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Startup Grind Seattle Hosts Richard Tait (Co Founder Golazo)


Richard Tait, Co Founder Golazo

We are very excited to be able to talk with Richard Tait. Described by GeekWire as “one of the Seattle area’s most accomplished entrepreneurs,” Richard Tait started his career at Microsoft where he worked for almost a decade and started over a dozen different start up initiatives. After leaving the software company he co founded Cranium, which quickly became one of the fastest selling games in history and ultimately saw the company release over 40 games and toys in more than 20 markets throughout the world. Cranium was sold to Hasbro in 2007. Tait then went to work for Starbucks helping drive their quest for healthier food and beverage options, working closely on the turnaround and helped rebrand the Seattles Best Coffee and Tazo tea.

Post Starbucks Richard co-founded Golazo, the Natural Sports Fuel beverage brand that has soccer in its heart, and has quickly become one of the best selling beverages in Whole Foods and other natural health retailers in the Pacific Northwest. Representative of Seattle’s entrepreneurial culture and spirit, he has founded the innovation lab, Boom Boom brands and worked closely with some of the regions local entrepreneurs to bring multiple brands to market. His personal mantra, Orville Wright did not have a pilots license.




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


Hosted By Mike Grabham, Seattle Chapter Director

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 for, a FULL service internet marketing agency. You can visit his blog at or follow him on twitter @grabmike
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @mike grabham

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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 50 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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  • Brett

    I love meeting people and hearing others' stories. It was inspiring.

    June 26, 2014

  • Ben K.

    Richard was great, and Michael did a good job steering the conversation (when allowed).

    June 25, 2014

  • Michael G.

    Did you know that Richard Tait founded Cranium and his team won over 100 awards for product excellence, including winning the Toy Industry Association Game of the Year award five times in six years. They received accolades for the company’s corporate culture, which was both celebrated as one of the best places to work in Seattle and featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the best-selling book Mavericks at Work.
    Deemed one of the “most powerful people in Seattle” by Seattle Magazine, Mr. Tait is recognized as a passionate visionary. He is among Fast Company magazine’s “Fast 50,” the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” and was twice nominated for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

    He is live tomorrow night at the Dice Cabana

    June 23, 2014

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