GeekWire Startup Day 2016

GeekWire Startup Day 2016

Napster co-founder and Ivy Softworks CEO Jordan Ritter at the 2015 GeekWire Startup Day.
Napster co-founder and Ivy Softworks CEO Jordan Ritter at the 2015 GeekWire Startup Day.

Startup Advice, Insights, and Inspiration from the Trenches: GeekWire Startup Day, 8 am – 5 pm on Friday, Feb. 12 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, located at 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004. For directions and parking information click here.

Planning to make the startup plunge, or already in the deep end? Look no further than GeekWire Startup Day, presented this year by The City of Bellevue.

Startup Day is the preeminent startup conference in the Pacific Northwest — bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, tinkerers and builders for a day of discussion, inspiration and learning about the startup journey.

The full agenda is now released for our big entrepreneurial bootcamp this Friday

Startup Demo Zone! Startup companies will receive in-person feedback and conduct one-on-one presentations with event attendees in the Startup Demo Zone. The Zone is available to qualifying startup companies for $650, and includes a presentation table; two tickets to the event and an individual meeting with an angel investor or VC. Three companies from the Demo Zone also will be chosen to present live on stage to our illustrious VC and angel investor panel.

We’re also excited to bring back the Resource Room, where entrepreneurs will be able to discuss everyday business challenges with experts in law, finance, design, leadership and more.

We look forward to seeing you on Feb. 12!

Note: GeekWire Startup Day tickets are refundable up to a week before the event. After the deadline, you may transfer your registration to another person by providing authorization to us by Feb. 11. For transfers or any other questions about registration, please contact Cara Kuhlman at cara@geekwire.comAlso, see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events.

Startup Day FAQ: What to know if you are coming to our big entrepreneurial boot camp Friday.


John StantonJohn Stanton
Founder, VoiceStream Wireless and partner, Trilogy
Steven SinofskySteven Sinofsky
Board Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Nick HuzarNick Huzar
CEO & Co-founder, OfferUp
Stephanie SprangersStephanie Sprangers
Co-founder, Glamhive
Henry AlbrechtHenry Albrecht
CEO & Co-founder, Limeade
Mark MaderMark Mader
CEO, Smartsheet
Liz PearceLiz Pearce
CEO, LiquidPlanner
Russell OkungRussell Okung
Lineman, Seattle Seahawks, Co-founder of GREATER
Andy LiuAndy Liu
Co-founder and CEO, Buddy TV
Greg GottesmanGreg Gottesman
Co-founder, Pioneer Square Labs and Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group
Josh MartiJosh Marti
CEO & Co-founder, Point Inside
Dean GrazianoDean Graziano
CEO, MissionX, Founder & Former CEO, Lively
Kelsye NelsonKelsye Nelson
Founder, Avasta Press and Co-Founder & Former CEO,
Ja'Warren HookerJa'Warren Hooker
Former U.S. Olympian and Founder, Hooker Integrated Training
Jonathan SposatoJonathan Sposato
CEO, PicMonkey, Chairman, GeekWire
Heather RedmanHeather Redman
Angel Investor and vice president at Indix Corporation
John StokesJohn Stokes
Mayor, City of Bellevue
John CookJohn Cook
Co-founder, GeekWire
Lynne RobinsonLynne Robinson
Councilmember, City of Bellevue


8:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.
Startup Day Begins, Opening Announcements
8:50 a.m.
Welcome: Mayor John Stokes, 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!

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 Jonathan Sposato, CEO of PicMonkey
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.

Box lunches provided

1:10 p.m.
Demo Zone Pitches and VC 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.
Panel: Dean Graziano, Founder and Former CEO of Lively and Kelsye Nelson, Co-founder and Former CEO of

“Bouncing Back from Failure”

3:35 p.m.
Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks lineman and Co-founder of GREATER

“Startup Lessons from the Offensive Line”

4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks & People's Choice Winner Announced
4:05 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Startup Day Ends

Demo Zone

Top entrepreneurs get to pitch investors in the Demo Zone.
Top entrepreneurs get to pitch investors in the Demo Zone.

Check out the Demo Zone — a one-of-a-kind spot for young companies to showcase cutting-edge ideas to the Startup Day audience.

Includes: A presentation table; two tickets to the event and a meeting with an angel investor or VC. The top three companies from the Demo Zone, as selected by the VC judging panel, will get the opportunity to present their ideas live on stage immediately after lunch at Startup Day.

The Startup Demo Zone VC judges are: Bill Bryant of DFJ; Soma Somasegar of Madrona; Rob Shurtleff of Divergent Ventures; Cole Brodman of Trilogy; Kristina Bergman of Ignition; and angel investor Gary Rubens.

The panelists for the VC and angel investment panel after lunch are: Steven Sinofsky, board partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Heather Redman, angel investor and VP at Indix; Andy Liu, angel investor and co-founder of BuddyTV; and Greg Gottesman, venture partner at Madrona Venture Group and co-founder of Pioneer Square Labs.

Here’s a look at some of the 2016 companies in the Startup Demo Zone. Spots are still available in the Demo Zone but space is limited. Visit the Registration page to learn more and sign up your startup today!


Calentic LogoCalentic is a social platform that allows users to easily create, manage, find, and share events with their friends.


neposmartNeposmart provides feature rich, and affordable solutions by integrating various technologies to increase automation, ease of access and connectivity, bringing the ‘Internet of things’ to our daily lives.


faira logo– Faira makes homes sales simple, transparent and affordable. Our new process empowers buyers and sellers with the most information upfront and modern technology to negotiate the sale. Sell your home free at


leantime-logo-big  Leantime is a Lean based project management system; utilizing a functional Lean canvas and Lean principles to manage, coordinate, and plan projects.


Slope logo– Slope is platform that makes it easy for marketing and creative teams to collaborate on visual content. Businesses are producing more visual content than ever before, but still lack the necessary tools to make this production easy and efficient. Slope allows teams to plan campaigns, collaborate in real time, and manage the iterative nature of creative projects, streamlining the entire process. We also provide teams with meaningful data to help them improve their process, and better correlate the effort of creating content with its effectiveness in the market.


Robodub_logo1Robodub lets you experience your game live, and in person unlike more traditional video games with live action gaming using robots and drones.


Swurveys 2Swurveys makes obtaining answers from your audience lightning quick. Anyone on a mobile device can now productively engage with your ideas, products, services, and brand. All swipe, no type.


AirliftNameOnlyLogo Airlift is a Seattle-based startup that will transform your office kitchen into a natural food
micro market, powered by an intelligent self-checkout iPad.


Wyper logo blackWyper is a mobile app that is “the fastest way to find your next car.”



IntellaSphere logoIntellaSphere is an all-in-one digital marketing system that seamlessly integrates social media, web, relationship and mobile marketing.


globespinning-detailGlobespinning is an iOS app where friends share picturesque itineraries of trips they have taken. It saves you time and effort and helps you plan an amazing trip.


horizontal_logotype+tag_3-color_whiteViewsay brings in-video commenting and social interaction to online videos. Immediate integration with Facebook, Twitter or Google+ allows you to discover new videos, add in-the-moment contextual comments and share your findings with your friends.  This viral loop between, social media and on-line video exposes you to more video content, invites greater engagement through our unique in-video commenting pane, and enhances the overall viewing experience.


bizooku.jpgBizzoku offers a powerful contextual and adaptive mobile platform that empowers easy and affordable app creation. But, it goes much further than any existing platform, letting customers change an apps look, feel and functionality in real-time. This means no app store redeployment or additional wait time along the way. All this without costly developers or graphic designers.


mf_1024x1024 MONEYfan – injecting life and excitement into the gift card industry.




hopela_logoHopela helps you fuel your cause. Discover local causes all around you. Give right in the moment of inspiration. Keep track of all your charitable giving in one convenient spot, and share your moments with others!


Cartogram logo

– Cartogram  provides indoor location services for businesses to solve painful problems, manage venue technology, enable new advertising channels, and improve sales. Our software suite include mobile indoor maps, map content management tools, in-store product search for over 300 retailers, and targeted digital signage which adapts to people who are nearby.


Transparent-Logo-large– Government plays a big role in shaping our day-to-day lives. One of the most effective ways to get involved is to support politicians who share your values. ActiveGiver maps all the hot issues, and the corresponding politicians who support them, at the local, State and Federal levels. We call these “Causes.” Using our Cause-based platform, you can interact with Causes in different ways: Follow, Share or Donate. If you donate to a cause, your gift is distributed to the politicians that support it.

feedback-logo-huge– The Feedback Registry is the top level authority for the new .feedback domains. A great example of a domain in use is or We provide meaningful domains that have an instant call to action for consumers looking to give feedback. All domains sold come with a turnkey platform to accept feedback. The .Feedback domains can add stars to your existing Google SERP results.


SONS LogoSONS Football is dedicated to the learning and education of raising football IQ for youth athletes. We design patent-pending gloves and sleeves specifically for beginning football players ages 5-9 so coaches can run more effective practices within a positive and SAFE environment when correctly utilized. SONS gives the athlete instant visual recognition, empowering young athletes and raising #PlayerConfidence!


GF_logo_2color_fullGuided Fitness is an online marketplace for personal training. For clients, it’s lower cost and flexible, no gym memberships required. Trainers can start and run their independent training businesses on Guided Fitness at a much lower cost than the status quo.