We were hoping for a big crowd at the GeekWire Launch Party. Little did we know how big it would get.

With more than 800 people registered for last night’s event, the turnout was a testament to the strength of the Seattle region’s technology community. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the show of support.

And we hope you had as much fun as we did. Or at least as much fun as Jeremy Lewis of Big Fish Games, angel investor Geoff Entress, and Cheezburger’s Ben Huh — pictured on the mini-golf course at right.

Thanks to our celebrity guests, including NBA legend Detlef Schrempf, rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Seattle Sounders Pat Noonan and Brad Evans. And a big thanks to our station sponsors — Big Fish Games, Decide, Maveron, MadronaKobo, TechDwellers, Gist, thePlatform and Filter — for offering up great games and prizes.

KING 5 News was there, as well, using the event to take the temperature of the local tech community in light of the unconfirmed report earlier yesterday that Seattle’s PopCap Games is in acquisition talks with an unidentified buyer for a deal that could be valued at more than $1 billion. Here’s the segment.

Here’s a slideshow of photos from the event from photojournalist Karen Ducey.

Geekwire launch party photo gallery – Images by Karen Ducey

[Update: Also see coverage and photos by the Seattleite online news magazine.]

And here are more pictures below from the event by GeekWire photographer Annie Laurie Malarkey. Also, a special thanks to Kurt Schlosser for taking photos and shooting video, to Brent Roraback for spinning tunes all night, and to Seattle band The Dignitaries for the music used in the video above.

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  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    Great launch event. I can’t recall any Seattle geek party in recent memory that drew 800+ people — at least, not since the dot-com era, if then. And I see the photog captured Lisa Weeks and me. I’m not certain which of the two of us is easier to pick out of a crowd … no, I’m certain. It’s Lisa.

  • BrentR

    Hear-hear! Great party, guys.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Brent!  We were delighted that so many people got in the game(s)!  And while this may be GeekWire’s last launch party, it’s only our first event! More to come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502496929 Alex Berg

    It was packed! Nice showing. 

  • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

    So, this is going to be at least a quarterly thing now, right? 

    • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

      A quarterly “launch” event. Something oddly likable about that.

      • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

        Or just another excuse to play geekball.  Gives us time to practice…

  • http://www.facebook.com/zealoustiger Brian Ma

    Thanks for the awesome event geekwire team! We’re still talking about it here in the Decide offices. :)

    • johnhcook

      Great to have team Decide out in full force for the launch bash. Too bad Oren Etzioni wasn’t able to knock off Detlef Schrempf in the game of GEEK. I thought he had him there for a moment.

  • http://www.duncanhaley.com John Haley

    Great event team-Geek! I had the privlege of meeting many very impressive people…get’s me even more excited about the Seattle tech scene.  Bravo!

  • James Salter

    Congrats GeekWire team on a great event!  You’ve managed to mix “business and pleasure” together amazingly well.  Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Anonymous

      We work hard and if possible, party even harder.  Thanks for the props! Hope you had as much fun as we did. :)

  • Anonymous

    When iPredikt.com is ultimately sold for $2 billion (as we dreamed at last night’s GeekWire event) we’re inviting all of you to a party on our yacht where we’ll try to recreate last night’s mojo!  Can we get Rebecca to organize it?  Seriously, guys, awesome event.  All those Bay Area VC firms will have to start looking Northwest-ward again.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Ken!  Nice segment on the 11:00 news btw.  And sorry– I’m all Geek, all the time (as is the GeekBall court, sports fans).  Stay tuned for its next appearance as well as the next GeekWire event!! 

      • http://ipredikt.com iPredikt

        No problem. My wife was upset that I didn’t ask her first to organize our $2B “Exit Plan” Yacht Party. Re: the 11:00 news segment on KING-5, we couldn’t believe our stroke of luck. Our plan @ 4:30 pm was to leave the party with business cards from 2 journalists. Instead we got featured on the evening newscast 7 hours later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1645176720 Tina Burden

    Congrats on hosting such a fun event for your launch party! …Like others have mentioned, it would be great to have events similar to this on an ongoing basis……

  • GeoBongo

    Great party! Thank you GeekWire!

  • Mike Anderson

    Absolutely!  A well done gig, I had a great time.  Beter foozball table next time.

  • http://twitter.com/maxciccotosto Max Ciccotosto

    that was a great event!  Look forward to the next one!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, looks like it was a blast! Bummer that i missed this :)

  • Tkay1

    The music being played is fantastic.  “Titlow Pts 1&2” by the Dignitaries.

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