Congrats to the GeekWire Seattle 2.0 Startup award nominees and winners, just being nominated is such an honor and one that every person on company on the lists should be proud of. Some of my favorites were on the list and some of my favorites won the award as well. There were some new categories this year which was great to see Schmoozer of the Year, Geekiest Coffee Shop, and Do-Gooder of the Year. I would have liked to see The Most Influential Startup Failure, but was happy to see GeekWire recognizing the importance in the community of great connectors, places to get caffeinated and work on startups, as well as giving back.
It was great to see so many TechCafe Alumni nominated and accepting awards this year!! The TechCafe Alumni nominated for an award this year included Simplymeasured (Startup of the Year), Glympse (Mobile App of the Year), Symform (Innovation of the Year), Zillow (deal of the year), Daryn Nakhuda (Hire of the Year), Dan Shapiro (Hire of the Year), Ben Huh (CEO of the Year), Keith Smith (CEO of the Year), and Dave Schappell (Do-Gooder of the Year).
I am looking forward to having some of the future nominees and winners added to the TechCafe Alumni list such as Zipline Games, Clipboard, Decide.com, Z2Live (with two awards this year I really need to check out their game), Tableau Software, Opscode, Zulily, Swype/Nuance, BigOven, HasOffers, Microsoft XBOX Kinect, Vioguard, LaserMotive, and ExtraHop. Not to say that there aren’t a lot of other great startups and technology ecosystem companies in the Seattle-Bellevue area that would be great candidates to host and sponsor future TechCafe events – but those GeekWire award nominees and winners needed some special congratulations today.
We should have the invite for the next event (@Appature) up soon… stay tuned!