Please join us on Wednesday, May 2nd, at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons for this discussion.
Date: May 2nd, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Gates Commons, Room 691
Panel members: Glenn Kelman, CEO Redfin; Christophe Bisciglia, CEO WibiData; Dan Weld, Thomas J. Cable/WRF Professor; Alex Loddengaard, CEO MemCachier
Panel Moderator: Oren Etzioni, WRF Entrepreneurship Professor
Why Work at a Startup?
Inspired by success stories like Google and Instagram, more UW students are now thinking about joining startups after they graduate. Those of us in the startup world that know how amazing UW CSE graduates are — we wish we could see more UW CSE graduates in the startup space, changing the world with their creativity and passion. On Wednesday, 5/2 at 3:30 pm in the CSE Commons, a few distinguished members of the startup community will come talk on a panel about why you should consider working at a startup. You’ll hear from Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO; Christophe Bisciglia, WibiData CEO and UW CSE alum; Dan Weld Thomas J. Cable/WRF Professor; and Alex Loddengaard, MemCachier CEO and UW CSE Alum talk about why you should consider working for a startup. The panel will be moderated by Oren Etzioni WRF Entrepreneurship Professor. This panel was originally inspired by a blog post Alex wrote, “10 Facts About Working at a Startup vs. a Big Company”
Glenn is the CEO of Redfin, an online real estate brokerage based in Seattle. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. Glenn was raised in Seattle and was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Christophe founded WibiData in 2010 after having founded Cloudera, the leading provider of Apache Hadoop-based software and services. Prior to Cloudera, Christophe was at Google, where he developed and taught a course at the University of Washington on the MapReduce data processing model and related topics in distributed computing. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Alex is currently a co-founder at MemCachier, a company making caching easier in the cloud. Earlier in his career he worked for Glenn Kelman at Redfin, and for Christophe Bisciglia at Cloudera. In addition to working at two startups, he’s also worked at larger companies including Google, Atlassian, and Northrop Grumman.
Dan is the WRF/TJ Cable Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at UW. He co-founded Netbot Inc. (acquired by Excite), AdRelevance (acquired by Nielson Netratings) and Nimble Technology (acquired by Actuate). In addition, he serves as a member of Madrona’s Technology Advisory Board. At the University of Washington, Dan leads a research team applying machine-learning techniques to problems of Web search, information extraction, and adaptive user interfaces. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Science and Biochemistry at Yale University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1988.
Oren Etzioni is the WRF Entrepreneurship Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at UW and founder of Decide. Oren also founded Farecast, an early market leader in travel metasearch. Farecast was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. He was the Chief Technology Officer and board member of Go2Net Inc. (acquired by InfoSpace) and a founder of Netbot, Inc. (acquired by Excite). At Netbot, Dr. Etzioni helped to conceive and design the web’s first major comparison-shopping agent. In 1995, he and his student Erik Selberg developed MetaCrawler, the Web’s premier Meta-search engine for several years. He also is a co-founder of Clearforest (acquired by Reuters). He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University, and his MS and Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.