Startup Advice, Insights, and Inspiration from the Trenches: GeekWire Startup Day, 9 am – 5 pm, October 25, Showbox SODO, Seattle.
Planning to make the startup plunge, or already in the deep end? Look no further than GeekWire Startup Day.
Now in its fifth year, 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.
Startup Demo Zone! As a new offering this year, 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 $550, 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 be bringing back the Resource Room where entrepreneurs will be able to discuss everyday business challenges with experts in law, finance, design, leadership and more. And, just because we love to throw big parties, we’re including Startup Day this year with an epic “Battle of the Geek Bands” after party. You won’t want to miss that one.
Check out this year’s lineup of speakers below, stay tuned for more to come, and join us for GeekWire Startup Day on October 25th! Startup Day is one of the showcase events during Seattle’s Startup Week, taking place from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25th.
Special Group Parking Info:
Safeco Field Garage – Occidental and S Massachusetts, right behind the Showbox SODO Only $5 from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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; one ticket to the event and a meeting with an angel investor or VC. (Only available to startup companies less than five years old).
APImetrics provides developers, enterprises and API owners with end-to-end API performance testing and monitoring. With an easy to use web interface, API calls can be tested and then scheduled to run on a repeated basis, with custom made reports available for integration into your own services and products.
Hubtag is the social hub for video game players. Created by passionate gamers to be a personalized gateway to your gaming identity, Hubtag focuses on connecting users to their content and each other in an easier way.
Reinventing the way books are published - Booktrope is a team publishing platform and modern marketing engine for books of all kinds.
Shipville.com is developing an e-commerce application to help small and mid-sized e-commerce businesses expand internationally with an international checkout API and package forwarding service.
Knoq.com: Get your to-dos to done with small favors from friends and neighbors
Graphdat – High resolution application performance visualization.
Shippable helps software companies launch products faster by reducing friction in their development process.
AtomOrbit: We make software that lets enterprise users actually get work done on their mobile devices.
Codeproof Technologies, the BYOD security pioneer, helps businesses secure data on corporate and employee owned mobile devices including Android and iOS devices.
AMPTAB creates software that connects and manages all products in the supply chain to provide full-service solutions from commodity to consumer.
iSideSleep has reinvented the bed to optimally reposition the human body, eliminate pressure points, and deliver natural therapy to those with Sleep Problems and a vision of continuous cloud connected sleeping.
Registration and networking
Startup Day begins, opening announcements
Gov. Jay Inslee
T.A. McCann: Founder of RivalIQ and former CEO of Gist
“Starting, Funding, Killing and Selling: The hard decisions that make a startup”
Vanessa Fox: Chief product officer at RKG and founder of Nine By Blue
“How To Avoid Being Eaten By a Bear: Vital Entrepreneurial Skills That You Can Learn Anywhere”
Dawn Lepore: Former drugstore.com CEO and board member at AOL and RealNetworks
“How to Pick Your Board of Directors and Advisors”
30 minute break
Rand Fishkin, CEO of Moz
“The Pitfalls of Team Building: Painful lessons learned from hiring, firing, and losing people”
Dave Cotter: Co-founder and CEO of SquareHub and former GM at Amazon.com
“Work-life Balance of a Startup Dad”
Elevator pitch session and VC Panel.
Boris Wertz: Founder of Version One Ventures
“There’s Only Two Ways to Build a $100 Million Company”
Brent Frei: Co-founder of Smartsheet and Onyx Software
“Resuscitating a Product on Life Support”
Marc Barros: Founder of Contour
“Dealing with failure: The ups and downs of a startup CEO”
Bryan Trussel CEO of Glympse
“Advice on Taking Advice: Why didn’t anyone tell me this before I took the startup plunge?”
Glenn Kelman: CEO of Redfin
“The Poet and the Beast: How to manage yourself as startup CEO”
Drinks and networking
Battle of the Geek Bands begins!
Oct. 25, starting at 5:30 p.m., Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Ave S., Seattle. At the conclusion of GeekWire Startup Day, join us for an epic after-party, featuring the Battle of the Geek Bands. Every Startup Day ticket includes access to the after-party (or you can register separately for the evening festivities if you can’t make it for the full Startup Day.)
“The Tax Authorities” from Avalara
Thys Wallwork, manager and lead guitar of The Tax Authorities: “We’ve audited all of the other bands and, guess what, they owe penalties and interest. The Tax Authorities are coming and no one is exempt from our groove.”
“Double Down” from Double Down Interactive
Band quote: “One of the great things about Seattle’s culture is that everyone has their career which they’re extremely passionate about. But then they also have their ‘other’ thing they do that brings them joy, whether they’re an artist, musician, dancer, fire juggler, etc. DoubleDown is very grateful and excited for the opportunity to play the GeekWire Battle of the Bands.”
“The Packet Droppings” from ExtraHop
Band quote: “(We are) primed and ready to rock your bits off!”
“Severity 2″ from Amazon.com
Amazon is in the house, and they’re bringing some software engineering firepower with Severity 2 (aka Sev-2). Band members include Stephen Rosenthal (Electric Guitar); Preston Tamkin (Keyboard); David Dai (Lead Vocalist and Acoustic Guitar); Dimitri Mostinski (Drums); and Steven Beach (Bass). “We’re a bunch of techies who enjoy playing music together and becoming better through practice while having fun,” says Beach.
A big thanks to our sponsors for helping to make Startup Day and the Battle of the Geek Bands after party possible: Wave Business Solutions, Moz, Knoll, Double Down Interactive, the Museum of History and Industry, Avalara, Perkins Coie and TechStars (which is holding its Demo Day and after-party the day before). Startup Day and the Battle of the Geek Bands is proud to be the capstone event of Seattle Startup Week, taking place from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25. For additional sponsor opportunities, contact GeekWire Chief Business Officer Daniel Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your GeekWire Startup Day tickets and Battle of the Geek Bands tickets below. Looking forward to seeing everyone — including any Nigel Tufnel impersonators — on Oct. 25!
Register here for GeekWire Startup Day — 9 am – 5 pm, October 25, Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Ave S., Seattle.
Special Group Parking Info: Safeco Field Garage - Occidental and S Massachusetts, right behind the Showbox SODO Only $5 from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.