Seattle 2.0 reaches out to Pre-entrepreneurs with StartupDay

Today Seattle 2.0 announced that they are adding another startup event to their line-up which includes the successful inugural Seattle 2.0 Awards in May.

This time around rather than celebrating the successful startups in Seattle, they’re running a conference to help increase the number of startups in Seattle: StartupDay 2009.

StartupDay 2009 is a first of kind conference because it focuses on pre-entrepreneurs, those who have yet to join or found a startup. It will be a full day of talks from the most successful and respected entrepreneurs in Seattle.
If you are a technology person (developer, tester, program manager, general manager) and you want to learn more about startups and how to make them successful this is the conference for you. It doesn’t matter if you are ready to found or join a startup now, or if you just want to learn more to be better prepared once you decide to leave your corporate job.
The speaker list is long and includes some past and present success stories including  Dave Schappell of TeachStreet (formerly at Amazon & JibJab), Jonathan Sposato, Founder and CEO of Picnik (formerly at Microsoft and Google), and Seattle 2.0’s own Marcelo Calbucci formerly at Microsoft and Sampa.

Registration for the conference opens today and there is an early-bird price of just $95 until August 21st.

Marcelo Calbucci’s Seattle 2.0 blog got a makeover yesterday and it’s a huge improvement. The launch of the new logo and look coincides with their September Seattle Startup Index (SSI) which was published yesterday. Hat tip to Calbucci as Techvibes modelled our multi-city and Canada-wide Startup Indexes off of his original Seattle index concept. Calbucci hints at more changes to his Startup Index in the near future – stay tuned.

Seattle 2.0 launched a Twitter Directory today for the executives, entrepreneurs, investors and all the people around the high-tech startups in Seattle and it looks pretty cool.

Unlike other directories Seattle 2.0’s directory is unique as all listings are verified and guaranteed to be part of the startup community.

We are also adding a “Score” to each account. Scores are computed based on the number of people from the startup community following that person, between other metrics. In other words, if an account has 200 followers and just 1 entrepreneur following it, it will have a lower score than an account that has 100 followers and 10 entrepreneurs following it.

We also allow you to see the accounts by sorting them in many different ways, from the number of followers, to the number of entrepreneurs following that account to the category associated with each account.

On top of the directory, they have also launched two super useful features – Find People and Follow Friday. Find People is an easy way for you to check the people you are not following and be able to follow them in batch (up to 25 at a time) using your Twitter username and password.  Follow Friday is a fully automated system that will automatically chose 3 tweeps to do a blog post and a #FollowFriday. The system is implemented in a way that rotates through all accounts meeting certain criteria (more than 100 followers, more than 30 days old, etc.).

Members of the Seattle high-tech starup comunity are invited to submit their username to get listed and start gaming the system asap.

Update: @techvibes applied for inclusion in the directory since we cover the Seattle tech community but were rejected because we’re not located in Seattle. Ouch.

Update: We’re on the list now.

Update: Removed again.  🙁

Seattle 2.0 announced the finalists of their upcoming Seattle 2.0 Awards today and the list is literally the who’s who of the local startup community.
After the public nominations, we went through a painful process of reviewing all the 2,000 nominees and then presenting all the candidates to the panel of 30 people, including CEOs, Angel Investors, VCs, Service Providers and bloggers from Seattle. The panel did a phenomenal job in such short period of time and the finalists have emerged.
Best Startup
Best Boot-strapped Startup
Best Startup CEO
  • Andy Liu – CEO and co-founder of BuddyTV
  • Glenn Kelman – CEO of Redfin
  • Jonathan Sposato – CEO of Picnik
  • Matt Hulett – CEO of mPire/Widgetbucks
Best Startup Technologist
  • Chris Hahn – CTO and co-founder of Appature
  • Greg Harrison – CTO and co-founder of mPire/Widgetbucks
  • Joe Heitzeberg – VP of Engineering of WhitePages
  • Nat Brown – CTO of iLike
Best Startup Product Designer
  • Jenny Lam – Co-founder at Jackson Fish Market
  • Keith Harper – Art Director at Inkd
  • Peter Roman – Lead Designer at Picnik
Best Venture Capitalist
  • Bill Bryant – Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Bill McAleer – Voyager Capital
  • Matt McIlwain – Madrona Venture Group
  • Nick Hanauer – Second Avenue Partners
Best Angel Investor
  • Andy Sack
  • Bill Bryant
  • Geoff Entress
  • Mike Koss
Best Service Provider to Startups
  • Adam Philipp – Patent Attorney at AXIOS Law Group
  • Craig Sherman – Corporate Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Shannon Swift – President & CEO of Swift HR Solutions
Best Blog from/about Startup
  • Startup Whisperer by Matt Hulett
  • TechFlash by John Cook
  • Xconomy Seattle by Greg Huang
Best Social Event for Startups
  • Ignite Seattle by Brady Forrest
  • Lunch 2.0 by Josh Maher
  • nPost Networking by Nathan Kaiser
  • Open Coffee by Andy Sack