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Frontier Business Edge

Frontier Business Edge

It wasn’t too long ago that going to a concert was all about the music and sharing the experience with a live audience…while waving lighters in the air. Fast forward a few years and those lighters have been replaced by cell phones. People aren’t just sharing their experience with other concertgoers; they’re sharing with everyone in their social network via mobile devices and a robust Wi-Fi network.

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young

At EY, we are committed to building a better working world — with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration. We want to build a better working world through our own actions and by engaging with like-minded organizations and individuals. This is our purpose — and why we exist as an organization. Running through our organization is a strong sense of obligation to serve a number of different stakeholders who count on us to deliver quality and excellence in everything we do.

We want to use our global reach and scale to convene the conversation about the challenges facing economies and the capital markets. When business works better, the world works better.

Learn more about our commitment to building a better working world.

 

Wave

Wave

Wave Business Solutions in SEATTLE, PORTLAND and SACRAMENTO, and Astound Business Solutions in SAN FRANCISCO are brands of WaveDivision Holdings, a broadband and technology company headquartered in Kirkland, Washington.  Wave provides comprehensive business class services such as Dark Fiber, Metro Ethernet, Carrier Class Phone Services, and high-speed Internet connectivity to commercial customers needing world-class services that are reliable and affordable.  Wave has solutions that scale up to serve Fortune 100 companies and scale smaller to serve the local barber shop.   Wave’s mission is to provide all our customers outstanding customer support using the latest solutions delivered affordably over our ever growing fiber network, now with over 130,000 fiber miles.

Get ahead of the curve and get ahead of your competition by contacting Wave or Astound today for a free business consultation. Save up to 40% on Business Class, Enterprise and Wholesale Network services over other providers and use a local company you can trust.

Email businesssolutions@wavebroadband.net. Visit www.wavebroadband.com/business for services in SEATTLE, PORTLAND and SACRAMENTO -or- www.astound.net/business for business services in SAN FRANCISCO. Or call 855-878-0140.

GeekWire Gold Sponsors


UW Professional & Continuing Education

UW Professional & Continuing Education

Whether you want to update your skills, boost your career, delve into a new field or get creative, UW Professional & Continuing Education can help.

Get smart in hot programs like Data Science, Android Development, iOS & Mac Development, User-Centered Design, Project Management and Business Analysis. Choose from more than 100 certificates, 60 degrees and hundreds of courses – all designed with flexible, part-time options in the evening, on weekends and online.

Feed your curiosity at UW Professional & Continuing Education. And keep learning.

Moz

Moz

Moz provides analytics software to track all of a website’s inbound marketing efforts on one platform—with beautiful data visualizations, insights into competitors’ data, and actionable recommendations to improve each effort’s performance. Dedicated to helping people do better marketing, Moz creates easy-to-use tools, tutorials, and educational resources for learning inbound marketing—and fosters the web’s most vibrant online marketing community. With offices in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, Moz supports over 20,000 customers and 300,000 community members worldwide.

Fresh Consulting

Fresh Consulting

Make growing your business simpler than ever before with Fresh Consulting. Their team of technology developers, creative designers, and business consultants delivers strategy consulting to help you compete, creative marketing services to help you promote your business, and web technology development to help you be more efficient. Services include web strategy, marketing, web tools, enterprise web, design, development, and productions.

CenturyLink

CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The Company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.

UPS Connect

UPS Connect

As relentless seekers of innovative, efficient, and satisfying solutions, UPS® works to connect our customers to their customers faster and easier than we did yesterday. We believe great ideas — like great businesses — come in all sizes. UPS CONNECT offers tools, resources, and expert advice to help startups simplify their operations so they can focus on what matters most: achieving — and even surpassing — their goals. Get started upsconnect.com/geekwire.

Knoll

Knoll

Knoll uses modern design to connect people to their work, their lives, their world. Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure. Today, our commitment to modern design, understanding of the workplace, and dedication to sustainable design have yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Here is our story.

GeekWire Silver Sponsors


Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.

Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.

Xtreme Consulting enables some of the best and brightest technology leaders to achieve their business objectives. The company delivers a wide-range of business and technology consulting services, managed services, and staff augmentation.

Xtreme’s team brings together a group of smart and passionate people who are focused on fostering success for clients of all types and sizes. Whether it’s meeting a strategic goal, hiring world-class talent or managing an entire division of your operation, Xtreme is equipped to work with you across all phases of any project to deliver solutions and results that exceed your expectations.

Email info@xtremeconsulting.com or visit Xtreme Consulting’s website for more information. Looking for an exceptional place to work? We’re hiring!

WhitePages

WhitePages

WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., with over 50 million unique monthly users and powering over 2 billion searches per year across sites that include WhitePages.com and 411.com.  WhitePages offers consumers one-click access to more than 200 million residential listings and also provides them with the ability to edit and control their own listings. The company’s suite of mobile products includes a top-50 mobile website and popular Android and iPhone apps with over 14 million active monthly users.  Learn more about WhitePages at our corporate site.  We’re hiring!

WSGR

WSGR

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. The firm represents companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them.

Hired

Hired

Hired is the first two-sided marketplace created specifically for Engineers, Data Scientists, Designers and Product Managers who are overwhelmed with job opportunities.

We believe recruiting should be transparent, unbiased, and that the talent should be in control. Our one week “auctions” provide upfront offers from vetted and funded companies, dedicated talent advocates, and a $2,000 signing bonus.

Our mission is to make hiring, or getting hired, less painful.

OfferUp

OfferUp

Buy and sell locally in 30 seconds or less.

OfferUp is revolutionizing how you buy and sell locally. With a single snap, you can take a photo of an item and instantly circulate it to people nearby. Know who you are dealing with, reduce the no-shows, and enjoy a simple buying and selling experience.

Buy. Sell. Simple.

Comcast

Comcast

Comcast is one of the nation’s leading providers of communications, entertainment and cable products and services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, we employ over 100,000 employees nationwide whose goal is to deliver the highest level of service and improve the customer experience.

Each day our network handles:

  • Over 199 million web views
  • Over 104 million calls
  • Over 91 million emails

See more.

Seattle University

Seattle University

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university and law school located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.

Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.

Explore Seattle University facts, history, and values.

 

Level 11

Level 11

Level 11 helps you solve complex business problems. It does not matter what industry you are in: the solutions generally involve the smart application of technology, insight, and the inescapable logic of business efficiency.

Our leaders are longtime industry professionals, with plenty of experience at big tech and big consulting companies. They founded Level 11 in the belief that there had to be a better, more elegant way of getting things done. Smaller teams. Top-quality performers in every position. And an uncanny ability to merge with the client, to help maintain a sense of order and direction in the midst of dynamic change.

Today, Level 11 is becoming known as the indispensable partner that can catalyze a project, accelerate the process, and get it done right the first time. Learn more about Level 11 here.

Add3

Add3

Add3 is a search marketing agency based in Seattle. SEM, SEO and Display Advertising. That’s what we do. That’s all we do. And, it turns out, we do them really well. We build campaigns that will grow your business and push your brand. How? Experience, teamwork, data and big ol’ brains. Do you like those? We do. We love them. Feel the love.

Tableau

Tableau

We make breakthrough products that change the way people use data

Put together an Academy Award-winning professor, a brilliant computer scientist at the world’s most prestigious university, and a savvy business leader with a passion for data. Add in one of the most challenging problems in software – making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. You have just recreated the fundamental ingredients for Tableau’s products.

Who’s using Tableau… more like who isn’t.More than 23,000 customer accounts and growing. Get a sample of the many companies transforming their business.

Our vision for the future of data on full displayOur mission, passion and vision of the future are on full display in CEO Christian Chabot’s keynotes from our customer conferences.

Redesigning an industry from the ground up
Tableau’s first breakthrough was VizQL, a technology that allows you to visualize data of any size by drag and drop.

Avalara

Avalara

Welcome to Avalara. We’ve been disrupting the status quo in the “scintillating” world of sales tax management since 2004, and we continue to blaze new roads in this very old industry. From the beginning, our dedicated team of revolutionaries has worked day and night to help businesses of all sizes achieve compliance by providing a fast, easy, and accurate way to manage transactional taxes.

First Tech

First Tech

Over a half-century ago, a few astute people at Hewlett-Packard and Tektronix had a vision to strengthen financial futures. They saw the potential of uniting human dedication and technological innovation for a greater good. That’s the heart of First Tech Federal Credit Union.

What our founders recognized many years ago still holds true today. People within technology-driven companies are wired differently. Their passion for innovation has revolutionized the world, and they’re making tomorrow’s dreams a reality today. They also have unique financial needs that traditional banks simply can’t address.

We’ve specialized in serving those needs for over a half-century and in all that time, here’s what we know for sure. There’s no gizmo that replaces truly listening to someone. There isn’t a gadget that substitutes for personal attention. Our values aren’t password protected, and there are no shortcuts to developing great relationships.

Times change and technology may transform the way we operate, but it’ll never change who we are or our commitment to make banking as effortless as possible for you.

Today, First Tech is nearly 350,000 members strong and serves employees of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, including HP, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies, Amazon, Cisco and many more. If you’re already a member, we thank you. Your membership is very important to us, and we appreciate your trusting us with your financial future.

 

Tune

Tune

We are passionate people on a mission to make mobile marketing better, for everyone. We are helpful, creative, diligent, and forward thinking. We’ve stepped up to the challenges of building products with massive scale while stretching ourselves to push forward on innovation. We’re a little insane and extremely fun loving, and we will stop at nothing to solve problems for marketers.

BigDoor

BigDoor

BigDoor is a white label software platform that helps brands increase customer engagement, reward users, and build loyalty. Founded in 2009, BigDoor powers loyalty programs for the world’s biggest brands, and is backed by Foundry Group and Founder’s Co-op.

BigDoor passionately believes that brands who commit to their users will ultimately win, and encourages reciprocal loyalty through their products. Their loyalty program and campaigns help brands create relationships with customers who support them through advocacy, purchase behavior, and community participation, and allows brands to reward users and thank them for their participation.

BigDoor is a privately held company that is headquartered in Seattle, WA, and was named one of Seattle Business’ 2012 “100 Best Businesses To Work For.”

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

As one of the nation’s leading providers of wealth management services, Wells Fargo Private Bank has extensive experience and a wide range of resources to help you achieve your financial goals.

 

Starting with an in-depth review of your financial situation, we develop tailored, comprehensive solutions that align with your goals and values. We monitor your progress closely and make adjustments over time to help you keep your wealth plan current.

We believe in a team-based approach. Our relationship managers identify and coordinate key professionals across several disciplines, and work with them to develop solutions to address your needs.

 

Merriman

Merriman

Merriman was founded in 1983 as a fee-only investment advisory firm with a strong focus on excellent service, smart investing and long-term goals. We’ve grown significantly since then, now managing more than $1.5 billion in assets for clients across the country, and while we hold true to those ideals we have also come to realize that investment advice is only a small piece of the puzzle.

To help our clients be truly successful in achieving their goals, we offer a comprehensive approach to wealth management that includes not only investment planning, but also encompasses taxes, estate planning, insurance, risk management, charitable giving and more.

 

Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie

With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie LLP represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 50 corporations.

 

Nytec

Nytec

Founded in 1975, Nytec is a full-service end-to-end product design and engineering company. We can design, develop and prototype your product in our state-of-the art 20,000 sq ft Product Innovation Center or provide you with the talent you need on-site at your facility.

With over 300 employees, Nytec is a leader in design and engineering services. We translate technical complexity into compelling and simple to use consumer products, designing solutions that span hardware, software and services, creating truly integrated experiences for end-users.

For end-users, we strive to bring simple and intuitive interactive experiences regardless of the input modalities such as voice, touch, or gesture. For our clients we deliver effective solutions on time and on budget.