Startup Grind Seattle Hosts Oren Etzioni (Co-Founder, CTO


Oren Etzioni, Co-Founder, CTO

Oren is currently the CTO, Co founder with, leveraging his big data knowledge he has honed with Farecast. Farecast was sold to Microsoft in 2008 after he started it in 2004. He is also a Venture Partner with Madrona and founder or co founder of various startups in the Seattle area. He chairs Madrona’s Technology Advisory Board and is a Professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering. He was also chosen as the “Geek of the Year 2012” by a vote of the Seattle Tech. Community.

He is the author of more than 100 academic papers on topics including Web search, data mining, agent technology, and various aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He was the Chief Technology Officer and board member of Go2Net Inc. (acquired by InfoSpace) and a founder of Netbot, Inc. (acquired by Excite). He received the NSF Young Investigator Award, was chosen to be an AAAI Fellow, and in 2007 received the Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award for “long-standing technical and entrepreneurial contributions to Artificial Intelligence”. At Netbot, Dr. Etzioni helped to conceive and design the web’s first major comparison-shopping agent. In 1995, he and his student Erik Selberg developed MetaCrawler, the Web’s premier Meta-search engine for several years. He also is a co-founder of Clearforest (acquired by Reuters). He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University, and his MS and Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Mike Grabham, Director of Startup Grind Seattle

Michael is optimistic, genuine and a problem solver. He is a product guy that focuses on uses and  revenue. He loves starting companies and enjoys the collaboration with smart people to figure out how to create value for a customer. He has been lucky enough to start a few companies, raise capital and see the hard work payoff. Michael enjoys the experiences you must go through to get a company into a growth mode and see its first service/product create revenue.  Currently he is working on an platform to help the homeless in the US, that has yet to be released to the public and is the Creative Services Director at, a full service internet marketing company. You can visit his blog at or follow him on twitter @grabmike
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance you could share a video or notes from this talk? I paid! :)

    July 31, 2013

    • Michael G.

      sorry about that... we usually lock that front door at 7 pm since the interview starts at 7 are welcome to come to any future event at no charge... look forward to the next time.

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got stuck at work deploying some software. Got to Pier 70 by 7:05pm, but no one was at the door which was locked. Sigh. Was looking forward to this talk. See you guys next time and on time.

    July 31, 2013

  • C Blaise M.

    My schedule changed (not unusual) so I probably have to miss this event. If I get a last minute reprieve, I'll get my "ticket"at the door. I was SO looking forward to this rare opportunity.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at the next one but you can still message hi. I'm a tech geek.

    July 26, 2013

    • Michael G.

      Hello there and welcome to startup grinder.. see you next week

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Enrick F.

    looking forward meeting great people!

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm excited.

    July 25, 2013

  • Kurt D.

    Incredible job getting this level of speaker for an event!!! I looked back through some of the past events - and clearly whoever is running this group is working hard. Wow. Incredible list of speakers.

    July 24, 2013

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