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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.

overviewNow 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.

Speakers

Frank Artale
Frank Artale
Managing partner at Ignition
Marc Barros
Marc Barros
Founder of Contour
Dave Cotter
Dave Cotter
Co-founder and CEO of SquareHub and former GM at Amazon.com
Geoff Entress
Geoff Entress
Venture partner at Voyager Capital and Seattle angel
Rand Fishkin
Rand Fishkin
CEO of Moz
Vanessa Fox
Vanessa Fox
Chief product officer at RKG and founder of Nine By Blue
Brent Frei
Brent Frei
Co-founder of Smartsheet and Onyx Software
Rudy Gadre
Rudy Gadre
Angel investor and former general counsel at Facebook
Greg Gottesman
Greg Gottesman
Managing director at Madrona Venture Group
Gov. Jay Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington
Glenn Kelman
Glenn Kelman
CEO of Redfin
Dawn Lepore
Dawn Lepore
Former drugstore.com CEO and board member at AOL and RealNetworks.
T.A. McCann
T.A. McCann
Founder of RivalIQ and former CEO of Gist
Bryan Trussel
Bryan Trussel
CEO of Glympse
Boris Wertz
Boris Wertz
Founder of Version One Ventures
Frank Artale
Frank Artale
Managing partner at Ignition
Frank Artale is a managing partner at Ignition, a Seattle area venture capital firm. He most recently served as group vice president, business development at Citrix Systems, responsible for business development with software and hardware technology partners. Prior to Citrix, he was an executive at XenSource and founded Consera Software, which sold to H-P in 2004. He also held management positions at Veritas Software and Microsoft. At Ignition, Artale's investments have included Appfog, BlueStacks, Bromium, Couchbase, Cloudera, ScaleXtreme and ServiceMesh.
Marc Barros
Marc Barros
Founder of Contour
Marc Barros is the founder of Contour, a Seattle-based maker of helmet mounted cameras. Barros served as CEO of Contour from 2004 to 2012, starting the company shortly after graduating from The University of Washington. Contour was one of the state's fastest-growing tech companies, nearing $30 million in revenue before falling on tough times earlier this year. Startup Day talk: Dealing with failure: The ups and downs of a startup CEO
Dave Cotter
Dave Cotter
Co-founder and CEO of SquareHub and former GM at Amazon.com
Dave Cotter is the co-founder and CEO of family social network SqureHub. SquareHub allows families send private messages, share photos, coordinate schedules, and exchange location information seamlessly between the smartphone and tablet of their choice, yet privately. Prior to SquareHub, Dave worked as a General Manager from 2007-2011 where he lead combined technology and business teams for the Amazon Product Advertising API, Amazon’s first Web Service and Amazon Core Associates, Amazon’s self-service affiliate advertising program. Before that, he founded the online advertising startup Mpire/AdXpose, which sold to ComScore in 2011 for $21 million. He's a former entrepreneur-in-residence at venture capital firm Ignition, and previously worked at RealNetworks, Oracle and Microsoft. Startup Day talk: "Work-life balance of a startup dad"
Geoff Entress
Geoff Entress
Venture partner at Voyager Capital and Seattle angel
Geoff Entress is one of the Pacific Northwest's leading angel investors. He's backed more than 100 startup companies, from Vancouver's HootSuite to Seattle's Cheezburger to Portland's Elemental Technologies. He was an early investor in Isilon Systems — sold to EMC for $2.25 billion — and World Wide Packets — sold to Ciena for $290 million. Geoff also serves as a venture partner at Voyager Capital, and previously worked at Madrona Venture Group.
Rand Fishkin
Rand Fishkin
CEO of Moz
Rand Fishkin is the CEO of Moz, a fast-growing Seattle software startup that raised $18 million in venture funding from Foundry Group and Ignition last year. Rand is well known for embracing a culture of openness and transparency at Moz, a company he co-founded with his mom. That openness is often expressed on his blog, one of the best on entrepreneurship. A co-author of the Art of SEO, he was named one of the top young entrepreneurs by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Startup Day talk: "The pitfalls of team building: Painful lessons learned from hiring, firing, and losing people"
Vanessa Fox
Vanessa Fox
Chief product officer at RKG and founder of Nine By Blue
Vanessa Fox is a search expert who currently serves as chief product officer of RKG, which purchased her search analytics software company, Nine By Blue, in May 2013. She's a former product manager for Google's Webmaster Central, and she's considered on of the world's foremost experts in SEO and online marketing. Vanessa also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Ignition, a leading Seattle venture capital firm. She's the author of the book "Marketing in the Age of Google. Startup Day talk: "How To Avoid Being Eaten By a Bear: Vital Entrepreneurial Skills That You Can Learn Anywhere."
Brent Frei
Brent Frei
Co-founder of Smartsheet and Onyx Software
Brent Frei is the co-founder and executive chairman of Smartsheet.com, a venture-backed startup based in Bellevue that's developing technologies to help workers collaborate online. Brent previously co-founded and served as CEO of Onyx Software Corp., which he helped grow to $600 million in direct revenue. In 2001, Brent was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as a "Pioneer in Technology" and was awarded Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering Fletcher Award for lifetime achievement. He's also held roles at Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft and Motorola. Startup Day talk: "Resuscitating a Product on Life Support "
Rudy Gadre
Rudy Gadre
Angel investor and former general counsel at Facebook
Rudy Gadre is one of Seattle's leading angel investors, a backer of companies such as Jobaline, Yabbly, 9Slides, WalkScore, Chirpify and BuildersCloud. He's the former general counsel at Facebook. At Amazon.com, where he worked from 1999 to 2005, he served as vice president and associate general counsel for business development, new technologies and intellectual property. He started his law career in Seattle at Perkins Coie.
Greg Gottesman
Greg Gottesman
Managing director at Madrona Venture Group
Greg Gotttesman is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, He joined the Seattle firm in 1997, and now serves on the boards of AdReady, BuddyTV, Cheezburger, WildTangent and Rover.com. He also serves on the board of Up Global (Startup Weekend) and is the president of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Madrona, he served as an associate of the Boston Consulting Group.
Gov. Jay Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington
Jay Inslee is the 23rd governor of Washington and a fifth-generation Washingtonian. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Washington and a law degree from Willamette University. A longtime Congressman, Inslee championed environmental and clean tech issues. As governor, his top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy, IT and life sciences, while also strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and military.
Glenn Kelman
Glenn Kelman
CEO of Redfin
Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin, a venture-backed online real estate company based in Seattle. Prior to Redfin, Kelman co-founded Plumtree Software and worked at the Stanford Technology Group. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Startup Day talk: "The poet and the beast: How to manage yourself as startup CEO."
Dawn Lepore
Dawn Lepore
Former drugstore.com CEO and board member at AOL and RealNetworks.
Dawn Lepore is the former CEO of Bellevue-based drugstore.com, a company she led from 2004 until its sale to Walgreens for $429 million. Prior to drugstore.com, she served in a number of executive roles at Charles Schwab, including its CIO. Lepore has served on the boards of eBay, The New York Times and Wal-Mart and most recently joined the board of RealNetworks. She also recently served as interim CEO of Prosper, a San Francisco financing platform, and has invested in startups through Lepore Northwest Partners. Startup Day Talk: How to pick your board of directors and advisors.
T.A. McCann
T.A. McCann
Founder of RivalIQ and former CEO of Gist
T.A. McCann is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor. He's the founder of RivalIQ, a Seattle startup which provides tools for companies to benchmark and monitor their competitors and market landscape. He's also an active angel investor through Founder's Co-op and a board member at Up Global (Startup Weekend). Prior to RivalIQ, T.A. worked at BlackBerry, following its 2011 purchase of Gist, a mobile contact management startup that he founded. He's founded four other Internet-related companies, and spent four years at Microsoft on the Exchange and Mobile Service Delivery platforms. Startup Day talk: “Starting, funding, killing and selling: The hard decisions that make a startup.”
Bryan Trussel
Bryan Trussel
CEO of Glympse
Bryan Trussel is the co-founder and CEO of Glympse, a Seattle startup whose mobile applications allow users to share location information. Bryan previously spent 16 years leading teams at Microsoft, working on a range of products from Windows to Interactive TV to embedded systems to casual games. He has a bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Utah and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. He currently resides in Redmond, Wash. with his wife, four daughters and four-year-old son. Startup Day talk: "Advice on Taking Advice: Lessons and Landmines from Startup Land"
Boris Wertz
Boris Wertz
Founder of Version One Ventures
Boris Wertz is the founder of Version One Ventures, a leading venture capital firm based in Vancouver, B.C. whose investments include Flurry, Indiegogo, Julep, Unbounce and Wattpad. He's also one of the founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver, B.C.-based startup accelerator. Prior to becoming an angel investor, Boris served as chief operating officer of AbeBooks.com, which sold to Amazon in 2008. He also founded the German online retailer JustBooks. Startup Day talk: “There’s only two ways to build a $100 million company”

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).

 

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TimeTopic
8:00 am
Registration and networking
9:00 am
Startup Day begins, opening announcements
9:15 am
Gov. Jay Inslee
9:25 am
T.A. McCann: Founder of RivalIQ and former CEO of Gist

“Starting, Funding, Killing and Selling: The hard decisions that make a startup”

9:50 am
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”

10:15 am
Dawn Lepore: Former drugstore.com CEO and board member at AOL and RealNetworks

“How to Pick Your Board of Directors and Advisors”

10:40 am
30 minute break
11:10 am
Rand Fishkin, CEO of Moz

“The Pitfalls of Team Building: Painful lessons learned from hiring, firing, and losing people”

11:35 am
Dave Cotter: Co-founder and CEO of SquareHub and former GM at Amazon.com

“Work-life Balance of a Startup Dad”

12:05 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm
Elevator pitch session and VC Panel.
2:10 pm
Boris Wertz: Founder of Version One Ventures

“There’s Only Two Ways to Build a $100 Million Company”

2:35 pm
Brent Frei: Co-founder of Smartsheet and Onyx Software

“Resuscitating a Product on Life Support”

3:00 pm
30-minute break
3:30 pm
Marc Barros: Founder of Contour

Dealing with failure: The ups and downs of a startup CEO”

3:55 pm
Bryan Trussel CEO of Glympse

“Advice on Taking Advice: Why didn’t anyone tell me this before I took the startup plunge?”

4:20 pm
Glenn Kelman: CEO of Redfin

“The Poet and the Beast: How to manage yourself as startup CEO”

5:00 pm
Drinks and networking
5:30 pm
Battle of the Geek Bands begins!

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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.”

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“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.”

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“The Packet Droppings” from ExtraHop

Band quote: “(We are) primed and ready to rock your bits off!”

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“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.

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A big thanks to our sponsors for helping to make Startup Day and the Battle of the Geek Bands after party possible: Wave Business SolutionsMozKnollDouble Down Interactive, the Museum of History and IndustryAvalaraPerkins 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 daniel@geekwire.com.

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.