GeekWire Startup Day 2015

johnvcpanel1Startup Advice, Insights, and Inspiration from the Trenches: GeekWire Startup Day, 8 am – 5 pm on Jan. 30 at the Showbox SODO in Seattle.

Planning to make the startup plunge, or already in the deep end? Look no further than GeekWire Startup Day, presented by EY.

Startup Day is the preeminent startup conference in the Pacific Northwest — bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, tinkerers and builders for a day of discussion, inspiration and learning about the startup journey.

Dave Cotter speaking at GeekWire Startup Day in Seattle.
SquareHub Co-founder Dave Cotter at Startup Day 2013.

Startup Demo Zone! Startup companies will be able to receive in-person feedback and conduct one-on-one presentations with event attendees in the Startup Demo Zone. The Zone is available to qualifying startup companies for $650, and includes a presentation table; a ticket to the event and an individual meeting with an angel investor or VC. Three companies from the Demo Zone also will be chosen to present live on stage to our illustrious VC panel. (Last year’s winner walked away with a check from a VC). Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot today.

We’re also excited to bring back the Resource Room where entrepreneurs will be able to discuss everyday business challenges with experts in law, finance, design, leadership and more.

Check out this year’s lineup of speakers below, stay tuned for more to come, and join us for GeekWire Startup Day on January 30!

Speakers

Ben Huh
CEO, Cheezburger
Sarah Bryar
Former Rivet & Sway CEO; Former Amazon Manager
Rajeev Singh
Co-founder & President, Concur
Mike Hilton
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Concur
Richard Tait
Former Cranium CEO; Golazo Co-founder
Jason Stoffer
Maveron Partner
John Connors
Managing Parter, Ignition; Former Microsoft CFO
William Bryant
Partner, DFJ
Jordan Ritter
Co-founder of Ivy Softworks, Napster and Cloudmark
Dan Price
CEO, Gravity Payments
Matt Ehrlichman
CEO, Porch
Forest Key
Co-founder and CEO, buuteeq
Sandi Lin
CEO and Co-founder, Skilljar; Former Senior Manager, Amazon

Speakers

Kristen Hamilton
Kristen Hamilton
CEO, Koru

Kristen Hamilton is CEO of Koru, a Seattle-based company that provides career training and coaching to recent college grads. Before serving as Koru’s CEO, Kristen worked as COO of a global non-profit, launched mobile media devices for a Fortune 100 company, and helped take Onvia, which she co-founded, public.

 

Ben Huh
Ben Huh
CEO, Cheezburger

Ben has always been a start up guy. Ben became the CEO of Cheezburger, Inc. after acquiring I Can Has Cheezburger? in 2007 and grew it into one of the largest humor networks in the world — while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions. Cheezburger has been credited with bringing Internet culture and memes to the mainstream. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal, and Cheezburger’s mission, is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day.

 

Sarah Bryar
Sarah Bryar
Former Rivet & Sway CEO; Former Amazon Manager

Sarah is a co-chairman on the City of Seattle Board of Advisors. She served as CEO of the online eyewear boutique Rivet & Sway and previously worked for ParentMap, Spring Creek, and Amazon. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School.

Rajeev Singh
Rajeev Singh
Co-founder & President, Concur

Rajeev co-founded Concur in 1993 just after college and has played roles ranging from product management to running sales and marketing to being the president and chief operating officer of the company for nearly the last ten years. In that ten years, Concur grew from $45 million in annual revenues to nearly $800 million per year, prior to being acquired by SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) for $8.3 billion in 2014.

Rajeev is currently a director on the board of Apptio, a leader in technology business management solutions, and of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Mike Hilton
Mike Hilton
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Concur

Mr. Hilton co-founded Concur in 1993 and served as Concur’s Chief Executive Officer until 1996. He became Executive Vice President and General Manager, Concur Travel and Expense in October 2012. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing. Mr. Hilton was a director of Concur from 1993 until July 2008 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 until 1999. Before co-founding Concur, he served as Senior Development Manager at Symantec Corporation, an international technology firm focused on protecting information and computer systems, and as Director of Product Development for Contact Software International, a personal computer software publisher that was acquired by Symantec.

 

Richard Tait
Richard Tait
Former Cranium CEO; Golazo Co-founder

Dartmouth alumnus Richard Tait worked for Microsoft for nearly a decade before leaving to found Cranium, the popular board game. After Cranium sold to Hasbro, Tait began working for the Starbucks Corporation, helping with the company’s healthier food and beverage initiative.

Tait went on to co-found the sports beverage brand Golazo.

 

Jason Stoffer
Jason Stoffer
Maveron Partner

Once upon a time—circa kindergarten—Jason aspired to be the world’s greatest veterinarian. Alas, that didn’t work out, fortunately for us, he found another line of work. Today, he’s a partner in our Seattle office, concentrating on investments in education, e-commerce, and Web-enabled consumer businesses.

Jason joined Maveron in 2007 after a pioneering role in online education. At Career Education Corp., he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school and wholly owned Career Ed subsidiary. Earlier, he was an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund.

With both operational proficiency and a keen eye for talent, Jason has sourced and been actively involved in a range of Maveron investments—including Julep, General Assembly, Everlane and CourseHero.

John Connors
John Connors
Managing Parter, Ignition; Former Microsoft CFO

John is a 25-year technology-industry executive veteran. John has been a partner at Ignition since 2005 focusing principally on investments in enterprise software.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist he spent sixteen years at Microsoft in multiple and varied executive roles, including SVP of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of the Worldwide Enterprise group, Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Vice President and Corporate Controller.

John has led Ignition investments in Xensource (acquired by Citrix), Heroku (acquired by Salesforce.com), Parse (acquired by Facebook), Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink) and Scout Analytics (acquired by ServiceSource). John also led Ignition’s investment in Splunk (IPO 2012) and currently serves on the Splunk board as lead independent director. John’s current Ignition investments include FiREapps, Datasphere, Motif Investing, Chef, Xamarin and Azuqua. John is also a member of the board of Nike.

William Bryant
William Bryant
Partner, DFJ

William K. (Bill) Bryant is a Partner at DFJ. Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in more than 25 leading software, Internet, mobile, and digital media companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor, and Board Member. He has had founding roles with Visio (now part of Microsoft), Netbot (acquired by Excite), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Medio (Nokia), Mixxer, and Airworks. In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised >$150M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching software products, Internet, and mobile services.

Bill was the first investor in Isilon Systems (now part of EMC) and an early investor in Swype (Nuance), Vizify (Yahoo), Banyan Branch (Deloitte), Loudeye (Nokia), AEI Music (Liberty Media), Viafone (Extended Systems), Teamplate (Captaris), Exstatic Software (Xchange Applications), Throw (Excite), Singing Fish (Thomson/AOL); NearMe (Hands On Mobile); and WebRelevance (Medio).  For DFJ, he has led investments in Mpire (comScore), Varolii (Nuance), Clipboard (Salesforce), and Alpental (Google).

 

Jordan Ritter
Jordan Ritter
Co-founder of Ivy Softworks, Napster and Cloudmark

Jordan Ritter is an accomplished software architect and technical entrepreneur. His pragmatic ethos combines with a unique breadth of engineering and management experience to produce both a capable leader and do-er. His passion for his work is a point of pride that motivates and inspires those around him to exceed themselves. As a co-founder of Napster, Cloudmark, and Servio, his collective expertise within a diverse range of software architectures has helped create some of the Internet’s most well-known software.

Dan Price
Dan Price
CEO, Gravity Payments

Dan Price founded Gravity Payments with his brother Lucas in 2003 when he was 19. He grew up in rural Idaho, where he was homeschooled, and attended Seattle Pacific University.

Price has received many accolades since starting Gravity, including GeekWire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013, the 2014 Seattle Business CEO Excellence Award, and the 2010 SBA National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Price was also recently named Entrepreneur of 2014 by Entrepreneur Magazine, landing him on the cover. The magazine is on newsstands now.

Matt Ehrlichman
Matt Ehrlichman
CEO, Porch

Matt is the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Porch. Prior, Matt was Chief strategy Officer at Active Network responsible for 85% of the P&L. Matt joined Active in 2007 and helped grow its revenues from $65 million in 2006 to $420 million and a 2011 initial public offering.

Before joining Active, Matt was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Thriva, which was acquired by the Active Network in March 2007 for $60 million. Matt built Thriva out of his dorm room at Stanford University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurial engineering and Master of Science degree in management science and engineering.

Matt recently won USA Today’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for his fast-growing startup, earning him a featured position on the front page of the newspaper’s Money section.

 

Forest Key
Forest Key
Co-founder and CEO, buuteeq

Forest is no spelunker, but a piece of advice from travel writer Tim Cahill’s adventures in caving pretty much sums him up: “Never exit a cave from the same opening that one enters.” You see, Forest is something of a nomad—albeit one who never backtracks. He has stumbled upon countless magical moments in the many countries he has visited and lived in over the years. In fact, it was this love of travel and cultural immersion that inspired him to start buuteeq.

Prior to founding buuteeq, Forest was a Sr. Director of product management in the Microsoft Server & Tools division, and later the General Manager of Business Development for Asia, based in Beijing. Forest also worked in the visual effects and CGI industry as both a founder/CEO of successful software startup Puffin Designs, and, added glamour to his geek credibility as visual effects editor/animator at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. He is fluent in Spanish and capable enough in Mandarin to negotiate fares with a taxi driver. He holds a BA in History from UCLA

Sandi Lin
Sandi Lin
CEO and Co-founder, Skilljar; Former Senior Manager, Amazon

Sandi Lin is the CEO and co-founder of Skilljar, an online training solution for businesses. Prior to Skilljar, Sandi was a senior manager at Amazon.com, where she helped launch Fulfillment by Amazon, Amazon Local, and the Kindle with Special Offers.

Originally from Virginia, Sandi received a B.S. and M.S. from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.

Demo Zone

Check out the companies that will be in the Startup Demo Zone. If you’re interested in having your company featured there, register for the special ticket type today! Includes: A presentation table; two tickets to the event and a meeting with an angel investor or VC. (Only available to startup companies less than five years old).

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Register

Register here for GeekWire Startup Day — 9 am – 5 pm, January 30, Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Ave S., Seattle.