There are a lot of conferences in Seattle right now, and that’s a good sign – it means there’s a lot going on here in the technology sector; it means there’s enough “there” there to justify lots of organizations vying for our collective attention.
But there are few organizations that focus just on the startup landscape, and the ecosystem that sustains and grows it, from within which we all build our businesses.
Seattle 2.0 is one of the groups that’s focused on startups. It’s emerged organically like a startup, and it’s filling a void and meeting the needs of a defined target market: people starting up and growing technology companies in Seattle.
It’s an organization that helps bring people together, helps foster the sharing information. It helps shine a light on the startup “experience” – a term which was viscerally defined for me by John Jarve of Menlo Ventures as ‘the disaster that doesn’t kill you’. Yes, experiences get shared, and that just speeds the process of company formation and growth. A really good thing for us here.
But why should you care about the Seattle 2.0 Awards on May 7? Well, because you should be selfish, it’s all about you and your startup for four really good reasons:
- Seattle is a startup geography that matters. We can debate the magnitude, but directionally it’s true. We’ve created separation from Boston and Austin, and it’s now us and Silicon Valley. You should want this to accelerate, to create a better talent pool to hire from, better ideas to exchange. Better everything for you and for us.
- VCs from the valley email me links to the Startup Index because they track it to be on top of the company formation and growth activity of our steadily strengthening technology sector. You want them here, it’ll help you reduce risk and speed your company development. More visibility overall, more visibility for you. You want to be at these awards so you can meet them, you can both learn from each other.
- Events like this foster a network effect that’s critical to generating growth through friction-free information exchange. It’s not just getting people together, it’s getting them together in the right context, with the right tone that enables the sharing of ideas. Sharing ideas only strengthens them. Get strong!
- And the awards matter precisely because it’s not really important who wins them, it’s the process that brings us all together that matters. It’s asking you to nominate candidates, talking about them with your friends and colleagues, and then showing up at the event.
So, you should go to this event, celebrate all the hard work and determination of the companies and people nominated for the awards. But most importantly, go there to meet the other people like yourself, who are also working their butts off trying to get a company off the ground. Go there to meet people who are eager for guidance, experience, or encouragement along the way.
By the way, I have no vested interest, here. I don’t know anyone at the Seattle 2.0 organization. Never spoken to anyone over there. I emailed them about my blog, and they were kind enough to list it, but that’s the sum total of my involvement with them. They’re just there getting us all together, just letting the information flow. And I like that.
I plan to be there, and I hope to run into some of you there too. Register here