Seattle Start-Up Resources

Out of a discussion happening on the Seattle Tech Start-ups mailing list and a side meeting that got called last week, the following list of resources was posted to the Seattle Tech Start-ups list. This is the list of organizations that I wish that I had known about when I arrived in Seattle. Its broken into Frequent Events, Infrequent Events, Entrepreneur support/educational institutions, Funding sources, and Web Resources.

Frequent Events (Every week or month):

  • Open Coffee at Louisa’s Coffee: Early stage entrepreneur and investor networking in Seattle. Occurs Every Tuesday Morning at 8:30am at 2379 Eastlake Ave E in Seattle.
  • Saturday House: Seattle Saturday House is a weekly gathering of several people who meet and do … whatever they want! People work on projects, people talk about ideas, people conspire and hatch plans, and people play games with each other. Every Saturday at Giraffe Labs in Pioneer Square.
  • Seattle Lunch 2.0: Learn about cool local Companies and technologies over your lunch hour – Various locations and times.
  • Seattle Start-up Drinks: A simple concept: start-up culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other. Occurs the Last Friday of every month at various locations.
  • Seattle Tech Start-ups (STS): A group of entrepreneurs in the Seattle area who give and seek advice on running technology start-ups. We meet about once or twice a month. This is targeted at founders of, employees of, or those folks interested in joining local technology companies. Be ready to talk shop, get into technical arcana, and discuss the nitty-gritties of running/working at/launching a tech start-up. Occurs first or second week of the month at The Douglas Forum at the Executive Education Center, University of Washington.
  • Six Hour Start-up: A group of hackers/designers/entrepreneurs meeting to try and build and lunch a start-up in less than six hours. Second Weekend of every month at various locations.
  • Venture Breakfasts (NWEN): A monthly breakfast with a featured speaker talking about start-up related issues.

Infrequent Events: (Every few months, it is best to find out about when these events occur from sites like MeetAtThePig or Seattle 2.0, or Gary’s Guide)

  • Barcamp: An ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
  • Ignite Seattle: Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking)
  • Mindcamp: Seattle Mind Camp is an unconference that is held annually in Seattle.
  • NPost: nPost networking Event for tech start-ups, Demos and getting to meet members of the local start-up community.
  • Think Tanks (NWEN): Evening Knowledge Exchanges that are recognized as the go to forums for new ideas.
  • Workshops (NWEN): Graduate School level workshops on various topics such as VC Financing, Human Resource, Bootstrapping, IP Protection and more.

There are a lot of other events that occur here in Seattle which attract interesting, smart technical people : Bizjam, Start-up Weekend, Dorkbot, Powertool drag strip races, Seattle Scrum, Seattle X-Coders, Seattle Ruby Brigade, Python Users group…. Its best to subscribe to a few of the calendars above to find out about those events.

Entrepreneur Support/Educational Institutions:

  • Biznik: Is a Seattle based social network for entrepreneurs, they have a wealth of events and information on starting up a company.
  • Score: Small Business Administration, hosts workshops, offers counseling and has a wealth of resources for start-up entrepreneurs.
  • Freelance Seattle: good for finding freelancers to help with design/code/branding/localization/etc…
  • MIT Enterprise Forum: Hosts several different types of events though out the year, Dinner Programs which can be a companies presentation of key issues the company is experiencing or has experienced or an experts panel with a featured topic of interest, Venture Lab workshops which is a lecture series on various topics and Global Broadcasts from Cambridge aimed at different topics.
  • NorthWest Enrepreneur Network (NWEN): Has Venture breakfasts, workshops, pub nights, and hosts the Early Stage Investment Forum yearly.

Funding Organizations:

Web Resources:

  • John Cook’s Venture Blog: Explores start-ups, Venture Capital and Life in the Pacific Northwest Technology Community
  • Meetatthepig: A calendar for geeks, makers and other world changers.
  • Seattle 2.0: Marcelo Calbucci’s website with local start-up events, and the Seattle Start-up List of Seattle Internet start-ups, includes an extensive list of Seattle Start-up Blogs.
  • Seattle Tech Start-ups: A fairly high traffic email list of various founders and others involved creating new Internet companies.