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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Seattle will be hosting truly a unique event kicking off on May 16th. Startup Weekend and 9Mile Labs are coming together to host one of the world's first B2B Startup Weekend! B2B (business-to-business) implies that your primary customer and source of revenue is another business. The objective of this event is to encourage and empower entrepreneurs to build their B2B idea. To help the B2B entrepreneurs, 9Mile Labs and Startup Weekend will be bringing great people and resources to this event to educate and coach participants on the key considerations for building a viable B2B business.

This Startup Weekend will be kicked off by Milestone9, the Demo Day event that celebrates the graduation of the nine B2B startup companies from the 9Mile Labs program. Milestone9 is expected to draw 400-500 attendees from a cross-section of the Pacific Northwest business community, including investors, entrepreneurs, executives, service providers, mentors, and friends.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

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Contributing Sponsors
Judges

Andy Sack

Managing Director of TechStars Seattle, CEO of Lighter Capital, Founder & Managing General Partner of Founder’s Co-op   |  

Andy has over 15 years experience running and investing in high tech businesses. Most recently Andy co-founded Lighter Capital to use revenue-based finance to disrupt the small business lending industry. Andy is also the Managing Director of TechStars Seattle and a Managing Partner of Founder’s Co-op.

Prior to Lighter Capital, Andy was the co-founder and CEO of Judy’s Book, a local search social network. Prior to founding Judy’s Book in 2004, Andy co-founded three successful Internet technology companies: Kefta, Abuzz, and Firefly Network.

Bill Bryant

Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Bill Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over 25 leading software, Internet, digital media and mobile companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member. Companies include Visio, Netbot, Qpass, Medio, Isilon, Swype, Winshuttle, Loudeye, Jabber, Opscode and Z2Live. He is currently a Venture Partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Donald DeSantis

Partner, LIFFFT   |  

Donald is a user experience designer and storyteller. He is a partner at LIFFFT, a product studio that brings the speed and innovation of startups to major brands.

Prior to LIFFFT, Donald led user experience at Giant Thinkwell, a TechStars company funded by Madrona Venture Group. At Giant Thinkwell, he designed social video applications for mobile devices and Facebook applications for celebrities and brands. Before Giant Thinkwell, Donald designed new products for Google and venture-backed technology startups.

An occasional writer and speaker, Donald has been featured in national media outlets including GeekWire, GigaOm, and The New York Times.

Rebecca Lovell

Chief Business Officer at GeekWire   |  

Rebecca Lovell, GeekWire’s chief business officer, is the former executive director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network & the Alliance of Angels. She teaches a class on Venture Capital in the UW Foster MBA program, and is also serving as a mentor for TechStars & Founder's Institue and is also a community advisor for Startup Weekend.

Mike Crill

Managing Director at Atlas Accelerator

Mike is the Managing Director of Atlas Accelerator, the largest venture accelerator in the U.S.. Atlas is a team of 30 tech professionals working in accounting, HR, sales, marketing, and development to help start-ups get to the next level. Atlas invests about $2MM in seed-stage companies each year and is one the top ten seed-stage investors in the country. Mike has sat on over 30 boards for public and private companies and advised over 100 startups. As an advisor, Mike focuses on funding strategy, corporate governance, go-to-market strategy, board and executive compensation, and contracts. He began his work in startups as a CFO where we served over 75 companies in that capacity over 15 years.

Mike's prior work history includes assignments as a division controller and plant manager with AlliedSignal where has was certified as a master black belt by the six sigma academy. Earlier, he served as an operations analyst with Data General, as a cost accounting consultant and, earlier, an officer supporting the US Army's elite 82nd Airborne division. He left active duty as a Captain in 1989, having contributed to winning the Cold War (you’re welcome). Mike holds BS from Syracuse University, magna cum laude, with majors in Finance, Personnel and Industrial Relations, and Managerial Law and a Military Science minor. Mike graduated at the top of his class with an MBA, summa cum laude, from Duke University.

Speakers

Kevin Birrell

CS student at UW & Tetris Grandmaster   |  

Kevin Birrell is a student at the University of Washington studying Computer Science and Percussion Performance in the Class of 2015. He is only one of four Tetris Grandmasters outside Japan in the world, and has a passion for e-Sports and competitive gaming.

Organizers
Tawnee Rebhuhn
Danielle Reyes
Ashley Hodgson
Keith Armstrong
Abby Rose Chroman
Schedule

Friday

May 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

May 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • One-on-One Final Pitch Prep with Andrew Kinzer of GroupTalent begins
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

May 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap up
  • Post event
Coaches

Stan Humphries

Chief Economist at Zillow   |  

Stan is responsible for economic analysis and consuming-facing analytics at Zillow. He helped create the algorithms for the Zestimate® home value and the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) and oversees the production of Zillow housing market metrics and economic research that brings insight into current market conditions. Prior to joining Zillow, Stan spent five years at Expedia where he ran a team responsible for finding innovative ways to use data, building systems for personalization, pricing, forecasting, and fraud detection. Before Expedia, Stan served as a researcher and faculty member at the University of Virginia, and was previously with NASA where he negotiated international science agreements. Stan has also served in the United States Peace Corps, where he taught physics and chemistry classes in West Africa. Stan has a bachelor's degree in political science/economics from Davidson College, a master's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia

Jay Al Hashal

Senior Mobile Product Manager at Zillow   |  

Jay is the Sr Mobile Product Manager at Zillow and is in charge of mobile product strategy, design, and development activities. Prior to joining Zillow, Jay spent five years at Übermind as a senior user experience and engineering consultant working for a number of high profile clients such as Apple and FOX Broadcasting, and developing numerous award-winning mobile applications such as AllRecipes and the Target suite of applications.

Jay holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Studio Art from Macalester College, and a Master of Communication in Digital Media degree from the University of Washington.

Scott Nonnenberg

Partner, LIFFFT   |  

Scott is an entrepreneur, developer, project manager, and best practice junkie. With lots of experience participating, organizing and mentoring at Startup Weekend, he's a great person to ask about any part of the process, from first steps after forming your team to tracking down bugs to tuning your Sunday night presentation. You could even say that every day is like Startup Weekend at LIFFFT! Be sure to ask him about his current set of mantras and his obsession with fermented things.

Julie Sandler

Associate at Madrona Venture Group   |  

Prior to joining Madrona Venture Group in Summer 2011, Julie was a senior product manager at Amazon on the Kindle team, where she managed online marketing/traffic for Kindle’s ebook business, both in the US and internationally. She also led the definition, design, and technical implementation of a (very soon-to-be released) Kindle Content product. Earlier in her career, Julie worked at Accenture, where she spent several years in product management within Microsoft’s SMSG Solutions Delivery space. At Microsoft, she launched the World Disaster Response initiative - now used by operations centers worldwide to deliver licenses and support to customers affected by natural or manmade disasters - and led the international rollout of order-to-invoice operations for Microsoft Mediaroom (formerly IPTV). While pursuing her MBA, Julie also worked in product and business development at TeachStreet. Julie is a trustee on the board of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is an avid photographer, musical theatre aficionada, and Seattle waterfront runner. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with honors, with distinction, and with both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

Steve Seow

Architect Evangelist, Microsoft   |  

Steve holds a Ph.D. Psychology from Brown University and is the author of Designing and Engineering Time: The Psychology of Time Perception in Software. Prior to becoming an evangelist, he spent time with the product development teams at Visual Studio, Microsoft Surface, Windows Phones, and Xbox.

Kav Latiolais

Partner, LIFFFT   |  

Kav is a software architect and educator. He works as a partner at LIFFT, bringing the speed and innovation of the startup world to major brands through product development and workshops on Lean Metrics, Agile Methodologies, and Design Thinking. Before starting LIFFFT Kav served as CTO of Giant Thinkwell designing and building highly scalable, massively multi-user, social video applications. Prior to Giant Thinkwell Kav worked on Microsoft's Visual Studio Platform designing world class developer tools and platform technologies.

Kav is a global facilitator for Startup Weekend teaching technology entrepreneurship and helping grow startup communities worldwide. Locally he runs the Seattle Node.JS meet up and serves as an advisor for several startups and developers.

Adam Philipp

The Founder of ÆON Law   |  

Adam Philipp has been involved in the prosecution of patent applications in the computer science, electrical devices, consumer products and related fields since 1998 and with Internet and technology related law since 1995. He also counsels clients on intellectual property portfolio strategies and infringement matters. He has been participating in Startup Weekends events since they first came to Seattle. Adam is also a finalist as the “Schmoozer of the Year” award at the Seattle 2.0 Awards.

Ilya Braude

Co-Founder and Engineer at CloudMine   |  

Ilya Braude is Co-Founder and Engineer at CloudMine - a platform that provides full backend support for applications via an API, allowing developers to build fast, scalable apps quickly. Prior to CloudMine, Ilya had a blast developing next-gen (“Jack Bauer”) mobile data collaboration systems for SWAT teams and managed projects at Drexel University for the DoD as a research staff member. Ilya graduated from Drexel University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Science. He loves to play with new technologies, talk tech, and keeps himself busy with activities such as Karate and rock climbing.

Andrew Kinzer

Co-Founder of GroupTalent   |  

Andrew is a designer and entrepreneur. He co-founded GroupTalent, a marketplace for software projects, and attended Seattle's TechStars 2011 program. With a background in branding, UI and UX, today he has focuses primarily on customer development, user experience, and marketing. Prior to GroupTalent, Andrew was the product and design director for Seattle startup Whrrl, and (later) San Francisco startup JustShareIt.
He's passionate about helping designers cross the chasm between traditional design and digital. As a StartupWeekend participant alum, Andrew now attends events as a mentor helping teams focus on product design and pitch strategy.

He's passionate about helping designers cross the chasm between traditional design and digital. As a StartupWeekend participant alum, Andrew now attends events as a mentor helping teams focus on product design and pitch strategy.

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