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Seaton Gras at the SURF Incubator in Seattle

Seaton Gras had dreamed for years of a place where entrepreneurs could gather to commiserate (and share war stories). And this year Gras finally made that dream a reality, opening up a 15,400 square-foot incubator on the 8th floor of Seattle’s Exchange Building.

SURF incubator is not just an office space with a few desks tossed in.  It has become a community gathering spot, a breeding ground for early-stage entrepreneurs.

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SURF, which not only reflects Gras’ own love of surfing but stands for Start Up Really Fast, is helping entrepreneurs of all stripes get their ideas off the ground.

Let’s face it, being an entrepreneur can be a lonely job, and the isolation can cause some folks to go “looney,” according to Gras.

“You need that third space to really get productive,” says Gras, a mobile app developer who came up with the idea for SURF after trying to find other entrepreneurs to commiserate with. So far, SURF has attracted a number of speakers, everyone from Moon Tango CEO Bob Crimmins to Mayor Mike McGinn.

For his ongoing support and commitment to the startup community in Seattle,  we’re pleased to name Seaton Gras to our list of GeekWire Newsmakers of the Year for 2012.

We’re spotlighting all of our Newsmakers on GeekWire this month, leading up to the GeekWire Gala Dec. 6 at McCaw Hall in Seattle. Many of the newsmakers from the list will be joining us and the rest of the tech community that night to mark a remarkable year of news. Tickets available here.

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