GeekWire Calendar: Startups

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Humanity in Tech

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In response to your popular demand of our womxn in tech and diversity in tech events, we’re launching monthly Humanity in Tech events! You’ll have deeper experiences with monthly opportunities to connect to your peers, mentors, and influencers leading the way on building a more inclusive Seattle tech community. It’s no secret, companies with more diversity, whether it’s racial, ethnic, or gender, perform better than those with less. We’re excited to invite you to learn about the difficulties, successes, and…

Innovations in Physical Retail and E-Commerce

November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Twenty-five years after the launch of, e-commerce represents about 10% of all retail sales. From zero to ten percent of a multi-trillion dollar sector in just 25 years is astronomical growth, but as convenient as shopping on the internet has become, it’s notable that nine out of ten transactions still take place offline. And yet, as we marvel at the pace of change and innovation in e-commerce over the last two and a half decades, the technological advancements in…

Techstars Startup Weekend Seattle: Space Edition

November 15 - November 17

Build your space startup idea in 54 hours! Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? At Techstars Startup Weekend  you'll connect with engineers, designers and business-types to learn the fundamentals of forming a startup with a space focus. Over the course of the weekend, you'll go through the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup.…

Seattle Innovation Startup Competition (SISC)

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Introduction: SISC is a pitch competition organized by Seattle Entrepreneurship Club (SEC) and Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). The mission is to provide a platform for local tech ventures to connect with broader start-up community in the Greater Seattle Area. Competition judges are from local incubators and leading tech companies. You will have the opportunity to promote your start-up ideas/projects in front of local entrepreneurship experts and get access to potential business partnership and investment. Competition Theme: Our theme for this…

HRTech Breakfast for HR/TA/PeopleOps

November 18 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Are you interested in learning about the latest HR Technology? What about the best practices for discovering/buying/implementing HRTech? Monday November 18th we're going to host a small breakfast for local People/HR/TA leaders who are interested in HRTech - what's new and how to think about evaluating new tools. It'll be a casual conversation lead by Phil Strazzulla: Please stop by for some coffee, breakfast, and great conversation. We'll be in the "Ping Pong" room just inside the TINYpulse offices.…

Access Seattle

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Female Founders Alliance Access Tour is designed to help founders move their business forward by fostering meaningful connections with the people and organizations that are most difficult to access for underrepresented founders. Through a combination of panels, 1:1 VIP coaching, founder AMAs, and facilitated networking, our guest speakers and coaches will meaningfully support founders in their area of business expertise. Founders will leave with new connections and newfound wisdom in an area of their business. Event format *Topical panels…

Coffee with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Presented by Coffee with Co-Founders and WeWork Labs

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Seattle Coffee with Co-Founders and WeWork Labs for a fireside that will feature a very special guest: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. While we'll learn more about how Mayor Durkan plans to engage with Seattle's innovation economy, we want to turn the conversation on its head. Instead of just asking the City how it can help Seattle's startups, we want to find out how Seattle's startups can help the City tackle some of our greatest, shared challenges. The conversation will…

Albers Executive Speaker Series Presents: Mark Mader, Smartsheet CEO

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Albers Executive Speaker Series at Seattle University features business leaders from the Puget Sound region talking about a topic of their choice and responding to questions from a panel and the audience. Smartsheet President & CEO Mark Mader is our featured speaker on November 19, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. His chosen topic is ‘Smartsheet: ‘Overnight success’ 14 years in the making’. The Albers Executive Speaker Series is held at the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University’s Albers School…

Machine Learning with k-NN search in Open Distro for Elasticsearch

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

k-NN search algorithms are often used in applications for similarity search and image recognition. In this talk, we will cover the open source k-NN search plugin, a Java component in Open Distro for Elasticsearch. The talk will walk through the plugin design and code in development on GitHub. We will also talk about how you can get involved in this project and contribute to machine learning in search with Open Distro for Elasticsearch. Speakers: Vamshi Vijay Alolita Sharma

Meet the Storytellers, Meet the Cash

November 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on November 20th at Galvanize in Seattle for Meet the Storytellers and Meet the Cash. Entreprenuer and Startup Community, MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest, wants to help support your vision. Experience a panel of succesful Storytellers and Angels who will help you to learn the basics of marketing, pitching and scaling your business. This evening is sure to educate as well as entertain. Schedule: 5:30 - 6:00pm, Registration and networking reception with refreshments and light snacks 6:00 - 6:30pm,…

Startup Grind hosts Matt Oppenheimer CEO, Founder Remitly

November 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Matt, the co-founder, CEO of Remitly, the largest independent digital money transmitter in the United States, whose customers transfer more than $6 billion annually. Remitly is disrupting the broken $588 billion remittance industry with its mobile-first money transfer service that is easy, affordable and secure. To date, Remitly has raised more than $150 million from leading venture capital firms.

AoA Workshop – What’s up with that deck?

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Creating the perfect pitch deck is no easy chore. You are most likely focused on creating a product, building a company and scraping together the change in your couch for some top ramen. Join us on December 4th at K&L Gates for some useful insights on what to include in your pitch deck and how to best craft your story to make appetizing to investors. We'll cover some graphic design basics (Don't use papyrus, or comic sans fonts), as well…

Founders Live PDX

December 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Wed., Dec. 4th for our final event of the year, which promises to be OUR BEST ONE yet! If October was any indication, FL PDX is growing by leaps and bounds. ***** EARLY BIRD tickets available through Friday 11/15... ***** IN ADDITION TO the unmatched networking and fast-paced startup pitches... ...we have expanded our sponsors, have added special guests addressing the crowd with their interesting stories, and been featuring drink vendors like Wild Roots (serving mixed drinks)…

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