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Startup Weekend Kirkland returns for its second year.  In partnership with Google and Inrix, the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce will build upon the success of 2012 with a big data theme.  The Startup Weekend will take place on the Kirkland Google Campus.



Oct 25
  • 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


Oct 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 27
  • Arrive, 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home or get a drink!
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Suzan DelBene

Congresswoman, Washington’s 1st Congressional District

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District. She was first sworn into Congress on November 13, 2012.

An experienced and successful technology entrepreneur and business leader with over 20 years experience in the private sector, DelBene understands the critical role that innovative companies play in creating opportunities for citizens and the foundation for economic growth for communities.

As someone who grew up in a family that struggled with financial instability, she also knows that economic uncertainty isn’t just a question of money—it’s a matter of pride, confidence, and dignity.

DelBene spent part of her early childhood in Newport Hills and Mercer Island before her father, an airline pilot, lost his job. After fourth grade, her family moved all over the country in search of work. With hard work and financial aid such as student loans and work study programs, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College.

Following Reed, Suzan worked in the biotechnology industry before earning an MBA from the University of Washington and embarking on a successful career as a technology leader and innovator. In more than two decades as an executive and entrepreneur, she helped to start as its vice president of marketing and store development, and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington.

Suzan also spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. In that position, she ran worldwide sales, marketing, and product management for the company’s mobile efforts.

Outside of her private sector experience, Suzan has a strong record of public service. She served as a volunteer supporting the YWCA’s program to provide transitional housing and job training for struggling women and families. Suzan was a senior advisor to Global Partnerships, a non-profit focused on supporting microfinance programs to serve people living in poverty in Latin America.

In 2010, Suzan was appointed by Governor Gregoire to be the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. During her tenure, Suzan proposed reforms to cut red tape for small businesses. She also enacted an innovative tax amnesty program that generated $345 million to help close the state’s budget gap, while easing the burden on small businesses.

Suzan’s mix of real world experience in the private and public sector gives her a deep understanding of how to build successful businesses and create jobs, implement real fiscal accountability, and adopt policies that enable individuals and businesses to thrive. She knows what is needed now to ensure that our nation and this region lead in creating high-wage 21st century jobs—great educational opportunities for our children and ongoing training for adults

Bryan Mistele

President & Chief Executive Officer, Inrix   |   LinkedIn

Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, the leading global provider of traffic information and driver services. Bryan started INRIX in 2004, having had more than 15 years experience building high-technology businesses and transforming industries through the power of information technology.

Prior to INRIX, Mistele was an executive at Microsoft, responsible for successfully building and managing four businesses within the company, including Microsoft’s Automotive, Mobile Services, Real Estate & Mortgage and Personal Finance/Investing business units. Prior to Microsoft, Mistele worked at the Ford Motor Company.

As a leader on technology and transportation issues, Bryan has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project, and as a member of the United States Department of Transportation’s ITS Advisory Committee. Bryan currently serves on the board of the Discovery/Cascadia Institute, a leading think-tank on transportation issues in the Northwest


Tim Porter

Managing Director - Madrona Venture Group   |  

Tim Porter is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. Madrona manages nearly $1 billion, including a recent $300 million Fund they began investing at the end of 2012. Tim is focused on investments in the B2B software, infrastructure, and mobile sectors. He has been particularly interested and active in the areas of SaaS, cloud infrastructure, data analytics, security and next-generation mobile platforms. Tim joined Madrona in 2006. He currently serves on the boards of buuteeq, Context Relevant, and Union Bay Networks

Dave Parker

Founder, Tech Entrepreneur & Board Member. VP of Product - UP Global   |  

Over the last 20 years Dave's career success has included both product and service industries, selling both tangible and intangible technology products and professional services. Markets have included software, wireless and IT hardware. An Alumnus of the University of Washington, Dave has been recognized by the World Technology Network for Innovation in the Software Industry, Forbes “Best of the Web” and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40”.
Today he serves as the VP Product for UP Global (Startup Weekend + Startup America Partnership) in Seattle and manages the product, technology and operations teams. The UP Global team will deliver over 800 events in 110 countries and 250+ cities in 2013.
Dave has founded or co-founded five companies, selling two, closing one and two are still operating. He’s on the Board of Directors for three companies in the NW and serves as an advisor to dozens of startups on the West Coast.
He was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Mitsui & Company IT Investment Group in Cupertino, CA, a $250M venture fund where he evaluated investments and was a board member and observer for portfolio companies. He has worked with Mitsui in a variety of advisory roles since 1998.
Dave supports the Seattle Tech ecosystem as a Board Member of NWEN and Director of the Founder Institute Seattle. FI Seattle has over 70 local CEO/Founder mentors in tech and has launched 50 companies in Seattle over the last three years.

Cathi Hatch

Founder & CEO - ZINO Society   |  

Prior to founding ZINO Society in 2005, Cathi Hatch has held executive roles and consulted in the restaurant business for over twenty-five years, including her work as Director of Operations for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and Regional Vice President for Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. She currently holds or has held positions on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards including Zones, Inc. , Pacific Continental Bank, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Tateuchi Center, YMCA, PONCHO and the United Way of King County. Cathi works with the ZINO Society staff team to offer outstanding investment and networking opportunities for ZINO Society members and guests. In addition, Cathi serves as Manager of the ZINO Annual Angel Investment Funds with participation available to accredited investors.

Alexander Gounares

CEO - Concurix   |  

Prior to Concurix, Alex served as AOL's Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he led all aspects of AOL's technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships. He was responsible for all of AOL's global engineering, IT, and operations functions. In addition, he served as a member of the company's Global Executive Operating Committee.

Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Online Services Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Gounares led significant strategic and technical operations for some of the company's most important projects including Microsoft's global advertising platform, Bing search, MSN and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Alex also served for three years as Technology Advisor to Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates, as well as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Microsoft's Finance Department.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has founded four startups and is also an inventor on more than 150 U.S. patents filed and pending. Alex holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.


Brian Dorsey

Developer Programs Engineer at Google   |   Google+

Brian is a Developer Programs Engineer on the Google Developer Relations team. He help you build cool stuff with Google's APIs. He focuses on Google's Cloud Platform, especially Compute Engine and Cloud Storage. He loves Python and has taught Python at the University of Washington & spoken at both PyCon US & PyCon Japan. He lives in Seattle, WA, USA. 日本語も話せます。よろしくお願いします!

Ron Souza

Ron Souza has worked in the technology industry for over twenty years. His experience includes ten years at Microsoft where he played critical roles in products such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Works and MSN. He was responsible for launching some of Microsoft’s first entries into the online space. After leaving Microsoft, Ron has been involved in consulting for early stage technology companies. His work has included such firms as Intand, the leader in cloud based online scheduling for organizations and schools, and Active Network, the leading provider in cloud based solutions for event organizers worldwide.
Ron is also very involved in charities around the Puget Sound area with a special focus on educational initiatives. He has chaired the boards of two school, been President of a five campus K-12 school and has taught high school business classes.
He holds his undergraduate degree in Business from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Matt Perrine

Global Director - MS - HP Alliance

Global Director MSFT - HP Alliance – MSFT EPG. Responsible for the Enterprise Alliance Partnership between Microsoft and HP, including HP Enterprise Group, & HP Enterprise Services

Nathan Kaiser

Founder - 2bar Spirits

Nathan, a native Texan, has strong ties to his family heritage and the land that his ancestors founded over five generations ago. The 2bar Ranch in South Texas is still in operation, with Nathan's Grandfather living and working the land to this day.

Nathan holds a bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Washington and has had a long career in technology startups prior to founding 2bar.

In addition to 2bar, Nathan and his wife are raising two young boys. The Kaisers enjoy sailing and skiing, but are finding that hobbies are difficult to maintain alongside a young family and a craft distillery.

2bar Spirits is descended from five generations who ranched their land under the 2bar brand. For more than a century, 2bar has stood for quality, independence and hard work. Now those characteristics transcend to 2bar Spirits, handcrafted in Seattle, Washington.

2bar Spirits is 100% handmade from local grains

Angel Sanchez

Angel enjoys a very successful career working in the Information Technology Sector and specializes in front-end development, mastering technologies such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, FLASH, and iOS development. He has performed admirably for key clients, such as GE Capital, Kaplan University Higher Education, and EMC Corporation by providing web-based enterprise application software development and mobile solutions (iOS). Angel is a unique consultant, as he truly can blend both design and development expertise.

Michael DeMond

Michael DeMond has been in the information technology industry for fifteen years now, arriving in the Seattle area in 1998 to join a startup during the .com era. He has a passion for building client and service business applications and exploring new technologies to understand how the industry is evolving. He has been involved with Microsoft .NET’s technology stack for over a decade and currently enjoys creating enterprise applications and services in C#, XAML, HTML5, and JavaScript. When he isn’t working on a side project that helps him investigate these technologies, he spends his time writing, reading, taking social photographs, listening to music, and probably thinking something cool about the Universe -- usually not in that order.

MaryAnn Scherrer

MaryAnn Scherrer brings over thirty years of experience in sales and marketing to the Webtellect team. She spent twenty years at Bank & Office Interiors in sales, management, space planning, and design, where her client base included Harborview Hospital, King County, King County Metro, the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and many others. MaryAnn also has five years in the mortgage business as a loan officer. With a strong background and sales expertise, she is responsible for business development activities across the Northwest Region.

Doan Grudzien

Doan is co-founder of Webtellect and has 10 years of sales, marketing, and recruiting experiences. Doan has been actively involved in the high tech industry since 2005, and is instrumental in managing the company’s day-to-day operations, payroll, invoicing, and human resources. In parallel to her technology background, Doan is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacology, and this experience is helping to open doors for Webtellect to be a relevant and emerging player in the Pharmacy-related Health Care vertical market.

Todd Tzeng

Managing Partner - Arilex Ventures

Todd Tzeng has held executive roles in ten startup/turnaround companies that have generated over $2 billion in shareholder value. He has over 25 years of experience working with technology companies and has been responsible for all functions of a company including finance, marketing, product development, operations and sales. He co-founded Accupost Corporation that provided post-closing mortgage technology and services to 9 of the top 10 mortgage banks prior to its acquisition by TransUnion.

Today Todd shares his experiences by coaching entrepreneurs as well as consulting to early stage technology companies. He is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and was involved in the charitable youth entrepreneurship organization YouthBiz prior to his recent move to the Pacific Northwest.

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