Tech Moves: Startup Weekend lands Microsoft vet; Glympse recruits from Amazon; and more

Startup Weekend already hosts hundreds of events around the globe each year, and now the Seattle-based entrepreneurial education non-profit is looking to get even bigger. The organization just hired Ludovic Ulrich, the former global program manager for Microsoft’s BizSpark program, as chief development officer. “Ludovic brings with him incredible experience and insight to help us continue developing… Read More


Live from Startup Weekend Women’s Edition

I just arrived for the final presentations of Startup Weekend Women’s Edition at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Madrona Venture Group’s Julie Sandler, one of the co-organizers of the event, said that they hope the event will serve as a “catalyst” for women to explore their entrepreneurial ambitions. Ten teams are presenting their ideas tonight, nine… Read More


Startup Weekend continues global expansion, opens regional offices in Mexico City and London

Startup Weekend already covers a lot of territory across the globe, hosting its 54-hour coding and entrepreneurial marathons in more than 300 cities since it was founded. All told, 65 percent of the events are now held internationally, with upcoming events planned for Melbourne, Australia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Barcelona, Spain. Now, the Seattle non-profit is… Read More

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Startup Weekend Women’s Edition: Arriving July 13-15

Go to any Startup Weekend, and you’ll likely find the same thing. The majority of the geeks designing and developing new business ideas are … dudes. In fact, of the 630 Startup Events around the world, an average of 82 percent of the participants have been men. But that won’t be the case at an… Read More

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Kinetix Academy taps power of Kinect to help kids with autism

One of the core ideas behind Startup Weekend is that smart people from various backgrounds and professions can do great things if given the time to work together. Perhaps no effort better exemplifies that concept than Kinetix Academy, the winning team at Seattle Startup Weekend. Comprised of pediatric physical therapist Mari Therrien; speech language pathologist… Read More


BizSpark, Startup Weekend ink alliances to support entrepreneurs in the developing world

Two separate news announcements out today involving Startup Weekend and Microsoft’s BizSpark program could help jumpstart entrepreneurial activities throughout the developing world, from sub-Saharan Africa to Mongolia to Palestine. Startup Weekend, the Seattle non-profit that hosted more than 250 geek hackathons in 65 countries last year, today announced a partnership with Mercy Corps to expand… Read More

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Meet Fledge: The first incubator for ‘conscious’ companies

Michael “Luni” Libes has spent the past 20 years building software companies, creating new upstarts such as Ground Truth, Medio Systems, 2Way and Nimble Corp. But Libes is now switching gears with the formation of Fledge, a new Seattle incubator which he says modeled on TechStars but is specifically designed for non-tech companies. “There is… Read More


Magical mystery tour: Startup Bus fuels new ideas at 60 MPH

They say that getting there is half the fun. And that age-old adage certainly could apply to the StartupBus. Haven’t heard of this new-fangled group of merry pranksters? Well, it’s a pretty bizarre and ambitious experiment (minus the psychedelics, we presume) in entrepreneurship. Groups of people are set to load on buses in various cities early… Read More


MercyCorps connects geeks from Gaza to Seattle

We’ve got more than our share of tech-geeks here in Seattle. You know, the guys who work at startups, or Microsoft or Amazon, creating the next-generation of computer and web products. But we can’t claim geeks as our own. You’ll find them anywhere there’s an electric current and a connection to the Internet, even in… Read More


Startup Weekend pulls plug on Startup Foundation pilot

Startup Weekend has decided to pull the plug on its Startup Foundation initiative, an ambitious eight-city experiment which launched with the goal of “creating jobs and entrepreneurs across the world.” Xconomy’s Curt Woodward reported the news today, with Startup Weekend director Marc Nager telling the news site that many of the concepts envisioned at Startup Foundation will… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Marc Nager, Startup Weekend

[Editor's Note: GeekWire has identified more than a dozen "Geeks Who Give Back" -- people who work in non-profits, mentor others and invest in the future of the tech community. They were all featured in the GeekWire 2012 Calendar, given out at the GeekWire Gala. As 2011 draws to a close, we'll highlight one of... Read More


From Bill Gates to Google, Startup Weekend is on a roll

The folks over at Startup Weekend continue to pull in key partnerships as they look to spread the gospel of entrepreneurship throughout the world. After recently inking deals with the Kauffman Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google today announced that it was entering into a two-year sponsorship arrangement with the Seattle-based non-profit…. Read More


Startup Weekend kicks off SW Next: A multi-day bootcamp for entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend has already given thousands of developers, geeks and other tech professionals a taste of what it’s like to start a company. But, sometimes, you just can’t cram everything into a 54-hour coding marathon. In order to address those needs, the Kauffman Foundation-backed non-profit is experimenting with a new program in Seattle called SW Next…. Read More


Open source developer objects to news hackathon’s 11-page contract

Seattle developer Jeff Reifman was looking forward to participating in this weekend’s Hacking Seattle News contest, a three-day hackathon sponsored by Seattle TV station KING 5 in which geeks, news junkies and designers look to transform the way people consume and distribute local news. But Reifman, a former Microsoft employee who operates the open source… Read More


Practical Nerd: Survival tips for Startup Weekend EDU

I was a first-time mentor at a Startup Weekend recently and, appropriate to my day job, it was focused on education technology. This Startup Weekend Seattle EDU was only the third time a Startup Weekend was dedicated to turning entrepreneurs loose for an entire 54 hours to innovate in education (the first two were in… Read More