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Hey Seattle. You might be sitting at your day job right now thinking: I need an entrepreneurial break!

Seattle Startup Week (powered by Chase) is happening this week, right now in locations around the city. #StartupWeekSEA is bringing a new type of (FREE) conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.

Maybe you’re on the fringe of the Startup community, new to town, or you just want to become more innovative and entrepreneurial in your current situation…you should take advantage of everything this week has to offer!

1. It’s free.

This is not a huge “gotta ask my boss” reimbursement play. Just register through Eventbrite, show up, and you’re good.

Suggested Event: Fireside Chat with Sir Mix-A-Lot, Wednesday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Impact HUB Seattle [220 2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104] Exploring the intersection of technology, music and entrepreneurship.



2. It’s extremely doable on either side of lunch.

It doesn’t eat 3 days of your week like some of those other conferences you may have attended. Check out the cafeteria style schedule and hit one of the fireside chats at #ChaseBaseCamp before of after lunch. Expand your horizons and still GSD at work.

Suggested Event: Life Support: Know When to Pull the Plug on Your Idea/Project, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Impact HUB Seattle [220 2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104]. If your company is dying how do we fail nicely, quietly, legally, 3 people at 3 pubs sharing a piece of the story, ending at a law office as all things do. We will start at the HUB and go from there with a guided 3 pub crawl.


3. It’s in the evenings.

Some of our awesome keynotes and our kickoff party are officially after work. Gonna give 2 hours to work or Netflix or Amazon Prime anyway?  Time for a rethink.

Suggested Event: The Five-Spot: Hard Lessons For Entrepreneurs, Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Portent, Inc. [506 2nd Ave #1700 Seattle, WA 98104] Ian Lurie, CEO Portent, Inc., will tell us the lessons he’s learned during his time as an entrepreneur.


4. It’s all over the place.

It’s based in Pioneer Square, but there are events in Fremont, Eastside, UW, and Downtown. Bike, bus, Uber, or carpool with a friend or your team to a spot near you.


5. It’s tracked for your interests.

Local community leaders have curated customized tracks with designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs in mind. Expand your horizons.  Invite a colleague who’s passionate about a topic.

Suggested Event:  Everything I Screwed Up While Scaling Up, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Graham & Dunn [2801 Alaskan Way #300 Seattle, WA 98121] Both Andy and Russell have build and sold companies. They will share how they screwed up along the way but still managed to succeed. EO-sponsored speakers: Andy Liu, angel investor in over 40 startups, CEO of Buddy TV, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member and Russell Benaroya, CEO of EveryMove.com, EO member, on a mission to improve the health of 10 million people in 10 years.


6. It’s in-person, interactive, and realtime.

Okay, that’s 3 reasons, but really, it can be a great break to your 10 hour screen stare. Meet and speak with some of the most talented people in the Seattle Startup Community (Oh, and there’s wifi too, for those who can’t live without that second screen experience.)

Suggested Event: Fireside Chat w/ Jonathan Sposato, Tuesday, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Impact HUB Seattle [220 2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104] A serial entrepreneur and investor in many startups, Jonathan is currently the Chairman of Geekwire.com, the region’s top technology news site, and CEO of PicMonkey the world’s most popular photo-editor. He also has the distinct honor of being the first person to sell 2 companies to Google.

Geekwire Summit 2012


7. Denver had 10,000 people attend their Startup Week. 

Hello Seattle? Are you with me? Do your inner entrepreneur a favor.  Come on out and experience something new this week!

Suggested Event: 10 Marketing Strategies for Launching a New Business, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. WeWork [500 Yale Ave N Seattle, WA 98109] What marketing connects with prospects to launch your product or service? This is a testable hypothesis, and modern marketing gives you ample data for determining when to persist and when to abandon one ship for another. Join veteran C-Suite marketer Ellen Valentine (Evangelist for IBM Silverpop) and entrepreneur Brian Rants (Director of Marketing for DMX) for a roundtable discussion on: – What you do (and don’t) need in your marketing infrastructure – How to run lean today without compromising scale tomorrow – Why you need to the feedback loop in your marketing so you know what is connecting with prospects – How behavioral marketing allows you to test your assumptions and then make adjustments accordingly LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED, but space is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

There are tons of free events happening NOW, Monday through Friday. Check out the full schedule. 

See you there!


David Betz

  • Kevin Hastings

    I cannot believe I’m reading this, Monday 10/27/14. Had I known I would’ve attended every single event. I was a Partner/Reseller for Xerox and I recently discovered Googles presence and entrepenuer opportunities. I just finishing up organizing what I have left to do to be a Technology Partner/Reseller.