We had a blast last night hosting the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards, entertaining more than 600 of the region’s geeks, entrepreneurs, developers and investors at the super swanky EMP. It was an epic night, a true show of force for the Seattle tech community. (Not to mention just a ton of fun).
And, of course, the event was highlighted by the awards. After tallying more than 15,000 votes from the community, we unveiled winners in 14 categories, ranging from Startup of the Year to Next Tech Titan to Geekiest Coffee Shop.
Here’s a look at the acceptance speeches of the winners. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees, and thanks to everyone who came out for the big bash. A big shout out to Bootstrapper Studios for shooting and editing the videos of the event.
Investor of the Year: Chris DeVore of Founder’s Co-op
Acceptance speech nugget: “Most of you guys who know Founder’s Co-op know that I am half of a partnership. And my other, many would say better half, Andy Sack, … just finished a fight with cancer. He is now cancer free, so this award is maybe half mine, but it is at least half Andy’s. So, Andy this one goes to you. I love you.”
Schmoozer of the Year: Shauna Causey of Decide.com
Acceptance speech nugget: “I am crazy about the startup community, and this really does mean a lot.”
Geekiest Coffee Shop: Uptown Espresso of South Lake Union
Acceptance speech nugget: “We just want to thank all of you guys who come in to Uptown for your coffee, especially a shout out to John (Vechey) of PopCap who is in there everyday.” –Sarah Palmer
Startup CEO of the Year: Ben Huh of Cheezburger (Accepted by CTO Scott Porad)
Acceptance speech nugget: “Ben would say thank you to everybody, and he was amongst a great group of other peers, of other CEOs.”
Deal of the Year: The sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts for up to $1.3 billion.
Acceptance speech nugget: “This is such a great award, not because we’ve exited, but because we are still happy working there.”
Geek of the Year: Jim Demonakos of Emerald City Comicon
Acceptance speech nugget: “We are so proud to bring such an excellently-large geek event — that gets bigger and bigger every single year — to Seattle. And we hope you join us again next year in March when we bring another giant event to the greatest city in the world.”
Hire of the Year: Kate Matsudaira of Decide.com
Acceptance speech nugget: “I should first say thank you to, well first, SEOMoz because they are so awesome, and I was so lucky to work there. And, of course, Decide, who is also really awesome. Go Decide.”
Innovation of the Year: Kinect for Windows
Acceptance speech nugget: “This is one of those things where you go: ‘Wow, Microsoft did something cool.’ And what is so cool is we’ve enabled so many startups to do more cool things. So, thank all of you for taking our technology and being awesome with it.” –Craig Eisler of Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows team.
Bootstrapper of the Year: HasOffers
Acceptance speech nugget: “Wow. This is amazing to win an award like this on our home turf. I just can’t express how excited we are about it.” –Peter Hamilton of HasOffers.
Mobile App of the Year: Battle Nations from Z2Live
Acceptance speech nugget: “This is really for all of the lights on in Seattle because everybody else on that list above me is also burning the late midnight oil trying to make great innovations and put them in front of customers. So, this is for everybody in Seattle that works so hard, and for all of the lights on tonight.” –CEO David Bluhm
Do-Gooder of the Year: Bill Hilf of High Five Hope
Acceptance speech nugget: “I only have one ask of all of you. There are great, fantastic projects that were nominated in this category and a lot that are just out there. Give a little bit of help. Give a little bit back in what you do, and think about how you can integrate philanthropy into all of your startup ideas. And pay it forward, pay it back, pay it sideways, whatever you’ve got to do. There’s a tremendous amount of potential here in Seattle to make a real difference in the world.”
Next Tech Titan: Tableau Software
Acceptance speech nugget: “I got to thank you John (Cook). Six years ago you interviewed our CEO. It was one of the best moments in our company. Six years ago we were 20 people, and when we saw that written up in the (Seattle) P-I it made our day.” –Tom Walker of Tableau
Startup of the Year: Zipline Games
Acceptance speech nugget: “It is great being in a town like Seattle. I love calling Seattle my hometown.” –CEO Todd Hooper
Ironman of Startups Award: Andy Sack of TechStars and Founder’s Co-op.
Acceptance speech nugget: “There is nothing quite like being called the Ironman of Startups after having gone through chemo. It is a humbling, humbling process.”
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