Best Bets on Free Market Research Tools for Startup Weekend

Best Bets on Free Market Research Tools for Startup Weekendstaffer Steve Sandbakken at Lynnwood Library (2)

You may be wondering why there are three librarians listed as mentors for the November 6-8, 2015 Startup Weekend Snohomish. Sno-Isle Librarians are your free market research analysts, and three of us will be available to help you with on-the-ground support during Startup Weekend Snohomish.

We have years of training and experience in finding answers to questions that will help you understand your industry’s background. We can also unearth those nitty gritty details that will help you win over the judges in the final pitches on Sunday. We’ll show you how to use the many free tools for entrepreneurs that are accessible to any Sno-Isle Libraries card holder.

Examples of questions we can help you answer:

  • How many Snohomish County residents who earn between $50,000 to $100,000 like to jog? Answer: 16,511 (and we can tell you who they are). Source: AtoZdatabases. com, the Premier Job Search, Reference and Mailing List Database.Sno-Isle Libraries. Web. 17 Aug. 2015
  • What is the total market value of the United States software market? Answer: In 2014, it was $185.9 billion. Network and database management software covers 24.5 percent of the market with general business productivity and home applications covering 22.5 percent. Source: “Software Industry Profile: United States.” Software Industry Profile: United States(2015): 1-40. Business Source Premier. Web. 17 Aug. 2015.
  • What are the three biggest markets in the U.S. for our hair care products? Answer: California $731,601,702; Washington $442,084,146; and Florida $410,870,125. Source: “Consumer Expenditure Total Expenditure: Personal care products and services.” Demographics Now. 17 Aug. 2015.

Jay Lyman, the Business, Science and Technology Librarian at Seattle Public Library, recently provided research assistance at the Startup Weekend EDU Seattle event. He proudly reported to me that “The winning team at Startup Weekend Education was the first team to ask us a question.”

Here’s the takeaway: Ask Sno-Isle Libraries staff your questions at Startup Weekend or anytime you need some business help

Registration is now open for Start Up Weekend Snohomish. Early bird discounts NOW through Sept. 30th.

Visit our Startup Weekend Snohomish website for more information.

Amazon rolls out ‘Launchpad’ for startups, partners with Y Combinator, Indiegogo, Techstars and others

Amazon is working with some of the top startup programs and investors in the country on a new initiative called Amazon Launchpad, saying it wants to make it easier for fledgling companies to promote themselves and sell their products on the e-commerce site.  READ MORE at

Some of the initial products available from startups through Amazon Launchpad.
Some of the initial products available from startups through Amazon Launchpad.

Todd Bishop is GeekWire’s co-founder and editor, covering subjects including smartphones, tablets, PCs, video games, and tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google. Follow him @toddbishop and email