It’s Startup Day! GeekWire is excited to carry on this Seattle-area tech tradition, featuring a full day of talks from entrepreneurial veterans to help master key steps of the startup process.

More than 300 people are joining us here at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, with lots of great conversations already happening in the networking area. Over in the Elevator Pitch section, attendees will be getting feedback and vying for a chance to deliver their pitch to the full audience this afternoon. And later in the day, the Startup Resource Center will be full of entrepreneurs getting advice from experts in accounting, law, design and many other areas.

There’s nothing like being here in person, but we’re offering this live stream (above) from the main stage to give you a taste of the event, thanks to Bryan Zug and the team at Bootstrapper Studios. The program kicks of at 10 a.m. Follow @geekwire for highlights, and hash tag #gwstartupday.

Here’s the agenda for the day to serve as a guide for your viewing …

10:00 AM: Adam Tratt, Co-founder and CEO, Haiku Deck: Startup Storytelling for the win

Adam Tratt of Haiku Deck speaks to the crowd.

10:25 AM: Mike Fridgen, President and CEO, Decide: Branding, startup style

10:50 AM: Steve Murch, Founder and CEO, BigOven: Bootstrapping: Less cash, more cowbell

11:10 AM: Morning Break

11:25 AM: Aviel Ginzburg & Adam Schoenfeld, Co-founders, Simply Measured: Co-founding: The good, the bad, the ugly

11:50 AM: Darrell Cavens, CEO Zulily: Clear Vision for the Future

12:15 PM: Lunch

Mike Fridgen, CEO of

1:15 PM: Elevator Pitch. In this live version of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch, both the judges (and the audience) will choose their winner(s). All morning, entrepreneurs lined up to pitch their ideas and get feedback from investors. From these “auditions,” the top three presenters face a panel of judges. Your judges: Andy Sack (TechStars), Boris Wertz (version one ventures), Frank Artale (Ignition), Greg Gottesman (Madrona Venture Group), Rahul Sood (Bing Fund).

1:45 PM: Jonathan Sposato, former CEO Picnik; Chairman, GeekWire: Everything I need to know about design I learned in a hotel

2:10 PM: Mary Jesse, Founder and CEO, Ivy Corp.: Got culture?

2:35 PM: Afternoon Break

3:00 PM: Jordan Weisman, CEO, Harebrained Schemes: Warning: Startups may be hazardous to your health (and ego)

3:25 PM: Brenda Spoonemore, Co-founder and CEO Dwellable: A biz dev playbook for startups: Why, when and how to do deals to help your business win

3:50 PM: Closing Keynote: Aaron Levie, CEO, Box joins GeekWire’s John Cook and Todd Bishop for a lively fireside chat.

BigOven CEO Steve Murch talks about the principles of bootstrapping.
Adam Schoenfeld and Aviel Ginzburg, Co-founders, Simply Measured
Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens talks to the Startup Day crowd.
Martijn van Tilburg pitches 10000ft during the Elevator Pitch contest.
Winner Andrey Nokhrin pitches BuildersCloud to the panel during the Elevator Pitch contest.
Tony Mandarano pitches PaidPunch to the Elevator Pitch judges.
GeekWire’s Jonathan Sposato, former Picnik CEO, talks to the crowd about design.
Mary Jesse of Ivy Corp talks about company culture.
Jordan Weisman speaks to the crowd about startup life.
Brenda Spoonemore talks to the Startup Day audience about business development.
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  • Mina

    Will video be available for viewing later? I just found out about this. Thanks.

    • johnhcook

      Yes, we will be making the videos available on GeekWire. Thanks for tuning in.

  • Tim Reha

    Photos and videos look nice!

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