of "Shark Tank." First, you'll buckle up for a super-informational roller coaster ride through a comprehensive strategic and growth framework that's driving success at organizations around the world. Then, watch five non-profit organizational executives present their organization’s mission, goals, and strategies in front of the Mighty Pandas, some of the top nonprofit experts and social sector leaders around.

Interested in presenting your organization to the Pandas? For consideration, applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, September 26th. Selected presenters will be notified by Friday, September 28th. Learn more and submit your application here.  

Space is limited, so make sure you arrive early to grab a seat! Doors open at 12:30 for networking and light refreshments.

To learn more, visit http://www.altruistpartners.com/pandatank.

Moderators
avatar for Donald Summers

Donald Summers

Founder, Altruist Partners
Donald Summers is the Founder of Altruist Partners, having established the firm in 2006 after a decade as a teacher, nonprofit executive and foundation CEO. Donald has been the thought partner and strategist behind dozens of highly successful nonprofits and social enterprise accelerations... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Mari Horita

Mari Horita

President & CEO, ArtsFund
Mari Horita is the President and CEO of ArtsFund. In this role Mari is in charge of developing and implementing organizational strategy and direction, as well as overseeing all operations, governance, fundraising, external relations, and programs for ArtsFund.Mari has served on a... Read More →
avatar for O. David Jackson

O. David Jackson

CEO & Managing Partner, Altruist Partners
O. David Jackson is the CEO and Managing Partner of Altruist Partners. As a skilled and visionary business leader who is passionate about maximizing the impact that people deliver to organizations, Jackson’s leadership experience most recently includes nearly ten years directing... Read More →
avatar for Tresa Thomas Massiongale

Tresa Thomas Massiongale

Chief Investment & Partnership Officer, Bloodworks NW
Tresa Thomas Massiongale is a social innovation executive with over twenty-five years’ experience who works with an active international network focused on Impact Capital, Social Innovation, Social Enterprise, and Impact Investment.  She serves as Bloodworks NW’s Chief Investment... Read More →
avatar for Madhu K. Singh

Madhu K. Singh

Founder & Chief Legal Officer, Foundry Law Group
Madhu K. Singh is the founder and chief legal officer at Foundry Law Group. Madhu and her team enjoy growing the firm by empowering businesses and non-profits to be proactive in their operations. Madhu believes in building strong relationships with her clients by being active within... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Impact HUB 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

2:00pm

Cybersecurity isn't just for techies...
Considering a career in cybersecurity? The cybersecurity industry and its opportunities are much broader and more varied than just reverse-malware engineering. Hear from a panel of diverse individuals working in cybersecurity, what their jobs are like and how they got there. (Hint: Knowing how to code is not always prerequisite…)

Speaker
avatar for Mike Thompson _mt_

Mike Thompson _mt_

Data Systems Engineer, Domain Tools
He is interested in studying the Internet as an organism -- the way it evolves and changes over time, and what that means for organizations and individuals. As a Cybersecurity Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, he led the research team that wrote the pioneering study on Internet... Read More →
JB

John Benedict

Security Operations Manager, Rubica, Inc.
John oversees digital threat analytics and intel operations for all clientele. Previously worked for 3 years at Concentric Advisors, a physical and digital security company focused on providing services to high-profile individuals.  Served 5 years in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic... Read More →
avatar for Sara Bromling

Sara Bromling

Cyber Security Data Analyst, Rubica, Inc.
As a Cybersecurity Analyst at Rubica, Sara monitors and investigates network traffic and data flows for suspicious threat indicators, and assists in deep-dive investigations of cyber threat events.  Prior to Rubica, Sara was the Computer Information & IT Instructor for the Year Up... Read More →
avatar for Terra Cooke

Terra Cooke

Security and Compliance Advocate, Limeade
Terra is an advocate for security, compliance, and doing things not to check the box but because that’s how good business should be done. Her career has taken her along many paths including working in the federal government across many roles, as an IT/IS auditor in support of various... Read More →
avatar for Frances Dewing

Frances Dewing

CEO and Co-Founder, Rubica, Inc.
Frances Dewing is the CEO and co-founder of Rubica. Since the company’s inception, Frances built and directed Rubica’s core operations teams, including cyber operations, customer support, finance, legal, diversity initiatives and human resources. Formerly COO of Concentric Advisors... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Harris III

Joshua Harris III

Manager of Concierge Support, Rubica, Inc.
Joshua helped design Rubica’s customer and concierge support department from scratch, providing an important link between technical cybersecurity and practical advising and support for non-technical customers.  His passion for both cybersecurity and helping people is evident in... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wittekind

Mark Wittekind

Director of Engineering, Rubica, Inc.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

2:00pm

Fundraising for B2C startups - Seattle Investor Insights
Limited Capacity filling up

NOTE: Space is limited so arrive early to secure your seat

Venture Capital dollars are flowing into Seattle-area companies in near-record numbers, but most of the cash is going to later-stage startups - especially those with a B2B focus. According to Pitchbook 2017’s report, Seattle is ranked 6th in the US Venture ecosystem, significantly behind San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Boston and Los Angeles – meaning that the pool of potential investors is smaller.

So, what do you do if you’re an early stage B2C startup in Seattle? What does your fundraising roadmap look like? Hear directly from local angel investors and a VC active in the B2C sector. Learn 1st hand what attracted these investors to the Retail, Food & Beverage and Fashion startups in their portfolio, what is a typical path from initial contact to a successful raise, which KPIs are important to track by sector, what support services are offered to position startups for success and what to expect beyond Seattle.

If you are contemplating, embarking or in the midst of fundraising, this panel should be high on your list to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Kathleen Baxley

Kathleen Baxley

Founder, StartUp Valuation Resources
Kathleen is a seasoned investment professional and founder who now provides interim CFO services to help entrepreneurs make a more compelling, professionally formatted case for early-stage investment in their businesses.Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience as an equity analyst... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Scott Jacobson

Scott Jacobson

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Scott joined Madrona in 2007. “I was attracted to Madrona because of the firm’s partnership approach to investing. As an early-stage investor, we are truly rolling up our sleeves and partnering with the entrepreneurs we back on a day-to-day basis. We really do invest a lot of... Read More →
avatar for Shaula Massena

Shaula Massena

Angel Investor, Northwest Sustainable and Responsible Insights
Shaula Massena had careers in software and philanthropy before getting her triple-bottom-line MBA and focusing on impact investment.  She co-founded Impact Hub Seattle, sits on boards for  HeroClip and OlyKraut, and has invested in a number of Food & Beverage companies including... Read More →
avatar for Valentina Vitols

Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

2:00pm

Startup Valuation Workshop - AoA
How should you value your startup? How much money will you raise and the percentage of your company will you sell? Join AoA GM Yi-Jian Ngo for a seminar on how Angel and VC investors will value your company. 

Speaker
avatar for Yi-Jian Ngo

Yi-Jian Ngo

Managing Director, Alliance of Angels
If you're building a startup in the Pacific Northwest and looking for angel investment, would love to chat!


Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

2:00pm

Formation to Exit: Beginning with the End in Mind
When you're launching a startup it's easy to focus solely on creating a great product, building a talented team, and getting funding. While those are all important, it's equally important to be thinking about an exit strategy.

Why consider your exit strategy at the very beginning stages of your startup? While it may seem counterintuitive, your end goal will affect everything from how you structure your business to what type of funding you secure to how you spend your money.

In this panel, you will hear from entrepreneurs who have experienced a wide variety of exits. We'll explore the questions you should be asking yourself as you form your startup and the steps you can take further down the line to ensure a successful private offering, IPO, merger, or other exit. 


Moderators
avatar for Amanda O'Shannessy

Amanda O'Shannessy

Community Marketing Manager, LiquidPlanner

Speaker
avatar for Mamtha Banerjee

Mamtha Banerjee

Sr. Director of Technology, Expedia
Mamtha Banerjee is currently Senior Director of Technology at Expedia and a Mentor at the UW Master's in Entrepreneurship program. Mamtha is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of providing technology and product leadership at both startups and companies like Expedia. She... Read More →
avatar for Todd Humphrey

Todd Humphrey

CEO, LiquidPlanner
Todd Humphrey is the CEO of LiquidPlanner, a project management software company based in Seattle. Before joining LiquidPlanner in 2017, Todd was the co-founder and CCO of League, a Toronto-based company offering a new digital alternative to traditional health insurance. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Shirish Nadkarni

Shirish Nadkarni

Board Member + Entrepreneur, TiE Seattle
Shirish Nadkarni is a serial entrepreneur with proven success in creating multiple consumer businesses that have scaled to tens of millions of users worldwide. Shirish was the co-founder of Livemocha, the world’s largest language learning site with 15+ million registered members... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

3:00pm

I want you to want me: How to get great candidates without resorting to Cheap Tricks
Having a great startup idea is a good first step, but how can you draw great candidates to work with you? What are some best practices for mid-stage startups to recruit employees? What are some tools you can use to recruit a wide range of candidates and ensure diverse perspectives from the start? How can you measure your progress? This talk--or more specifically, conversation--provides practical tips to answer these questions to help you create positive, data-driven recruiting at your startup.  

Speaker
avatar for Elizabeth Dizon

Elizabeth Dizon

Recruiting Specialist, Textio
Elizabeth’s years of tech industry recruiting experience have taught her that when it comes to attracting top job candidates, workplace culture and company integrity matter as much as salary and benefits.The best way to find a great talent match is still by meeting new people, learning... Read More →
avatar for Michael Leggett

Michael Leggett

Senior Technical Recruiter, Outreach
Mike is an engineer turned tech recruiter and University of Florida alumnus. Mike is a passionate brand ambassador for a local startup, Outreach, who enjoys hearing candidate stories and aligning their passion with the perfect role. When Mike is not telling the Outreach story, you... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hagan, Ph.D.

Sarah Hagan, Ph.D.

Research Manager and Data Scientist, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sarah Hagan, Ph.D. is the Research Manager of the People Analytics team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation using data and behavioral psychology to understand employees and make work better. She works across BMGF to bring data to people practices and ensure they're making the best... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Schelley

Lauren Schelley

Talent Acquisition Manager, DreamBox Learning
Lauren Schelley, talent acquisition manager at DreamBox Learning, has single handedly led the execution of hiring initiatives across the 180-person EdTech startup over the last 2 ½ years. She is currently growing the Talent Acquisition team as the company scales and experiences high... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

3:00pm

Trade Show 101: Removing the Mystery of Trade Show Exhibiting
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you been to a Trade Show as an Attendee? As an Exhibitor? Are you thinking about exhibiting at a Trade Show in the next year or so? Curious as to HOW TO START? How much will it cost? How do you "show" well? How do you enable success? How do you manage the pre and post show marketing and follow-up? Exhibiting at Trade Shows can be overwhelming... but it doesn't have to be! Join Erica with Exhibits Northwest to for a crash course — Trade Show 101!
Be sure to bring your Trade Show questions for Q&A discussion after the informational presentation.

Speaker
avatar for Erica Dougherty

Erica Dougherty

Account Executive, Exhibits Northwest
Erica is your first go-to resource when you decide you are ready, or might be ready, to exhibit at a Trade Show! A designer by nature (and by earning a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University's College of Design), Erica has always had an eye for detail... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

3:00pm

Up-Leveling Your Startup's Facebook Ads
You get it. You've been told hundreds of times about the power and importance of social media marketing for your startups success. You've got that one annoying friend who also owns a business that can't stop talking about all of their quality low cost leads! Yet, you can't seem to crack the code. Maybe you don't have the time. Maybe you don't have the resources.

In this session you'll learn:
  • How to build a strong foundation on Facebook to sustain results as time goes on
  • How to properly build a Facebook funnel that doesn't just get you leads, but gets you qualified leads
  • How to recognize signs that it's time to freshen things up

Speaker
avatar for Matt Mason

Matt Mason

Senior Media Planner, POSSIBLE
Matt Mason is a lifelong learner and digital marketing enthusiast. Matt’s favorite thing about marketing is getting outstanding results for his client and keeping up with the fast-moving current of technology and technique. He is currently a Senior Media Planner at POSSIBLE. Matt... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

3:00pm

Art, Artists, and the Intersection with Emerging Tech
How can artists engage with and utilize immersive technologies? This panel of artists speak about creating and exploring with various mediums without having a coding or technology focused background.

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Atkins

Ryan Atkins

Founder, Atkins Digital
I have a passion for understanding how society uses emerging technology to continually reinvent its relationship with reality. I believe that this process is inherently artistic and uniquely human, for better and worse. I try to make a positive impact by being an active and organizing... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Scott

Scott "scobot" Bennett

Founder, scobot
Scobot creates immersive, virtual reality art. Combining years of professional experience in painting, sculpture, and video art with game engine technology, his work allows viewers to explore and experience abstract compositions through virtual reality hardware. The Pacific Science... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Erven

Marisa Erven

Art Director, Hyperspace XR
Marisa Erven is an Art Director and Experience Lead who specializes in world-building and the development of new intellectual properties. Her extensive experience includes work on emergent technologies and award-winning video games.  Emergent technologies expertise includes early... Read More →
avatar for Ilen Halo

Ilen Halo

Founder/Artist, I AM HALO
 I AM HALO instillation co-creates a synesthetic experience through the merging of audio visual technology and traditional performance art. The performance is the brainchild of musical pioneer and performance artist Ilen Halogram. Our immersive expression invites our audience to... Read More →
avatar for Audrey Lane

Audrey Lane

Electronic Creatives
Born and raised in the Salish Sea region, Audrey Lane has a deep connection to the voices of our lands, cultural heritage, and of course, technology. Coming from a background in traditional film making and photography and education at Evergreen College and School of Visual Concepts... Read More →
avatar for Simon Manning

Simon Manning

Founder, Bevel VR
Simon is a Seattle-based creative technologist who founded Bevel XR to use immersive technology to better communicate design intent. Clarity and confidence are his benchmarks when building virtual experiences for enterprise customers. His innovative work on the F5 tower in Seattle... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

3:30pm

Compliance and Crypto: How Regulations Will Impact New Money
There is no doubt that cryptocurrency has gained incredible traction over the last 18 months, but one of the biggest questions surrounding the future of crypto is not if but how compliance will play a role in mass adoption. Join Dom Garrett (Director of Engagement at Coinme) as he leads our panelists in a discussion on the current regulatory landscape and what governments can do to help or hinder the future of crypto.

Speaker
avatar for Neil Bergquist

Neil Bergquist

CEO/Co-Founder, Coinme
Neil is a former innovation management consultant and serial entrepreneur having served in executive roles in the technology, healthcare, and real estate industries. Prior to consulting he developed and led SURF Incubator, a startup incubator which was the largest technology incubator... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Cutler

Joseph Cutler

Partner, Perkins Coie
Joe Cutler is a Privacy & Data Security Partner at Perkins Coie LLP and core member of the firm's Fintech and Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry groups. His practice emphasis includes cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology, like blockchain, in areas related... Read More →
avatar for Dom Garrett

Dom Garrett

Director of Engagement, Coinme
As Director of Engagement for Coinme’s Crypto Advisory Services, Dom is responsible for developing profitable marketing strategies for customer outreach and extending consumer base, developing sales pitch, etc., for customer presentations on both the retail and institutional side... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Lerner

Lawrence Lerner

CEO, Pithia
During his career, Lawrence has worked across industries in multiple roles (executive, lead technologist, public board director) to enable digital transformation, scaling up businesses using edge technologies and processes creating $100Ms in new revenue. Whether it was re-architecting... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

Governor Inslee's ICT Industry Sector Lead & State of Washington ICT Economic Development Director, State of Washington
Joseph Williams is Governor Inslee’s ICT Sector lead. A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining Commerce. His distinguished career in the... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Coinme Headquarters 701 5th Ave #3150, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

3:30pm

Leading Your Business to Success with Your Intuition
Limited Capacity filling up

Should intuition be running your business?  Find out at this panel discussion with acclaimed Author, May McCarthy, (Path to Wealth & The Gratitude Formula), Business Spiritual Leaders – Tay & Val, and PartnerTap Founders, Cassandra Gholston & Autum Grimmand moderated by Terri Eccles, Strategy & Leadership Coach.  In this panel discussion, you will find out if a thought you have is genuine or intuitive. Learn to recognize and interpret your emotions. Communication through daily writing exercises.  This is your golden opportunity to learn more about the power of intuition and the value of intention.
Sponsored by the Columbia Tower Club www.clubcorp.com/clubs/Columbia-Tower-Club
*Dress Code: This is a private club and dress code is business casual or business attire


Speaker
avatar for Terri Eccles

Terri Eccles

Product Strategy & Transformation Consultant, Virago
Terri Eccles is the owner of Virago Labs - a boutique consulting firm focused on strategy and leadership for startups.  As part of her business, she is currently interim COO (Head of Product, Marketing, & Tech) for a fintech startup. She also teaches product management at General... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Gholston

Cassandra Gholston

CEO & Co-Founder, PartnerTap
Cassandra is responsible for the strategic vision of PartnerTap. Prior to founding PartnerTap Cassandra spent her career in sales as a top performer in SaaS companies. She obtained multiple President’s Clubs and awards. She is driven to make the jobs of salespeople more lucrative... Read More →
avatar for Autum Grimm

Autum Grimm

Co-founder/Chief Revenue Officer, Partnertap
Autum Grimm is a Co-founder/Chief Revenue Officer for Partnertap.  She is responsible for sales, demand generation, and business development. Over the past 15 years Autum has spent her time both selling to domestic and international companies as well as leading and developing top... Read More →
avatar for May McCarthy

May McCarthy

CEO, Bizzultz
Since 1982, Ms. McCarthy has founded and grown successful companies in a variety of industries. And, she has worked for Fortune 500 companies like Johnson & Johnson and Boeing. She is a best selling author of The Path to Wealth and has released a second book, The Gratitude Formula. Ms... Read More →
avatar for Tay & Val

Tay & Val

Founders, TaynVal
"Everything we do is grounded in the intention to help people lead their BEST lives." — @taynvalTay & Val are the spiritual strategists and soul mentors conscious companies and visionary leaders go to -- to answer their "What's Next?" question -- as they navigate their personal... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Columbia Tower Club 701 5th Ave. 75th Floor - Washington Room- Seattle, WA 98104
  • Demo Night Leading Your Business to Success with Your Intuition

4:00pm

Your Personal Cybersecurity
Cybercrime is in the news daily, but how can you make sense of what all this means to you? Cybersecurity is no longer an issue just for companies. The unit of attack is now the individual, regardless of whether the cybercriminal is going after company or personal assets. We will breakdown the threat landscape, how this personally affects you, how individuals are frequently targeted, and what you can do to not be the weakest link.

Speaker
avatar for Brandon Frick

Brandon Frick

Cyber Security Specialist, Rubica, Inc.
Prior to Rubica, Brandon performed a wide range of technical and cybersecurity roles at former employers Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Dutch Bros Coffee and F5 Networks working to help enhance and ensure a positive security posture. Brandon is passionate about continuing his education... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Harris III

Joshua Harris III

Manager of Concierge Support, Rubica, Inc.
Joshua helped design Rubica’s customer and concierge support department from scratch, providing an important link between technical cybersecurity and practical advising and support for non-technical customers.  His passion for both cybersecurity and helping people is evident in... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

4:00pm

Complete Cloud Compliance
Limited Capacity seats available

The cloud has moved so fast that even within the past year, technology options are totally different. Micro-services, managed services... the cloud is not what it used to be. How do healthcare companies fully meet compliance assurances in a dynamic cloud world? A new open source framework from Datica called Complete Cloud Compliance gives a path. Author Kris Gosser will break it down for attendees during Seattle Startup Week.

Speaker
avatar for Kris Gosser

Kris Gosser

CMO, Datica
Kris likes to sit at the intersection of design, business, and technology to craft empathetic products for markets in need. He has been a Lean Startup practitioner across his twelve-year career as an entrepreneur spanning leadership roles in engineering, design, product, marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 Ninth Ave. Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98101

4:00pm

3D Printing: the future of retail and manufacturing?
Limited Capacity filling up

3D printing has created opportunity in lower cost to entry for makers, on-demand manufacturing, individualized offerings and rapid prototyping, so why isn't it used more often or more accesible? Come learn from local experts the history, the opportunities, and the challenges of 3D printing while we explore is 3D printing the future of retail and manufacturing.

Speaker
avatar for Dustin Horn

Dustin Horn

Industrial Designer, Artefact
As an industrial designer, Dustin Horn is enamored with elegant technology and simple solutions with refined function. Dustin pulls from a varied background of problem-solving, having worked in product development fields ranging from ergonomic aircraft cabins to the newest virtual... Read More →
avatar for Cary Kaczowka

Cary Kaczowka

Engineer, Boeing
Cary Kaczowka is a materials & fabrication engineer in Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development team with a focus on polymer additive manufacturing. She connects people, executes technical projects, and brings technologies into reality. Originally... Read More →
avatar for Sarah O'Sell

Sarah O'Sell

Community Ambassador Seattle, Women in 3D Printing
With a cross-industry background in clean tech, fashion home, specialty food, and startups, most recently in robotics, Sarah is passionate about 3D printing and inclusive innovation for the Circular Economy. She envisions a future of distributed custom-production-on-demand centers... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

4:00pm

Turning Leftovers into Electricity: A Clean Tech Fireside Chat with Craig Husa, CEO of Impact Bioenergy
Imagine converting half-eaten burgers, spoiled milk and spent yeast into
electricity and fertilizer? That’s what this Seattle Startup is churning. Their
prefabricated bioenergy units are engineered and sized to allow communities and
organizations complete food waste diversion right on their own site. The result: A
substantial reduction of their waste disposal and energy costs while generating a
faster ROI than wind or solar.

The coolest part of all? This startup develops and manufactures their bioenergy
products right here in the Pacific Northwest and considers their local sourcing
and local empowerment to be the foundation of their success. What’s not to
love?

Join interviewer, Carolyn Parrs of Mind Over Markets, in this zero-waste
conversation with Clean Tech Guru and CEO of Impact Bioenergy, Craig Husa.


Speaker
avatar for Craig Husa

Craig Husa

CEO, Impact Bioenergy
Craig is the CEO of Impact Bioenergy (www.impactbioenergy.com).   Impact manufactures commercial-scale, portable anaerobic digesters that convert food waste into renewable energy and probiotic plant food with zero-waste.  Previously, Craig served as the CEO of multiple innovative, break-through companies in a broad range of industries inclu... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Parrs

Carolyn Parrs

CEO/Founder, Mind Over Markets
Carolyn Parrs is the CEO and founder of Mind Over Markets , a brand marketing andmessaging company in Seattle and Santa Fe. Since 2003, MOM has helped thousands ofentrepreneurs, mid-size energy companies & the utility market build counterintuitivesustainability communications str... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room
  • Demo Night Fireside Discussion

4:00pm

5k Walk/Run and Happy Hour with IRONMAN
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you walk? Do you run? Did you know that IRONMAN, who acquired Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series in 2017, has been a part of the thinkspace community since May? We're excited to break up our day from sitting and speakers with a fun and casual 5k walk/run from thinkspace Seattle. Come join IRONMAN, the thinkspace team, and colleagues throughout the community during Seattle Startup Week to get outside and move! We'll be reassembling at thinkspace post-run for electrolytes and refreshments before gearing up for your evening of events. 

Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
thinkspace Seattle- Pacific Crest 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 200, Seatle, WA 98109

4:30pm

Fintech and Cryptocurrency Happy Hour
Join us for drinks following the Compliance and Crypto: How Regulations Will Impact New Money session. All are welcome!

Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Coinme Headquarters 701 5th Ave #3150, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

5:00pm

Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Crypto & Security Tokens
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Dave Bard to discuss blockchain in the context of real estate.  Experts will discuss smart contracts and security tokens as emerging technologies with innovation potential in commercial real estate.

Speaker
avatar for Adrian Cortez

Adrian Cortez

Advisor, Chicago Blockchain Project
Adrian Cortez is a seasoned thought leader and community builder in the nascent blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) industry. With a background in international business development, investment management, and entrepreneurship, he brings a global outlook supported by... Read More →
avatar for Dan De Grazia

Dan De Grazia

Chief Data Scientist Open Source, Partner Ecosystem, IBM
Dan is part of North American Technical Channels teams at IBM Analytics. We are working to have the entire partner ecosystem be successful in the new cloud based open source economy. We do this by providing all the dynamics of an elastic hybrid cloud environment coupled with the best... Read More →
avatar for Michael Smyers

Michael Smyers

Co-Founder, Engineering and Product, CoinMe
Michael is passionate about working on meaningful things and has had the good fortune of working with some incredible people.  Four years ago, Coinme became the first licensed Bitcoin ATM operator in the US and now processes millions of dollars (USD) each month. The company’s vertically... Read More →
avatar for Chris Tyler

Chris Tyler

Embedded Solutions Evangelist - Blockchain, IoT and Analytic, IBM
Chris is a trusted advisor to multiple IBM Business Partners. With over 25 years of experience in Systems Development and Analytics, Chris provides valuable expertise and vision to his partners. With his guidance, the partners benefit from generating additional revenue and getting... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

5:00pm

Finding & Funding a Small Business
Limited Capacity filling up

Come join this panel of experts to discovery pathways to success when dealing with these two monumental tasks; finding & funding the Small Business of your dreams. 

Speaker
avatar for Steven Evans

Steven Evans

Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer, HomeStreet Bank
Steven Evans is a 22 year seasoned sales and lending professional specializing in SBA commercial financing. Steven works with clients in a wide range of industries offering financing via the SBA 7(a) and 504 programs respectively.  Steven also works with outside referral partners... Read More →
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Jeff Levy

The Entrepreneurs Source
Jeff Levy, Author, Speaker, Coach.Jeff is a coach to individuals interested in exploring self employment with an emphasis in franchising. His experience includes participation in new technology companies, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, raising investment capital and coach... Read More →
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John Martinka

CoFounder, Martinka Consulting
John Martinka is known as The Escape Artist because of his expertise in three areas:Helping executives escape the corporate world by buying the right business the right wayCreating large exits for small businesses so the owner can exit their business with style, grace and more moneyAccelerating... Read More →
avatar for Sunil Nair

Sunil Nair

Senior Vice President & Chief Credit Officer, Seattle Economic Development Fund / Business Impact NW
Sunil Nair is currently a Senior Vice President and the Chief Credit Officer for the Seattle Economic Development Fund dba Business Impact NW. His responsibilities include meeting with clients to evaluate their financing needs, underwriting the credit worthiness of various business... Read More →
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Lisa White

Economic Development Specialist., United States Small Business Administration
Lisa White works as an Economic Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office, where she specializes in connecting entrepreneurs with the right resources at the right time to start, grow, expand or recover their business. With over... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

5:30pm

Shape Your Mindset- Gracefully handle a “loss” and turn it into a learning opportunity,
Limited Capacity seats available

Elliott Neff speaks about helping others discover life lessons through the game of chess. As a part of his new book launch and in conjunction with Seattle Startup Week, come be captivated by his "blindfold chess" demonstration, his stories of students' lives transformed, and his enthusiasm for helping others find and maximize their talents. Elliot shows the true entrepreneurial spirit of grit and resilience and you'll be able to hear it all during this moderated interview and short Q&A. 

Speaker
avatar for Elliot Neff

Elliot Neff

Founder and CEO, Chess4Life
Elliott Neff is the founder and CEO of Chess4Life, which exists to help students develop life skills through the game of chess. Elliott is a USCF (United State Chess Federation) National Master in Chess. Elliott has personally trained 10,000 students from beginners through national... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
thinkspace Seattle- Pacific Crest 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 200, Seatle, WA 98109
  • Demo Night Moderated Interview

5:30pm

Driving Profits Through Principles: Meet Seattle Sustainability Superstars and learn how they baked sustainability into their brands from the get-go to expand their impact and increase market share
With 87 percent of global consumers considering a company’s social and
environmental commitment before making important decisions, such as purchase
choices, smart startups are building sustainability strategies and practices into
the very core of their business from the very beginning. Why? Because they
know that these strategies produce real results: decreased costs, product
innovations that open new markets, brand loyalty, rising stock values and risk
mitigation.

In this session, you will meet some of Seattle’s brightest sustainability startup
business minds and learn:
  • Why they decided to put sustainability at the core of their business model
  • How they integrated it into their business strategies and systems
  • The brand benefits and bottom-line results from their efforts
  • Why you should do it too

Moderator:
Carolyn Parrs, CEO and Founder of Mind Over Markets

Panelists:
Sarah Blankinship, CEO & Founder of RightSciences
Alison Booth Gribes, Worker-Owner at Equal Exchange
Craig Husa, CEO of Impact Bioenergy
Christoph Krumm, CEO & Co-founder of Sironix Renewables
Sara Vander Zanden, Executive Director of Facing Homelessness


Speaker
avatar for Sarah Blankinship

Sarah Blankinship

Founder/CEO, RightSciences
A longtime technology leader and entrepreneur, Sarah Blankinship is the founder and CEO of RightSciences, a US biotech firm that engineers plant-based wellness products for consumers. RightSciences was launched after Sarah observed the cocktail of medications her stroke-stricken... Read More →
avatar for Alison Booth Gribas

Alison Booth Gribas

Worker-Owner & Food Service Sales Rep, Equal Exchange Coop
Alison Booth Gribas has been working in fair trade, coffee, and cooperatives since 2001. She is a worker-owner at Equal Exchange, currently serving as a Food Service Sales Rep and developing a new Seattle cafe. Alison provides training and support for other democratic businesses as... Read More →
avatar for Craig Husa

Craig Husa

CEO, Impact Bioenergy
Craig is the CEO of Impact Bioenergy (www.impactbioenergy.com).   Impact manufactures commercial-scale, portable anaerobic digesters that convert food waste into renewable energy and probiotic plant food with zero-waste.  Previously, Craig served as the CEO of multiple innovative, break-through companies in a broad range of industries inclu... Read More →
avatar for Christoph Krumm

Christoph Krumm

Founder, Sironix Renewables
Christoph likes to help you do your chores. Having founded Sironix Renewables, he works to develop new greener, safer, and more effective ingredients for cleaning products like laundry detergents. He was recently selected as an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Top 35 Under... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Parrs

Carolyn Parrs

CEO/Founder, Mind Over Markets
Carolyn Parrs is the CEO and founder of Mind Over Markets , a brand marketing andmessaging company in Seattle and Santa Fe. Since 2003, MOM has helped thousands ofentrepreneurs, mid-size energy companies & the utility market build counterintuitivesustainability communications str... Read More →
avatar for Sara Vander Zanden

Sara Vander Zanden

Executive Director, Facing Homelessness
Sara Vander Zanden leads Facing Homelessness, a grassroots nonprofit that invites community to end the social injustice of homelessness. Under her leadership, the organization launched an unprecedented housing initiative to support people living outside – the BLOCK Project. By building... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room
  • Demo Night Panel

5:30pm

Founders Live Seattle - Happy Hour and Pitch Competition
Limited Capacity filling up

Founders Live is back with Seattle Startup Week! Join us for an incredible happy hour/pitch event as you hang with other entrepreneurs and hear from 5 awesome Seattle startups.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVESTREAM OF FOUNDERS LIVE SEATTLE.

Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the globe where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive an award, but recognition from the crowd and also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. So bring your friends and coworkers, grab some food and drink, get to know your local entrepreneurs and vote for what you think will be the next big thing... built in Seattle.

Agenda:
5:30pm:  Drinks, food, and networking
6:30pm: Pitches start
7:30pm : Winner Announced
8:30pm:  Afterparty


Pitch Companies: 

Preferhired - THE WORLDʼS ONLINE RECRUITMENT REFERRAL MARKETPLACE. Discover Jobs. Refer Friends. Get Paid. Hire Smarter.

Intentionalist - YOUR GUIDE TO INTENTIONAL SPENDING. Support small businesses and diverse local communities one… purchase at a time.

aspace  - Connecting the every-day car commuter to last-mile.

Jumpstart Energy - Crowdfund clean energy, anywhere. Universal energy access starts with you.

Shop The Change - Shop the Change is an online marketplace that provides instant access to transparent information about the companies behind our shopping lists. When we consciously choose brands that meaningfully demonstrate their commitment to making the world a better place, we change the status quo.


About Founders Live
Founders Live is a media company and global community of entrepreneurial inspiration, education, and entertainment. The Founders Live movement includes unforgettable and livestreamed 99-second startup happy hour pitch competitions held in select cities, which create local founder celebrities and bursts open additional pockets of creativity and entrepreneurial activity around the world. The Live monthly events coupled with a growing online network where curated articles, videos, livestreamed expert talks, technologies, tools, and member chats help create world-class entrepreneurs. Our vision is to grow the next globally recognized entrepreneurial brand - which raises the tide for ALL startup regions but specifically 2nd and 3rd tier markets - to ultimately power the pulse of early-stage entrepreneurship and creativity around the world.

Founders Live is currently expanding across the world and is currently Live in 25 cities including Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver BC, Nairobi Kenya, and Kampala Uganda, and is launching 2 new cities each month. By end of 2018 we'll be operating Live monthly events in 35+ cities reaching tens of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs and urban trendsetters each month, with projections to reach millions globally within a few years. 
You can read more about us here.




Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Galvanize - Downstairs
  • Demo Night Pitch competition

5:30pm

Hack Nation - Pitch Competition
Limited Capacity seats available

A pitch competition created for underrepresented entrepreneurs by underrepresented entrepreneurs. It has all of the elements of a traditional pitch competition, plus a few twists! Performing art elements, a live DJ and a few surprises to bring Showtime at the Apollo vibes to this Shark Tank-like event. Prize packages include cash,  mentor matching, tech swag and more!

Speaker
avatar for Denise Aguilar

Denise Aguilar

Co-Founder, PreA
Company:PreA is a predictive pre-automotive beginning to end shopping solution. Let’s finally streamline the car shopping process from research to purchase, lease or subscription for new or used Vehicles.Bio:Denise Aguilar is an experienced communications professional with a desire... Read More →
avatar for Vance Ashworth

Vance Ashworth

Founder, Happy Foods
Company:Happy Foods is an application that facilitates, educates, and promotes both healthy eating and living habits.  
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Dominique Davis

CEO, Community Passageways
Community Passageways is a Non-Profit Org that works with underserved and marginalized populations of King County. We work with young adults from the ages of 14 to 27 years old. Our goal is to keep young adults out of the criminal justice system by being proactive in getting them... Read More →
avatar for Jolyn GC

Jolyn GC

Founder, AppX
Company:App X  is an Immersive art experience from your smart device (mobile app)Bio:Jolyn GC is Seattle native and arts innovator focusing on new ways to showcase the amazing and under-recognized art of the African Diaspora.
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Soffonias Gebrehiwot

Founder + CEO, Gage Travels
Company:Gage is a travel platform that curates tailored itineraries & connects travelers with locals
avatar for Sabastian Mugazambi

Sabastian Mugazambi

Founder + CEO, Navhana Inc
Navhana is bridging the technology gap for African merchants by providing an online platform to showcase their artisanal products. Navhana is developing the technology that allows impoverished African artisans to create, manage and maintain online seller accounts without internet... Read More →
avatar for Kennedy Onzere

Kennedy Onzere

CEO, Y-Self LLC
Company:Y-Self is a financial-technologies based applications company that offers clients with smartphone or Internet based devices the opportunity to accomplish financial transactions and other services across international banking institutions with ease.Bio:Kennedy and Kimani are... Read More →
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Samuel Tesfamariam

Founder, Rack Tribe
Rack Tribe is an online marketplace for brick and mortar consignment shops, powered by analytics to turn over inventory faster and increase profit per item.Samuel has over 8 years experience working at Amazon, Nordstrom, and eCommerce site to help resolve inventory issues and increase... Read More →
avatar for Nourah Yonous

Nourah Yonous

Founder/ Executive Director, African Women Business Alliance
AWBA provides black women from the diaspora with holistic approach/culturally responsive tools required to start, grow, and scale a business through research and advocacy, training, 1:1 coaching, tailored workshops, access to seed capital and market place.Nourah is a proud African-born... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

6:00pm

Fireside Chat on Youth Entrepreneurship with Dave Cotter and Ryan Fritzky
Speaker
avatar for Dave Cotter

Dave Cotter

CEO, MessageYes
Dave Cotter joined Nordstrom as the vice president of mobile in March 2018. Dave supports and helps oversee the vision, business, and product strategy for all mobile experiences at Nordstrom.Prior to Nordstrom, Dave was CEO of e-commerce over mobile messaging platform MessageYes... Read More →
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Ryan Fritzky

Co-Founder, Bean Box
Ryan Fritzky is the co-founder and chief marketer for Bean Box, an artisan coffee subscription platform connecting consumers to a personalized selection of locally-roasted specialty coffees. He focuses on subscriber growth, customer lifecycle, and evolving Bean Box’s products and... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Galvanize - Lumber Yard

6:30pm

Seattle Proptech: How Seattle can be a global leader in Real Estate and Construction Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a fireside chat and panel discussion on how Seattle can emerge as the global leader at the intersection of Fintech, Real Estate Tech and Digital Construction.  

Funding and interest in Proptech is exploding with rapid growth in the number of startups and multiplying investment from VCs, Real Estate Industry leaders, Wall Street and private investors.  Seattle is already America's fastest growing city with a rapidly appreciating real estate market driven largely driven by the booming local technology industry and record-setting construction market.  

How can the investment community, entrepreneurs, Microsoft, Zillow, Redfin, Amazon and digitally progressive real estate and construction companies coalesce to accelerate democratization and digitalization of the largest asset class and the built environment we all live in?  

Speaker
avatar for Mollie Fadule

Mollie Fadule

Partner, Cephas Partners
Mollie has significant experience in the acquisition, disposition and management of complex real estate transactions domestically and internationally, including underwriting and closing transactions involving direct equity, bridge equity, senior and mezzanine debt and joint ventures... Read More →
avatar for Greg Howes

Greg Howes

Cofounder, CutMyTimber, AEC Hackathon, Seattle Proptech
Greg Howes is a Geek Builder, frequent speaker on Digital Construction and leading hacker of the $10 trillion global construction industry.  He is a cofounder of CutMyTimber a technology-driven fabricator of Prefab wood buildings using CNC machines and robots to manufacture extr... Read More →
avatar for Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers

Founder & CEO at Geek Estate & Horizon, Geek Estate
Product strategist & community builder with 10+ years of cross-functional experience in the sharing economy, real estate, & travel industries. 3 times promoted in-house. Conceptualized & led 2 bootstrapped travel apps, reaching 15k+ total global users. Passionate about making community... Read More →
avatar for Chris Picadaro

Chris Picadaro

Senior Associate, Madrona Venture Group
Chris joined Madrona in 2017. As part of the investment team, Chris is focused on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting the growth and strategy of current portfolio companies. Chris is especially interested in intelligent applications, e-commerce... Read More →
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Chad Zinda

Designated Broker, Metropolist
Accomplished professional with strength in goal development, relationship building and strategy development & implementation. Results-oriented, detail-driven leader with proven success in developing growth and continuous improvement. Builds rapport and trust with colleagues and associates... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Metropolist 2931 1st Ave S A, Seattle, WA 98134, USA

6:30pm

PuPPy - a monthly meetup for Puget Sound Programming Python
Limited Capacity filling up

What we'll do

Meeting at Starbucks HQ for 1st time ever. Thank you Carly Slater, Nicholas Hunt-Walker, and Cris Ewing for pushing this forward.

What to bring

Bring your self. This is a talk format meeting, we will feature speakers

Our event

PuPPy, one of the world's largest Python communities, will feature Python in use at Startups. Our October meeting is a collaboration with Startup Week. We'll feature talks by engineers at Seattle startups. Our speakers will demonstrate how Python drives growth at some of Seattle's fastest growing startups.

Alex Landau of Rover will share his talk, "Building a Culture of Observability at Rover"

TALK DESCRIPTION: Observability is all about achieving a deep understanding of your software. At Rover we strive to build observability into our culture, not only to improve our site reliability and performance but also to empower our developers. In this talk you'll learn about why we've focused on observability, the tools we've built, and the best practices we've learned to ingrain observability into our engineering culture.




Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Startbucks HQ 2401 Utah Avenue South, Seattle, WA
 
Thursday, October 11
 

10:00am

Expand Your Social Capital in the Heart of the Seattle Freeze
Do you want to defrost that Seattle Freeze a bit? Like all things, if you’re interested in creating change, you identify and tackle all the interconnected root causes. How do you navigate the Seattle Freeze? What are some ways to expand your social capital? This session will provide you some tools for self-exploration and personal development to ensure you can dodge the Seattle Freeze at work and at play!

Speaker
avatar for Alice Fong

Alice Fong

Principal Consultant and Owner, Gwaan Hai, LLC
Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder and/or be the IT socialite – engaging relationships well will help you achieve your goals. Alice has been successfully stewarding relationships for over 20 years from higher education, hospital systems, government, and nonprofit sectors... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- DoveTail

10:00am

Do I want/Need a CoFounder?
Limited Capacity full

Hear a story of an unconventional partnership that has evolved over 15 years.  From their partnership, to the entrepreneurs they've helped along the way, they've experienced and seen the benefits, frustrations and even catastrophes that can come from having partners. Here you can explore whether you need a partner to start, buy or build a business.  And, if so - what you should consider before agreeing to the details of a partnership.

Bio:  David Nilssen and Jeremy Ames cofound Guidant Financial as equal partners in 2003 without investors. They've helped fund over 18,000 small businesses - in all 50 states - with more than $4,000,000,000 through rollovers as business arrangements, small business loans, unsecured credit and more.  In 2007, they were named the National Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  In 2008, Guidant became an Inc. 500 company and over the years it has made countless lists of the best places to work in Seattle.

Speaker
avatar for Jeremy Ames

Jeremy Ames

President & CoFounder, Guidant Financial Group
avatar for David Nilssen

David Nilssen

CEO & CoFounder, Guidant Financial


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104
  • Demo Night Panel Discussion

10:00am

Multigenerational Teams: How to Manage and Thrive
Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X'ers, and Millenials....how do you harness each generation's expertise and strengths while maintaining a successful balance?  Join us for an expert panel discussion to hear from those that manage and thrive within multi-generational teams

Moderators
avatar for Nancy McSharry Jensen

Nancy McSharry Jensen

CEO/Co-Founder, The Swing Shift
Nancy McSharry Jensen is CEO and Co-Founder of The Swing Shift, the destination for women in career transition. She’s been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, at Seattle’s infamous F-Bomb Breakfast Club and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. The award-winning... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Keenan Barr

Keenan Barr

DEI Consultant
Keenan Barr most recently was a consultant for Greatheart Consulting, a Seattle-based company that develops inclusive leaders for competitive and collaborative advantage. With nearly a decade of team leadership experience in a variety of settings, he brings a distinctive Millennial... Read More →
avatar for Lydia Frank

Lydia Frank

VP of Content Strategy, PayScale
For more than a decade, VP of Content Strategy Lydia Frank has led a team of content creators and researchers at PayScale, a compensation data and software company, who work to understand all of the various factors that impact compensation and provide guidance to both employees and... Read More →
avatar for Heather Staples

Heather Staples

Co-Founder, The Staples Restaurant Group
Heather Staples, Co-founder of The Staples Restaurant Group, is an award-winning hospitality and design business leader. Her background includes restaurant design and launch work for Starbucks and Staples Restaurant Group, including market introduction of Restaurant Zoe, Zoe Events... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize- Harbor Room

10:00am

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions (Thursday)
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.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Outcalt

Nancy Outcalt

Sr. Business Development Executive, eXcell, a division of CompuCom
Nancy is thrilled to be the 2018 StartUp Week Mentor Program Lead.Connecting people to each other is my passion. With a foundation in executive, technical and sales recruiting, I’ve placed hundreds of candidates into career advancing roles. I transitioned into pure business development... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Marc Bridge

Marc Bridge

Founder, Langham Street Ventures
Marc Bridge is the Founder and General Partner of Langham Street Ventures, investing in earlystage consumer, technology, and retail companies.He was previously Vice President of Marketing at Ben Bridge Jeweler (a Berkshire Hathawaycompany), where he led the company’s brand evolution... Read More →
avatar for Penny Cook

Penny Cook

Chief Product Officer, Windpact
Executive leader with over 20 years of experience successfully developing and leading operations teams, streamlining customer experiences, and growing market share for new products and services. Adept at analyzing and creatively solving complex business problems, finding paths to... Read More →
avatar for Julianna Duso

Julianna Duso

Chief Compliance Officer, Business Impact NW
Julianna Duso, MBA joined Business Impact NW (BIN) in 2013 as a business counselor for the Region X Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and moved into the role as the director of that center in 2014.  In 2016 she joined the team at the Washington Women’s Business Center... Read More →
avatar for JoAnne Jaspan

JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →
avatar for Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

CEO/Founder, uniquelyHR
Mikaela is a native Seattleite who spent fifteen years in HR leadership roles at local companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, providing no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela serves on the boards of Businesses Ending... Read More →
avatar for Emil Kucirek

Emil Kucirek

QA Manager, Starbucks
I have been in the IT industry for 21 years, starting out as a Tech Writer, and soon after moving into software testing. Most recently I have been a QA Manager for Starbucks where I have managed a number of different QA teams, and am currently managing the Web QA team for our Global... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Molloy

Jennifer Molloy

Executive, Emerging Leader & Business Coach, M-Power
I empower clients to find joy, confidence and clarity to create the future success they desire. My coaching is focused on inspiring clients through compelling learning and practices so they can experience powerful breakthroughs. I am your champion and your accountability partner providing... Read More →
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The Accelement Team

Accelement
Multiple members of the Accelement Team will be at Seattle Startup Week for Mentorship! Take a look at their bios here! Don't forget to sign up in Slotted , Accelement mentors will have Acc. before their names... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Watts-Oelrich

Stephen Watts-Oelrich

Boots to Business Instructor/Business Consultant, Veterans Business Outreach Center
Steve helps veterans, active duty service members and their families start and/or grow their businesses.Experienced Business Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in Legal Services, Training and Consulting. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Team Building, Administration... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize-Room TBD

10:15am

Using Incubators and Accelerators for Corporate Innovation
Limited Capacity filling up

Come learn about how enterprise companies use incubators and accelerators to support corporate innovation and to engage with the startup ecosystem.  

Hear from Intellectual Ventures' Invention Science Fund and Alexa Accelerator, powered by TechStars about their accelerator programs and how startups can engage with both those programs and the companies at large



Speaker
avatar for Aviel Ginzburg

Aviel Ginzburg

Managing Director, Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars
Aviel Ginzburg is a General Partner at Founders' Co-op and Managing Director of the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, which is backed by Amazon's Alexa Fund. In 2010 Aviel co-founded Simply Measured, one of Founders' Co-op's first investments and was later backed by Bessemer... Read More →
avatar for Volha Hrechka

Volha Hrechka

Business Development at Invention Science Fund, Intellectual Ventures
Volha currently leading Business Development at Invention Science Fund and most recently a founder and CEO of PolyDrop. She raised over $4 million in venture capital and grew product million dollar sales in less than two years. She is well-known in the Seattle high-tech community... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
SURF Incubator 999 3rd Ave Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

Understanding and Reaching The Hispanic Market
Limited Capacity filling up

 
Understanding and Reaching The Hispanic Market
 
This session will highlight some of the latest research regarding Hispanic consumers.   The session is appropriate for entrepreneurs and marketers looking to serve this rapidly growing and evolving  market segment. 

Speaker
avatar for Iván Barrón

Iván Barrón

Entrepreneur and educator, UW
Ivan Barron is an entrepreneur and educator. Ivan’s experiences growing up as a low-income, immigrant from Mexico have inspired his work to launch nationally-recognized leadership and entrepreneurship education programs with universities, foundations and Fortune 500 companies.  In... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

11:00am

Marketing Strategy: It’s Not Really OK To Fail (Unless You Do It Right)
The phrase “it’s OK to fail” has become the rallying cry of every organization that wants to encourage innovation. No matter how good a company’s intent, however, innovation can never flourish when employees are still constrained by systems designed to enforce the status quo: fear of rocking the boat—or worse, losing a job—quashes new ideas before they ever have a chance to succeed.

So how can organizations truly invest in new ideas, in a way that both creates a safe space for innovators and keeps fiscal responsibility front and center? Jesse Fowl coaches clients to help them build exactly these kinds of environments, and will share with attendees how they can:

  • Recognize “failure” as a vital part of the cycle of idea development
  • Establish teams with clear roles that create a culture of innovation
  • Set goals around the volume of ideas, not outcome
  • Tie big ideas to business goals and plan for ROI that includes “failed” attempts

Speaker
avatar for Jesse Fowl

Jesse Fowl

Managing Director & Lead Strategist, Solomon Solution
Jesse Fowl believes that at its core, marketing is about crafting experiences that evoke emotions— namely, trust. As the managing director and lead strategist at Solomon, he is an expert in turning customer-centered design into reality, enabled by his highly technical team’s mastery... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

11:00am

Career Reinvention: Jumping Off the Corporate Ladder into the Entrepreneurial Unknown
What motivates certain people to walk away from successful, established careers and start completely over with a new, riskier gig? Lifelong dream or knee-jerk move? Learn the thrills and pitfalls of career reinvention from a panel of people who have wholly redrawn their professional paths. Get ready to be inspired!

Speaker
avatar for Catherine Carr

Catherine Carr

Founder, Vitamin C Creative
Catherine Carr has 20+ years of leadership-level experience in branding, marketing, and product development at Microsoft, Cranium, and Haiku Deck. As Cranium’s Keeper of the Flame, she led brand expression and global content development. Following Cranium’s acquisition by Hasbro... Read More →
avatar for Nancy McSharry Jensen

Nancy McSharry Jensen

CEO/Co-Founder, The Swing Shift
Nancy McSharry Jensen is CEO and Co-Founder of The Swing Shift, the destination for women in career transition. She’s been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, at Seattle’s infamous F-Bomb Breakfast Club and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. The award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Danna Redmond

Danna Redmond

Co-Founder, HeyThrivy
Danna Redmond is the Co-Founder of HeyThrivy, a customized personalized assistant service powered by technology and data insights that is helping people manage their busy lives.   In the founding of HeyThrivy, Danna set out to solve a problem that she, too, was experiencing – how... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

12:00pm

The Startup Revenue Engine: generating targeted, qualified leads to scale and accelerate growth
In this session, we will break down all the moving parts of the revenue generating ecosystem; providing a comprehensive overview to explore the critical relationship between marketing, business development and sales. We will discuss tangible ways to increase top of funnel leads that have a high propensity to develop into net new business. Join us to get tactical tips and strategies that you can start putting into play right away to help jump start your pipelines.


Speaker
avatar for Steven Bryerton

Steven Bryerton

VP, Sales, DiscoverOrg
Steven Bryerton is the VP & Head of Sales for DiscoverOrg, the industry's leading sales and marketing intelligence solution. Steven has grown with DiscoverOrg, initially starting on the Research team before moving into roles where he was responsible for Lead Generation & Marketing... Read More →
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Joe Hafner

Senior Consultant, Ocho Consulting
I am an independent marketing consultant specializing in helping companies apply data insights to improve sales and marketing performance.
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JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

12:00pm

Is this Thing Even Enforceable? What You Need to Know About Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation, and Confidentiality Agreements
Limited Capacity filling up

What You Need to Know About Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation, and Confidentiality Agreements

Speaker
avatar for Chuck Rullman

Chuck Rullman

Corr Downs PLLC
Chuck Rullman is a member of Corr Downs PLLC. He is a trial attorney with extensive experience litigating state and federal employment matters, commercial and business disputes, consumer complaints, fiduciary claims arising from probate and non-probate proceedings, and Title III claims... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
thinkspace SEATTLE - Mailbox Peak 1700 Westlake Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

12:00pm

5 Star State of Mind
Limited Capacity filling up

A 2017 Bright Local study found that 97% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses. We live in a world where average star rating is the most important factor consumers look at when judging a local business on review sites. How can your business rise above the competition if you don’t have a perfect five-star rating today? It takes adopting a five-star state of mind – understanding how consumers use reviews, setting goals for customer service excellence, developing a strategy for dealing with customer feedback, and organically growing reviews. Your customers are already talking about your business online and shaping your reputation, whether you’re listening or not. It’s time to actively join the conversation, gain consumer trust, and stand out. In this session, learn from Yelp’s Local Business Partner – a digital-age marketer with 10+ years experience – about strategies that will empower you to better manage your online reputation.

Speaker
avatar for Christy Augsburger

Christy Augsburger

Yelp
As Seattle’s Local Business Partner, Christy is building a thriving network of local business owners by connecting with them and connecting them to each other. She is hosting a series of online and offline events to provide business owners with resources that help them succeed and... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

12:00pm

Unlocking UW Resources for the Startup Community
Hear from a panel of UW employees how ALL startups (not just those who are affiliated with the University!) can utilize the resources that UW provides.

If you’re a UW student interested in this event and Seattle Startup Week, contact the Buerk Center for a discount code to attend our University events and other SSW offerings.

Speaker
avatar for Jeanette Ennis

Jeanette Ennis

Associate Director of Innovation Investment, University of Washington CoMotion
As Associate Director of Innovation Investment, Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research... Read More →
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Jennifer Fan

Assistant Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, University of Washington
Jennifer Fan is an Assistant Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. She holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University (with distinction). Before joining the law school in 2010... Read More →
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Samantha Ogle

Associate Director, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
I love building things: building programs, building teams, building connections.We recently launched the new 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business. The University of Washington is an innovative and inspirational environment in which to create... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pomfret

Michael Pomfret

Managing Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, Clean Energy Institute, University of Washington
Michael B. Pomfret, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dr. Pomfret is an accomplished Ph.D. scientist with varied laboratory and management experience in academic, national, and industry labs. After graduating from the University of Maryland... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoMotion HQ 4545 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

12:00pm

Catered Lunch By: LunchBox Labs
Today, Lunchbox Laboratory continues to be a nationally recognized culinary force. With the South Lake Union, Bellevue, Green Lake, Redmond, Microsoft Commons, and Gig Harbor locations, and more planned on the horizon, they will continue to bring you the “world’s best burgers and shakes” for many years to come!


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

1:00pm

Growth and Scale Stage Capital
Dave Parker will moderate a panel of scale stage VCs. As you scale your startup past product-market fit and into growth you will need growth capital. This panel will feature investors from:
  • DFJ - Chris Kelley
  • Ignition - Cameron Borumand
  • Madrona - Chris Picardo 
  • Trilogy - Manish Jain
  • Voyager - James Newell 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Venture Partner/Managing Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; DKParker, LLC
Scaling startups to growth and exit. Dave's career success has included both product and service industries, selling both tangible and intangible technology products and professional services. An Alumnus of the University of Washington, Dave has been recognized by the World Technology... Read More →

Speaker
CB

Cameron Borumand

Ignition Ventures
avatar for Manish Jain

Manish Jain

Trilogy Equity Partners
JN

James Newell

Voyager Capital
avatar for Chris Picadaro

Chris Picadaro

Senior Associate, Madrona Venture Group
Chris joined Madrona in 2017. As part of the investment team, Chris is focused on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting the growth and strategy of current portfolio companies. Chris is especially interested in intelligent applications, e-commerce... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail
  • Demo Night Panel

1:00pm

Bringing Home the Bacon: Cultivating Thought Leaders to Break Down Trust Barriers with Prospects
Bombarded by fake news and "alt-facts," people are, more than ever, questioning who and what they can put their faith in– and companies aren't immune to this skepticism. The fastest way to build trust and create conversation around your products and services is to put thought leaders out in the world: intelligent dot-connectors who are passionate about your customers' challenges. If you aren't flush with multiple six-figure hiring budgets, then cultivating the seeds of evangelism within your organization is the right choice.

In this session we'll talk about:
  • Identifying thought leaders within your organization
  • What foundational items you need to set your leaders up for success
  • How organizations can give their thought leaders room to bring home the bacon

Speaker
avatar for Maureen Jann

Maureen Jann

Founder + 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 tackling... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

1:00pm

The Swing Shift Consult: Strategy Chat
Feel Stuck? Need a guide on your career journey? The Swing Shift can assess where you're at, make recommendations and work on your next steps. We work with hundreds of women (and men!) in the Puget Sound who are looking to shift gears, changing careers and roles, and getting back into the workplace after a break.

Will meet one on one for 15-20 mins strategy chats!


Speaker
avatar for Sarah Deunwald

Sarah Deunwald

Co-Founder/Program Development Director, The Swing Shift
Sarah is Co-Founder and Program Development Director at The Swing Shift. Sarah’s career started in sales and business development. She served as regional sales manager for ADP, where she earned the Presidents’ Club Award for managing large sales teams while consistently exceeding... Read More →
avatar for Nancy McSharry Jensen

Nancy McSharry Jensen

CEO/Co-Founder, The Swing Shift
Nancy McSharry Jensen is CEO and Co-Founder of The Swing Shift, the destination for women in career transition. She’s been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, at Seattle’s infamous F-Bomb Breakfast Club and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards. The award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Juve

Lynn Juve

Job Search Strategist
Lynn is a job search strategist specializing in candidates with international experience and those looking to return to the workforce after a break. More specifically, she makes connections between candidates and internal contacts at hiring companies to help them land their perfect... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Youngblood

Jennifer Youngblood

Career Transition Coach
Taking control of your career is an essential skill for today's worker. As a Career Transition Coach, I have 20+ years experience partnering with clients to navigate their career journey as they discover, pursue, and refine meaningful work for their lives. I help clients stay focused... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize - Lumber Yard

1:00pm

Blockchain Office Hours - Thursday October 11 (1-4pm)
Limited Capacity seats available

BLOCKCHAIN is all about community - community of people coming together for the greater good.  It's that alternative technology that really is the future of a true global financial system, a true global identity system, and so much more.  

Do you have an idea you want to chat about?
Do you want to pitch your blockchain startup idea?
Are you interested in doing a tokensale (ICO)?
Do you want to whiteboard a problem?
Do you need help finding and connecting to blockchain experts?

Come to the office hours where you can get that personal attention from 1 or more blockchain industry experts and get real time feedback!  In order to participate, you must sign up here with your name and email.

SIGN UP SLOTS ARE HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CvQGeHflDNhzskYRzXsplTVuue5fFzgnBUgDqSC0NVA/edit#gid=2052427219

RULES FOR SIGNING UP FOR A SLOT WITH A BLOCKCHAIN EXPERT:
Rules - please come prepared with your ask: 1) 2 minutes intros of yourselves, 2) 3 minute high level overview of your space/business/problem... and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A/asks.
You can also use this time to pitch the mentors as many of them are angel investors themselves: 1) 2 minute intros, 2) 5 minute pitch, and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A.
TIP: if you want to keep in touch with the mentor, ASK THEM FOR THEIR INFO BEFORE YOU LEAVE.  It is your responsibility.
1 person/or team per room per time slot.
Please do not delete any person's timeslot - as that is NOT cool

Thank you!
Office Hours will be moderated by Arry Yu (Blockchain speaker, startup strategic operations, scaling, fundraising and investing).

Speaker
avatar for Chris Jones

Chris Jones

President, Dragonscale Incubator
Chris Jones is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in strategy, product marketing and user acquisition. He is adept at translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Previously Chris held executive roles with adidas America, Mattel... Read More →
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Steve Merriman

Associate, Perkins Coie
Steven D. Merriman| Associate | Seattle, WAwww.perkinscoie.com/SMerriman/An associate in the Privacy and Data Security practice and Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency group, Steve Merriman focuses on the intersection between law and emerging technologies. His clients include... Read More →
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Nate Whitehill

CEO/Founder, Cryptoslate
Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur and the CEO of CryptoSlate, a website for cryptocurrency researchers and blockchain enthusiasts — featuring industry news, crypto prices, a product database, company directory and blockchain events.
avatar for Arry Yu

Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →
avatar for Dae Yu

Dae Yu

Managing Director, Yellow Umbrella Ventures
Early-stage (pre-seed/seed) angel investor.  I am a lonely independent investor who likes to take long walks on the beach with founders of new technology businesses who are looking to become a common household name in ten years.  In my past life, I was an Electrical Engineer who... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize 111 S Jackson Street, Pier 31 and 32

1:30pm

Brand Strategy for Startups + Small Business: Getting from Brand to GTM & Beyond
Limited Capacity full

So you've got your brand down - now what? It's time to connect that brand with your go-to-market strategy, making sure that you show up with a cohesive, attractive message.  

In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to ensure that your marketing and communications reflect your brand, and how to solidify and amplify that brand through across your customer touchpoints. And you'll leave with an execution plan to bring your brand to life. Learn from the pros - your workshop leaders are founders, too.  

Speaker
avatar for Mary Fritz

Mary Fritz

Engagement Manager, Lenati
Mary is a marketing strategy consultant who has worked with a huge range of companies - from the Fortune 100, to Silicon Valley unicorns, to social enterprises in Latin America, to small businesses across the US. She loves helping entrepreneurs uncover their unique missions, values... Read More →
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Natalie Swan

Founder, Glaci
Natalie has years of experience in brand strategy and marketing, with a background ranging from supporting small businesses, to large-scale national & international events, to enterprise-level companies. Now, she owns Glaci - a business helping other small businesses and entrepreneurs... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

2:00pm

Getting to your first 100 customers: a conversation with Gillian Muessig and Eve Stacey
While not officially known as the valley of death, the period of customer acquisition before your brand is known and established can be extremely difficult. How do you go from 1-100 customers?  What strategies can you employ when you can't rely on case studies, customer testimonials, brand recognition, data, and concretized ROI? Join this discussion and learn actionable strategies to win early adopters and customers; and set the right momentum moving forward. 

Moderators
avatar for JoAnne Jaspan

JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Gillian Muessig

Gillian Muessig

General Partner, Outlines Venture Group
Gillian Muessig is the Managing Director of the global gender-lens investment fund ‘Sybilla Masters Fund’; cofounder of both Moz, the world’s most popular search marketing software and brettapproved, the world’s fastest growing standardized accessibility rating, review, and... Read More →
avatar for Eve Stacey

Eve Stacey

Vp, Global Strategy and Operations, SAP Concur
Eve Stacey Senior is a strategy and operations executive with over 25 years of experience driving growth and expansion for technology companies of all sizes and stages; start-up-through-IPO, mid-market, and Fortune 500 leaders. Recognized as an expert in technology growth, digital... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

2:00pm

Applying AI to the Enterprise
Limited Capacity filling up

This session is intended for Enterprise Entrepreneurs as well as Enterprise organization business and IT leaders. For entrepreneurs it will provide color as to approaching AI solutions within Enterprise organizations and for those within Enterprise organizations it will articulate a framework for understanding and applying AI to speed efficiencies and step function changes within your business.

Speaker
avatar for Matt Abrams

Matt Abrams

General Partners, Seven Peaks Ventures


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Insight Data Science 605 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Demo Night Presentation
  • Customer Acquistion Machine Learning
  • B2B Sales Artificial Intelligence

2:00pm

How Chef Pop-Ups are Changing the Way We Eat and Drink
Limited Capacity seats available

What isn't more exciting than signing up to attend a pop-up restaurant featuring gastronomy from a place we don't have easy access to? Pop-up restaurants have been around for a couple of decades, but with the raise of social media, we have seen them grow and thrive, making them accesible to everyone, not just a small or club-like groups of people. It has introduced different cuisines to curious palates, and have been an useful way for young chefs to have access to commercial kitchen facilities and experiment without the risk of investing large amounts of money in a permanent space. It's proven to be such a successful and popular model that even larger food companies are doing them.

Grab some coffee and join us for a lively conversation. Do our panelists think pop-ups are a millennial thing? Have they done crowdfunding and would they recommend going this direction? How does
social media influence their success rates? Is Seattle a good city for pop-ups? Our esteemed panel and moderator will share their experience, challenges, successes and failures, and talk about their future plans.

Moderators
avatar for Herschell Taghap

Herschell Taghap

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance / Hot Stove Society
Herschell Taghap loves food, technology and the intersection of the two. He's currently is the social media manager for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, but during his personal time, he still moonlights as a chef instructor for Hot Stove Society, Tom Douglas' cooking school. As the... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Mariela Camacho

Mariela Camacho

Owner, Comadre Panaderia
Comadre is your friend. Comadre is your homegirl. Comadre looks out for you. We believe that pan is life, gluten is great, and the Latinx diaspora community deserves nourishing food.Our mission is to create high-quality pastries, grounded in great technique, that use responsibly-sourced... Read More →
avatar for Mi Kim

Mi Kim

Owner, Raised Doughnuts
I knew early on that I was going to be a baker.  Growing up helping out at my parents' restaurant gave me a peek into the food industry and I loved it.  As high school was coming to an end, I decided that the traditional route was not for me and chose to follow my passion and attended... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Miranda

Melissa Miranda

Owner and Executive Chef, Musang Seattle
Melissa Miranda grew up in Seattle, where she learned from her Filipino family, the importance of cultural diversity in food. At an early age, her father exposed her to the incredible world of cooking and the flavors of his home country and childhood. He always insisted on using fresh... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cone & Steiner 135 S King St Seattle, WA 98104

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
avatar for Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela Kiner

CEO/Founder, uniquelyHR
Mikaela is a native Seattleite who spent fifteen years in HR leadership roles at local companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, providing no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela serves on the boards of Businesses Ending... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Sandy Anuras

Sandy Anuras

Co-Founder/VP of Technology, Blokable
Sandy is a digital product and technology executive passionate about building scalable, supportive teams and cultures. She is currently VP of Technology at Blokable, a company whose mission is to make quality housing attainable for everyone. She was previously the CTO at Stash Hotel... Read More →
avatar for Eric Crawford

Eric Crawford

Co-Founder/Managing Partner, TalentReach
Eric brings his proven skills of sourcing and placing specialized technology and sales candidates in top-tier companies on the west coast to his latest role as managing partner of TalentReach. Eric is a co-founder of TalentReach, a boutique recruiting service that uses innovative... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Maddox

Nicole Maddox

Founder, Growth Talent Advisors
Both professionally and personally I’m often known as the girl with the pompadour haircut. In my more than 14 years of recruiting and management, I’ve lead recruiting initiatives at ReadyTalk, LivingSocial, Amazon, and Redfin. Most recently, before venturing out to found Growth... Read More →
avatar for Edward Pedini

Edward Pedini

Principal Recruiter, Recruiting Bandwidth
Edward has spent his entire career working in, and with, technology startups.  With a background in engineering, sales, and product management, his early career focused on the development of web and mobile apps, enterprise SaaS, and consumer hardware that included globally successful... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

2:00pm

Tour of Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
Limited Capacity seats available

The University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute (CEI) created the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to accelerate the development, scale-up, and adoption of new technologies in solar harvesting, energy storage, and grid integration. This open-access facility for academic researchers and businesses houses labs for manufacturing prototypes, testing devices, and integrating systems.  

This tour will provide guests with a close-up view of the state-of-the-art processing, fabrication, analysis, and integration instrumentation at the Scale-Up & Characterization and Systems Integration Testbeds.  The tour will also feature discussions of on-going programs and ways in which people can become involved in the programs at the Testbeds.  

All guests must wear full-length pants and shoes that enclose the entire foot.

Getting there: The Scale-Up & Characterization and Systems Integration Testbeds are located just a short walk from the University of Washington campus in a former light manufacturing facility near University Village. The building has been converted into a 15,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility with lab, office, classroom, and meeting spaces. Enter the Testbeds through the central door (glass-enclosed stairs).

Driving: Limited parking in the lot, its recommended attendees park in UW parking lot E-1 ($6 a day) this lot is a 5-10 minute walk from the Testbeds. Public transportation: Take Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail to the University of Washington/Husky Stadium Station. Bus lines 31, 32, 67, 75, 78 conveniently connect the University of Washington Light Rail Station to NE 45th Street and Union Bay Place NE. Walk one block north on Union Bay Place NE. The Testbeds will be on your left.

If you’re a UW student interested in this event and Seattle Startup Week, contact the Buerk Center for a discount code to attend our University events and other SSW offerings.

Speaker
avatar for Michael Pomfret

Michael Pomfret

Managing Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, Clean Energy Institute, University of Washington
Michael B. Pomfret, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dr. Pomfret is an accomplished Ph.D. scientist with varied laboratory and management experience in academic, national, and industry labs. After graduating from the University of Maryland... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Washington Clean Energy Testbeds 4625 Union Bay Pl. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

2:00pm

Healthcare Startup Fundraising
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital Health is one of the hottest sectors for Venture Capital investment in 2018, but the landscape is changing rapidly and can be difficult for entrepreneurs to navigate. Kurt Sheline of Echo Health Ventures and Cyril Philip of Providence Ventures will engage in a panel discussion about Digital Health investing and what entrepreneurs need to know to raise funds in 2018. The panel will be moderated by Brian Glaister, Entrepreneur in Residence with Intellectual Ventures.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Glaister

Brian Glaister

Entrepreneur in Residence, Intellectual Ventures
Brian Glaister is an entrepreneur with a passion for launching for-profit entities that create sustainable social impact. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Resideince at Intellectual Ventures (IV) charged with building digital health businesses based on IV's intellectual property... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Cyril Philip

Cyril Philip

Providence Ventures
Cyril is a principal at Providence Ventures. He serves on the Board of Directors of precision medicine company N-of-One, and is a Board Observer at Binary Fountain. Cyril joined Providence in 2015 as a senior associate.Prior to joining Providence, Cyril was at Halyard Capital, where... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Sheline

Kurt Sheline

Principal, Echo Health Ventures
Kurt Sheline is a Principal on the Strategic Investment Team at Echo Health Ventures, and is involved in all aspects of the investment and portfolio management process. Before joining Echo Health Ventures in 2017, Kurt was a Vice President in Cascadia Capital’s Healthcare Technology... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cambia Grove 1800 Ninth Ave. Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98101

3:00pm

Blockchain is Singlng My Song
Limited Capacity seats available

Blockchain technology has revolutionized our approach to payments in a digital world,  but the technology has equal potential in other areas requiring us to account for ownership of digital assets and use of those assets in a marketplace- including music distribution and publishing.

Join us for a panel discussion of how the blockchain could make it easier for creatives to collaborate and get paid for their work!

Speaker
avatar for Bruce Balensiefer

Bruce Balensiefer

Owner, Southpaw Studios
Bruce's career has been about integrating his creative and technical passions to make himself a versatile collaborator in the area of media tech. As a manager he has held positions at Napster/Rhapsody Radio and Storm. As a musician and producer, he operates a small project studio... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Boscolo

Tyler Boscolo

COO, lifeID
Tyler is currently the COO of lifeID. Early in his career he ran marketing for Sky Movement, a company that hosted live shows for artists such as Chris Brown and Lil Wayne, and had a record label and writers that worked with artists such as Nicki Minaj and Rhianna. His experience... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Du Chene

Joshua Du Chene

Joshua is a composer, sound designer, educator, and blockchain enthusiast interested in the intersection of technology and creativity. During his travels through SE Asia, he became a contributor to Giveth.io, a Decentralized Altruistic Community in the Blockchain For Social Good space... Read More →
avatar for Casey O'Neill

Casey O'Neill

Head of Audio and Growth Marketing, 8 Circuit Studios
Casey is currently both the head of audio and growth marketing lead at 8 Circuit Studios, a video game company working in the blockchain space. He got his start in the music industry working for The Grammys and running marketing for two small independent labels before transitioning... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

3:00pm

Experiential Marketing 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Audiences are ignoring paid online and mobile ads. Brands, and in particular start-ups, need new ways to reach prospects and many are turning to the various methods of experiential marketing: Guerrilla marketing, event sponsorship, trade shows, conferences, etc. However, it is very easy to spend a lot of money on these activities and not get anything back to the company in return. Or at least not be able to measure the ROI of the activity. Zack will go through Experiential Marketing 101 and then discuss with the audience the pros and cons of each of the different strategies.

Speaker
avatar for Zack Rozga

Zack Rozga

CEO, Swurveys
Zack is busy reinventing engagement and the way we measure and generate ROI from experiential marketing activities. Prior to founding Swurveys, Zack spent over a decade working on the intersection of International Development and Technology. Zack's diverse background includes a Master... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

3:00pm

Investing in Fintech
Learn more from those investing in fintech on what it takes to gets funding for your fintech startup. Hear from investors from various backgrounds, investing in various types of fintech, and at various stages/rounds. If you've ever wondered what are they looking for or what gets them excited to invest, join us!

Speaker
avatar for Lee Carter

Lee Carter

Principal, Reflective Ventures
Lee currently serves as a Principal at Reflective Ventures focused on investing in game-changing applications built on the RChain blockchain. Before that, Lee was the Director of Finance & HR at Geli and Lead Financial Analyst at Invested Development, a venture fund investing in decentralized energy and remote connectivity in emerging markets. Having experienced both sides of the table Lee has a unique view on planning for the financial success of early stage technology companies and applies that knowledge to the new types of busi... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Griffin

Tyler Griffin

Managing Partner, Financial Venture Studio
Tyler Griffin has spent the last 12 years thinking about how to make money work better. In 2012, Tyler cofounded Prism Money, a consumer-focused bill payment product that allowed for instant and free payments to over 15,000 banks and billers. When he later sold Prism to PayNearMe... Read More →
avatar for Heather Redman

Heather Redman

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Flying Fish Partners
Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She also serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Audit, Technology Committees), Yesler, Inc., Coldstream Wealth Management... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Thiry

Kristen Thiry

Cofounder, K+H Connect
As co-founder of K+H Connection, Kristen helps merchants optimize their payment and branded currency programs. Kristen has over a decade of payments experience working for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions. In her 8-year tenure at Discover Financial Services, Kristen... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

3:00pm

Fireside Chat with John Cook: Co-Founder of GeekWire
Join us for a fun and engaging Fireside Chat with Co-Founder of GeekWire, John Cook.

Todd Humphrey, CEO of LiquidPlanner, will guide the conversation, exploring how John went from reporting to leading a fast-growing, national technology news site. We'll dive into the growing pains associated with launching and scaling a successful company, get the inside scoop into GeekWire's signature events, and hear John's take on the current state of the Seattle tech industry.

This is a conversation you won't want to miss!

Moderators
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Todd Humphrey

CEO, LiquidPlanner
Todd Humphrey is the CEO of LiquidPlanner, a project management software company based in Seattle. Before joining LiquidPlanner in 2017, Todd was the co-founder and CCO of League, a Toronto-based company offering a new digital alternative to traditional health insurance. Prior to... Read More →

Speaker
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John Cook

Co-Founder, Geekwire
John Cook is the co-founder of GeekWire, a national technology news site and community.He started GeekWire in 2011 with veteran journalist Todd Bishop, building on more than two decades of combined experience covering the Pacific Northwest technology community.As co-founder and publisher... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

4:00pm

Token Forum Presents: New Money: Blockchain, Crypto and Other Emerging Currencies and Trends
When it comes to money and the payments landscape, there are some new kids on the block. Crypto and blockchain in 2018 are like big data in 2013. Everyone is talking about it, not everyone knows what it is. Join our panelist as they discuss these emerging currencies and trends.

Speaker
avatar for Jonathan Gagliardoni

Jonathan Gagliardoni

Founder, Token Forum | EVERY*
Jonathan is a blockchain product management thought leader. As Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of EVERY*, a decentralized retail protocol, Jonathan is hyper focused on architecting the productization and tokenization strategy, behind retail blockchain technology, in order to... Read More →
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Dom Garrett

Director of Engagement, Coinme
As Director of Engagement for Coinme’s Crypto Advisory Services, Dom is responsible for developing profitable marketing strategies for customer outreach and extending consumer base, developing sales pitch, etc., for customer presentations on both the retail and institutional side... Read More →
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Kristen Thiry

Cofounder, K+H Connect
As co-founder of K+H Connection, Kristen helps merchants optimize their payment and branded currency programs. Kristen has over a decade of payments experience working for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions. In her 8-year tenure at Discover Financial Services, Kristen... Read More →
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Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Columbia Tower Club 701 5th Ave. 75th Floor - Washington Room- Seattle, WA 98104

4:00pm

Edutainment: Educating, Training, and Entertaining in XR
Edutainment - education, training and entertainment - are the future of XR. Learn about the future of education and training in VR, and best and worst ways to do so.

Speaker
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Ryan Atkins

Founder, Atkins Digital
I have a passion for understanding how society uses emerging technology to continually reinvent its relationship with reality. I believe that this process is inherently artistic and uniquely human, for better and worse. I try to make a positive impact by being an active and organizing... Read More →
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Kathleen Carey

Director of Program Managment, OSSO VR
Osso VR delivers validated, virtual reality-based surgical training designed for surgeons, sales teams and hospital staff. Our product offers highly realistic interactions in immersive training environments. | | Previous adventures:  Program Management and Test Management at Microsoft... Read More →
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Ilen Halo

Founder/Artist, I AM HALO
 I AM HALO instillation co-creates a synesthetic experience through the merging of audio visual technology and traditional performance art. The performance is the brainchild of musical pioneer and performance artist Ilen Halogram. Our immersive expression invites our audience to... Read More →
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Simon Manning

Founder, Bevel VR
Simon is a Seattle-based creative technologist who founded Bevel XR to use immersive technology to better communicate design intent. Clarity and confidence are his benchmarks when building virtual experiences for enterprise customers. His innovative work on the F5 tower in Seattle... Read More →
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Bee Mattox

Co-Founder, Dance Reality
Bee Mattox is co-founder of Dance Reality, the first app that uses augmented reality to teach physical activities from the convenience of your smartphone. Prior to working on Dance Reality, Bee also worked in various administrative and operations roles at Moss Adams, Hidden City Entertainment... Read More →
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Alex Stolyarik

Founder, RealityNext
Alex Stolyarik is the founder of RealityNext, an education technology studio-lab where teens create and share immersive stories and games. To begin leveraging educational opportunities across the Puget Sound region, RealiyNext launched a series of mixed-media One World Initiative... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

4:00pm

Panel on Youth Entrepreneurship with Alka Manchanda and Matthew Berk
Panel on Youth Entreprenurship and Q&A with two expert entrepreneurs in the tech, education, and service industries. Join us for an engaging discussion!

Speaker
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Matthew Berk

Founder, Bean Box
Matthew is experienced in the software engineering arena and is currently pairing those skills with his company, Bean Box. Bean Box is a customizable subscription service dedicated to easy access to locally-roasted coffee!
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Alka Manchanda

Advisor, Computing Kids
Alka has extensive experience with tech companies as an engineer, manager, and top level director from her time at Cisco Systems. She is currently working with startup, Computing Kids. Here's a link to her startup: http://www.computingkids.com/about-us/our-team/... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

4:00pm

What Are You Feeding Me? Blockchain, Trust & the Future of Food
What Are You Feeding Me? Blockchain, Trust & the Future of Food

Parasites in your salad. Salmonella in your child's shampoo. Sugar water in your grandmother's insulin shot. Incidents of counterfeit products, contamination, and outright fraud are mushrooming in the food, beauty and pharma sectors — and consumer trust has plummeted to historic lows. But what if your products could talk? Tell you where they came from, and where they've been? If they were real - or if they'd spoiled? Former Xerox blockchain lead Eric Weaver discusses the growing risks around these very personal products and how new sensor technology combined with distributed ledgers is allowing brands to demonstrate proof of origin, chain of custody, and marketing claims. The mission: reduce sickness and death due to problems in the food supply. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of how integrating IoT and blockchain technologies is transforming the packaged goods sector.

Speaker
avatar for Eric Weaver

Eric Weaver

CEO & Founder, Tranparent Path
Eric Weaver is a digital transformation veteran who has spent 29 years counseling large enterprises and governmental agencies on disruptive technologies. He has counseled over 80 blue-chip clients on everything from brand building to digital operations to blockchain use cases... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Galvanize - The Underground (Basement)

4:00pm

Do I Really Need a Cofounder?
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Cofounding a business is a lot like getting married and raising a baby together. But in startups, like in love, it can be obscenely hard to find a partner. What's worse, more than 50% of marriages end in divorce! And yet, it's a widely held belief that startups do better when there's more than one founder at the helm, and most investors are weary of betting on solo founders, especially if they are unproven. So where does that leave you? Do you really need a cofounder? How do you find one, and how do you make it work? Come listen to a panel of founders who've gone at it alone and together, and meet potential cofounders in the audience.


Moderators
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Michael Grabham

Mike by nature, is a fearless leader. He is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative marketing in startup and turnaround chaos for 20+ years. He is a six time founder and is in relentless pursuit of knowing the customers better than any competitor.He... Read More →

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Milkana Brace

Jargon
Milkana is the founder and CEO of Jargon. Jargon enables voice applications built on platforms like Alexa and Google Assistant to manage their content. Prior to starting the company, Milkana held senior leadership positions at Expedia, Groupon and American Express.
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Marius Ciocirlan

Co-Founder | CEO, ShareGrid
Marius is the Co-Founder and CEO at ShareGrid.com, a peer-to-peer marketplace where filmmakers and photographers rent out their video and photo equipment to other local creatives while letting ShareGrid handle ID checks, payment and insurance.  Marius started in the creative world as an Emmy award winning video editor while still... Read More →
avatar for Jana Kleitsch

Jana Kleitsch

Wanderer-in-Chief, Wanderlustsociety
Jana Kleitsch was first hit with the entrepreneurial bug in 1995 while planning her wedding. She had the visionary idea to “plan your wedding on the Internet." What sounds like a “duh” idea now, was of questionable sanity in the days of old school modems and AOL. She had another... Read More →
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Mitra Raman

CEO + Founder, The Buttermilk Company


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Galvanize - Rooftop Room

4:00pm

HealthTech Showcase: Your New and Improved Patient Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

See demonstrations of new tools that are already on their way to market. We'll be showcasing a variety of apps, web tools, and futuristic, yet realistic, products and services.

PupilScreen
Xealth
Genneve
ChatBack
Steth.io
Brook Health
more...

This will be a fun, dynamic, interactive event. Hope you can join us!

Speaker
avatar for Jill Angelo

Jill Angelo

CEO, Genneve
Jill Angelo is the Founder & CEO of genneve, whose mission is to empower all women in menopause to take control of their symptoms. She is tech-exec-turned-women’s healthcare advocate bringing over 20 years of business and technology experience to women’s health innovation. Her... Read More →
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Vikram Chalana

CEO, Steth IO
Vikram Chalana is an engineer and an entrepreneur. Having built a successful enterprise software data management company, Winshittle, from 0 to 300 employees he is now on his second startup - Steth IO. Before Winshittle, he worked as an engineering leader in various software and medical... Read More →
avatar for Lynn McGrath, MD

Lynn McGrath, MD

CEO, PupilScreen
Lynn McGrath, MD, Co-Founder and CEO Eigen Healthcare/PupilScreen, and Resident Physician UWEigen Healthcare is a machine learning / healthcare startup leveraging the smartphone as a platform for capturing and quantifying the head and neck physical exam. We have developed hardware... Read More →
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Oren Nissim

CEO, Brook Health
An idea creator, product strategist and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the digital world, Oren brings vision, industry know-how, and energy to every endeavor he undertakes. He has founded several startup ventures and sold his last company, Telmap, a world... Read More →
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Katie O'Leary, PhD

Founder, Chatback
Mental illnesses like depression affect 25% of the U.S. population and are the leading cause of ill health worldwide — far above physical illnesses. Chatback is an online emotional support tool that guides peers to use psychotherapy techniques in supportive chats to relieve distress... Read More →
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Aaron Sheedy

COO, Xealth
Technology veteran of Swype, Microsoft, Verisign, and Digeo, Aaron is now in Xealth, a startup that enables clinicians to prescribe and monitor digital health care content, apps, and services as easily as they do medications or orders today.


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cambia Grove 1800 Ninth Ave. Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98101

4:00pm

Social Impact Panel
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Contrary to popular belief, profitability and social impact are not mutually exclusive. In fact, often times when social good is baked into the business model, the business is more profitable IE Alibaba, TOMS, and Pigeonly.

We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice social good or community impact to do good business. Building your business to solve a social and economic need is really the wave, so this panel is for those looking to make a business case for social impact. 

Speaker
avatar for Briaan Barron

Briaan Barron

Senior Brand Manager, Seattle Chocolates
Briaan is a Seattle-based brand strategist, content creator and graphic designer with a passion for social purpose brands. She is the Senior Brand Manager for jcoco (pronounced jay-cocoa), a culinary-inspired fine chocolate company that donates fresh food to U.S. food banks with every... Read More →
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Solynn McCurdy

CEO, Social Venture Partners


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seas / Dynasty Room 3018, 714 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

4:30pm

Boosting Main Street: Government Sponsored Resources & Programs for Small Businesses.
Limited Capacity filling up

Did you know there's Government Sponsored programs and resources to help your Small Business grow & thrive?

Topics range from selling to the United States Government, business mentoring and coaching, resources dedicated to Women-Owned Businesses, and more. 

Speaker
avatar for Hal Brookins

Hal Brookins

SCORE Mentor, Seattle SCORE
Currently retired and have been a volunteer with Greater Seattle SCORE Chapter since March 16, 2012.  Served 2 years as Chapter Chair from FY2013 - 2014.  During that time I was responsible for writing a grant to establish 4 branches in South Snohomish County, Kitsap County, East... Read More →
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Steve Burke

Western Washington Regional Manager, Washington Small Business Development Center
Steve has been with the Washington Small Business Development Centers for eight years. He is currently the Western Washington Regional Manager. Steve has 30 years of experience in the property asset management business much of it underwriting small business financials and business... Read More →
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Susan Perreault

Program Director, Washington Women's Business Center (Business Impact NW).
Susan Perreault, D.B.A., M.B.A., is a the Program Director for the Washington Women’s Business Center and Business Impact NW, a non-profit small business community development lender supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Tiffany Scroggs

Program Director, Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Tiffany Scroggs is the Program Director of the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center, known as PTAC.  Tiffany has a passion for assisting businesses with finding, bidding, and winning government contracts.  Last year, firms working with her program won $300 million... Read More →
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Lisa White

Economic Development Specialist., United States Small Business Administration
Lisa White works as an Economic Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office, where she specializes in connecting entrepreneurs with the right resources at the right time to start, grow, expand or recover their business. With over... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail
  • Demo Night Panel Discussion w/ Q&A

5:00pm

How to Succeed Building a Startup of Your Dreams
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Join Dave Linhardt, 8x entrepreneur and founder of InsightStudios, Dave bootstrapped his last five startups to profitability with no outside capital and created millions in value, a feat that had a one in 32 quadrillion probably of being successful (1/2000)^5. As part of several founding teams, Dave and his team's best outcome generated a 1460x cash-over-cash return. Based on his 20+ year career, Dave developed a proprietary methodology for creating startups and new lines of business called Insight-Driven Iteration, which is an evolution of lean startup and design thinking principles. In addition, Dave practices, studies and teaches a resilience psychology mindset to stay focused on what matters during the intense ups and downs of building a startup. 

In this event, you will also have a chance to sit in a HOT SEAT to share your current startup challenge, and hear Dave's solution. We will also be recruiting Product Managers, UX/UI Designers, and software devs for our sweat equity teams!

Speaker
avatar for Dave Linhardt

Dave Linhardt

Dave Linhardt is an 8x entrepreneur and 4x intrapreneur. Dave bootstrapped his last five startups to profitability with no outside capital and created millions in value, a feat that had a one in 32 quadrillion probably of being successful (1/2000)^5. As part of several founding teams... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
thinkspace SEATTLE - Burke Gilman Room 1700 Westlake Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
  • Demo Night Hot Seat
  • Customer Acquistion Recruiting

5:30pm

Token Forum: Blockchain Happy Hour & Pitch Competition
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Token Forum will be hosting a Blockchain Happy Hour at the Columbia Tower Club on October 11th at 5:30pm.

Come mix and mingle with fellow blockchain entrepreneurs, investors, and enthusiast, and talk with old friend, make new ones, and have fun talking blockchain. Come join us for pizza and a drink on us for the first 100 people who checkin (Cash bar also available).

At the Blockchain Happy Hour we will have Pitch Competition for blockchain companies, where presenters will pitch our judges representing 4 different points of view; Founder (John Wantz), Venture Capital (Greg Heuss), Crypto News (Nate Whitehill), and Media (Jonathan Gagliardoni Blanco).

Those interested in pitching their blockchain projects please email info@thetokenforum.com for consideration.

***Must be registered through Seattle Startup Week to attend and must check in upon arrival.***



Speaker
avatar for Jonathan Gagliardoni

Jonathan Gagliardoni

Founder, Token Forum | EVERY*
Jonathan is a blockchain product management thought leader. As Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of EVERY*, a decentralized retail protocol, Jonathan is hyper focused on architecting the productization and tokenization strategy, behind retail blockchain technology, in order to... Read More →
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Greg Heuss

Managing Partner, Reflective Ventures
Prior to co-creating Reflective Ventures, Greg co-led the successful private token sale of RChain Co-op. He was an early pioneer with Amazon where he led the efforts of product launches, brand, and special events.Some of his recent successes have come from specializing in the structure... Read More →
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John Wantz

CEO, Every*
John is a serial retail entrepreneur and a former team member of Target’s Innovation group. John architects conceptual design decisions behind the Every ecomm technology that contains trusted value exchanges between Brands and Shoppers while driving long term research and road map... Read More →
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Nate Whitehill

CEO/Founder, Cryptoslate
Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur and the CEO of CryptoSlate, a website for cryptocurrency researchers and blockchain enthusiasts — featuring industry news, crypto prices, a product database, company directory and blockchain events.


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Thursday October 11, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia Tower Club 701 5th Ave. 75th Floor - Washington Room- Seattle, WA 98104

6:00pm

Latinos @ Seattle StartUp Week Celebration
Limited Capacity full

 This event also provides an opportunity for us to welcome a new partner at ALPFA; Avalara has been gracious enough to agree to provide the space, heavy appetizers, and beer/wine for the event. It is our first time working with Avalara and they are the perfect partner for this event because they are an original local start-up, diversity & inclusion are a majority priority for them, and the Startup Week programming takes place at Galvanize which is a very brief walk from Avalara’s HQ.

Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Avalara King Street Station Office

6:00pm

Creating Buyer Personas AND How to Talk to Them
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So you've got your tech, product, service etc.  How do you know who exactly you are selling it to? Award winning author Cory Bray will talk about the critical step of building your buyer's personas and then how to actually communicate to them.

Speaker
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Cory Bray

Managing Director, ClozeLoop
Cory Bray is a Managing Director at ClozeLoop, a San Francisco-based management consulting firm where he works with early-stage founders and growth-stage companies that are trying to scale revenue. Before ClozeLoop, Cory built sales training programs at three companies, was head of... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

6:00pm

SeattleJS - a monthly meetup for web developers in Seattle
SeattleJS is the largest JavaScript meet up in Seattle. We hold our meet ups on the second Thursday of every month at a variety of locations around Seattle. SeattleJS exisits to inform, inspire, and encourage members of the JavaScript community. Our goal is for you to leave inspired and ready to innovate.

Speakers:
  • Joe Burgess - Virtual Reality in JavaScript with Aframe.io
  • Kelsey Breseman - Firmware 101: How to Talk to Hardware in Javascript (and have it talk back!)
  • Joshua Goldberg - Internet Explorer is a Wonderful Browser and an Absolute Pleasure to Work With



Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
RealSelf 83 S King St, 8th floor, Seattle, WA

6:00pm

Climbing Your Way to the Top: An Interactive Discussion with former Olympic Athlete, Sonya Stoklosa
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Climbing your way to the top can be exhausting or exhilarating, it all depends on your mindset. If you are feeling stuck on that climb, then this interactive discussion is the motivation you need to become unstuck.  Hear from certified Executive Coach & Entrepreneur, Sonya Stoklosa as she coaches you on discovering your true leadership capabilities and achieve results in challenging environments.  Space is limited to twenty (20) participants.  You must sign a Climbing Waiver if you would like to Climb the Wall and wear climbing attire and shoes.  Drinks & snacks will be provided!
Sponsored by The Collective www.collectiveseattle.com 


Speaker
avatar for Sonya Stoklosa

Sonya Stoklosa

Founder, Executive Athlete
Sonya M. Stoklosa, MS, PCC -- President of Executive AthleteSonya is an executive coach who has worked with business professionals in such companies and organizations as Microsoft, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Amazon, Starbucks, Google, Expedia, Boeing, 3M, Adobe, Adidas... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Collective 400 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Customer Acquistion <strong><em>Sonya M. Stoklosa, MS, PCC -- President of Executive Athlete</em></strong><br>Sonya is an executive coach who has worked with business professionals in such companies and organizations as Microsoft, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Amazon, Starbucks, Google, Expedia, Boeing, 3M, Adobe, Adidas, Lululemon, The Four Seasons, St. Jude Medical, Port of Seattle, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, D.A. Davidson &amp; Co., Harris myCFO, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Northwestern Mutual, RBC Wealth Management, Russell Investments, U.S. Bank, U.S. Trust, UBS Wealth Management, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo and Perkins Coie, LLP.<br>Sonya earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Sports Psychology from Purdue University. She is a former Olympic class skier and was a Director of Business Development for BNY Mellon-Private Wealth Management. She speaks frequently to corporate audiences nationwide and has been an instructor in “Negotiation” at the University of Washington. She received her advanced executive coach training at The Newfield Institute in Boulder, CO and is a Newfield Certified Coach. She also received a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF).<br>Sonya has served on the boards of The Henry Art Gallery, ACT Theatre, Seraph Capital Investment Forum and the advisory board of The Trust for Public Land. She also has been an avid volunteer with Social Venture Partners, Seattle Symphony and The Cascade Conservation Partnership.

6:00pm

Startups meet Angels - Pitch Event
Join us for our quarterly early stage pitch event! Angel investors and startups have a chance to meet in a less formal pitch structure. Signups start at 6pm and pitches begin at 6:30. More info here. You can find the selection criteria for teams here

Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122

6:30pm

How Technology is changing the $10 trillion construction industry
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Join us for a fireside chat panel on how software, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud technologies, virtual and augmented reality and new business models and services are all beginning to transform design, making and the built environment we all live and work in.     

Speaker
avatar for Greg Howes

Greg Howes

Cofounder, CutMyTimber, AEC Hackathon, Seattle Proptech
Greg Howes is a Geek Builder, frequent speaker on Digital Construction and leading hacker of the $10 trillion global construction industry.  He is a cofounder of CutMyTimber a technology-driven fabricator of Prefab wood buildings using CNC machines and robots to manufacture extr... Read More →
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Shaan Hurley

Technologist in the Office of the CTO, Autodesk
Shaan Hurley is a well-known design and technology 30-year veteran currently in the role of Technologist in the Office of the CTO at design software maker Autodesk. He brings a distinguished track record of, innovation, strategy, and the ability to quickly assess current technology... Read More →
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Amy Hutchins

Founder, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Unearth Technologies
Amy Hutchins is the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Unearth, a location-based data management platform for the Construction Industry, helping to accelerate productivity in one of the largest but most inefficient sectors of the economy.  Prior to Unearth, she led Product Management... Read More →
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Salla Palos

Director of Emerging Technology & Innovation, Sellen Construction
Salla is a Finnish Architect and the Emerging Technology and Innovation Director for Sellen Construction, the largest locally-owned general contractor in the Pacific Northwest.  Prior to moving to the USA, Salla worked as a project manager for research and development projects resulting... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

7:00pm

Challenges of Developing Hardware: From Prototype to Production Line
Limited Capacity seats available

Cyant and Women in 3D Printing are presenting #3DTalk, an industry specific and educational event series focused on 3D printing and related technologies, and featuring leading women in the industry. #3DTalk panels are open to everyone: men and women, kids and adults, novice and experts in 3D Printing. Monthly events are organized all year long in the USA and in Europe.

Speaker
avatar for Sarah O'Sell

Sarah O'Sell

Community Ambassador Seattle, Women in 3D Printing
With a cross-industry background in clean tech, fashion home, specialty food, and startups, most recently in robotics, Sarah is passionate about 3D printing and inclusive innovation for the Circular Economy. She envisions a future of distributed custom-production-on-demand centers... Read More →
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Nadya Peek

Post Doctoral Research Associate, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
Nadya Peek develops unconventional digital fabrication tools, small scale automation, networked controls, and advanced manufacturing systems. Spanning electronics, firmware, software, and mechanics, her research focuses on harnessing the precision of machines for the creativity of... Read More →
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Timea Tihanyi

Visual Artist, Digital Ceramist and Educator
Timea Tihanyi is a Hungarian born interdisciplinary visual artist living and working in Seattle, Washington. Tihanyi holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary; a BFA in Ceramics from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston; and an MFA in ceramics... Read More →
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Nora Touré

Founder, Women in 3D Printing
Nora is a 3D Printing expert since 2010, passionate about how products are made: from design to manufacturing, using emerging technologies, such as IoT, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing. Nora's expertise is in building strategic... Read More →
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Chue Yang

Manager, CoMotion Maker Space
Chue Yang is the Manager of the CoMotion MakerSpace, a rapid prototyping facility at the University of Washington.  CoMotion's goal is to give UW students access to tools to create and innovate, and the CoMotion MakerSpace provides resources such as equipment, workshops, one-on-one... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
thinkspace Seattle- Pacific Crest 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 200, Seatle, WA 98109

7:30pm

Spatial Computing Demo Night (Haptics, 360 Video, AR/MR)
This robust selection of demos features a variety of techniques and technologies. Half of the demos involve a physical component to enhance the level of immersion, like horseback riding on a yoga ball, or flying in the basket of a hot air balloon. The other half feature compelling artistic experiences, a short 360 video horror film, and Augmented and Mixed reality.

HAPTIC DEMOS:
Augmented Business Cube - Tosolini Productions
The Joy of Khan - Andrew McCormick
Maiden Flight - UpLiftVR
Advanced Haptics - RGB Schemes
Wonderfall - Hyperspace XR

VIRTUAL REALITY:
World One - scobot

360 VIDEO:
Arcadia Flats - Electric Dream Factory

AUGMENTED REALITY:
Advanced Haptics - RGB Schemes
Dance Practice - Dance Reality

For information on parking and location, please visit: https://www.meetup.com/Seattle-VR-Demos-Experiences/events/255302611

Thursday October 11, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Pacific Science Center 200 2nd AVE NORTH, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Demo Night Demo Night
  • Customer Acquistion Spatial Computing
  • B2B Sales AR/VR/XR
 
Friday, October 12
 

9:30am

Access to Success
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Access leads to success.  Learn from these powerful women and  how they have used their resources to open doors for our youth, women in the corporate world, and women entrepreneurs that have led to empowerment and positive change. Michelle Gonzalez is the Director for the Washington State Women's Commission, Rosa Melendez- former US Marshal, Teresa Park- Founder of Empresarios Del Futuro, Sharon Wolfard Mooers with Year-Up, and moderated by Linda Lowry.   Empowerment is a process. Through the process, an individual becomes an agent of change. Do you want to become an agent of change?  
Complimentary continental breakfast and location sponsored by The Collective www.collectiveseattle.com 


Speaker
avatar for Michelle Gonzalez

Michelle Gonzalez

Director, Washington State Women's Commission
Gonzalez practiced law for Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has also served as board president of the Northwest Justice Project, on the legal committee for the Northwest Women’s Law Center (Legal Voice), and on the judicial evaluation... Read More →
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Linda Lowry

Co-Founder, DSA Solutions/Fashion Lab International
Linda | Lowry’s creative energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for the  Arts & Fashion are evident in all her ventures whether it be the motivation that drives success in her role as Co-Founder and CMO of DSA Solutions, her focus on enhancing relationships through connecting... Read More →
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Rosa Melendez

Agent of Change, Retired Regional Director at U.S. Department of Justice
Rosa M. Melendez was in the Law Enforcement field for over twenty-five (25) years.  She started with Salt Lake City Police as a Police Cadet and retired from law enforcement as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Washington.  She spent 17 years with Seattle Police Department... Read More →
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Sharon Mooers

Senior Director of Philanthropy, Year Up
Connector of people to their passions in serving others. Development professional with an extensive background in all aspects of nonprofit development including strategic planning, annual campaigns, volunteer management, major gifts, moves management, donor relations, donor retention... Read More →
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Teresa Park

Founder, Teresa Park
Ha Na is the consummate multi-tasker. On any given day, she can develop a marketing strategy to reach, say, a Chinese audience, while simultaneously preparing to speak at a multicultural conference, while translating thirty seconds of radio copy into Spanish. While talking to her... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
The Collective 400 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Demo Night Access to Success

9:30am

Student Startups Showcase
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Student-created startups and their progress will be featured by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship in this exciting, engaging event! Students, faculty, staff, and the public, are invited to come learn and hear from these startups about their entrepreneurial journey and showcase their innovations that were born at, or with help from, the University of Washington. Take advantage of this event to see the work being brought to life by student run startups!

A range of student startups will be showcasing, from early stage ideas in the tech space, to developing companies currently in the Jones + Foster Accelerator.

If you’re a UW student interested in this event and Seattle Startup Week, contact the Buerk Center for a discount code to attend our University events and other SSW offerings.

Friday October 12, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Husky Union Building (HUB) Room 250 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195

10:00am

Gaining the Competitive Advantage: differentiation through segmented customer value props
We used to think in terms of our Value Proposition. Singular. In today's market, in order to resonate with your buyers, who are inundated with info and data, you need to have hyper segmented value propositions, Plural.   In this session we'll do a deep dive into why successful B2B businesses today are using hyper-segmentation and personalization in audience-centric messaging to edge out the competition. You'll walk away with an understanding of what makes a good value prop, and what makes a great one. You'll learn the steps involved in developing your own segmented value props.

Speaker
avatar for Christina Brennan

Christina Brennan

3C Communications
Get to the point by figuring out what your point is. Communication Strategist and Presentation Coach, Christina Brennan, helps professionals land more deals by landing their message! She works with corporate clients like Microsoft, as well as startups, on developing audience-focused... Read More →
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Matt Heinz

President and Founder, Heinz Marketing
Prolific author and nationally recognized, award-winning blogger, Matt Heinz is President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 20 years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations and industries. He is a dynamic speaker, memorable not only... Read More →
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JoAnne Jaspan

Founder, Principal, Jaspan Consulting / SHIFT sales + marketing
Jo-Anne Jaspan, founder of Jaspan Consulting and SHIFT sales + marketing, is a passionate growth strategist, B2B revenue leader, mentor, and startup advisor. She specializes in assessing and understanding the unique rhythms, strengths and stage-specific needs of her Startup, SMB... Read More →
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Rakhi Voria

Chief of Staff | Sr. Business Manager to Corporate Vice President of Inside Sales, Microsoft
Rakhi has played a key role in building the digital sales force for Microsoft, growing the team to 2,000 sellers globally and the business to over $5B in under 3 years. Rakhi partners with the leadership team to drive and land Microsoft's inside sales strategy and global implementation... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

10:00am

1-on-1 Mentor Sessions (Friday)
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.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Outcalt

Nancy Outcalt

Sr. Business Development Executive, eXcell, a division of CompuCom
Nancy is thrilled to be the 2018 StartUp Week Mentor Program Lead.Connecting people to each other is my passion. With a foundation in executive, technical and sales recruiting, I’ve placed hundreds of candidates into career advancing roles. I transitioned into pure business development... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Erica Beckstrom

Erica Beckstrom

Sales and Channel Executive-Organization and Revenue Builder, Beckstrom Consulting
Erica has over twenty-five years of successful leadership and executive sales experience in the technology industry. She has delivered extraordinary results through her passion for customers and people. Erica's specialties include; executive customer and partner relationships, strategic... Read More →
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Minda Brusse

Minda is a past Chief of Staff for a blockchain/cryptocurrency startup.  She currently advises and consults for early stage startups.  Her experience includes co-founding two startups, a dot-com era eProcurement company,  management consulting, and non-profit board leadership... Read More →
avatar for Lara Dalch

Lara Dalch

CEO/Founder, Lara Dalch Coaching
Lara Dalch is a marketing leader with over 20 years of experience in integrated brand strategy, digital marketing and advertising, social media marketing, brand partnerships and promotions, and content marketing. Lara has held executive-level marketing roles at both startup enterprises... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Dirks

Joshua Dirks

Co-Founder and CEO, Project Bionic
Successfully taking big ideas to the masses through highly integrated marketing plans that engage the potential client in well thought out sales processes. No longer can marketing and sales exist in separate silos and expect to be successful.Specialties: All types of online marketing... Read More →
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Nick Ellingson

Startup Ambassador & Membership Consultant, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
Nick is Startup Ambassador and Membership Consultant at Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). In that role, Nick leads WTIA's startup programs to help connect startups and founders with stage appropriate resources ranging from investor introductions to health insurance... Read More →
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Lizzy Ellingson

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, Blueprint Registry
Lizzy is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Blueprint Registry, an innovative registry platform, which was recently acquired by David's Bridal.  Lizzy most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at Showman Design, LLC, a creative design consulting company where she managed... Read More →
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Diane Najm

CEO & Founder, PhotoPad for Business
After practicing Social Work for over 20 years, Diane leapt into the entrepreneurial world to launch a consumer and B2B tech platform in the photo and digital content marketing space.  She is Founder and CEO of Photopad, the recipient of two nominations for startup of the year and... Read More →
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The Accelement Team

Accelement
Multiple members of the Accelement Team will be at Seattle Startup Week for Mentorship! Take a look at their bios here! Don't forget to sign up in Slotted , Accelement mentors will have Acc. before their names... Read More →
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Rob Vogt

Director of Delivery, American Tire Distributors
I have had a very fortunate career working on a number of V1 products/services with very talented teams. Ultimately, what I'm passionate about is finding the "right" technical solutions and teams to solve challenging business problems. The "right" means nimble, innovative, sustainable... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize-Room TBD

11:00am

Why Podcasting Matters For Your Brand or Business
Your brand directly in your customers ears for 15-45 minutes a week (over an extended period of time) is a powerful notion. In this interactive presentation, podcast producer Tina Nole will guide you through the rise of one of the most powerful branding mediums of our time and help you navigate why this may or may not be the best solution for your brand or business.

Speaker
avatar for Tina Nole

Tina Nole

Founder, 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... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

11:00am

Why Startups Suck at Marketing
One of the biggest reasons startups fail is the inability to scalably attract customers at low cost. In this presentation, Rand covers 8 reasons startups miss out on marketing success, and tips for how to overcome these pitfalls.

Speaker
avatar for Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin

Founder, SparkToro
Rand Fishkin is the founder of SparkToro and was previously cofounder of Moz and Inbound.org. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through the Whiteboard Friday video series, his blog, and his book, Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Fiel... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Galvanize - Downstairs

12:00pm

What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know about the GDPR
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Even the Europeans are confused about the GDPR.  Reuben Ortega, a certified privacy expert, will walk you through some strategies on how to avoid falling into the GDPR blackhole.

Speaker
avatar for Reuben Ortega

Reuben Ortega

Cloutier Ortega PLLC


Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
thinkspace SEATTLE - Mailbox Peak 1700 Westlake Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

12:00pm

Fundamentals for Startups Fridays
CoMotion Labs presents "Fundamentals for Startup Fridays: Trends in IoT and Cloud Technologies" with Haresh Ved.

Haresh Ved is the founder and Chair of TiE Angels Groups Seattle (TAGS), an angel investment group that promotes collaboration between angel groups across all TiE chapters globally. He is also a Board Member of TiE Seattle.

Haresh is also Managing General Partner at Cronus Ventures LLC, an early stage investment firm he founded in 2000. Prior to founding Cronus, he spent more than a decade holding key development and leadership roles at Microsoft Corporation, working on pen-centric computing and mobility technologies and products including Windows for Pen Computing, Windows CE, Handheld, Pocket PC’s and Tablet PC’s. He also played a key role early on in developing tools and strategies to take Microsoft products to international markets.

An active angel investor, Haresh brings 30+ years of experience from the corporate and startup world. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs in advisory roles and helps them incubate and develop companies from ideas to implementations.

Haresh has a passion for Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Mobility, Education & eLearning, and Healthcare solutions. In his spare time he loves to travel and build lifelong memories with his wife and two kids.

Format of the Startup Sessions:
Each startup session will have a topic and an area expert providing key insights and knowledge regarding the topic in a 20-30 minute seminar format. Afterwards, the attendees will break into working sessions to engage with the topic as it relates to them.

All seminars will be video captured and live streamed on CoMotion’s YouTube Channel. Light refreshments will be served. These sessions are open to the public and you do not have to be currently affiliated with UW or a startup to join.

If you’re a UW student interested in this event and Seattle Startup Week, contact the Buerk Center for a discount code to attend our University events and other SSW offerings.

We hope to see you there!

Speaker
avatar for Haresh Ved

Haresh Ved

Founder, Chair, and General Partner, TiE Angels Groups Seattle and Cronus Ventures LLC
Haresh Ved is the founder and Chair of TiE Angels Groups Seattle (TAGS), an angel investment group that promotes collaboration between angel groups across all TiE chapters globally. He is also a Board Member of TiE Seattle.Haresh is also Managing General Partner at Cronus Ventures... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoMotion @ Fluke Hall 4045 Mason Road, Seattle, WA 98105

12:30pm

Build Your Prospecting Plan
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Prospecting is the lifeblood of any good company.  Take control of your goals, quotas and team accountability through a variation of activities.

Speaker
avatar for Geof Bowie

Geof Bowie

Owner, Sandler Training Seattle


Friday October 12, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Galvanize- Harbor Room

1:00pm

Startup Labs Panel
Incubator? Accelerator? R&D Center? Startup labs and studios have emerged in recent years as a unique, collaborative approach to spinning up new ventures. Come to discover the many different flavors, how they work, and how you can be involved as an entrepreneur.

Panelists include:
  • Allen Institute for AI - Lauren Krainsky
  • Madrona Venture Labs - Shauna Causey 
  • Pioneer Square Labs - T.A. McCann
  • WeWork Labs - Elizabeth Scallon



Moderators
avatar for Dan Kihanya

Dan Kihanya

Investor-Founding Team, Wizely
I am a 20 year veteran of the startup ecosystem - founder, investor, advisor. Spent time building ventures in Silicon Valley, India, and Seattle. Working now on my 4th startup. In the meantime, I love to help emerging startups and aspiring entrepreneurs move ahead and upwards.

Speaker
avatar for Lauren Krainski

Lauren Krainski

Partner & Director, Allen Institute for AI (AI2)
Partner at the Allen Institute for AI start-up incubator. Let's connect if (1) you're interested in launching an AI-enabled start-up solving big problems (2) you're interested in human longevity, as I produce a podcast (How to Live to 200) in this space (3) you're a mountaineer or... Read More →
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T.A. McCann

General Partner, Pioneer Square Labs
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Elizabeth Scallon

Head of Labs, Seattle, WeWork
Work Labs is a global entrepreneurship program connecting global innovation hubs, while providing fierce local support for startups and entrepreneurs. Flying Fish is our first anchor VC and will provide mentorship & advising. Seattle is part of the first batch of designated cities... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

1:00pm

Blockchain Office Hours - Friday October 12 (1-4pm)
Limited Capacity seats available

BLOCKCHAIN is all about community - community of people coming together for the greater good.  It's that alternative technology that really is the future of a true global financial system, a true global identity system, and so much more.  

Do you have an idea you want to chat about?
Do you want to pitch your blockchain startup idea?
Are you interested in doing a tokensale (ICO)?
Do you want to whiteboard a problem?
Do you need help finding and connecting to blockchain experts?

Come to the office hours where you can get that personal attention from 1 or more blockchain industry experts and get real time feedback!  In order to participate, you must sign up here with your name and email.

SIGN UP SLOTS ARE HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CvQGeHflDNhzskYRzXsplTVuue5fFzgnBUgDqSC0NVA/edit#gid=2052427219

RULES FOR SIGNING UP FOR A SLOT WITH A BLOCKCHAIN EXPERT:
Rules - please come prepared with your ask: 1) 2 minutes intros of yourselves, 2) 3 minute high level overview of your space/business/problem... and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A/asks.
You can also use this time to pitch the mentors as many of them are angel investors themselves: 1) 2 minute intros, 2) 5 minute pitch, and 3) 20 minutes of Q&A.
TIP: if you want to keep in touch with the mentor, ASK THEM FOR THEIR INFO BEFORE YOU LEAVE.  It is your responsibility.
1 person/or team per room per time slot.
Please do not delete any person's timeslot - as that is NOT cool

Thank you!
Office Hours will be moderated by Arry Yu (Blockchain speaker, startup strategic operations, scaling, fundraising and investing).

Speaker
avatar for Vaughan Emery

Vaughan Emery

CEO/Founder, Autonomi
Seasoned entrepreneur and CEO. Building the Atonomi Network on blockchain technology to enable secure IoT interoperability based on trusted device identity and reputation. Previously built CENTRI into the recognized leader in the emerging IoT data security space with global strategic... Read More →
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Dax Hansen

Partner, Perkins Coie
J. Dax Hansen| Partner | Seattle, WAwww.perkinscoie.com/DHansen/J. Dax Hansen focuses his practice on IT, payments and international business transactions, including mobile financial services and m-commerce, online business, software and technology licensing, blockchains and decentralized... Read More →
avatar for Adam Philipp

Adam Philipp

CEO/Founder, AeonLaw
One of the earliest lawyers on the Cypherpunks list and an early advocate for cryptography, Adam is the founding partner of the High Tech Intellectual Property Law firm: ÆON Law. Adam has been involved in the prosecution of patent applications in the computer science, electrical... Read More →
avatar for Nate Whitehill

Nate Whitehill

CEO/Founder, Cryptoslate
Nate Whitehill is an experienced technology entrepreneur and the CEO of CryptoSlate, a website for cryptocurrency researchers and blockchain enthusiasts — featuring industry news, crypto prices, a product database, company directory and blockchain events.
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Arry Yu

Chair, Blockchain Council, Blockchain Council
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Strategic Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia.  For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling startups.  By applying a her disciplined skillset... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize 111 S Jackson Street, Pier 31 and 32

2:00pm

Shark Tank: Intro to Youth Entrepreneurship
An event discussing the pillars of a successful company, creating a blueprint for a potential company, and a Q and A session with notable entrepreneurs. All youth welcome! This is for you!

Speaker
avatar for Aaron Coe

Aaron Coe

CEO, Volli, Inc.
With over 25 years of hands-on operations experience, and as an early employee of two successfully acquired startup companies, Aaron Coe has been solving problems for companies across functions and across industries throughout his career. Currently, Aaron is working on Volli, Inc... Read More →
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Dave Cotter

CEO, MessageYes
Dave Cotter joined Nordstrom as the vice president of mobile in March 2018. Dave supports and helps oversee the vision, business, and product strategy for all mobile experiences at Nordstrom.Prior to Nordstrom, Dave was CEO of e-commerce over mobile messaging platform MessageYes... Read More →
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Steve Rosen

Co-Owner, Elemental Pizza, Rocket Taco, Whidbey Island Ice Cream
OVer 15 years ago Steve left his VP of Production job in technology and jumped into all things food! Together with his friend and business partner, he launched Elemental Pizza. As a lover of bran building the challenge of creating retail brands was a powerful draw away from the online... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Galvanize- DoveTail

2:30pm

Seattle FinTech Flavors and Milestones - Startup Stories & Lessons Learned
Fintech comes in many various shapes and sizes. In this session hear from entrepreneurs as they share their insights on their particular fintech flavor and what it's like getting a fintech startup off the ground to a successful exit.

Moderators
avatar for Andy Kleitsch

Andy Kleitsch

Founder, A Stealth Start-up
Andy started an Internet company on a 14.4k modem, a mobile payments company before the iPhone, and now he’s onto something so new he can’t tell you about it yet, but you’ll want to take it with you to Mars.He is a pioneer, leader and mentor across multiple disciplines, from... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Rachel Azaroff

Rachel Azaroff

Founder & CEO, MoneyBuff
Rachel Azaroff is the Founder and CEO of MoneyBuff: a personal trainer for finance. She is working to make financial services more customer-centric, so it is easier for people to understand their money, achieve their goals and live their values. She is also the President and Founder... Read More →
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Preet Deol

Head of Virtual Reality, QGS Technologies Ltd.
Preet has worked on a range of projects spanning from technology-enabled international development to SaaS political risk management of financial portfolios. She has collaborated on virtual reality software development designed to reduce the need for heavy CO2-emitting travel during... Read More →
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Jamee Herbert

Co-Founder, BridgeCare Finance
Jamee has an MBA in Sustainable Finance and is committed to redesigning financial products to better serve people. With a diverse background in women's advocacy, corporate sales and systems thinking, Jamee saw the connection between high childcare costs and the lack of female executives... Read More →
avatar for Devin Miller

Devin Miller

Executive Vice President, Guidant Financial
As Executive Vice President at Guidant Financial, Devin is responsible for improving internal processes at Guidant and strategically driving the company forward. Prior to joining the team, he was chief strategy officer at TaxACT and before that, CEO and co-founder of Balance Financial... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

3:30pm

How FinTech is Making Real Estate More Inclusive
Come hear how these startups are leveraging fintech to help make real estate more inclusive in Seattle and beyond!

Speaker
avatar for Petra Franklin

Petra Franklin

Co-Founder, Vault Capital & Dwehl Inc
Petra Franklin co-founded and is the Managing Partner of Vault Capital.  She is responsible for Vault Capital’s early stage investments in Glowforge, which sold $27 million in product within it’s first year, Clover, acquired by Starbucks, HouseValues, which went public, Singingfish... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim

Director of Sales, CityBldr
Sarah is the Director of Sales at CityBldr and comes from a background of tech and commercial real estate sales. Sarah joined the CityBldr team once realizing the platform had the potential to revolutionize an outdated industry. Property owners can leverage artificial intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Yifan Zhang

Yifan Zhang

CEO & Co-Founder, Loftium
Yifan Zhang is the CEO & Co-Founder of Loftium, a venture-funded startup that makes home ownership possible in expensive cities by giving a down payments based on Airbnb income.  Loftium has been featured on The New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg and more, and Yifan was named on... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Galvanize - The Square 111 S Jackson St. Seattle WA 98104

4:00pm

Future Founders Friday
In what promises to be a brand new Startup Week tradition, five lucky would-be entrepreneurs were selected to pitch at our closing party. But these aren’t real companies yet - they are ideas! And with help from the Female Founders Alliance, together with Seattle’s top pitch coaches, these entrepreneurs had a chance to develop their idea, flesh out their story, practice their pitch, and get on a real stage. Join us for the capstone presentation to cheer on Seattle’s future startup founders as they go on stage and share their vision for the very first time.  


For applicants:
Have a great idea for a startup? Seattle Startup Week is offering five “Future Founders” the opportunity to take the stage at the week’s capstone event “Future Founder Friday”. You’ll get private time with Seattle’s leading pitch coaches, including Christina Brennan, Wendy Yang and Teddy Johnson. Plus you’ll get support from the founders and CEOs of the Female Founders Alliance, Seattle’s grittiest and most promising new entrepreneurs. Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your idea at the Startup Week closing party stage in front of an audience of your peers, get real investor feedback, and compete for bragging rights. There is no cost to participate, and everyone with an idea is encouraged to apply - whether or not it’s a real business yet!*

Applications are due Oct 2: https://tinyurl.com/FutureFoundersFriday

*To apply, your idea must be fleshed out enough for you to prepare and memorize a 5 minute pi