Sentiments from Seattle

A week ago today we closed out Seattle Startup Week 2015. As we collect survey responses from our attendees (if you were there, we’d love your feedback!), I thought it would be a great time to ask our volunteer organizing team their thoughts on the week. Check out a few of their responses below.

It takes a small army to make 115 events over five days go off without a hitch. What some people might forget is that members of this small army dedicated anywhere from five to fifteen hours a week for months leading up to the event. For Maggi Molina, co-captain of the Veterans track for Startup Week, being a part of the organizing team for Seattle Startup Week meant,”Giving back to the tech community and helping others find a path into the tech community. I met my co-founder working on Startup Week last year. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the community and make new connections.”

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Speaking of community, she continued, “We had a Startup 101 event in Tacoma at a new building on the waterfront. Someone wandered by randomly and then stayed when he heard what the event was about – 4 military veterans talking about their path into the startup community. At the end, he said he was “inspired”. He had recently retired from the Army and had talked about starting a company with a friend. He was going to flesh out the idea and let me know what happened. Our event was scheduled from 6 to 7pm. I finally had to kick people out at 9pm to do a final cleanup.”

I met my co-founder working on Startup Week last year. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the community and make new connections.

With so much going on throughout the week, it’s hard for anyone to pick just one standout memory. But, Bob Crimmins, captain of the Youth track, shared that his most memorable moment was, “As the last kid was leaving the Saturday Code event, he excitedly proclaimed to his dad (who had come to pick him up), “this was the BEST learning thing I’ve EVER done!” And he was a very smart kid who clearly has done a lot of learning in his brief little life.”

This experience creates friendships, memories, and ideas that bring [people] together while creating our future together.

At the core of each Startup Week is a desire to celebrate the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and help connect, educate, and empower those within it. There’s no question that each Startup Week has an impact on its respective community. The impact Seattle Startup Week had, according to Brett Greene, organizing team volunteer, was an opportunity “for anyone and everyone to pitch in, share, give and receive at whatever level [they] choose. This experience creates friendships, memories, and ideas that bring [people] together while creating our future together.”

Thanks for a great week, Seattle! Specifically to the volunteer organizing team who worked so hard to make the week happen. You rock!