Startup Weekend Ecommerce Edition
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Madrona Venture Group
999 3rd Avenue
First-Ever Startup Weekend Ecommerce Edition Hits Seattle
What can you expect at Startup Weekend Ecommerce Edition? This is the best place to come pitch, iron out your business model, and build an idea related to buying/selling a product or service online (the next Zulily maybe)... or an idea that supports these companies (like Salesforce or PayPal). Don’t have a team or idea, but want to participate? That’s ok too. There will be plenty of teams looking for help.
This event is made possible and supported by the expertise and financial backing from our main sponsor eBay and our venue sponsor Madrona Venture Group. Experts will be on hand from the venture capital world and leading ecommerce companies throughout the weekend to serve as mentors as you work on your ideas.
Startup Weekend , a non-profit based in Seattle, WA, is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
Registration is live!
Friday March 6th
Saturday March 7th
Sunday March 8th
General Partner, Maveron
Jason joined Maveron in 2007 after a pioneering role in online education. At Career Education Corp., he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school and wholly owned Career Ed subsidiary. Earlier, he was an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund.
With both operational proficiency and a keen eye for talent, Jason has sourced and been actively involved in a range of Maveron investments. He currently serves on the boards of General Assembly, Dolls Kill, Lively and Julep, and previously was on the board of zulily (Nasdaq: ZU). Jason's other investments include Everlane, Course Hero and PeerTransfer.
He was previously VP of Product Strategy at Blackberry (formally Research in Motion), focused on BBM (Blackberry Messenger), Blackberry social applications (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter…) as well as the native Contacts apps. He was the founder of Gist.com (sold to RIM in February 2011) as well as Jump2Go and 3 other web based companies.
He is an active advisor to startup companies in Seattle including Creative Live, Venpop (sold to Lockerz), Zooppa, Thinkfuse (sold to Salesforce, Aug 2012), and EveryMove. He is an active angel investor via Founders Co-op and SKV.
He likes sharing his experience and ideas, so he spend lots of time at Founders Institute, Startup Weekend (on the board) and Techstars (active mentor) as well as Lake Washington Girls Middle School (on the board).
Venture Capital, Vulcan Capital
Prior to joining drugstore.com, Dawn held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company where she played a key role launching, and then building Schwab's highly successful e-commerce business. In her 21 years with Schwab, she held a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. She served as vice chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was chief information officer, a member of Schwab's Executive Committee and a trustee of SchwabFunds. Currently Dawn serves on the boards of AOL, Real Networks and Coupons.com. She previously served on the boards of TJX, eBay, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and The New York Times Company. Dawn has been honored by Fortune Magazine four times as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, by the National Organization for Women at their Aiming High Conference, was named one of InformationWeek's Chiefs of the Year, and was listed as one of the Ten Hottest CIOs by Future Banker Magazine. Dawn graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Coaches and Mentors
Jay's focus on data mining technologies was in full swing when he joined Sightward to develop enterprise data mining applications. Intrigued by the vertical application of machine-learning technology in the travel space, he joined UW Computer Science Professor Oren Etzioni at the inception of Farecast in late 2003. It was there he co-developed an early prototype of the predictive technology, and later built the engineering team and led development of the full suite of technologies. Farecast was acquired by Microsoft and became the travel channel for Bing.com.
Jay left Microsoft to co-found Medify, a consumer facing medical information portal powered by text mining and machine-learning technology, acquired by Alliance Health Networks. Here Jay served as the SVP of Technology for the combined companies. In 2013, he met Noah Heller through Hugh Crean, the former CEO of Farecast and the three of them co-founded Vhoto, a next-generation mobile consumer video app that uses computer vision and machine learning technology to extract salient moments from video streams.
Jay studied computer science and music at the University of Iowa.
Founder / Managing Director, Real Assets LLC
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Ecommerce Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
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