Seattle 2.0 has become a staple of Seattle’s tech startup community over the past four years. Founded by Marcelo Calbucci, its mission is to help tech entrepreneurs build great companies.
It does this with a powerful one-two punch, combining online resources such as its job board and Startup Index with in-person events such as the Seattle 2.0 Awards and Startup Day — marshaling the resources of the community, including entrepreneurs, investors, advisers, blog contributors and media.
Today, we’re delighted to announce that this community has a new home in GeekWire.
How did the stars line up for this acquisition?
First off, the goal of Seattle 2.0 dovetails nicely with one of the core components of the GeekWire mission: to be a megaphone for innovation in the Pacific Northwest. Rooted in Seattle, GeekWire brings you news from the region that impacts the globe, and provides a platform for the tech community to engage.
The Seattle 2.0 community will add fuel to this fire. And, rest assured, we’ll keep those fires burning.
We’ve already launched our job board, teeming with opportunities for techies, from startups to heavy-hitters. Stay tuned for news on additional Seattle 2.0 site elements as we continue the integration. And in 2012, in addition to our own signature events and meetups, GeekWire will be proud to present two of the best tech events in town: the Seattle 2.0 Awards in the spring, and Startup Day in the fall.
Secondly, timing is everything. After emerging from this year’s TechStars program, as Marcelo says, he’s “110% committed” to his new startup, EveryMove.
Describing his exit from Seattle 2.0, Marcelo says, “The biggest winner is neither GeekWire, nor Seattle 2.0, but the community itself that will be able to enjoy a much more comprehensive and up-to-date set of services to support and empower entrepreneurs.”
We couldn’t agree more. And we’re delighted to have his help and support through the transition.
Last but not least, it just feels right. The connection points are almost too numerous to mention. Our chairman, Jonathan Sposato was the lead mentor for EveryMove. John Cook helped inspire Seattle 2.0′s popular startup index. As for yours truly, in my previous life at the Alliance of Angels, I was honored to be on first team of six blog contributors to Seattle 2.0.
As always, we look forward to your input as we start the next chapter for GeekWire and Seattle 2.0. Help us help you by letting us know what you think. And on behalf of GeekWire, a warm welcome to entire Seattle 2.0 family, and a huge shout-out to Marcelo for instigating and inspiring the tech community.
Now for some FAQ’s:
Q) So wait, is Marcelo working for GeekWire now?
A): No, he is all EveryMove, all the time. We are fortunate to have him consult with us on the migration of the Seattle 2.0 elements into GeekWire.
Q) Will the Seattle 2.0 site remain live?
A) We will keep each element of the site running until we launch it on the GeekWire site. For example, today, we have parallel job postings on both Seattle 2.0 and GeekWire. By 12/31 the job board migration will be complete, and all postings will be hosted on our site. Check it out here! Stay tuned for other features you know and love, such as the Startup Index.
Q) What will happen to the Seattle 2.0 events?
A) We will proudly carry on the tradition of presenting the Seattle 2.0 Awards in the Spring, and Startup Day in the fall– they’ve been two of the best tech events in town and fit perfectly into our 2012 calendar. In addition to our first anniversary celebration and summit (March), a blow-out summer bash, and year-end gala, these two jewels in the crown will round out our signature events for the year.
— Rebecca Lovell, Chief Business Officer, GeekWire, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: Marcelo shares more of his thoughts in this post on his personal blog: Seattle 2.0: From humble beginnings to a new home at GeekWire.