• Lessons Learned from Startup Mistakes & Failures

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Event includes food and beverages. Register for the event here: https://bit.ly/2yPTGU4 TOPIC: On the way to success with our businesses it is inevitable we will make some mistakes and possibly failures. There are some other entrepreneurs out there who have already made some of the mistakes we have or will make in the future. What better way to prevent making some mistakes and failures than hearing how some serial entrepreneurs made them and what they learned from them. Learn how these entrepreneurs turned these mistakes and / or failures into success. We will also discuss common mistakes that startups make and what makes startups fail. FORMAT / TIMELINE: 5:30pm-6:00pm Registration, Food, Open Networking 6:00pm-8:00pm Panel 8:00pm-8:30pm Open Networking PLEASE NOTE: The building's lobby elevators are locked at 7pm, so NO LATE ARRIVALS PROCEEDS: All tickets are tax deductible with proceeds going to Global Music Project, a 501c3. SPONSOR: Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com)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. SPEAKERS & MODERATOR IVAN BRAIKER Ivan is a serial entrepreneur and mentor. He has been a revenue and innovation leader for high-growth companies. He has a track record of transforming start-ups into industry leaders and has built three companies from inception to IPO. His company Hipcricket became a leading mobile marketing firm with 400k+ campaigns, proprietary SAAS technology, and 29 Fortune 100 clients through my leadership. Having led many companies from early stages to dynamic growth, Ivan knows the importance of the right IPO strategy. He believes in building companies that people want to work for and leading with focus and compassion. He is experienced with the investment banking community and capital markets. He especially enjoys building winning sales and marketing teams that drive success. SCOTT LIPSKY Scott is a Seattle-based serial entrepreneur and investor, responsible for launching, financing, growing and leading many startups and successful companies. His experience includes key roles at Amazon, aQuantive, Barnes & Noble and Gamestop. Since arriving in the Pacific Northwest in 1996, Scott has been busy starting & funding companies and mentoring entrepreneurs & emerging technology companies. Scott is always working on development & funding of new technology and business concepts, focused on trying to predict "the next big thing" in making consumers' lives easier and more productive. KARA WENRICH Kara is a serial entrepreneur. She ran a boutique public relations, management and booking company for musicians. She worked with both local and national touring acts. During her time working with musicians she also arranged benefit concerts. Discovering that she really loved giving back to the community, Kara decided to take the skills she learned in running her own business and putting on fundraising concerts to transition to the nonprofit world. Kara went on to work with a few local nonprofits and was soon recruited to be a partner and Chief Business Development Officer for Unity Fund Raising. Kara then worked at a local nonprofit before deciding she really wanted to transition back to consulting. In March 2018, Kara moved from Los Angeles to Seattle where she opened KBW Nonprofit Consulting & Events. NAT BURGESS Nat has over 20 years helping shareholders in technology companies achieve their goals through M&A, restructuring, funding, and strategic planning. His career took him to Wall Street and Tokyo with Morgan Stanley, Los Angeles with the SEC and Activision, and then back to Seattle to start TechStrat. He has managed over 100 mid-market technology transactions in 13 countries, is a member of the Washington State Bar, and is a frequent guest on CNBC and other programs on the topic of tech M&A. He is also involved in startups as an angel and adviser

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  • Networking Successfully

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Survey results are in and Networking Successfully was the most popular topic! Event includes food and beverages. RSVP for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/networking-successfully-tickets-50915067337 TOPIC: Networking occurs in and out of the formal networking group setting. At this months event we will address some of the key obstacles and questions people have when networking. Some of the questions are: *How do you translate meeting people with growing your business? *What are the next steps after you get a business card from someone? *How do you meet key people to grow your business? *What is the best way to follow up with a lead? *How do you meet people outside of formal networking groups? *How do you build a community / tribe of people to support you? *How can you make your network work for you? FORMAT / TIMELINE: 5:30pm-6:00pm Registration & Open Networking 6:00pm-7:15pm Panel 7:15pm-8:00pm Workshop 8:00pm-8:30pm Open Networking PLEASE NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked at 7pm, so NO LATE ARRIVALS). PROCEEDS: All tickets are tax deductible with proceeds going to Global Music Project, a 501c3. PANELISTS: Erin Ewart, Entrepreneur, Networking Event Host, Business Coach Vlad Mkrtumyan, Serial Entrepreneur, Marketer, Cofounders Connect, Logic Inbound Anna Sun Choi, Entrepreneur, Networking Expert, Seattle Enterprise Alliance, Business Coach SPONSOR: Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com)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. ABOUT THE PANELISTS: Erin Ewart Erin is a highly respected career coach focusing on helping people find or build the career they love. She also hosts Social Impact Networking Happy Hour quarterly. With over 15 years in recruiting she understands the challenges of meeting the right people and what obstacles entrepreneurs face. She has worked for a diverse worked for a diverse set of organizations across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, from Google to the U.S. State Department. Her clients work for organizations ranging from large companies to startups, foundations, nonprofits and all levels of government. Vlad Mkrtumyan Vlad is a serial entrepreneur and master networker. He began his entrepreneurial odyssey as a teenager, when he launched the Shoplletes app which went on to have 30,000 active monthly users and 300,000 downloads on the Google Play Store. Just a few years after his first venture, Vlad started Skyreal, a real estate recruitment CRM for fast growing brokerages. Logic Inbound, his current company is his biggest, most ambitious venture. The SEO business is highly competitive, but running a team of 25 talented individuals, Vlad has propelled Logic Inbound into a fast growing SEO agency in Seattle. Anna Sun Choi Anna believes in transforming your network into your tribe using the “6 Faces of Contribution” of your tribe. She focuses on systemizing your network. Her mission is to unleash your greatness, impacting your triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. She helps businesses gain more focus, clarity, and accountability to create sustainable revenue through business coaching. As a broke college art student, with zero connections, resources, or money--she tripled her net income grossing six figures by age 23 in her first business, InsideOut Investing, a socially responsible financial planning practice. A decade later, she now helps high performing, mission driven entrepreneurs unleash their potential and make more money, doing what they love, while being that change they wish to be in the world.

  • Startup Matchmaking (Fall Edition): Find Your Co-Founder, Build Your Team, etc.

    It's the Fall 2017 "Startup Matchmaking" event! Expect a great panel discussion with our CEOs and then a Special Feature: You'll also get a chance to announce who/what you're looking for (in 15 seconds). >>> Must register here to attend: https://startup-matchmaking-fall-2017.eventbrite.com Tickets are $15-$25 while they last ($30/door, if not sold out). Event includes food and beverages. 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! Or if you're not looking, learn what to look for so you're ready when the time comes. 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. 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 PANELISTS: Matthew Feldman - Founder & CEO, GymLynx & Founder, Versaly Entertainment Kate Isler - CEO, Daysaver Jon Matsuo - President & CEO, Koverse Michael Peterson - CEO & Founder, RightSeed Solutions Moderated by Tiffany McVeety (CEO & Founder, Girandola) SPONSOR: Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com)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 (5:30-6:00pm), Panel Discussion (around 6:00-7:30pm or so), followed by the 15 sec announcements by the attendees, then 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). PROCEEDS GO TOWARD: Global Music Project (http://globalmusicproject.org/) is an international NGO whose mission is to provide musical instruments to the underprivileged and make a difference through the power of music. Currently launching a branch in Stockholm, so come join the team of volunteers! ABOUT THE PANELISTS Matthew Feldman, President and Chief Executive Officer, founded GymLynx in July 2014 and is Mr. Feldman's 4th startup. GymLynx is an online marketplace where fitness trainers and instructors can browse, compare and rent space from gyms and studios by the hour. Mr. Feldman has a long career as a successful entrepreneur, visionary and executive. Prior to GymLynx, Mr. Feldman founded and ran Versaly Entertainment from[masked], a global mobile media and entertainment company. He sourced and executed major business development deals with NBC, Paramount Pictures, SONY, Warner Bros, Universal Music, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and the list goes on…surpassing 100 major deals during his tenure. During that time, he was honored to be selected in the Top 50 US Mobile Executives. Prior to Versaly, he founded, managed and successfully sold two companies to publicly-traded companies, one of them to McAfee.com. Feldman holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. Jon Matsuo is the President and CEO of Koverse. Venture backed, Koverse’s team has designed and built some of the largest and most complex big data and machine learning systems in the world. Based on decades of experience creating secure and scalable big data systems at the U.S. National Security Agency, Koverse’s patent-pending platform was developed to rapidly put strategic data driven applications and machine learning into production in order to help organizations get quick answers to important questions – from simple queries to complex analytics. Jon has over thirty years of executive leadership experience with a strong track record of building successful companies. Some of his responsibilities included leading global sales and services at Qpass (acquired by Amdocs for $275 million), being the President of Concur Technologies (CNQR), and being a General Manager of Delrina Corporation (a public company acquired by Symantec). Jon is also a CPA with considerable strategic experience gained at Deloitte. He has served on numerous boards and advisory boards in Seattle and Vancouver BC. Kate Isler brings over 20 years of international executive leadership to Daysaver. Since coming on board as CEO and President of Daysaver Inc, Kate has reshaped the company vision, product direction, business model and team. With this new approach, Kate successfully secured two rounds of significant seed funding in excess of $1 million and is now focused on bringing the product to market. Prior to joining Daysaver, Kate had a dynamic career in high tech. She spent many years living and working overseas for Microsoft where she honed her business and leadership skills opening subsidiary offices and leading marketing organizations in developing economies including Eastern Europe, Africa, India/Middle East and China, finally returning to the US to lead the International marketing and campaigns team for Microsoft Windows. Based on decades of real-world international marketing and business experience, Isler developed and implemented ground-breaking framework that enabled the Windows, Microsoft’s flagship brand to clearly evaluate market opportunity and develop relevant strategies and culturally appropriate execution plans that resulted in increased sales and brand favorability. Kate is also passionate about supporting women in technology and is an active mentor with Washington Opportunity Scholars. She has co-hosted International Women’s Day Seattle for the past two years, in addition to serving on the Many Light Foundation board and is a member of the steering committee for Alley to the Valley Seattle. Michael Peterson, CEO and founder of RightSeed Solutions, has served the software sales industry, recruiting top talent since 1998. His focus for the last 17+ years has been in the marketing technology area with a national focus. Founding RightSeed Solutions in 2002, he grew the team to 10 from[masked] and experienced all the fun and excitement of being on the other side of the desk of hiring. Prior, he spent 4.5 years at Network Builders, a Kirkland-based recruiting firm where he was responsible for driving the bulk of their revenues in his last 2 years with them. As a veteran of recruiting Michael often consults with candidates and clients about growth strategy, LinkedIn recruiting and personal branding. Michael is a northwest native, grew up in the Fairwood area, and now resides off of downtown Issaquah with his wife and two children. ABOUT THE MODERATOR Tiffany McVeety - CEO & Founder, Girandola. Her investor matchmaking events facilitated over $50 million in startup and early stage financing for local startups. Her due diligence experience with Seraph Capital prepared her to take over leadership of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW.org) Micro Credit program and speak globally about access to capital programs. Her roles as SBA Women's Business Center Director and international trade banker position her students to successfully secure OPA (Other People's Assets) including bank financing, equity investments, foreign investment, and government grants (SBIR, USDA, Commerce, SBA). Concurrent positions: CEO - Girandola, Co-Founder - GROW Washington, Director - The International Alliance for Women. Through the Girandola family of companies, Tiffany arms would be entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and existing business owners with tools to create their preferred future. Her books, workshops and step-by-step guides provide you simple solutions and strategies to design and launch a financially successful business - and make an impact that matters. Her signature program, 6 Weeks Idea to Launch, is an online State-certified Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (SEAPwashington.com). Tiffany brings her students a unique background in startup capacity building. Find Tiffany at: SEAPwashington.com or TiffanyMcVeety.com Seattle Entrepreneurs is a network of entrepreneurs, startups, developers, investors, and more. We produce educational networking events that connect our thousands of members. Sponsor an event to get your company seen and heard. All proceeds from Seattle Entrepreneurs go toward Global Music Project (http://globalmusicproject.org/), the international 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide musical instruments to the underprivileged and make a difference through the power of music. http://globalmusicproject.org (http://globalmusicproject.org/)

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  • Creating Collaborative Ventures (and how you can benefit)

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    You must register here to attend: https://collaborative-ventures-2017.eventbrite.com (and please also RSVP here) Every business team regardless of size can benefit from a mutual understanding about executing collaboration among stakeholders. Join Berry Zimmerman, Co-founder of Experts to Business Advisory, for an expert discussion about creating collaborative ventures for yourself and your business. We'll explore the many characteristics, behaviors, benefits and applications of collaboration to achieve your business goals more effectively. We'll hear from business leaders with real-world experience in collaborating with other companies, organizations and government about how to circumvent problems and find the best solutions. The program will include time for your questions, as well as time to explore your own collaboration opportunities. Event includes food and beverages Remember, arrive by 6:00pm to access elevators to the event. EXPERTS Berry Zimmerman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/berryzimmerman/) - Founding Member of Experts to Business Advisory (https://www.e2badvisory.com/): E2B Advisory is an association that connects business leaders to the experts and expertise they need to succeed. Seth Rudin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethrudin/) - CEO of AsterRIDE (https://www.asterride.com/): AsterRIDE is app-based safe and easy way to hail a taxi, luxury sedan, limousine or group ride in a single tap. Benjamin Liu (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-ahn-ahn-liu-6a75/) - CEO of AppZocial (http://appzocial.com/): AppZocial helps business organizations build better relationships with their stakeholders to create a lasting community. EVENT SPONSORED BY: Experts to Business Advisory (http://www.E2BAdvisory.com) is an organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurial business leaders with the experts and expertise they need to succeed. Learn more at http://www.E2BAdvisory.com Bossy Girls LLC Business Center (https://www.bossygirlsllc.com/) - One stop shop for entrepreneurs - from printing & mailing to dry cleaning drop off. Renovation leasing specials available! Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com) 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. ABOUT THE EXPERTS Berry Zimmerman helps create collaborative business communities that enrich business relationships and success. Currently, Berry is the managing partner of E2B Advisory, an organization dedicated to provide entrepreneurial business leaders with on-request access to the experts and expertise they need to succeed. Berry is also owner of BizEnrich, a consultancy focused on creating communities of professional peers, innovative enterprises and charitable alliances. For business service professionals, he created a strategic referral program called Gifted Referrals, a program which teaches professional service leaders how to create a steady stream of referrals to their perfect prospects. Seth Rudin is an executive leader with over 20 years of hands on leadership experience in finance, sales and product development driving value and solving problems for users, corporate customers and internal teams. He's experienced across transportation, enterprise software, technology companies and travel industries. Seth is a global business leader of teams disbursed across the world including the US, India, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Singapore and other countries around the globe. Understand how to motivate and manage small and large teams both centrally and disbursed. Benjamin Liu is the Co-Founder and CEO of AppZocial / Anomo, Inc., a software platform for creation of private, white-labeled social discovery mobile applications for trusted organizations and communities. They raised $2.5M in Seed and Series A Financing. He's also the (https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/index/?keywords=Poeta%20Digital)Founder and CTO of Poeta Digital, a digital agency providing top quality digital and software solutions for its clients. Poeta currently has over 120 team members in worldwide, consisting of architects, developers, testers, program managers, and designers. Poeta specializes in .NET, LAMP, Pyton, JS, Ruby, iOS and Android development in multiple industry verticals. All proceeds from Seattle Entrepreneurs events goes toward Global Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musical instruments to the underprivileged and make a difference through the power of music. Give the gift of music with your donation… http://globalmusicproject.org

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  • Building & Marketing A Great Mobile App (+ "Appy Hour" + app startup pitch!)

    All proceeds go to charity REGISTER AT THIS LINK TO ATTEND: https://mobile-app-2017.eventbrite.com (And please RSVP here too.) Event includes food and beverages Come learn about the mobile app development and marketing process for you, your venture, or your existing business. If you don’t have a mobile app you may be leaving money on the table! • How do you design an app people want to use? • How is an app best developed? • How do you best market your app & gain new users? • How can you monetize it? • How do you protect your app idea? • What business functions can you automate with an app? EVENT PANELISTS: Nikisha Reyes-Grange - Entrepreneur/Marketer for mobile apps (Starbucks' mobile payment, Xbox 360, Virgin Mobile) Felipe Noguerol - Partner Growth @ Branch Terrence Nevins - Founder/Developer, Royal Cause SPC NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked after 7:30pm, so no one will be allowed to arrive after that) EVENT SPONSORED BY: Branch (http://branch.io)is the linking infrastructure for today's top brands. Branch increases mobile conversion, retention, and engagement through deep linking, user routing, and personalized app experiences. Leapfrog Technology Inc. (http://lftechnology.com/) builds mobile and web apps. They've designed and delivered over 100 software projects. Whether you're a big company, or a startup that hopes to be big one day, we commit to being a development partner you can trust to build your next great thing. Experts to Business Advisory (http://www.E2BAdvisory.com) is an organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurial business leaders with the experts and expertise they need to succeed. Learn more at http://www.E2BAdvisory.com Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com) 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. ABOUT OUR PANELISTS Terrence Nevins is Founder at Royal Cause SPC (Social Purpose Corporation). He's Founded/co-founded five successful small businesses-including three technology companies. Issued a Top-Secret DoD clearance and honorably served in the United States Navy with distinction. He's uniquely experienced in not-for-profit, aerospace, automotive, real-estate, healthcare, finance, sales, marketing, commercial and consumer software development, mobile computing and IT consulting. Radically oriented towards growth, scale and quality. Direct technical leadership and management roles in multi-billion dollar commercial software products and services. Nikisha Reyes-Grange helps brands launch and grow awesome consumer mobile apps. She's an Award-Winning Marketing Leader with 15+ years in strategy, product launch and brand-building for world-class entertainment, digital, and lifestyle brands including Starbucks, Xbox (Microsoft) and Virgin. Nikisha has played a key role in the successful launch and growth of Xbox 360, Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, Kinect for Xbox 360, and Starbucks' mobile payment apps. A serial entrepreneur, Nikisha has led three start-ups: Innoversity, a non-profit working to increase diversity within mainstream media; Roadmap: 2030, a non-profit building civic leadership among Aboriginal, visible minority and disability communities; and Your Paper Doll, an online fitting room application. Felipe Noguerol enjoys discovering unique user experiences in mobile and beyond. As a member of the Partner Growth team at Branch, Felipe works with leading mobile brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Hotwire ​on app acquisition, engagement and retention strategies powered by deep linking. When he's not helping partners evolve their mobile strategies, you can find him playing soccer, golfing, barbecuing, and enjoying the outdoors. Felipe graduated from Stanford University in 2015. ABOUT THE MODERATOR Berry Zimmerman helps create collaborative business communities that enrich business relationships and success. Currently, Berry is the managing partner of E2B Advisory, an organization dedicated to provide entrepreneurial business leaders with on-request access to the experts and expertise they need to succeed. Berry is also owner of BizEnrich, a consultancy focused on creating communities of professional peers, innovative enterprises and charitable alliances. For business service professionals, he created a strategic referral program called Gifted Referrals, a program which teaches professional service leaders how to create a steady stream of referrals to their perfect prospects. All proceeds from Seattle Entrepreneurs events goes toward Global Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musical instruments to the underprivileged and make a difference through the power of music. Give the gift of music with your donation… http://globalmusicproject.org

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  • Startup Matchmaking 2017: Find Your Co-Founder, Business Partner, Developer, etc

    It's the annual "Startup Matchmaking" event - only once a year so don't miss this! Expect a great panel discussion and then a Special Feature: You'll also get a chance to announce who/what you're looking for (in 15 seconds). >>> Must register here to attend: https://startupmatch-2017-sea.eventbrite.com Tickets are $25 while they last. ($30/door, if not sold out) Event includes food and beverages. 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! Or if you're not looking, learn what to look for so you're ready when the time comes. 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. 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 PANELISTS: Chandika Bhandari - Founder & President, Seattle App Lab Scott Lipsky - Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, inventor Diane Najm - Serial entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, PhotoPad Dave Parker - CEO at Code Fellows, Independent Board Member Moderated by Tiffany McVeety (CEO/Founder, Girandola) SPONSORS: SeattleAppLab (http://www.seattleapplab.com/) provides organizations with tools to use mobility, cloud and data organization to create and expand on their customer opportunities. General Assembly (https://generalassemb.ly/) enables you to master new skills in design, marketing, technology, and data — online or at our campuses around the world. Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com) 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 (5:30-6:00pm), Panel Discussion (around 6:00-7:30pm or so), followed by the 15 sec announcements by the attendees, then 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). 100% of the purchase price goes to Global Music Project (http://globalmusicproject.org) which provides musical instruments to the underprivileged. ABOUT THE PANELISTS Chandika Bhandari is a 10+ year software veteran who has worked in leadership roles in both Fortune 500 companies as well as in startups before founding Seattle App Lab. He's worked with large scale enterprise and consumer facing products overseeing products from inception to multiple releases. Most recently Chandika worked as Vice President of Mobile Solutions at Survey Analytics, a leading market research software company based in Seattle. During that time, he co-founded SurveySwipe, leading both business and product development. He personally oversaw the completion of over custom 20 mobile apps for clients worldwide. Scott Lipsky is a Seattle-based serial entrepreneur and angel investor, responsible for launching, financing, growing and leading many startups and successful companies. His experience includes key roles at Amazon, aQuantive, Barnes & Noble and GameStop. His latest startup is Townhouse Tech, which will be launching an exciting new messaging infrastructure concept this Spring. It is - literally - located in his townhouse in West Seattle. Additionally, Scott was co-founder of Lot 47 Films and Executive Producer on Garry Marshall’s film, “Mother’s Day”, starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. Diane Najm is CEO & Founder Of PhotoPad for Business. A leader and passionate about the start-up community, Diane served as Former Director, Seattle Founder Institute, expert Panelist and speaker on Entrepreneurship, and was invited to the White House Digital Tech summit. She seeks ways to help entrepreneurs connect with one another and provides resources to assure success. She's a thought leader and advocate for Women Entrepreneurs and empowers them to pursue their own startups. She's received the 2015 Women in Business Award, 2012 Mom of the Year Business Award, and the 2012 Ambassador to the Children Community Award. Dave Parker - "My 25-year career has highlighted my ability to innovate around emerging technology trends and create ideas to scale products and companies. As a 5X founder, I’ve had both successes and failures; I’ve learned more from the failures. I’ve participated in nine transactions, six on the sell side and three on the buy side. I’ve written >150 blog posts at http://www.dkparker.com that focus on founders and my geeky topic of business models. I’m a recognized speaker at University and community events." EVENT MODERATOR Tiffany McVeety - CEO / Founder, Girandola. Her investor matchmaking events facilitated over $50 million in startup and early stage financing for local startups. Her due diligence experience with Seraph Capital prepared her to take over leadership of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW.org) Micro Credit program and speak globally about access to capital programs. Her roles as SBA Women's Business Center Director and international trade banker position her students to successfully secure OPA (Other People's Assets) including bank financing, equity investments, foreign investment, and government grants (SBIR, USDA, Commerce, SBA). Concurrent positions: CEO - Girandola, Co-Founder - GROW Washington, Director - The International Alliance for Women. Through the Girandola family of companies, Tiffany arms would be entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and existing business owners with tools to create their preferred future. Her books, workshops and step-by-step guides provide you simple solutions and strategies to design and launch a financially successful business - and make an impact that matters. Her signature program, 6 Weeks Idea to Launch, is an online State-certified Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (SEAPwashington.com). Tiffany brings her students a unique background in startup capacity building. Find Tiffany at: SEAPwashington.com or TiffanyMcVeety.com Seattle Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise so revenue generated goes toward Global Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides musical instruments to the underprivileged and makes a difference through the power of music. Support the cause with your donation! http://globalmusicproject.org

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  • It's The Annual HOLIDAY PARTY!

    General Assembly

    UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY PARTY AND VR ARCADE Wrap up your year with Seattle Entrepreneurs, General Assembly, and Tomorrow Today Labs! Put on your favorite holiday sweater and come mix and mingle with Seattle's tech community. We'll have a two HTC Vives set up for you to try. Celebrate the holidays & meet new friends because... drinks and appetizers are on us! NOTE: Ugly sweaters are encouraged but not mandatory. FREE! RSVP here on this Meetup event page (and best if you also register here (https://generalassemb.ly/education/ugly-sweater-holiday-party-and-vr-arcade/seattle/30708) too). PARTNERS General Assembly (https://generalassemb.ly/) enables you to master new skills in design, marketing, technology, and data — online or at our campuses around the world. Seattle Entrepreneurs (http://www.meetup.com/entrepreneurs/) is an educational resource and networking group for Northwest entrepreneurs. Our informative events help entrepreneurs launch new businesses, meet new potential business partners, gain funding, market their ideas, and grow to the point of hiring employees and beyond, and even prepare for an exit, such as an IPO. Tomorrow Today Labs (http://www.tomorrowtodaylabs.com/) is an experimental VR studio founded in 2015 by Adrienne Hunter and Keith Bradner. They are best known for their physics-based interaction framework NewtonVR, available for free at www.newtonvr.com (http://www.newtonvr.com/). Find them on Twitter @TTLabsVR WeWork (https://www.wework.com/) is the platform for creators. We provide the space, community and services you need to create your life’s work. From weekly events, personalized support, flexibility, and access to thousands of like-minded entrepreneurs around the world - WeWork is the perfect place to grow your business in 2016 and beyond. IxDA Seattle (http://ixdaseattle.org/) is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association, a network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. Focuses on providing educational and social programming for local designers, from student to professional, often in collaboration with other design organizations. This is a FREE event. But did you give on Giving Tuesday (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/givingtuesday?source=feed_text&story_id=10155403652764237)? Please feel free to make a donation to Global Music Project, which provides musical instruments to the underprivileged. Give the gift of music TODAY since many people are in need of instruments around the world! Please donate whatever amount of money you can afford at http://globalmusicproject.org (http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalmusicproject.org%2F&h=rAQF4iLGaAQGcKZIY0tgfXuccMfueYzzmUeuFuZ8DVc1qMg&enc=AZMXKBlTSTaUgy465sesRY7wF_ij63pyDb5fBTOxKr5kCL23-EsDBJqI694vEaNeyCLsTKBk1f6Cn14Mz6r_wFl9fRyU-jGzkyLF1viWKXqszPuG2LfKPOCdQpWNroo4oNkROOL2Ruh8Uu5SHfPLXBTPZQAC5vtyaNdAKuteoBDxzbWSGh30LJ0rW_BBLAB7UQRoKfNy1h1trhcKenmneVEn&s=1). You can make a difference!

  • Bootstrapping Your Startup

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Most entrepreneurs dream of taking an idea and turning it into a successful company, but without funding from VCs or angel investors, your initial cash flow may be really tight. You'll need to watch your spending carefully and make sure that when you do spend, you make it count. That's where the bootstrapping comes in. To attend you must have a ticket... TICKETS: http://bootstrappingseattle2016.eventbrite.com (Please also click 'Yes' to RSVP here on the Meetup page.) Whether you're a startup or a company of one, you'll need to know the tricks of the trade to stretch your dollars and turn your business into a successful venture. Not funded? This event will show you how to survive and thrive, getting the most from what you have and gain more of what you need. PANELISTS Bob Crimmins, Founder, Chief Instigator at Startup Haven Dave Peck, Co-founder of Cloak Rathna Sharad, Founder & CEO of Runway2Street Bryan Starbuck, angel investor, and former co-founder / CEO of TalentSpring Jay Weeldreyer, Chief Experiment Officer at Inquiry Mode Moderated by Tiffany McVeety, CEO/Founder, Girandola Event includes food/drinks. Register now ("Early Bird" tickets are free, others only $10 while they last!) or $25 at the door. http://bootstrappingseattle2016.eventbrite.com Register early - this event may sell out! Some of what we'll cover is: - Growing your company while bootstrapping - Going LEAN! - Free tools (online and offline) - Negotiation and the barter economy (using numbers as strength) - Creative thinking when it comes to expenses and planning them - Accounting and accountants - Save money through social media - And more Whether you're an entrepreneur, a startup, or a small company of one - not only could this information save you money, but this could make or break your business. SPONSORS Snowfire (http://snowfire.net) (check out the website (http://SeattleEntrepreneurs.com) they did for us) Davis Wright Tremaine (http://dwt.com) Global Music Project (http://globalmusicproject.org) ABOUT THE PANELISTS Bob Crimmins is a serial entrepreneur and has been an active participant in the Seattle startup community for more than 15 years. In addition to advising Seattle startup companies and entrepreneurs, Bob works closely with Techstars, 9Mile Labs, Seattle Angel Conference and other startup-oriented organizations. Bob is also passionate about youth entrepreneurship and co-founded a pet product company (Wise Walker) with his two 13-year-old daughters. While he spends much more of his time these days on “the business side” of startups, Bob is a career software engineer who wrote his first program on punch cards at age 15 - long before it was either cool or profitable to be a teenage hacker. Dave Peck is the co-founder of Cloak, a Seattle-based online security company. Cloak is "bootstrapped, profitable, and proud". Prior to Cloak, Dave was a software developer at Microsoft. Dave joined Microsoft when they acquired EQuill, the venture-backed San Francisco startup at which he was the first employee. Dave has a background in computational mathematics. Rathna Sharad has combined a love for fashion with years of experience in technology, online advertising, and logistics to bring runway2street to life. Prior to launching runway2street, Rathna was the Director of Product Management at Microsoft, where she was responsible for overseeing the Advertiser Marketplace for Bing Ads Business Group. Earlier in her career she held technology leadership positions at UPS, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, and Emery Worldwide. Bryan Starbuck is a serial entrepreneur. He was the co-founder and CEO of TalentSpring, a B2B Enterprise SaaS company that used machine learning in the recruiting industry, which was acquired in 2010. Bryan now acts as an angel investor and joins as a technical co-founder CTO to build out startups from the first day with a business co-founder. Jay Weeldreyer comes to entrepreneurship as a vehicle to express curiosity, courage, and creativity. Currently the Chief Experiment Officer at Inquiry Mode, Jay leads early stage development, strategy, culture, and wears many hats as an individual contributor to a bespoke data science provider, a local hedge fund, and several startups (funded and bootstrapped) in Seattle and the Bay area. He’s been bootstrapping businesses solo, partnered on teams, and consulted driven entrepreneurs for almost 30 years. During that time, he founded and grew a financial services firm from $0 to $144MM in 5 years while earning recognition from his peers as “the Future of the Industry,” he's developed and launched products from scratch to capture millions in value in just weeks ("Neighborly"), and he's applied the mindset and beliefs that deliver success in bootstrapped businesses to shake things up in politics, policy, and investing. ABOUT THE MODERATOR Tiffany McVeety - CEO / Founder, Girandola. Her investor matchmaking events facilitated over $50 million in startup and early stage financing for local startups. Her due diligence experience with Seraph Capital prepared her to take over leadership of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW.org) Micro Credit program and speak globally about access to capital programs. Her roles as SBA Women's Business Center Director and international trade banker position her students to successfully secure OPA (Other People's Assets) including bank financing, equity investments, foreign investment, and government grants (SBIR, USDA, Commerce, SBA). Concurrent positions: CEO - Girandola, Co-Founder - GROW Washington, Director - The International Alliance for Women. Through the Girandola family of companies, Tiffany arms would be entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and existing business owners with tools to create their preferred future. Her books, workshops and step-by-step guides provide you simple solutions and strategies to design and launch a financially successful business - and make an impact that matters. Her signature program, 6 Weeks Idea to Launch, is an online State-certified Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (SEAPwashington.com). Tiffany brings her students a unique background in startup capacity building. Find Tiffany at: SEAPwashington.com or TiffanyMcVeety.com Seattle Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise so revenue generated goes toward Global Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to unite people through music and cultural awareness. Support music and cultural awareness with your donation… http://globalmusicproject.org/donation/index.php

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  • Entrepreneurship Chat w/ Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet

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    We are excited to have Mark Mader with us for a fireside chat. Mark sometimes commutes to work on a Sea-Doo that he purchased to avoid traffic. So who better to share Startup Lessons From the Sea, a series of nautical-inspired tips for entrepreneurs. The chat will be followed by a Q&A so if you're an aspiring entrepreneur or tech enthusiast, get involved! Free event! Register here: https://generalassemb.ly/education/entrepreneurship-chat-with-mark-mader-ceo-of-smartsheet/seattle/23263 ABOUT THE SPEAKER Mark Mader is the chief executive officer of Smartsheet. Passionate about delivering superior customer experiences and organizational excellence, Mark strives to find innovative ways for customers to collaborate more intelligently using the Smartsheet platform and its partner ecosystem. Prior to Smartsheet, Mark served as senior vice president of global services for Onyx Software, leading the consulting and customer operations teams in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2015, he was recognized as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology for the Pacific Northwest. A dual-citizen of Germany and the United States, Mark has spent considerable time working and living abroad, making every attempt to apply a global perspective to what Smartsheet provides. Mark graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College.

  • Pitching To Investors

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Pitching To Investors Our panel of investors will help you best position yourself or your company to get investors involved, get funded, and get moving. > RSVP here on Meetup but then you also must register at http://pitching-to-investors-2016.eventbrite.com SPECIAL PITCHING SESSION: Watch and learn as a few entrepreneurs pitch to our panel of investors. EVENT PANELISTS include: Kellan Carter - Principal at Ignition Partners YB Choi - Early stage VC investor at Vulcan Capital Amy McCullough - Partner, Trilogy Equity Partners Moderated by Colin Christianson (CEO/founder, Tenacious Ventures (https://vimeo.com/tenacious)) Event includes food/drinks. Register now ($10 tickets while they last!) or $25 at the door. http://pitching-to-investors-2016.eventbrite.com Register early - this event may sell out! Don't miss this event! Join us along with our panel of investors to discuss: What do investors look for? What’s their mindset behind selecting different businesses? How should an entrepreneur get their attention? What should a startup have in place in order to impress an investor and make them want to commit? What does an investor want to see in a pitch? and much more *** Got a question for the panelists? Post it below or on our Facebook page ( http://facebook.com/seattlestartups ) ABOUT THE PANELISTS Kellan Carter is a principal at Ignition focusing on investments in application software, security and middleware. Kellan also works closely with portfolio companies Chef, Azuqua, Tempered Networks, DataSphere, and Yhat. Prior to Ignition, Kellan spent several years in investment banking at Mooreland Partners in San Francisco where he executed M&A transactions for technology companies in mobile, enterprise software, systems, and infrastructure sectors. Prior to Mooreland, Kellan was an associate in KPMG’s structured finance advisory practice in Orange County, CA. Kellan holds a BS degree in business administration from the University of Montana in Missoula, where he graduated summa cum laude. After college, Kellan founded an online, business-networking platform to connect current students and faculty to recent University of Montana graduates. Kellan currently is a board member of MADE, a University of Montana affiliated program designed to promote entrepreneurship in Montana. YB Choi focuses on early-stage seed and venture capital investments for Vulcan Capital, the multi-billion dollar investment arm of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen. Prior to joining Vulcan in 2008, YB was a part of the IP Acquisitions and Investments group at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Oppenheimer & Co. and, earlier, worked in the health care investment banking group at Cowen & Co. He received a BS in engineering management systems from Columbia University. Amy McCullough is a partner and member of Trilogy’s investing team. She joined Trilogy after four years in the investment bank of JPMorgan Chase in New York. Amy was an equity research analyst covering the Small and Mid Cap Applied Technologies sector which included more than 35 companies with a combined market capitalization of over $70B. Prior to being an equity analyst, Amy was an Assistant Treasurer in the Treasury and Security Services division of Chase where her primary responsibilities included derivatives and equities consulting services for clients of the firm. A Seattle native, Amy began her career in Microsoft’s Treasury group. Amy currently serves on the board of Skilljar (http://www.skilljar.com/) and Red Tricycle (http://redtri.com/) and is an observer for Jobaline (http://www.jobaline.com/en/), Remitly (https://www.remitly.com/), FiREapps (http://www.fireapps.com/), and Coolr (http://www.coolr.io/). She is also an Advisory Board member at Ada Developer’s Academy, (http://adadevelopersacademy.org/) an intense software development training school for women headquartered in Seattle. EVENT MODERATOR Colin Christianson is the CEO & founder of Tenacious Ventures, which has driven online marketing programs and digital media creation for some of the largest brands in the world including Microsoft, The Gates Notes Foundation, ING Direct Sharebuilder, Clarisonic and more. By leveraging live video broadcasts, social media and online analytics he has revamped the way campaigns and events market themselves. He has trained, led and analyzed one of the largest international social media initiatives in the world covering Microsoft Imagine Cup for the past 3 years. Colin serves on the board for the Young Entrepreneur Social and Team Up for Non-Profits. Seattle Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise so revenue generated goes toward Global Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to unite people through music and cultural awareness. Support music and cultural awareness with your donation… http://globalmusicproject.org/donation/index.php

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