Startup Weekend Bellevue

    Friday, October 24 - 26, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bellevue

Friday, October 24 - 26, 2014

Friday, October 24 - 26, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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Do you have what it takes to be an Entrepreneur?

Have you thought about it?

Sure you’ve thought about it.

Who doesn’t want to be their own boss?

Who doesn’t want to experience creating something with your own hard work, guts and brains? But…
You have questions about:
  • The Professional and Personal Challenges
  • The High and Lows
  • The Failures and the Success
If you want to experience the Startup process -If you want to work in a team environment with other Startupreneurs -If you want to experience pitching an idea -If you want to present in front of leading local entrepreneurs - Join us on the live feed @ mms://


Friday October 24th

6:30 pm
Registration / Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Sponsor Highlight
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speaker, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Keynote Kickoff
Keynote message from Sujal Patel from Isilon Systems

7:35 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work - After hours
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 October 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm
Start transition to Bellevue College - 1 team at a time

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Food Trucks at Bellevue College!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Carlson Theatre Bellevue College

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Awards & Wrap-Up
Grand Prize includes coding classes from Coding Dojo & Cloud Genius to help the business grow. Plus much more! Live stream the event @ mms://

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Next event we are planning for is Startup Education - Bellevue. Dates are likely in July so please reach to one of the leads if you are interested in helping


Cyrus Habib
Representative of Washington's 48th District/Washington State Legislature

Cyrus Habib is a proud Representative of Washington's 48th District, and committed candidate for State Senate. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Technology and Economic Development, and as a Member on the Business and Financial Services Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Rules Committee. Read the Seattle Times Endorsement. Cyrus was named a “Guiding Light” and one of the “Most Influential People of 2013″ by Seattle magazine, and was recognized as one of the “12 State Legislators to Watch Nationally in 2014” by Governing magazine.

Rajeev Singh
President and Chief Operating Officer, Concur/Concur Technologies

President & Chief Operating Officer at Concur. Concur invented One Touch Business Travel - eliminating expense reports and automating the entire travel and expense process. Concur is the leading provider of spend management solutions and services in the world, helping companies of all sizes transform the way they manage spend so they can focus on what matters most.

Event Judges

Haresh Ved
Founder and Chair, TiE Angels Group Seattle (TAGS)

Haresh Ved is a seasoned technocrat with 30+ years of experience in the corporate and startup world.  He is a former Microsoft employee and has been an angel investor for 20+ years.  He is an integral part of the startup ecosystem in the northwest and is associated with multiple entrepreneur-centric programs, organizations, nonprofits and academic institutions.  He is interested in technology startups, particularly in the areas of AI/ ML, Cloud, IoT, Analytics and Data Science.  He enjoys working with entrepreneurs and startups as an advisor or board member.  In his spare time, he loves to travel and build lifelong memories with his wife, Chhaya, and two sons, Ronak and Chirag.

Jon Croy
Founder & VP Operations at Point Inside/Synchronoss/TeleCommunication Systems/Marco Polo Wireless

Founder & VP Operations at Point Inside. Point Inside creates dynamic, scalable shopping and engagement solutions that harness the power of the smartphone revolution for retailers. Jon Croy has held a variety of senior management roles in high-technology and wireless companies, with responsibilities including executive management of sales, marketing, finance, engineering, information technology and operations.Specialties: product management, sales engineering, account management, business development, business planning, solutions architecture and design, process engineering, business operations management, contract negotiation and mergers and acquisitions,

Ian Morris
Proven Technology Chief Executive, Board Member, Advisor, and Mentor of the Board of Directors/Porch

Ian Morris served as the CEO of Market Leader from 2002 to 2014.  Under Ian’s leadership, Market Leader was ranked the 4th Fastest Growing Technology Company in North America, leading to a successful IPO in 2004 and the sale of the company to Trulia in 2013 for $380 million.  Prior to leading Market Leader, Ian spent seven years at Microsoft and is currently a member of the board of directors at Porch.

Hoi Vo
GM Windows Azure/Microsoft - Server and Cloud Division/Microsoft/Computer Software

General Manager of Windows Azure. Windows Azure is a Cloud Computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Hoi has lead his Team to meet goals to simplify Management Cost and reduce OpEx/CapEx. Hoi Vo has lead a team with an aggressive schedule focusing on Hypervisor, Virtualization, and OS, to build platforms for Optimization tools,Performance Analysis, Infrastructure and Power management.

Cat Kennedy
Regional Director People & Organisational Development at HEINEKEN

Cat is an award winning CEO/Founder of Kennedy Ventures LLC, her second company since she began in business at 19yrs of age.  She has been angel investing since the late 1990s.  Most recently Cat has been an active member of five angel groups, including being on screening committees for two of the angel groups.  She has shown due diligence as a leader several times and has invested in many startups with her time and money.  Cat's ultimate goal to bring more of the almost 60k accredited investors in WA state to angel investing.

Mark Mader
President & CEO,

Mark Mader is the President and  Chief Executive Officer of Passionate about productivity and collaboration, he strives to enable teams and organizations worldwide to transform how they work using Cloud, Collaboration, and Mobile Technologies. Prior to Smartsheet, he served as Senior Vice President of global services for Onyx Software, leading the consulting and customer-facing teams in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Whenever possible, he strives to apply a Global Perspective and Relevance to what Smartsheet provides.

Damon Danieli
Founder/CEO of Appuri

A data-driven entrepreneur who is the Founder and CEO of Appuri: a Customer Data Platform that enables businesses to keep their customers longer. Formerly the founder and CTO of Z2, which became one of the top free-to-play game publishers on iOS.

Coaches and Mentors

Sujal Patel Keynote Speaker
Technology Executive

Sujal Patel has already built one powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest. Now, the Isilon Systems co-founder is lending his talents to an up-and-comer. Patel — who sold Isilon to EMC for a cool $2.25 billion in 2010 — is now on the board of ExtraHop Networks which sells network appliances that perform real-time analysis of wire data.

Diane Najm
Founder at PhotoPad/ The Founder Institute/Olive Crest

A Serial Entrepreneur CEO & Founder Of PhotoPad for Business. A leader and passionate about the start-up community, Serves as Former  Director, Seattle Founder Institute, Mentor, Coach and organizer to Start up Weekend, Expert Panelist and speaker on Entrepreneurship,Invited to the White House Digital Tech summit and served on Delegation for Vancouver First Startup Week and panelist for Bridging the Gap between Seattle and Vancouver , as well as, seeks ways to help entrepreneurs  connect with one another and provides resources to assure success.   Thought leader and advocate for Women Entrepreneurs and empower them to pursue their startups serving as advisers to start-ups ,Board of Directors  to  Women In Wireless and Women in Tech.Passionate to give back to the community in the philanthropy sector, serving on the Board of Trustee for a non-profit  Olive Crest

Lynne Robinson
City of Bellevue Council Member/Physical Therapist Educator

Lynne Robinson is a Council member for the City of Bellevue and involved in Community Service: Bellevue Parks & community Services Board, Bellevue Networkt, Woodridge Elementary Program Delivery Council,Woodridge Garden Club, Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church. Volunteer Service: Bellevue School District, Bellevue Youth Theater, Bellevue West Little League, Girl Scouts,Overlake Auxiliaries.
Lynne Robinson has a Physical Therapist background in providing home care to non- homebound seniors in the Bellevue area. She specializes in fall prevention and balance training providing the support education needed for the care and mobility of seniors.

Jody Laflen
Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College

Jody Laflen is the Dean of the Institute of Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College and is responsible for managing and overseeing all instructional and operational activities of the IBIT division, which includes certificates, AAS degrees and a BAS (IT) in areas such as accounting, business management, business technology, digital media arts, information systems, marketing management, network/computing systems and sustainable management. She specialize in development, promotion and community integration of workforce degree and/or certificate programs.

Richard Wang
CEO at Coding Dojo/Leader, Innovator, Investor, Speaker, Mentor

Richard Wang is CEO of Village88 Ventures. We are a tech accelerator located in Seattle, WA. We work with up to five start-ups at a time, investing $10,000-$200,000 worth of engineering resources to build the product over a period of 3-6 months. We strive to enable entrepreneurs to fulfill their true product potential by providing world-class, cutting-edge web development engineering resources. set clear milestones as we go so that there is a clear, mutual understanding of our progress. Knowing there is no one-size-fits-all approach, we work with each business to define the partnership for product acceleration. We seek entrepreneurs around the globe to participate in our program.

Nilesh Londhe
Founder, Creator, Investor at Cloud Genius

Cloud Genius® is a cloud computing training institution licensed by the government, founded by a team of experts in the computing industry. In partnership with universities and academic businesses nationwide, Cloud Genius provides cutting edge hands-on Cloud DevOps training that helps businesses overhaul for the cloud.

Brayden Olson
Entrepreneur and CEO at Wilhelm Enterprises/Recurrence Inc/CEO of Novel Inc./Computer Software

CEO of Recurrence,Inc.
Brayden Olson is a Entrepreneur, Videogame Designer and Non-Profit Director. His non-profit work is to help the emerging leaders of Seattle to find the mentors and resources they need and then to organize to build a stronger future for our region.
Selected by the City of Bellevue as the Young Professional of the Year to be admitted to Entrepreneurs’ Organization as the youngest member in Seattle. Selected by Fortune Magazine as one of five “Startup Idols,” and appointed by Beta Gamma Sigma as one of 12 centennial representative members.

Sanjay Puri
Co-Founder, Partner at 9MileLabs/VP, Product Marketing/Hewlett-Packard/Microsoft Corporation

Co-Founder & Partner at 9MileLabs.
Sanjay Puri is a Marketing and Business Executive with extensive experience in enabling sales organizations to sell enterprise software solutions. With 18+ years of high-tech experience includes product development, product management and product marketing in Fortune 500 technology companies, mid-size software organizations and startups.

Matt Dyor
Co-Founder and CEO at Payboard/Microsoft Accelerator powered by TechStars/Microsoft/Azazoo Inc.

Co-founder and CEO of Payboard. Matt Dyor is experienced in conversion automation; which is the art and science of increasing signup rates and purchase rates from existing website traffic. At Payboard, he is helping customers with path analysis (how users have found success) and automated next step recommendations (how to dynamically guide users to success). He is known for his extensive work analyzing and automating SaaS, E-Commerce, and WordPress sites, as well as deep KISSmetrics integration and optimization experience.

Janis Machala
Managing Partner at Paladin Partners/Senior Business Executive/Corporate Director/Entrepreneur and Executive Coach

Founder and Managing Partner of Paladin Partners. Janis Machala is a Senior Business Executive, Corporate Director, Entrepreneur and Executive Coach. She is skilled at getting growth companies connected to the right people to achieve successful market adoption and realize their full potential. Experienced in strategic planning, corporate relationships, marketing strategy and execution, and creating corporate value via innovation. Janis has served as the Dean for Continuing Education at Bellevue College and is Co-Founder of IQ Insights; an optimization and analytics firm specializing in leveraging cutting-edge technology and market research tools. Her experience includes past senior management roles in Fortune 500 companies and multiple permanent/interim/board appointments with vertical market companies.

Colin Christianson
Founder & CEO at Tenacious Ventures/Team Up for Nonprofits/Young Entrepreneur Social/Tenacious Ventures

Founder & CEO at Tenacious Ventures. Tenacious Ventures, specializes in digital media production (Live video and post video production), online analytic monitoring, & social media strategy. Colin Christianson specializes in digital media production, social media strategy and online analytics. He is a co-founder & board member for the Young Entrepreneur Social which connects some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region. He serves as a board member for Team Up for Non-Profits which throws music concerts to build capacity and raise funding for local non-profits. In the past he served as a board member with Social Media Breakfast Seattle (SMBSeattle), one of the first leaders in social media education in the Greater Seattle area. Through Tenacious Ventures, he has worked with several large organizations including;
Microsoft, ING Direct Inc.,The Gates Notes Foundation, Eddie Bauer, Walgreens, Clarisonic, TEDx, Startup Weekend, Swedish Hospital, & many more.

Brandon Bazemore
CEO at Persephone/Fairplay Inc/Sound Mortgage Inc/ New Outlook Financial Group Inc.

CEO at Persephone. Persephone is a voice, data and unified communications solution provider, providing a unique suite of integrated services tailored towards small to medium sized businesses. Brandon Bazemore has knowledge and understanding of IT with a keen understanding of Sales, Marketing and core Business Growth. One of his first major technology projects was in financial services where he deployed automated technology & process solutions that reduced the time to evaluate deals by over 75%. He has leverage his experience, developing a multi-tenanted pipeline solution that included 400+ salespeople and closing more than $1.3 billion in financial products per year, resulting in in several Inc. 500 and Puget Sound Business Journal awards for business growth.

Marek Brejl
Founder of Coding with Kids/Leaping Llama Labs/Microsoft/Vital Images

Founder & CEO at Coding with Kids. Coding with Kids teaches computer science to elementary and middle school children. Marek Brejl is an Entrepreneur and accomplished R&D leader. He has spent over 15 years in the software industry - from pioneering automated 3D disease detections algorithms for radiology, to leading large multi-national software development teams at Microsoft.  He is known for a proven track record of hiring talented employees and developing new leaders. Marek has a passion for Technology, Innovation and UX design. Most recently as a iOS Developer. Specialties: R&D leadership, team building, software development, objective-C, fitness, healthcare, medical imaging, computer vision, business development, program and project management, partner and customer relations.

Josh Breeds
Founder at Served By the Net/JET Aeronautics/SubTerra Inc./Blue Frog

Founder & Managing Member at Served By the Net.
Josh Breeds has more than 14 years of experience working in a variety of positions within the Information Technology Field. He Specializes in Network Administration, Network Security, Network Communications, Technical Support, Client Management, Network Design, High Availability Server Management, Client Communication, IT Diagnostics, Computer Recovery.
Served By the Net provides Internet Services to companies in the Greater Seattle Area and beyond. Providing services to a variety of Corporations, Small Businesses, Individuals, and Non-Profits. Specialties: Infrastructure as a Service, Enterprise Cloud, VMware vCloud, VMware vSphere, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows, Cloud Computing.

Joe Wallin
Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP/DLA Piper US LLP/Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich/Seattle University School of Law

Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.                   
Joe Wallin provides Legal Counsel To Startups and Emerging Growth Companies. As a corporate lawyer, he represents companies in all stages of their life cycle, from inception through Angel and Venture Financing and to the ultimate exit. His Experience includes representing Investors in Businesses, Angel and Institutional Investors, and Buyers of Businesses. He also represents Individual Founders and Executives, with respect to their Contractual and Compensatory Arrangements.
Published in the Wall St. Journal, PandoDaily, GeekWire, and quoted in various other media outlets such as Reuters,,, and appeared on HuffPost TV. Founder and Editor of Learn about his Crowdfunding Law for Startups & Growth Companies.

Ram Dutt
CEO & Co-Founder at Meylah/Jobs for America's Graduates/Electric Blue Motors/BGlobal Norcal LLC/OMRC Inc.

CEO & Co-Founder at Meylah.
Ram Dutt is a Board Member for JAG's WA state chapter. He is known for leveraging his Business Experience to create solutions to empower Small and Independent Business owners to succeed. Meylay's vision and mission is to create network of communities across the world so they can connect their buyers and sellers easily. This will promote local commerce, community commerce and affinity based commerce. Jobs for Washington’s Graduates.The mission of JWG is to help at-risk youth overcome barriers enabling them to stay in school, graduate and successfully transition to continued education and quality entry-level careers. Responsible for fund raising, program development, partnership development and nurturing industry relationships.

Alvin Loh
Founder at Jobvention/Business Development/Kirkland Software Company/Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America/Tech Development

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Jobvention.
Jobvention works in the recruiting technology space by change lives and creating strong communities. Alvin Loh has over 15 years in the technology industry at Nortel Networks and Microsoft.
Technology Experience: IT support, software program management, project management and people management. Expertise in Remote Desktop Services, Antimalware, Security, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

Rashmi Joshi
CEO & Founder of Evalise/Nurego/Marketing Specialist/Vega Performance Marketing/Vega Consulting LLC

Marketing Consultant for Nurego. CEO & Founder at Evalise. Evalise is a wearable technology company that is devoted to creating disruptive tech-based fashion accessories. Rashmi Joshi is an Entrepreneur and she is also a Social media marketing expert , and has worked with a wide array of organizations in event planning, marketing, and PR. Her other skills include Public Speaking, Marketing & Business Strategy, Creative Direction, Negotiation, Product Development and more.
She has founded her own school of Dance, for which she currently teaches, choreographs and performs in the Seattle area. Rashmi is an international professional Dancer, Musician, Actor, and Model. Her music and dance portfolio includes work as a keynote performer with Northwest Folklife Festival, Experience the Music Project, Seattle Art Museum, Ragamala's Utsav at Pacific Center, and many more. She's starred in national and international commercials for PBS, and XBOX. She works with a variety of designers and photographers in the Greater Seattle area.

Madhu Singh
Chief Legal Officer at Foundry Law Group/MK Singh Law Office/Seattle University/Albers School of Business/Peterson Law Clinic

Chief Legal Officer at Foundry Law Group.
Principal Attorney MK Singh Law Office.
Madhu Singh is experienced working for large and small firms and corporations. In addition to her law degree, she holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Certificate in Business Development, International Trade and Finance and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Honors and Awards: Women Business Owner of the Year-Small Business Administration:2014. MK Singh Law offers a wide range of legal services for a diverse client base. Specialties: Business Formation, Governance, Growth Strategies (licensing, buy/sell, joint ventures, etc), Contract Drafting, Employment Agreements, Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright, Licensing), Social Media Law, General Business Law.

Ajoy Krishnamoorthy
Director, OEM Segment Marketing at Microsoft/Loyalty/Microsoft Independant Consultant/Technical Industry Director

Founder at Loyalty.
Ajoy Krishnamoorthy has over 15+ years of experience in the industry in technical, marketing and leadership roles. He recently joined a local Cloud business application start up in Pacific NW where he heads the cloud platform team and responsible for driving integration with ISVs across new vertical markets. Ajoy was responsible for product management, strategy and marketing for Microsoft's enterprise development platform with specific focus on VSTS process offering and worldwide process partners. He has over 10 years of consulting experience playing variety of roles including developer, architect and technical project manager. Ajoy has written articles for online and printed magazines and co-authored several books on ASP.NET. Award winning app (Won Microsoft Employees' People's Choice Award)

Dave Parker
VP Product, UP Global, Tech CEO, Founder, Mentor & Board Member

Dave Parker is a Tech Entrepreneur, Senior VP of Programs & Product.  Entrepreneur, Founder and Board Member at UP Global  and

Keil Larsen
Attorney at Law, Business Development Professional/Equinox Business Law Group PLLC/Keil Larsen, Attorney at Law/PSC Healthcare Services/VWR International LLC

Attorney Equinox Business Law Group PLLC
Keil Larsen is a business attorney who brings to his client representation not only his legal skills but also a wealth of business experience ranging from working directly for large entities to small and mid-sized organizations. Keil has worked with clients from several of the area’s start-up incubators and he understands the financial constraints that a star-up faces.  His legal work includes business formation, raising capital, corporate governance, licensing agreements, intellectual property, contracts, leases, negotiations, and complex business transactions. 

Sue Grinius-Hill
Technology Strategic Planning/Product Design & Development/Product Release & Support/Pelindaba Global LLC/ApprenNet LLC/ARI/Microsoft - Business Productivity

Director & Consultant: An Entrepreneurial, results-driven Business Leader. Sue Grinius-Hill is focused on broad scale technology development, innovation, and the application of technology solutions to business problems. She has many years experience in the tech sector as a leader of teams and organizations, and a mentor to startup businesses and individuals.  She has a history of creating new programs and systems in larger business environments, and building strategies in small businesses, where she honed a focus for helping guide organizations to clarify and refine goals and strategies, and then implement plans for results. An alumni of both Microsoft and Cornell, Sue has worked on some highly impactful projects with very talented team partners, and has a reputation for direct, precise feedback.

Seijen Takamura
Experience & Innovation Strategy @ Target

By day, Seijen serves as an experience & innovation strategist at Target HQ where he leverages guest stories to build better products and services.

In a previous life, he served as a regional manager at UP Global where he helped build startup communities along the East Coast. 

Having recently re-patriated to  Minneapolis, Seijen is proud to have lived in Chicago, London, and Seattle. He is also the founder of The Lonely Bicycles Project, a photography experiment.

Bryan Trussel
CEO of Glympse Inc./Computer Software/Director/Microsoft

Co-Founder and CEO of Glympse Inc.  Glympse provides the easiest way to use your mobile phone to share your location with others. Faster than a phone call, easier than a text message and available on iPhone, Android, & Windows. Bryan Trussel is a 16-year Microsoft veteran. He is a focused leader known for delivering solutions for Windows, Interactive TV, Embedded Systems, Windows CE, MSN and Messenger Games, and Xbox Live Arcade.

Alex Stoklas
Customer Experience Management Expert, Microsoft

Alex has extensive experience in consumer marketing and customer relationship management for high-tech and services companies around the globe.  Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, where he currently helps implement marketing in customer service, he spent over 10 years working for T-Mobile subsidiaries in Europe and the USA. He successfully led teams there focused on the development and implementation of strategies to grow customer base value. His responsibilities included lead gen., customer retention, cross-and up-selling, segmentation and direct marketing to name a few. Alex started his professional career at a wireless start-up, running local marketing and sales campaigns to drive subscriber acquisition. His experience with subscription-based business models (wireless, cloud) taught him about the importance of life-cycle management and made him an advocate that 'customer retention starts at acquisition.'
Alex grew up in Austria and moved to the USA four years ago. He enjoys living in Seattle and loves to explore the Washington mountains and lakes together with his wife and two kids.

Mukund Mohan
Microsoft Ventures/Executive and Management Roles/Internet & Enterprise Software/Marketing/Founder of BuzzGain

Mukund Mohan helps startups at Microsoft Ventures. He founded and sold BuzzGain, a leader in Do It Yourself PR, to Meltwater in January 2010. Before that He founded and sold 2 Silicon Valley startups in the Internet & Enterprise software Markets. Mukund knows the success of building Startups and has learned from experience; "I have also failed at one startup." He has held Executive and Management roles in Hewlett Packard (Mercury), and has also worked at Cisco Systems as an Engineer. He has studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Mysore in India.

Robert Lee
Career Entrepreneur/Crowdfunding/Startups/Philanthropic Projects

Robert Lee is a Career Entrepreneur and Startup junkie since the age of 12. He sees problems as opportunities to solve creatively and then launch them into new markets with passionate teams. Robert has been coming up with hardware inventions since he was 18 and does not plan on ever stopping. His ideas and companies have covered a wide range of fields from Digital Imaging to Security, Banking, and Social Networking. "Now that I'm starting over once again in my 60's, I'm looking to take a different approach with launching new products and companies."  Robert is currently exploring some Crowdfunding ideas and potential Philanthropic Projects. As someone who has chosen Startups over finishing high school, he encourages everyone to follow their dreams. "I look forward to sharing ideas and mentoring others who are thinking of taking that leap!"

Dinesh Haridas
Founder of TripTips/Storage Technologies/Cloud Computing/Microsoft

Dinesh Haridas is founder of TripTips and was previously responsible for Storage Technologies and Cloud Computing offerings at Microsoft. TripTips is the "Uber for travel planning".  Customers save about 30 hours on travel planning for a price ranging from $50 - $100 and this comes with a money back guarantee.  TripTips connects travelers with trusted locals who provide personalized itineraries that take into account the customers interests and incorporate local knowledge on how best to get around, where to stay, local cuisines and more. Dinesh loves traveling, has been to over 50 destinations and founded TripTips because he doesn't particularly enjoy travel planning.

Shannon Hulbert
CEO and founder at Redbridge, Inc./ Founder of the Inter-Tribal Energy & Tech

Shannon Hulbert is CEO and founder at Redbridge, Inc., a Portland-based marketing services company that provides services to energy, tech and tribal industries. She is also Founder of the Inter-Tribal Energy & Tech Tour and a 2013 recipient of NCAIED’s Native American 40 Under 40 Award. As a sustainable marketing professional with over 17 years of experience, Shannon has directed all phases of both the creative and technical elements of marketing initiatives including strategy development, branding, design, sales, channel partner cultivation, customer segmentation, and acquisition strategies.

Eric Hulbert
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Opus Interactive

Eric Hulbert is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Opus Interactive;a Portland -based hosting company that was founded in 1994. Opus Interactive provides services from Tier III+ data centers in Portland, Hillsboro, Santa Clara and Dallas. Eric's has 16 years of IT experience, and his proven leadership and vision has guided the strategic development growth and business goals for Opus Interactive. Eric also plays a key role in the company’s operations and he is known for his hands on approach, hard work, and determination. He has studied at Oregon State University and has a Degree in Computer Science Engineering. In 2013, he was named recipient of Portland Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Award and received the 2010 Oregon State Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers Award. He’s an active member of the Oregon chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and holds eight industry certifications.

Sam Menaker
Vice President of Customer Engineering/Chief Software Architect VoiceBox Technologies Corporation

20+ years of commercial software development for Windows and Linux platforms and while targeting multiple OSes/hardware. Experience in all cycles of software development

Leslie Feinzaig
Vice President of Digital at Julep

 Leslie Feinzaig leads a dynamic team that creates engaging digital experiences on Julep’s; website, app, and email communications. Prior to Julep, Leslie led product management and marketing at Big Fish Games, and before that she defined product strategy for Microsoft products including the MSN portal and the Kinect for Windows device.  Leslie’s background is in innovation strategy consulting and consumer goods.  She has a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Kyle Barber
Business Strategy Leader

Kyle is a business strategy leader, who has focused much of his career helping Fortune 500 corporations think about data capture, measurement, and demonstrating performance. He helps clients identify which marketing efforts impact total ROI and customer lifetime value, then uses the data points to facilitate brand and product innovation. He is also a digital platform evangelist: helping brands think about social media or mobile devices in conjunction with event marketing, retail, TV programming, etc., to have conversations with consumers. Kyle can develop a vision, lead its implementation, benchmark and measure its success every step of the way, and optimize continuously to guide the larger brand story.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bellevue is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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John Sechrest
Founder, Seattle Angel Conference, Global Facilitator Startup Weekends

John Sechrest is Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference, Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle & Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend.

As an entrepreneurial collaborator, he focuses on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts as a way to develop new projects and companies. His efforts are focused building the tools , skills and processes that enable people to make a positive impact on the world.

All of the changes we are seeing in the world will find lasting and sustainable solutions by entrepreneurs and innovators creating new pathways to solving complex issues. By connecting resources, people and projects together and building feedback mechanisms into the conversation, he makes significant impacts on the groups that he works with.

He is currently working on the Seattle Angel Conference - and the Lean Startup Seattle - and of course regularly volunteers to facilitate Startup weekends such as Kirkland Maker's Edition 2014.

Jonathan Gagliardoni
Cofounder of SHOP

Jonathan is a Cofounder of SHOP, a retail blockchain protocol supporting the value exchanges between Shoppers and Brands.

Jonathan is a proven retail and eCommerce tech innovator and educator who has been Head of Product Management and Product Development for software and physical goods throughout his career in early stage and enterprise retail companies. Jonathan facilitates strategy around the execution of the value exchanges between Brands, Shoppers, and Developers through building the SHOP community and engaging with the broader retail and blockchain communities.

Jonathan has deep roots with the University of Washington, holding a degree in Business Entrepreneurship and works with students in the UW MBA and Electrical Engineering Programs. Jonathan is also an instructor at the University of Washington for Software Product Management and leading efforts to develop a Blockchain course for the University.

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