Dave Cotter speaking at GeekWire Startup Day in Seattle.

GeekWire Radio: The raw truth about startups, and life

What’s it really like to be a startup CEO? This week on the GeekWire radio show, two tech entrepreneurs talk about their struggles, what they learned and how their experiences changed their approach to business and life. We’re featuring highlights from talks by Dave Cotter and Marc Barros at the recent GeekWire Startup Day in… Read More


Startup Day Video: Venture capitalists say don’t worry about dilution, think about building something big

Dilution vs. Control. It’s an age-old debate in the startup ranks. After all, how much money you take certainly impacts the ownership you hold, as well as the control you wield over a startup. It’s a touchy subject that often pits entrepreneur vs. investor, and it usually doesn’t emerge until things head south, which they… Read More


VIDEO: Avalara’s ‘Tax Authorities’ victorious at Battle of the Geek Bands

What happens when you combine geeks and rock-and-roll? Well, one badass party. Such was the scene Friday night at the Showbox SoDo, where four rockin’ bands from Seattle-area tech companies took the stage at GeekWire’s inaugural Battle of the Geek Bands. Seven employees from Double Down Interactive got the night rolling with an awesome rendition… Read More


Photos: Scenes from GeekWire Startup Day

We just wrapped up a great day of insightful startup talks at our big Startup Day. And getting underway in a few minutes is a fun after-party, with Battle of the Geek Bands and a Costume Contest. Come on down to the Showbox Sodo and end your long week with awesome musical tech talent, crazy… Read More

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Startup Day FAQ: What to know if you’re going to our big event and geek bands bash

We’re getting excited for the fifth annual Startup Day event, kicking off Friday morning with remarks by Gov. Jay Inslee and featuring talks by 10 of the region’s top entrepreneurs, including Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman; Glympse co-founder Bryan Trussel, former drugstore.com CEO Dawn Lepore and many others. The audience will be filled with startup CEOs… 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


Video: Live from Startup Day

It’s Startup Day! GeekWire is excited to carry on this Seattle-area tech tradition, featuring a full day of talks from entrepreneurial veterans to help master key steps of the startup process. More than 300 people are joining us here at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, with lots of great conversations already happening in the networking area. Over… Read More