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Startup Matchmaking: Finding A Co-Founder, Building Your Team, Joining A Startup

It's that time again! Find Your Co-Founder, Build Your Team, Join A Startup. Or just learn about it so you're ready when the time comes.

Even if you attended last time, you should come back again for new perspectives from different expert panelists and the chance to find who you're looking for!

So you want to start or grow your company? Or maybe join the team of a new startup? It goes without saying that finding the right team members or business partners is extremely important. But how do you find the 'right' people? How many co-founders is likely to be best? What should you look for in a business partner? Who's the right developer for your project and where might you find them? And how do you handle equity? This event not only will help answer these questions but should also help you find what (or who) you're looking for.

Join us for the opportunity to take part in a unique matchmaking event: (1) Learn from our experts how to build the right team for your company to succeed. (2) Then announce to the room who/what you're looking for. Don't miss this!

Special Feature: You'll also get a chance to announce who/what you're looking for (in 15-30 seconds).

If you're looking for co-founders, developers, team members, marketers (or are one of any of these) - this could be the most important event you'll attend this year.

Event includes food and beverages.


David Geller - CEO & Founder, Spryly Inc.

Roy Leban - Founder & CEO of Puzzazz

Rebecca Lovell - Interim Executive Director, NWEN

Moderated by Colin Christianson (CEO/founder, Tenacious Ventures)

Event Pricing:
RSVP between 10/13 and 10/19 for $30
RSVP between 10/20 and 10/21 (before 2pm) for $35

Or $40 at the door

Sorry, no refunds. This particular event usually sells out. Register today!


This Seattle Entrepreneurs event is sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine.

Davis Wright Tremaine ( is a law firm, dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.


SCHEDULE: Check-In/Mingling (5:30-6:15pm), Panel Discussion (around 6:15-8pm), Meet The Panelists/Mingling (8-8:30pm)

PLEASE NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked at 7pm, so NO LATE ARRIVALS).


David Geller is an experienced entrepreneur and technology veteran. He founded WhatCounts, a prominent email service provider (ESP), which served Costco, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, REI and numerous other firms. He sold the company in 2010. Geller also founded Eyejot, a leading video mail company. He was the principal architect of the platform and authored the company’s mobile iOS apps. He was CTO and an investor at Altrec. Geller was an engineering Director at Starwave, a Paul Allen company known for creating and It merged with Infoseek before being acquired by Disney. Geller has worked on several book projects, authored technical articles, and has been an expert witness for litigation in Federal Court involving software patents. Geller is also an investor, a member of Alliance of Angels, and advises startups for UW's CIE.

Roy Leban is Founder/CEO of Puzzazz, 'the best way to solve puzzles in the digital world'. Before Puzzazz, Roy was the founder or principal employee at seven previous startup companies, including ones sold to Ashton-Tate, AT&T, and the Charter Fund. An expert at building highly usable and highly scalable software and technology-based systems, Roy's experience and expertise encompass everything from user experience and user interface design to architecture, algorithms, and implementation. Roy has built groundbreaking products in desktop productivity (the FullWrite word processor), tablet computing (the Perspective personal information manager), web publishing (Globetrotter web publisher), and educational software (the Dreambox Learning system). He has given talks at Google, Microsoft, Startup Weekend, StartPad, Ignite, Seattle Tech Startups, MacHack, the Hackers conference, and the THINK conference.

Rebecca Lovell is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network and brings 20 years of operating, development and executive experience to the role. She has served as the Director of the Alliance of Angels program, Executive Director (previously) of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN),  Chief Business Officer of GeekWire, and most recently as Interim CEO of Vittana. She teaches a class on Venture Capital in the UW MBA program, and serves as a mentor at TechStars, the Founder Institute, 9 Mile Labs, and CodeFellows. In all of these capacities she has screened, coached and mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on pitch coaching and matchmaking.

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  • Colin C.

    Thanks to everyone for coming last night! Here is the link that we mentioned last night to the Startup Ideation Bootcamp that the Founder's Institute is putting on this Wednesday (10/23 - Tomorrow) at 6:30PM:

    October 22, 2013

  • Peter F.

    There's plenty of room tonight, so feel free to come and pay at the door ($40). Our panelists for tonight are amazing! :-)

    October 21, 2013

  • Juli A.

    Where is the best place to park?

    October 21, 2013

    • Peter F.

      There should be parking on the street but there seems to often be 'event parking' in the building's parking lot (underneath) for maybe $7?

      October 21, 2013

  • Jessica S

    Is this intended for tech startups only?

    October 21, 2013

    • Peter F.

      There should definitely be a little bit of everything there tonight. Please join us! :-)

      October 21, 2013

  • Keith G.

    Thanks but I have my condo board meeting at that time.

    October 15, 2013

  • Peter F.

    We also used Eventbrite for this event so my 'guests' are people who registered there. If you prefer Eventbrite, you can register here:

    October 10, 2013

  • Matt S.

    Senior Software Engineer - available. Please feel free to talk to me if you're growing your engineering team. Resume at

    October 4, 2013

  • Peter F.

    Feel free to post here, who you're looking for or if you're available for particular position(s) at startups.

    October 3, 2013

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