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

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. Gain the chance to find your match and get your questions answered by experts who know how to build a great team.

 

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.

 

Register now for $20 (no refunds) or pay $25 cash at the door.

 

NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked after 7pm, so no one will be allowed to arrive after 7pm!)

 

On the panel will be serial entrepreneur, Terry Drayton (Votocracy, Ramp Technology Group, Arena Group, HomeGrocer.com, Aquaterra, and more), Daniel Gallagher (Voyager Capital), Saqib Rasool (Conceivian) who will discuss product development/launch, and Joe Wallin (Davis Wright Tremaine) who will cover equity participation agreements.

 

There will also be a special portion of the evening giving the event attendees the chance to announce who/what they're looking for (in 15 seconds).

 

Event includes food and beverages.

 

This event will sell out. Register today !

 

This Seattle Entrepreneurs event is sponsored by Ember IP, MergerTech, and Davis Wright Tremaine.

 

 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Terry Drayton is a curious, collaborative, serial entrepreneur who over the past 25 years has founded and managed eight successful companies, including Ramp Technology Group, Arena Group, HomeGrocer.com, Aquaterra, and most recently, Votocracy, the leading social media app and community for politics. A business model innovator, all started with zero sales and built to as much as $400M. He has attracted excellent business development partners, is a proven fundraiser, and he's secured more than $500M in capital.

Comfortable making decisions in uncertainty, Terry has been a pioneer in many industries: bottled water, video post-production, e-commerce, software-as-a-service and now social networks. He also serves as a board member for a number of world class businesses including eNom, Naverus, and Xcerion.

Terry won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999 for HomeGrocer.com and in 2008 was a finalist for Arena/Ramp.

 

Daniel Gallagher (Senior Analyst, Voyager Capital) sees a lot of deals and a lot of startup teams. He's responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting Voyager's supervision of the existing portfolio. Previously, Daniel has worked as a Financial Analyst at Bank of America Securities in the Global Investment Banking Group with a focus on technology sector advisory services, while most recently having experience in Asset Management with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he assisted in the management of assets for ultra-wealthy individuals and families, as well as for foundations, endowments and institutions across the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. Daniel graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Foster School of Business with an emphasis in Finance, and from the College of Arts in English. He graduated from the Foster School at the top of his class with summa cum laude distinction and was a University of Washington President’s Medal finalist. Daniel currently serves on the Finance Committee for the First Tee of Greater Seattle and is a published short story author.

 

Saqib Rasool brings more than 15 years experience in technology companies as an executive, a founder, and an investor. He has extensive experience in both enterprise and consumer technologies. His career has spanned multiple industries and sectors including software, health care, productivity, education, investments and finance, and e-commerce. This experience comes to bear in his multifaceted role as CEO at Conceivian Startup Lab, as software architect, start-up mentor, business strategist, and trusted advisor in a variety of areas to a broad array of client businesses. Under his leadership Conceivian has built over a dozen Internet startups.

Earlier in his career, Saqib spent nearly 8 years at Microsoft in key technology and management roles. He later went on to found the Internet venture Metafos Inc., aimed at revolutionizing the payment systems industry. Metafos was later acquired by an Australia-based private equity firm. He also founded InCampus.com, which was widely recognized as a major step forward in social commerce systems for college students.

Saqib holds a B.S. in Computer Information Sciences from Minnesota State University. A voracious reader, Saqib is also an amateur poet, and is personally and professionally committed to building startups where he sees a convergence of social and economic interests.

 

Joe Wallin (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP) is a business transactions attorney whose practice focuses on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investment funds, investors, and acquirers of businesses. He provides general counsel services to companies of all sizes, from startup to post-public, and is the founder of startuplawblog.com. Joe has been selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" in Law & Politics and in addition he has been written up twice and pictured once in TechCrunch!

 

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  • Peter F.

    Thanks for the comments! Yes, a popular event - watch for a similar event in the next 2-3 months.

    July 19, 2012

  • CJ

    This one sounds like it was great. Exactly the information I'm looking for now. Any chance there will be a repeat or similar meetup?

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The discussions were informative. Great overall event. During the last part of the meeting, I wished the entire group was able to listen to all the speaker's pitch because I had a hard time hearing all them.

    June 19, 2012

  • Solomon A.

    ok

    June 19, 2012

  • Quentin I.

    As someone who attended not looking for a "founder" but as a Hospitality Consultant/Project Manager wanting to meet Hospitality focused Tech start ups, it was great and well worth the time...the beer and pizza helped. I was approached by 6-7 "companies" last night to discuss their idea. If your a Hospitality focused start up and we didnt get to chat last night, I may be able to assist you with some insight, focus groups, consulting or as an advisor. Please feel free to contact me via my Meetup profile or via my web site at www.theQhotelgroup.com

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was impressed with the quality and volume of the attendees! The panel also provided some interesting views.

    June 19, 2012

  • Marge

    Excellent panel discussion

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a fun evening! It was great to meet so many interesting people.

    June 19, 2012

  • mike h.

    Peter Very interesting event ....wish I would have had more time to talk to more of the panel...I look foreward to the next meet
    Thanks Mike

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    at lawyers for sustainability, SPCs & .B. 2239 -allows corp. become SPC with 2/3 vote & optional buy out for shareholders. So far, so good, but the legal form of "do good" is vague. Like Comcast could reincorp as SPC while doing nothing more than they do now- employees clean a park or? Now promo'd as the give back. Seems to me that business is trying to mitigate public distrust, unrest and skepticism with another Wizard of Oz proclamation.. Will share the handout next meet if int.

    June 19, 2012

  • Steve W.

    Great event Peter: thanks again for putting this all together and arranging a lively and talented panel. (also thanks to Joe for the pizza, drinks and space...sorry I missed the chance to meet you)

    June 19, 2012

  • Michael T.

    For those who are early I'm hanging out in the coffee shop across the street, Pegasus. Go inside[masked]rd st building

    June 18, 2012

  • mike h.

    Going to my first meeting tonight...would be very interested in talking with anyone who has experience with GSA contracts,or marketing to government entities. This is one area of business we have not entered
    into. Thanks Mike Hammond

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to learn more about the new "Social Purpose Corporation" and what role the experts think it will have in the near future. Also, how the SPC compares to traditional non-profit organizations. Thanks.

    June 18, 2012

  • Peter F.

    There's parking in the building's garage but it's a bit pricey. Otherwise, should be parking on the street.

    June 18, 2012

  • Michael T.

    What's the dealio with parking?

    June 18, 2012

  • Peter F.

    We've sold out but since we advertised that you can pay at the door ($25 cash only), we'll make space if you show up. This will be fun! :-)

    June 18, 2012

  • Eric H.

    If another opening becomes available, please let me know as well.
    [masked]

    June 18, 2012

  • Tim M.

    If any openings become available, please let me know at [masked]. or[masked]-8270. Thanks. Tim McLaughlin

    June 18, 2012

  • Peter F.

    Hey, Deborah. Not sure what you mean re: caliber but please feel free to write to me personally and I'll be happy to answer any of your questions about the group or our events. Thanks! :-)

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i understand where you are coming from but really disagree with your idea of "caliber." I was related to CEO of Southwestern Bell , member of the board of several st Louis corps and really think more highly of some of the kids i worked with as a volunteer at Sanctuary Art Center. As to the other I am curious as to whether it is reported as income or if you bother. I ran my own biz[masked] so every little thing was itemized. I am wondering if you are calling it a biz expense and writing it off.

    June 13, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Deborah, I can say that the co-founders meetup in my area does they same thing. From what I have seen it does increase the quality of people in attendance and motivates the organizer to keep doing them. It can become a real pain the you-know-what to organize monthly events of any good caliber.

    June 13, 2012

  • Peter F.

    Welcome, Michael! Thanks for the comment, Rob! And re: your questions, Deborah, the fee is posted and the food is free (pizza) but I'm sure you could bring your own, if you wish.

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh is the charge for the food? well i do not eat the American diet as is being touted as the catalyst for a 75% increase in cancer due to other countries adapting the American Diet ( soc for womens health) To help create new channels of economic flow it would be great if alt gifting was established. Underutilized talent is everywhere, why not invite the op?

    June 13, 2012

  • Rob

    Looking forward to meeting others committed to execution in the startup world. Especially interested to meet talented technologists, designers and marketing people ready to join our small boot strapped team.

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    as meet up is social network i am wondering about the charges on these latter meetup groups. These a re businesses playing with the format..what legal entity are you calling yourselves? curious as transparency is big in paradigm changing circles.

    June 13, 2012

  • Michael T.

    Hi group. I'm visiting from Austin and I am looking forward to mingling with the Seattle startup community.

    June 11, 2012

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