The Showbox Sodo
1700 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Planning to make the startup plunge, or already in the deep end? Look no further than GeekWire Startup Day, taking place on Friday, October 25th at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle.Now in its fifth year, 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. As a new offering this year, startup companies will be able to 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 $550, and includes a presentation table; a ticket to the event and an individual meeting with an angel investor or VC. Space is limited, so make sure to contact GeekWire for more opportunities. We're also excited to be bringing back the Resource Room where entrepreneurs will be able to discuss everyday business challenges with experts in law, finance, public relations, human resources and more. Past speakers at Startup Day have included Box CEO Aaron Levie; angel investor Dave McClure; Zillow co-founder Rich Barton; Apptio CEO Sunny Gupta; Haiku Deck CEO Adam Tratt; and many other leading entrepreneurs. Come join us on October 25th. Check below for the current speakers, being updated regularly!
Frank ArtaleManaging partner at IgnitionFollow @frankartaleFrank Artale is a managing partner at Ignition, a Seattle area venture capital firm. He most recently served as group vice president, business development at Citrix Systems, responsible for business development with software and hardware technology partners. Prior to Citrix, he was an executive at XenSource and founded Consera Software, which sold to H-P in 2004. He also held management positions at Veritas Software and Microsoft. At Ignition, Artale's investments have included Appfog, BlueStacks, Bromium, Couchbase, Cloudera, ScaleXtreme and ServiceMesh.Rudy GardeAngel investor and former general counsel at FacebookRudy Gadre is one of Seattle's leading angel investors, a backer of companies such as Jobaline, Yabbly, 9Slides, WalkScore, Chirpify and BuildersCloud. He's the former general counsel at Facebook. At Amazon.com, where he worked from 1999 to 2005, he served as vice president and associate general counsel for business development, new technologies and intellectual property. He started his law career in Seattle at Perkins Coie.Greg GottesmanManaging director at Madrona Venture GroupFollow @greggottesmanGreg Gotttesman is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, He joined the Seattle firm in 1997, and now serves on the boards of AdReady, BuddyTV, Cheezburger, WildTangent and Rover.com. He also serves on the board of Up Global (Startup Weekend) and is the president of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Madrona, he served as an associate of the Boston Consulting Group.T.A. McCannFounder of RivalIQ and former CEO of GistFollow @tamccannT.A. McCann is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor. He's the founder of RivalIQ, a Seattle startup which provides tools for companies to benchmark and monitor their competitors and market landscape. He's also an active angel investor through Founder's Co-op and a board member at Up Global (Startup Weekend). Prior to RivalIQ, T.A. worked at BlackBerry, following its 2011 purchase of Gist, a mobile contact management startup that he founded. He's founded four other Internet-related companies, and spent four years at Microsoft on the Exchange and Mobile Service Delivery platforms.Boris WertzFounder of Version One VenturesFollow @bwertzBoris Wertz is the founder of Version One Ventures, a leading venture capital firm based in Vancouver, B.C. whose investments include Flurry, Indiegogo, Julep, Unbounce and Wattpad. He's also one of the founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver, B.C.-based startup accelerator. Prior to becoming an angel investor, Boris served as chief operating officer of AbeBooks.com, which sold to Amazon in 2008. He also founded the German online retailer JustBooks.
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