A wireless pioneer. A Super Bowl-winning lineman from the Seattle Seahawks. And, of course, an abundance of top entrepreneurs.
GeekWire Startup Day — our biggest entrepreneurial event of the year — is shaping up to be an impressive day of inspirational talks, panels and one-on-one discussions about the startup experience. This event is designed to expose the raw truth of startup life, and we’re thrilled to partner with the City of Bellevue to host it at Meydenbauer Center this Friday.
A few tickets are still available, so go here if you’d like to register for this one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial bootcamp.
We’ve been working hard on this year’s lineup, and I think we’ve got a lot in store for those looking to infuse entrepreneurial energy into their own organizations or simply want to learn more about taking the startup leap. Here’s the full agenda for Friday’s event:
GeekWire Startup Day: Friday, Feb. 12, Meydenbauer Center
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Startup Day Begins, Opening Announcements
8:50 a.m. Welcome: Mayor John Stokes and Councilmember Lynne Robinson, City of Bellevue
8:55 a.m. Liz Pearce, CEO of LiquidPlanner: “7 Things I’ve Learned Building a Lean Startup”
9:20 a.m. Henry Albrecht, co-founder and CEO of Limeade: “How to Build a Sales-Friendly Startup”
9:45 a.m. Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet: “Lessons From the Sea That Can Help Your Startup Succeed”
10:10 a.m. Networking Break: Check out the Startup Demo Zone and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award, presented by Atlas
10:30 a.m. The Resource Room Opens: Discuss everyday business challenges with experts in law, finance, design, leadership and more. Sign up with a GeekWire event team member in Hall A for your one-on-one session with an industry expert.
10:40 a.m. Stephanie Sprangers, co-founder of Glamhive: “Fairy tale meets real life: A startup journey”
11:05 a.m. John Stanton, founder of VoiceStream Wireless and partner at Trilogy, and Jonathan Sposato, CEO of PicMonkey and GeekWire Chairman: An entrepreneurial fireside chat.
11:40 a.m. Nick Huzar, co-founder & CEO of OfferUp: “Knowing When to Make the Startup Leap”
12:00 p.m. Announcement of top three finalists from the Demo Zone: The three entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to present their ideas live on stage immediately after lunch, with a 3-minute rapid-fire pitch.
12:05 p.m. Lunch (Box lunches provided to Startup Day attendees)
1:10 p.m. Demo Zone Pitches and VC and Angel Investor Panel: The top three companies from the Demo Zone present their ideas live on stage to leading venture capitalists and angel investors, followed by a Q&A discussion moderated by GeekWire co-founder John Cook on tips and tricks for raising money. Venture capital panel: Steven Sinofsky, board partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Andy Liu, angel investor and co-founder of BuddyTV; Heather Redman, angel investor vice president at Indix; and Greg Gottesman, venture partner at Madrona Venture Group and co-founder of Pioneer Square Labs.
2:00 p.m. Ja’Warren Hooker, Former U.S. Olympian and Founder of Hooker Integrated Training
“Get Up and Stretch: Tips for a Healthy Startup Life”
2:10 p.m. Josh Marti, Co-founder & CEO of Point Inside: “Why Taking Investment May Be Hazardous to Your Health”
2:35 p.m. Networking Break: Cast your vote for the Demo Zone People’s Choice Award!
3:00 p.m. Dean Graziano, Founder and Former CEO of Lively and Kelsye Nelson, Co-founder and Former CEO of Writer.ly: “Bouncing Back from Failure”
3:35 p.m. Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks lineman and Co-founder of GREATER: “Lessons from the Line”
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks & People’s Choice Winner Announced
4:05 p.m. Reception
5:00 p.m. Startup Day Ends