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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 co-founder, 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!

Schedule

Friday

Jun 7
  • 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.
  • Venue closes

Saturday

Jun 8
  • Simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch & Keynote by Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Venue closes

Sunday

Jun 9
  • Simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Glenn Kelman

CEO, Redfin   |   LinkedIn

Glenn is Redfin's CEO. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. In his seven years at Plumtree, Glenn at different times led engineering, marketing, product management and business development. He also was responsible for financing and general operations in Plumtree's early days. Prior to starting Plumtree, Glenn worked as one of the first employees at Stanford Technology Group, a Sequoia-backed start-up acquired by IBM. Glenn was raised in Seattle and was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to Redfin's blog (http://blog.redfin.com/) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/glennkelman).

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group   |   LinkedIn

Matt McIlwain is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington. He invests primarily in software-driven companies and currently serves on the boards of 2nd Watch, Animoto, Apptio, ExtraHop, Mixpo, Optify, PayScale, Placed, Qumulo, Skytap, Smartsheet, and Tier 3. He was on the boards of Isilon Systems (ISLN acquired by EMC), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive).

Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Matt is a board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the Washington Policy Center. He received the Washington Policy Center Champion of Freedom Award in 2011 and was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He also teaches a class on entrepreneurship for the University of Washington Technology MBA Program.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Sasha Aickin

CTO, Redfin   |   LinkedIn

Sasha is Redfin's Chief Technology Officer, leading the company's research and development efforts. Sasha's primary responsibility at Redfin has been to create the search user experience, both for Redfin's website and its iPhone application, but he has also contributed to our software's core architecture and developed software for the company's real estate agents. Prior to working at Redfin, Sasha shot and directed an award-winning documentary, "Blood, Sweat & Glitter." Before that, he was a software engineer and manager at Plumtree Software. Sasha graduated from Stanford with a degree in Symbolic Systems, concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. Follow Sasha on Twitter (https://twitter.com/xander76)!

Erik Benson

Managing Director, Voyager Capital   |   LinkedIn

Erik focuses on large, market-changing technologies and disruptive business models like SaaS, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics. He currently represents Voyager on the boards of directors of AboutUs, Act-On Software, Chirpify, Covario, Elemental Technologies, Lighter Capital and Zettics. Erik was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts).

Prior to Voyager, Erik was an investor for WRF Capital (Washington Research Foundation) after leadership roles at Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software for the gaming industry. Erik started his career in New York for a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients.

Erik is very active in the Portland and Seattle entrepreneurial communities including serving on leadership committees for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) and the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). He is the president emeritus of the Harvard Business School Alumni organization of Washington State.

Erik received a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

Bill Bryant

Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson   |   LinkedIn

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.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Ted Neward

Principal, Neward & Associates   |   LinkedIn

Ted Neward is an independent consultant specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), programming languages of all forms, back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.

He is the author or co-author of several books and close to a hundred articles and he’s a Microsoft F# MVP (having also been an Architect and C# MVP in prior years), an F# Insider, C# Insider, and VB Insider, INETA speaker, former DevelopMentor instructor, current PluralSight course author, frequent worldwide conference speaker, and a member of various Java JSRs.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, eight laptops, seven tablets, nine phones and a rather large utility bill.

Lewis Lin

CEO, Contact Ready   |   LinkedIn

Lewis Lin is CEO of Contact Ready (http://www.contactready.com). Contact Ready is TechStars-funded company, focused on helping email marketers drive higher conversion rates and more relevant email marketing. His responsibilities include customer and product development, fundraising, and operations.

Lewis is a serial entrepreneur. His other businesses include Impact Interview (http://www.impactinterview.com), an e-learning site for job seekers and JobReviews.com, where job seekers can share reviews on companies, interview experiences, and salary offers.

Lewis also has extensive corporate experience. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as Director of Product Management for Bing Ads, building new features and products related to Bing Ads' matching, ranking and pricing algorithms. He also worked at Google, launching new AdWords features. Prior to that, he held business development and product management roles at Sun Microsystems and Citigroup.

Lewis received his MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He also has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Stanford University.

Christopher Fryer

Senior Designer, Expedia   |   LinkedIn

Christopher Fryer is a Seattle start-up junky. After living in Costa Rica with his wife and two sons he decided that reality is negotiable. He since dropped out of college to drop in on entrepreneurship and mobile UI/UX design.

Matt Gamboa

Co-founder and Director of Product Development, QThru   |   LinkedIn

Matt is a Co-Founder of QThru, a Seattle startup that is disrupting the retail shopping experience with its smartphone based mobile self-checkout platform. He has numerous years of experience in agile development best practices and leading teams to get new features out quickly. At QThru, he oversees product development and is in charge of focusing the company on overall product strategy, design, and implementation.

As a startup enthusiast, Matt likes to regularly meet with other entrepreneurs to help them with their ideas and guide them in reaching their goals.

Mark Mueller-Eberstein

Founder and CEO, Adgetec Corporation   |   LinkedIn

Prof. Mark Mueller-Eberstein is an internationally renowned business leader, entrepreneur, consultant, best-selling author, and a Professor at Rutgers University Center for Management Development. He leads “The Knowledge Economy Research Institute” as well asAdgetec Corporation’s consulting business. Using a cross-functional and international approach, they help current and future leaders align their business and technology strategies, and leverage opportunities.

Mark is fascinated by the dynamic between the human and technical factors that positively impact business operations, and has advised business leaders from a variety of industries on these topics for over a decade.
Mark has become one of the world’s leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends to drive a competitive advantage and his books have been translated into a dozen languages and been recommended by leading publications from the US over Russia and China to Germany.

Each year, Mark sets aside time to personally work with select clients around the world as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and trainer.

More information about Mark at: http://www.mueller-eberstein.com

Arthur Lesne

Senior Marketing Manager, Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Arthur Lesne is Worldwide Senior Marketing Manager in the Windows Business Group at Microsoft Corporation, responsible for Business to Business marketing activities supporting Windows sales, deployment, and SI and OEM partners engagement. Arthur joined Microsoft in 2005. He worked in the English and French Microsoft subsidiaries during 5 years, doing consumer marketing, enterprise sales and enterprise marketing, before moving to Microsoft Corporation in Seattle in 2010. Arthur has a Master in International Business and Marketing Management.

Marc Barros

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Marc Barros is a co-founder and former CEO of Contour, a hands-free camera company that makes action video easy to capture and share.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington, Marc co-founded Contour in 2004 and led the organization from a garage to a multi-million dollar company with hundreds of thousands of customers around the world. Marc’s skill at growing Contour into a market leader, with award winning products that are thoughtfully designed and easy to use, was born out of his passion to make action video simple for anyone.

Contour products are currently sold in over 40 countries through action sports retailers and national chains such as Best Buy and Apple.

You can find Marc's blog at http://marcbarros.com.

Andrew Kinzer

Co-Founder of GroupTalent   |   LinkedIn

Andrew is a designer and entrepreneur. He co-founded GroupTalent, a platform that helps developers find great companies, and is a TechStars alumni. With a background in branding, UX/UI and product, 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.

Scott Fairbairn

Post-it® Brand Marketing Manager, 3M   |   LinkedIn

Scott Fairbairn is the Post-it® Brand Marketing Manager for collaboration business products responsible for marketing strategy and execution. Scott joined Post-it® Brand in 2011 after receiving his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Prior to returning to the Carlson School to pursue his MBA Scott had a successful career as a promotional tournament angler which included working with more than 20 different sponsors on new product development, marketing strategy, promotions, sales, sales training and public
speaking. This widespread interaction with businesses of varying size led Scott to realize a passion for marketing and new business development. During his career as a professional angler he also developed the business plan for a media company (The Next Bite®), served as a director on multiple industry related organizations, and served as the lead on ensuring compliance with all state securities laws involving the AIM™ Offering Memorandum (PPM) during the startup phase of that company. Along the way Scott developed new trademarks for startups he was involved in and also received a patent for a marine electronics related invention.

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Hakon Verespej
Amyr Haq
Skyler Gonsalves
Anupam Mishra
Zac Cohn
Moya O'Grady
Gabe Pelegrin
Joanna Lu
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