The GeekWire team at the ping pong bash: Editorial Intern Lily Katz; Chairman Jonathan Sposato; Cultural Attache Emily Shahan; co-founder Todd Bishop; co-founder John Cook; Chief Saes Geek Sarah Camp; and Staff Reporter Taylor Soper
The GeekWire team at the ping pong bash: Editorial Intern Lily Katz; Chairman Jonathan Sposato; Cultural Attache Emily Shahan; co-founder Todd Bishop; co-founder John Cook; Chief Sales Geek Sarah Camp; and Staff Reporter Taylor Soper

We’re still buzzing from last night’s GeekWire Ping Pong & Anniversary Bash, where we were joined by more than 600 people from across the tech community. It was an epic party, with some fierce ping pong and foosball action.

The energy at these events is a sign of the strength of the Seattle region’s tech community — and we view the growth of GeekWire in much the same way.

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Team GeekWire at the photo booth at the GeekWire Anniversary Bash

Two years ago today, we left our jobs to launch GeekWire. With your help and support, the site that we built over the course of a weekend has grown into a thriving hub of the Pacific Northwest technology community — anchored by a team of five full-time editorial and business staffers, with an expanding array of sponsors and partners, a great lineup of regular contributors, and a growing national and global readership joining our core community at home.

We bring together thousands of people at our GeekWire events throughout the year, average more than 1 million page views a month, and reach a broad audience through our weekly KIRO-FM radio show and podcast.

We’ve revived all of the former features and events from Seattle 2.0, providing critical resources to the startup community like the GeekWire Job BoardGeekWire 200 and Startup Resources Directory.

And the response to our latest big initiative, the GeekWire membership program, has exceeded our expectations — an example of the creative approaches we’ve been able take in our own startup environment.

Team GeekWire with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes
Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes interviewed GeekWire’s John Cook and Todd Bishop for a piece on Paul Allen.

It’s been a wild — and sometimes wacky — two years. We’ve received hilarious shout-outs from Sir Mix-A-Lot; played GeekBall with the Seattle Sounders; got an awesome mention in a national Best Buy commercial; and were busted for speeding on our way to an interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl. (Todd later appealed, and won).

Of course, we’ve also conducted countless interviews with leading entrepreneurs and technologists at our many events, from Box co-founder Aaron Levie to software pioneer Ray Ozzie to Tableau Software CEO Christian Chabot.

Most important, we’ve confirmed our longstanding belief that the Seattle tech industry deserves — and is strong enough to support — a national technology news site of its own.

And it has only been two years. We feel like we’re still just getting started. We have many new projects in the pipeline, and there’s so much opportunity ahead that one of our biggest challenges is simply figuring out which one to tackle next.

As with any startup story, there have been plenty of triumphs, struggles and changes over the past two years. We’re fortunate to have startup vet Jonathan Sposato, our chairman and investor, guiding us along the way.

Luckily for us, and thanks in part to the wisdom we consume regularly from our awesome entrepreneurial guest columnists, there’s been a heck of a lot more good times than bad. And we recognize that’s not always the case at startups.

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The GeekWire team in a casual moment in our offices

GeekWire’s growth is also a testament to our team — the hardest working bunch in the Seattle tech news business.  Our crew is small and scrappy. But we’re growing, busting out of our 300 square feet of prime Ballard office space.

In fact, we’re excited to formally announce the addition of a new team member today: Chief Sales Geek Sarah Camp.

Many of you have already met Sarah who joined GeekWire from The Seattle Times where she was a top online advertising salesperson.

Sarah is a force — not to mention a pretty good softball player. Her impact on the business has been immediate, bringing on board a series of new advertisers and sponsors in her first two months on the job.

In fact, we’re also excited to announce that GeekWire recently signed an annual sponsorship with Wave Broadband, our first platinum sponsor. You’ll be hearing more from Wave in the coming months, and we’re excited to partner with this fast-growing Kirkland-based broadband Internet and cable provider.

A big thanks to all of our sponsors and advertisers who make GeekWire possible.

Chief Sales Geek Sarah Camp
Chief Sales Geek Sarah Camp

With Sarah’s appointment, we’re also wishing the best to Rebecca Lovell who was instrumental in getting GeekWire’s business firmly rooted in those critical early-stage startup days. We had a ton of fun working with Rebecca, whose energy and passion for the Seattle tech community is unmatched. Rebecca has taken an interim CEO post at the non-profit Vittana, and we’re very much looking forward to singing karaoke with her again some time in the near future. [More on Rebecca's new gig here].

Many of our readers also are getting to know GeekWire staff reporter Taylor Soper. Todd and I only wish we had half the journalistic skills of Taylor when we were starting out. Look for Taylor’s byline even more on the site, especially around areas of interest such as gaming, sports and mobile.

What’s next for GeekWire?

We do have some big plans this year, including a revamped job board that caters to both employers and job seekers and a new calendar to track the most important tech events in the Northwest and beyond. The GeekWire Awards, taking place on May 9th at EMP (and yes tickets just went on sale) will be bigger and better this year. And we’ve got huge plans for The GeekWire Summit in September, so stay tuned for details on that day long conference.

Attorney David Wickwire of WSGR signing papers with GeekWire's Todd Bishop
Attorney David Wickwire of WSGR signing papers with GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop on 3/7/2011

With all of this change, it’s hard to imagine that two years ago today we sat in the offices of our law firm and signed the documents that officially made us entrepreneurs. It was an exhilarating moment for two newspaper hacks, and a bit surreal. But we also didn’t have much time to let things sink in.

We had work to do, including a news site to launch.

We buzzed down the hill from Seattle’s tallest skyscraper to our developer’s office in Pioneer Square. It was there that we pushed the button that launched GeekWire.

It’s been an amazing ride so far. One of the best experiences of our lives. Our only regret?

We just didn’t make the leap sooner.

Thanks again to everyone in the GeekWire community. It may sound cornball. But we wouldn’t be here without you.

And now for a bit of GeekWire history. It’s hard to imagine that two years ago at about this exact moment we did this…

Comments

  • Guest

    Congrats!

  • http://twitter.com/thesunbreakmvb Michael van Baker

    Sweet! Enjoy your terrible twos!

    • johnhcook

      Thanks. Nothing is looking terrible at this point about year two. Who knows what twists and turns lie ahead, but things are looking pretty sweet this year indeed.

  • frequent reader

    Congrats on 2 years. I love having a Northwest focused technology hub. Your team is doing a great job. Thanks!

    • johnhcook

      Thank you. We feel honored to cover all of the cool stuff happening in this community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmitrypol Dmitry Polyakovsky

    Thank you John and Todd for providing great coverage of Seattle tech industry. Could not imagine how else I could keep up with everything that’s going on w/o GeekWire

    • johnhcook

      It is our pleasure to cover this community. There are so many fascinating stories going on in the NW tech scene, certainly enough to fill our dockets 24-7!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldhelm Leslie Helm

    You guys are doing a fabulous job. Congratulations!

    • johnhcook

      Thanks Leslie.

  • RunTheNumbers

    Wow, 2 years — time flies. This post made me recall your previous employer, as I don’t think I’ve visited that site since you left. Well, I pulled it up today — WTF.

    Not to knock them, but they’re not representative of PacNW technology news. Geekwire has obviously taken care of that channel. Good job, please keep up the great work and hope you continue to grow.

  • Bob Silver

    Great recap, JC. Congrats to the team for all the successes and the successes to come. Love the pix of Todd & the attorney – Todd looks like he’s either signing for a big loan or about to pass a kidney stone.

    • johnhcook

      Thanks Bob. I don’t think Todd would disagree with that assessment. :)

  • http://twitter.com/RedRussak Red Russak

    Congrats on 2 years and cheers to many more years :-)

    • johnhcook

      Thanks Red. Great to have you as a supporter!

  • http://dancingupsidedown.com/ Emerson Jane Browne

    Congratulations John and Todd. Great site. Great job. So happy to see Lily is your intern too! (@ejbrowne aka @viviloveith)

    • johnhcook

      Thanks!! Lily is doing an awesome job for us. So glad to have her on the team.

  • Lucas Curran

    You guys are awesome

  • Guest

    Congrats on two solid years of local tech reporting. Thank you for the great reporting you’ve provided. May you continue to serve our community for years still to come.

    • johnhcook

      Thank you. That is our goal.

  • http://twitter.com/ruthschubert Ruth Schubert

    Nice outfit, John. Love the tube socks. Congratulations to both of you.

    • johnhcook

      Thanks Ruth. You know I love to bust out a costume now and then. Recall my Halloween get-up for the P-I party at Heath Foster’s house many moons ago? I tricked a few folks on my gender that night. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=94500172 Kyle Kesterson

    I know I’m but one of the many and very affected entrepreneurs that Geekwire has played a significant role in helping along. It is through your events that I have formed amazing friendships, gained valuable insight and mentorship in dealing with the startup roller coaster, and have let off steam in a fun setting. It’s also through your coverage that I’ve felt more connected to the beat of the community, and created visibility around my own ventures.

    GW, as a startup and as a service, is at the epicenter of the engine that’s helping keep the NW scene chugging along. Happy to be doing this along with you all.

    • johnhcook

      Wow, Kyle. This made my day. Thanks so much. Great to have support of other entrepreneurs like you.

  • http://twitter.com/bcrimmins Bob Crimmins

    Big congrats to John, Todd, Jonathan and the rest of the team. GeekWire plays a very important role in the NW startup ecosystem and I look forward to seeing what year 3 brings your way!

    • johnhcook

      Thanks Bob. As do you with Poker 2.0!! I still need to go play, and lose all of my money. :)

  • rufus

    Great job guys, you are really setting an example for how it should be done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmacduff Jeff MacDuff

    Congrats to the team, it’s amazing to have this local resource ..you guys are doing awesome stuff.

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

    All I can say is, I’ve really been honored to have an ongoing tech column home with GeekWire and two tech journalist founders I admire. Thanks for letting me continue to play in your sandbox.

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