|By PR Newswire||
|June 6, 2013 10:01 AM EDT||
SEATTLE, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend more than 100 entrepreneurs from around the country will convene at the headquarters of Redfin, (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, for Seattle Startup Weekend, an event where they will share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.
Event attendees have a wide variety of backgrounds, from developers, coders and designers to those in marketing, finance and law. All attendees are welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams are formed around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54-hour frenzy of business-model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
The weekend will culminate with presentations in front of local business leaders, and a winning presentation will be selected. The winners of the last Seattle Startup Weekend are still working on their app, NomON, which randomly selects restaurant food to deliver to a user's home after they select a price range, allergies, and any food they do not want to eat. More than 45,000 people have participated in a Startup Weekend around the world, and roughly 80% of participants plan to continue working with their team or startup after the weekend.
Glenn Kelman, the chief executive officer of Redfin, will keynote the event on Saturday. Kelman will offer advice to attendees about how to be successful as an entrepreneur. Prior to joining Redfin, Kelman was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a company that created the enterprise portal software market. Prior to starting Plumtree, he worked as one of the first employees at Stanford Technology Group, a startup acquired by IBM.
Sasha Aickin, the chief technology officer of Redfin, will be one of the judges of the final presentations on Sunday. Aickin leads the company's research and development efforts. His primary responsibility at Redfin has been to create the search user experience, both for Redfin's website and its mobile applications, but he has also contributed to Redfin's core architecture and developed software for the company's real estate agents.
"Redfin believes in the power of startups not only for their importance in stimulating economic growth, but also for their ability to change the world," said Aickin. "I can't wait to see what the teams will bring to the table this weekend."
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin's online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don't pay brokers a commission. The company serves 21 U.S. markets and has closed more than $8 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider. Follow us on our blog (blog.redfin.com), Twitter (@redfin), and Facebook (facebook.com/redfin), Redfin Collections (www.redfin.com/collections), and on our mobile apps (www.redfin.com/mobile).