On Thursday night, more than 600 of Seattle’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors gathered together for GeekWire’s Seattle 2.0 Awards. The 4th annual ceremony, which honors the local startup community, was held at the EMP and was complete with a lavish (and completely rain-soaked) red carpet. This year, Weber Shandwick attended the event in support of our client, Clipboard, who was recognized as a finalist for Startup of the Year.
The awards kicked off with John Vechey’s keynote speech highlighting the power of listening for effective leadership. Vechey, a successful leader himself, is co-founder of PopCap Games, which recently sold to Electronic Arts for up to $1.3 billion. With one of the largest ever gaming industry acquisitions under his belt, Vechey was a shining example of the scale of entrepreneurial success found in our very own community.
This year’s awards honored a variety of successful startups, investors, and entrepreneurs (all nominated and voted for by the community) while also including some fun categories such as “Geekiest Coffee Shop” (won by Weber Shandwick’s neighbor, Uptown Espresso), Schmoozer of the Year, and Bootstrapper of the Year. Altogether there were 14 categories (full list of winners) including the Wild Card/People’s choice, which was a new addition to this year’s event. This category turned out to be the highlight of the show, with “Iron Man of Startups” winner Andy Sack giving an engaging and emotional acceptance speech that touched on both his love for the Seattle start up community and his recent cancer battle.
Overall, it was great night of engagement and celebration of the thriving the Seattle start-up community.