Boosting support of startups, Washington Technology Industry Association acquires NWEN

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) today announced that it has acquired the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), combining efforts of the two non-profit organizations The WTIA will acquire all of NWEN’s intellectual property — brand names, member lists, program plans, historical files, etc. In addition, NWEN’s two marquee events — First Look Forum and Entrepreneur University — will now… Read More


NWEN putting operations on ‘hiatus’ amid restructuring

The Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) is planning to put operations on hold, pending what a board member with the non-profit organization calls a “major restructuring.” “The story is far from over when it comes to NWEN and we do have some exciting prospects when it comes to delivering and expanding on our mission,” said Rebecca… Read More


Tech Moves: Priceline CEO steps down; Barrie Cohen heads NWEN; Boeing names CIO; and more

—Priceline President and CEO Jeff Boyd has stepped down from his chief executive position in a surprising move announced during the company’s third quarter earnings disclosure today. He will be replaced by CEO Darren Huston, though will remain as chairman of Priceline’s board. Prior to working at, Huston played multiple roles at Microsoft,… Read More


Concur CEO Steve Singh: Startup success is entirely driven by culture

There are lots of ingredients to startup success, but for Concur CEO Steve Singh, one rises above them all. Speaking at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s “Entrepreneur University” on Friday in Seattle, Singh said that company culture is the most important aspect of startup that founders must think about. “Not only is company culture everything, but your success… Read More


The 10 social media tools that every startup must have

Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate. With the revolution has come insane amounts of data, analytics and information about customers, followers and users. How can companies leverage this social media data in ways to help analyze parts of their business? That’s part of what Andy Boyer included in his talk about social media… Read More


VIDEO: Touring the remodeled HUB Seattle

OK, so it wasn’t quite an episode of MTV’s CRIBS, but we did our own little house tour of the HUB Seattle’s new downtown digs in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square earlier this week. Check out the video to get a look at the remodeled business incubator and co-working space, which serves as a… Read More


NWEN First Look Forum: The top five pitches (Video)

Pitch events can be incredibly stressful for entrepreneurs. After all, it’s never easy trying to boil your company’s message into a neatly packaged one-minute or 5-minute elevator pitch. It gets even more intense when the room is filled with venture capitalists and angel investors, the folks who provide the much-needed fuel for emerging businesses. But… Read More

Liz Wheden has joined Marketfish as director of client services

Tech Moves: Marketfish hooks a Razorfish vet; NWEN’s new board; Dendreon; and more

Elizabeth Wheden, a marketing industry veteran who previously worked at Razorfish and Wunderman, has joined Seattle’s Marketfish as director of client services. Wheden will work out of the company’s new Seattle offices in the  Collins Building, reporting to CEO Dave Scott who recently relocated to New York City. A graduate of the Wharton School at… Read More

Daniel Rossi

Meet Daniel Rossi: NWEN’s new executive director

The Northwest Entrepreneur Network today named Daniel Rossi as its new executive director, succeeding Rebecca Lovell, who joined GeekWire as chief business officer earlier this month. Rossi, who earned an MBA from the University of Washington last year and co-founded Seattle startup Nanocel, will join NWEN on June 1, when Lovell will transition to a… Read More

Rebecca Lovell

New geek on the GeekWire team: Rebecca Lovell

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to GeekWire since our launch in early March. But there’s been one key ingredient missing: a top-notch business leader. Today, we’re filling that role. We are thrilled to announce that Rebecca Lovell is joining GeekWire as Chief Business Officer. Many in the Seattle technology community already know Rebecca from her… Read More

Little Borrowed Dress founder Corie Hardee talks at the NWEN First Look Forum, as Appitude foudner Vj Anma looks on with

Chocolate, screwdrivers and other startup gems from NWEN’s First Look Forum

The entrepreneurial spirit certainly wasn’t lacking yesterday at the Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle. A dozen entrepreneurs presented to Seattle angel investors and VCs at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum. I’ve never seen such a diverse set of startup ideas — from a social networking site just for couples (SnuggleCloud) to a… Read More