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Hire Smart How to Build a Great Team and Avoid Hiring Mistakes

2/6/2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Fail Smart: Mistakes to Learn From is a curated peer-to-peer crash course in learning from failure. It’s all about tapping into each other smartly—engaging our experiences—and creating a space where we can learn fast and learn from each other so we can get on with doing what we do best.

The hiring landscape in Seattle is incredibly competitive. Adding the right talent to your team will be critical to your success. A hiring misstep can hinder the progress of your venture. Hear from our panelists on how to hire smart and what they're looking for when building teams.

Join us for a panel discussion at Makers in Belltown.


Phil Gordon, CEO Jawfish Games

Phil is known throughout the world as a professional poker player and entrepreneur. Phil is an active angel investor and has served as keynote speaker to many of the Fortune 500, including Google, Yahoo, and ATT. Phil is a National Merit Finalist, Presidential Scholar, and Computer Scientist from Georgia Tech. @philnolimits

Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira is an experienced CTO and has spent the last 7 years immersed in startups in architect and CTO roles. Prior to joining the startup world she spent time as a software engineer, and technical lead/manager at Amazon and Microsoft. Kate has a passion for big data and all the challenges that come with it. She has experience building large scale distributed web systems, with some mobile, cloud computing and engineering leadership thrown in for good measure. She maintains a blog at @katemats

Scott Ruthfield, President Rooster Park

Scott founded Rooster Park in 2008, when he realized there was an opportunity in Seattle for a technology consultancy obsessed with building great software at reasonable cost, and then quickly expanded to provide boutique recruiting services when engineering leaders in town called and asked for help.

Scott has been leading software teams for 10+ years. Before starting Rooster Park, Scott has served various roles from VP of Engineering & Technology for to leading business & technology teams at to program management & leadership roles at Microsoft. @scottru


Rebecca Lovell

Before coming to her senses and catching the startup bug, Rebecca spent a decade in the corporate world in management, operations and business development roles, in the logistics, software, recruiting and legal industries. She earned her stripes in the trenches and also obtained certificates in human resources and project management. She went on to serve as the director of the Alliance of Angels program, executive director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, and most recently Chief Business Officer of GeekWire.

Rebecca teaches a class on Venture Capital in the UW MBA program, serves as a mentor for TechStars and the Founder Institute, and is on the employer advisory board for the UW Foster School of Business and the board of directors of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. She also sits on the advisory boards for Like Bright and Fresh Consulting, is a phi beta kappa graduate of Carleton College and Dean's Scholar, UW Foster MBA program. She is endlessly devoted to startups, tech, and karaoke. @lovelletters

Doors Open, Networking - 6 PM

Panel Discussion - 6:30-7:30 PM

Additional Networking - 7:30 - 8:30 PM



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