Thank You Judges and Team Participants

The Startup Weekend Bellevue Team is grateful for the support of local Community Leaders, Event Judges and Team Participants.


What will You Develop?
What will You Develop?

Event Judges:

Haresh Ved
Founder & Chair, TiE Angels Group Seattle (TAGS), Board Member, TiE Seattle

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

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

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

Cat Kennedy
Regional Director People & Organisational Development at HEINEKEN

Mark Mader
President & CEO,

Damon Danieli
Founder/CEO of Appuri

Local Community Leaders: Organizing Team:





Thank You Sponsors & Partners

The Startup Weekend Bellevue Team is grateful for the support of local community Sponsors and Partners.

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Event Sponsors and Partners:

Signature Sponsor; Concur

Platinum Sponsors; City of Bellevue Washington, Bellevue College, Startup Bellevue, Point Inside, Smartsheet, Coding Dojo, 425 Business, and Cloud Genius.

Gold Sponsors; Silicon Valley Bank, Saturn Barter Company, Bizzabo, Vala,, ImpactHub, The Wide Format Company, Agitar Technologies, GearLive, AEES, In Media Networks, NanHai, Northwest Tech Alliance, Seattle Angel Conference, BSquare, Seattle Technical Forum, 9MileLabs, Sched, BrandBuddee, ExtraHop, StartupNext, Microsoft, Vectorform, and Colliers International.

Silver Sponsors; Redapt, Downtown Bellevue Network, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Arch, Millies Savory Teas, Zino Society, ServedBytheNet, and Experience Everett.

Thank You Mentors & Coaches

The Startup Weekend Bellevue Team is grateful for the support of local community Mentors and Coaches.

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Mentors & Coaches:

Sujal Patel:
Keynote Speaker/Technology Executive

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

Lynne Robinson:
City of Bellevue Council Member/Physical Therapist Educator

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

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

Nilesh Londhe:
Founder, Creator, Investor at Cloud Genius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seijen Takamura:
Regional Manager, UP Global

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

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

Robert Lee:
Career Entrepreneur/Crowdfunding/Startups/Philanthropic Projects

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

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

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

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

Leslie Feinzaig:
Vice President of Product Management at Julep

Kyle Barber:
Business Strategy Leader

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

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

Ageless Book Room: Interviews and Book Selections from Mentors and Coaches

Ageless Books Room:

Come Meet Startup Weekend Bellevue’s Mentors and Coaches and ask them about their Book Selections!

You’ll meet those from the Startup Community experienced in Entrepreneurship and knowledgeable of Software Technology, Cloud Technology, Creative Design, and Business Development.

StartupWeekend Bellevue The Ageless Bookstore

 “Three books I’ve enjoyed that focus on making an impact as a professional or a leader are  – First Break all The Rules by Buckingham and Coffman  – Drive by Daniel Pink  – many books by John Maxwell. I like Daniel Pink and Malcolm Gladwell’s books because they often cite research that provides new or unique insights. And there are several books on the topic of Servant Leadership by Autry, Blanchard and Greenleaf (the founder of the philosophy) which are very inspiring and applicable for entrepreneurs.”- Sue Grinius-Hill;Technology Strategic Planning/Product Design & Development

“I think the two best books ever are Getting To Yes and Good to Great.”-

Alvin Loh;Founder at Jobvention

“One that’s really resonated with me in the past few years is The Art of War by Sun Tzu.  In order to break barriers and lead people to try new things, one must be fearless and unafraid to jump over obstacles that have stopped others in the past.  I strive every day to excel as a manager, and the mentality and strategy in this book are tantamount to anyone aiming to lead the way in whatever area they find passion in this world.”- Jody Laflen; Bellevue College Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology

Get Access to Mentors and Coaches:
The Ageless Book Room with Interviews from Business Leaders and Mentors hosted by Speaker and Author; Johannes F. Lisiecki and featuring the “Top Motivational Books of All Time!” Sponsored by UW Bookstore.

Download Schedule Here.

“Top Motivational Books of All Time!”

1. Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
2. The Power of Positive Thinking Norman Vincent Peale
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People Dale Carnegie
4. Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
5. The Greatest Salesman in the World Og Mandino
6. The Richest Man in Babylon George S. Clason
7. Acres of Diamonds Russell H. Conwell
8. As a Man Thinketh James Allen
9. Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener
10. Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen, Kenneth H. Blanchard
11. Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki

Exclusive SWB Book Combo From Speaker and Author; Johannes F. Lisiecki!

SWB_Exclusive Book Combo; Johannes F Lisiecki

Meet the Mentors and Coaches of Startup Weekend Bellevue

The Ageless Book Room hosted by Speaker and Author; Johannes F. Lisiecki

Meet the Mentors and Coaches of Startup Weekend Bellevue!

Startup Weekend Bellevue October 24 – 26, 2014 at Bellevue City Hall:

Johannes F Lisiecki Startup Weekend Bellevue Exclusive Book Combo     Friday: StartupBellevue Mixer!

Saturday: Meet the Mentors and Coaches of Startup Weekend Bellevue!

9:30 AM- 11:00 AM Meet and Greet Day:Speaker and Author; Johannes F. Lisiecki  host of The Ageless Book Room; Interviews and Book Selections from Mentors and Coaches.


Ageless Book Room:

Introduction to the “Top Motivational Books of All Time!”                                         presented by Speaker and Author; Johannes F. Lisiecki


11:00AM- 11:30AM

2:30PM- 4:30PM

4:30PM- 5:00PM

 Sunday:  Meet the Mentors and Coaches of Startup Weekend Bellevue!

9:30 AM- 11:00 AM Meet and Greet Day:Speaker and Author; Johannes F. Lisiecki  host of The Ageless Book Room; Interviews and Book Selections from Mentors and Coaches.


Check out Startup Weekend Bellevue Demo Day!

4 Judging Criteria at Startup Weekend Bellevue

The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 4 criteria (weighed equally):

StartupWeekend Bellevue Judging Criteria

  • Business Model

    • Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point?

  • Customer Validation

    • Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What channels of communication are used? Product/Market fit?

  • Technical – Execution

    • Is there a functional product ( the case of an app, did they build one)? Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included? Which services did they integrate with? How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?

  • Design – Execution

    • Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

    Judging kicks off at Startup Weekend Bellevue Demo Day!

Seeing the Art of Creativity

SWB is for Creative DesignersCreative Passion & the Visual Process.-

Guest Blogger: Michelle Snyder; Artist & Photographer Voice Over Artist Linkedin

Artist are very weird creatures. As for the artist I know, and I happen to be, we are nocturnal, addicted to sound or silence. The ability to create is a torturing life commitment.
Take for instance Van Gogh.
The genius literally took the world by storm after cutting off his ear and passing away. What do ya know… Artistic genius more successful in the after-life. He was tortured, he was immersed in the color, mood, tempo of the scene he created on canvas.
Then there is Michael Angelo.
He had the damnation promised to him by the Pope if he did not fulfill the wishes of the Pontiff. It is a process that has been researched by mental professionals and yet no one artist is the same.
We may or may trend with our work, we may become a success, but we are rarely happy with our own work. Whether you study performing, visual or finger painting by any nature, it is a subjective placement in our brains.
“Will my client like the work? I took painstaking effort to work through my process.”
An artist in any field will judge themselves before anyone else does. Because art is subjective. It should be celebrated in any form. Whether it comes from the 2 year old writing his or her name for the very first time the child takes an elective art class in the dreaded teen years.
The teen years are the worst when you come to find your passion and wait in judgement of every line, move and message you want to convey with your art. I remember giving up on my art for a while in my 20’s. I was happy.
I didn’t need to put fourth the effort for anyone’s approval.
Heck, I only won one art contest in 4th grade. That’s it. I gave up until I found myself not happy with my job(s).
Then came the endless dollars wasted in supplies and paper. The study of light when I didn’t find myself happy with the current view in my life. In the end, I always came back to perfecting my hand, my strokes of a pen.
Because of that, I found a cathartic way to re-enforce my wishes for myself and my passion. I wanted to be a starving artist. I wanted to be like the best in the world. (I still have a way to go, but I practice my hand everyday.)
I started shooting photography and taking non-credited courses for photography in Salisbury Maryland shortly after my daughter was born. It was a “little hobby” as her father would say.
I didn’t care what anyone thought.
There was a moment I might forget, so I wanted to capture the first smile, the silhouette of her chubby little sausage body. I didn’t want to miss a thing. I had great instructors teaching me about the aperture, the F-Stop the film speed and visual noise. I wanted to perfect my “little hobby.” I wanted to saturate myself with memories of her and my family. My daughter and I recently went through the worst time in our lives.
Then I remembered an instructor I had at The Art Institute of Seattle, requiring 10 “visual pukes” everyday. Didn’t matter, scribble, doodle and be practical AFTER the “visual puke.” When I noticed my daughter feeling unworthy from with in herself…Every morning… 4 am, my visual puke communicated that I was there for her.
I would draw a cartoon of her EVERYDAY in her sophomore year of high school. Kids would make fun of her for getting little messages from her mommy. Without batting an eye, she would reply “It’s not my fault my mom loves me and not you.”
Everyday the kid would have my visual puke to communicate to her that even if she felt unworthy, she was worth everything to me. When we left Seattle in June of 2013, she asked me to throw away the cartoons. I didn’t. I kept everyone of them in my sketch pad for 6 months. When she was not feeling like she fit in on the East Coast, I gave her every cartoon I ever drew from the previous year.
She cried and with her big brown eyes, she told me I was the best mom ever. I took time, I shaded, I put fourth positive messages with her favorite characters from TV. I conveyed on paper, my love for her and my wishes for a good day.
She then understood why I do what I do. That was the idea behind
To supplement my money situations I taught private lessons to some very “well of children.”
The children weren’t there for the money, they wanted to express themselves.
I felt honored to teach the rug-rats everything I could. I find it so satisfying to teach them the “visual puke”, because our school systems across the nation has made sure to drop the funding for the Arts, performing & visual. There is no booster club for the artist.
To this day I get text photos of their work from those nuggets, then I praise them and advise them on perfecting what they had in mind for their vision.
 A starving artist, a creative person or a design professional will most likely want to work alone. It’s a solo gig and you won’t be able to gauge the finished product until you study light, put fourth the “visual puke.”
Accept that the creative wants and wishes will never cease to exist unless you find the time to study the world around you. Diligence and guts will put you out there with a vulnerability and a sense of purpose.
Your art will always be subjective. That was my fear and now that is my advice to anyone of any age.
I don’t like hearing the words “I wish I was creative.” For crying out loud, it is work, not all fun and games. If it was easy, there would be no such thing as talent. I hid my art for 35 years before getting professional take or professional advice. Bio: Here.
All the advice and all the work will amount to nothing unless I listened to every word and throw out the advice I didn’t care for. I encourage and even dare anyone, find your style, find your muse, but do it now.
The world will not come to you. You have to present yourself and your work before the world. I had no way of knowing if I was good or not. I still don’t know. It’s all subjective. View Michelle Snyder’s Photography.
You may find Michelle behind the Camera at Startup Weekend Bellevue.My Daughter

StartupBellevue Mixer Invite

You’re invited to the StartupBellevue Mixer.

Join the Startup Weekend Community and start things off with a

Meet and Greet; 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at Bellevue City Hall.

Receive information and resources, and get questions answered from Bellevue’s City Council, Business Executives, and Mentors; all in support of Entrepreneurship.

Click Here: StartupBellevue Mixer

This is where those networking connection begin and continue through Startup Weekend Bellevue. We’ll see You there; Coffee and light are food provided.

What is Your Startup idea?

SWB is for Creating,Developing, and Designing!

Have you ever had a great idea that you wish you could act upon, yet wasn’t sure how to get started in creating or inventing it?

Startup Weekend Bellevue is bringing Mentors and Coaches within the Startup Community to collaborate with Idea Makers, Designers, Tech Developers, over the next 3 days.

Now is your opportunity to team up and make that idea happen!

Yes, that’s right! You get to pitch your idea and then receive feedback from the other Entrepreneurs.

What will You be doing?  You will be working together on Business Model Creation, Coding, Designing, and Market Validation and experience the high intensity environment. Bellevue Startup Weekend follows the highly successful Startup Weekend Model.

Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea.  Who will be Your Mentor and Coach?

So the only question is;“What will You Create, Design,or Develop at Startup Weekend Bellevue?”  Are you ready to register?

If your are a Student, place your 3day Discount Code: “STUDENT” and bring your Student Id with you this Friday. There is still time, But hurry, because Startup day is soon here. Experience the collaboration in a Multicultural Environment with great Food!

The weekend culminates with presentations in front of Leading local Entrepreneurs-people who have succeeded and who are out their everyday. Startup Weekend is a Global, Grassroots Movement and is active in empowering Entrepreneurs who learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

425 Business teams up with Startup Weekend Bellevue


425 Business, a new monthly magazine from the publishers of 425 magazine, launched in September. The publication focuses on the key companies and people on the Eastside business scene through compelling features, contemporary news analysis, and stimulating graphics, photos and videos.

Startup coverage will be a hallmark of 425 Business, and the magazine is teaming up with Bellevue Startup Weekend to identify the best entrepreneurs on the Eastside.

“We are excited about being involved with Bellevue Startup Weekend,” says editor in chief Jeff Burlingame. “We believe in what the group is trying to accomplish, and our demographics are similar. It’s a perfect fit.”

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