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

This event was so popular we're doing it again! Even if you attended last time, you should come back again for new perspectives from different 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!

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.


Keith Smith (Founder of BigDoor Media, Zango, CyberMortgage, +)

Michael 'Luni' Libes (Founder of Fledge, Medio Systems, Mforma, and more)

Terry Drayton (Founder of Ramp,, Votocracy, and others)

Moderated by Michael Grabham

*** Got a question for the panelists? Post it below or on our Facebook page (

And, as always, you can get your questions answered at the event. Learn what you should know as an entrepreneur about funding, growing your business, and anything else you have in mind. Plus enjoy some quality networking.

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

Register now. $20 (or $25 cash at the door). Sorry, absolutely no refunds.

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).

Event includes food and beverages.

This event will sell out. Register today !

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


Keith Smith is the co-founder and CEO of BigDoor Media, a startup that powers virtual economies for digital publishers. Prior to starting BigDoor, Keith founded the company that became Zango and served as its CEO for ten years. Keith grew Zango from a startup to a multi-national company employing 300 people in six offices in four countries and multiple years was ranked among the Best Places to Work in Seattle. The company grew to $78 million in annual revenue and $24 million in EBITDA and ranked #7 on the Inc 500. Zango ultimately became a victim of the 2008 financial crisis and Keith got the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about proper levels of debt for an Internet business. Keith started and bootstrapped two other tech companies prior to 1999, both businesses were kind enough to provide Keith with vast amounts of experience in what not to do.

Michael 'Luni' Libes is a serial entrepreneur who over the past two decades has helped build six start-ups, five of which he founded. His previous companies include Ground Truth (mobile market research and analysis), Medio Systems (mobile search and advertising), Mforma (mobile gaming and applications), 2WAY (enterprise collaboration systems), and Nimble (pen computing, PDAs, and early smartphones). Luni is an Entrepreneur in Residence and Instructor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, advisor to The HUB Seattle and to a dozen startup companies. Most recently, Luni is the founder of Fledge LLC, a “conscious company” incubator. Fledge helps create and accelerate companies meeting the needs of the large and growing number of consumers who are: environmentally conscious, energy conscious, health conscious, conscious of sustainability, of community, and even conscious of consumption itself.

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,, 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 and has 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 and in 2008 was a finalist for Arena/Ramp.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it too late to register? Can I do so at the door?

    February 19, 2013

    • Peter F.

      You mean the social media event tonight? (Feb 19th) There's room! :-) You can just pay at the door ($25). Should be a great event!

      February 19, 2013

  • Michael G.

    This is the old November event not a February event.... it is long since been closed.

    February 19, 2013

  • Amir K.

    Hello, I would like to attend the event today, can I still register to make sure I have a spot?

    February 19, 2013

  • BW

    Can't wait to meet everyone! Also if your looking to make 10k per month side income check out the free webinars at

    January 21, 2013

  • Marc K.

    Both Michael "Luni" Libes and Keith Smith shared a ton of " startup wisdom" (I'm guessing earned through trial, error, and hard work!). This was my first Seattle Entrepreneur event and I'll definitely be returning for other.

    November 21, 2012

  • Alexey L

    It was great! I would like to see more meetups like this.

    One recommendation would be to have something like whiteboard (or a projector screen) where guests and participants can write/post a line about themseves and their contact info. It takes time to get introduced to others.

    November 20, 2012

  • Peter F.

    Registration here on Meetup is now closed but if you'd like to attend, we'll make space for you. Event fee is $25/door. Don't miss this!

    November 19, 2012

    • Michael G.

      yes we do.. see you there

      November 19, 2012

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