Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens speaks at GeekWire Startup Day last year.

Zulily’s Darrell Cavens on developing a clear focus

Darrell Cavens is the CEO of Zulily, the Seattle-based daily deals site for moms, but his history in the online business goes much further back, as an executive at online diamond retailer Blue Nile and before that at Starwave, working on properties such as ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. At the recent Seattle 2.0 Startup Day, presented by… Read More


Bootstrapping a startup: Less cash, more cowbell

Steve Murch knows a thing or two about building a startup without taking outside funding, as the founder and CEO of bootstrapped startup BigOven, a mobile grocery and recipe service with more than 7 million downloads and 1.6 million registered users. A veteran of companies including VacationSpot, Escapia and Expedia, and a student of a certain “Saturday… Read More


Co-founding a startup: The good, the bad, the ugly

What are the secrets to success and pitfalls to avoid when putting together a startup’s founding team? One of the most candid and insightful talks at the recent Seattle 2.0 Startup Day addressed that topic with an unvarnished look at the early days of the Seattle startup known today as Simply Measured. Aviel Ginzburg and… Read More

Mike Fridgen, CEO of Decide.com

Decide CEO Mike Fridgen: ‘Branding, startup style’

Mike Fridgen has learned a few things about branding in his life as a serial entrepreneur. The CEO of Decide.com was co-founder and CEO of TripHub before going on to work for companies including Farecast and Microsoft. He shared some of his branding lessons learned at Seattle 2.0 Startup Day, presented by GeekWire this past weekend…. Read More

Brenda Spoonemore talks to the Startup Day audience about business development.

Brenda Spoonemore: ‘A biz dev playbook for startups’

Brenda Spoonemore is a serial entrepreneur, currently co-founder and CEO at vacation rentals and reviews startup Dwellable, but her experience includes a role as senior vice president of interactive services for the NBA, overseeing the league’s digital business, operations, licensing and strategy. In other words, she has been immersed in business development and partnerships on… Read More


Jordan Weisman: ‘Warning: Startups may be dangerous to your health (and ego)’

Jordan Weisman is a veteran game designer who made headlines this year for an epic Kickstarter campaign, raising $1.8 million for Shadowrun Returns, a revival of the franchise from his current company, Harebrained Schemes. The serial entrepreneur is known for startups including FASA, Virtual World Entertainment, Wizkids, 42 Entertainment, and Smith & Tinker. Weisman shared… Read More


Box CEO Aaron Levie: The full Startup Day interview

We had a great time talking with Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, during the closing keynote at Startup Day this past weekend. The 27-year-old entrepreneur from Mercer Island talked about a range of topics — including his daily schedule, raising money and competing with Microsoft — but the conversation focused heavily on the opportunities for startups… Read More