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CSE Industry Affiliates Program launches startup recruiting fair
Inaugural CSE Industry Affiliates startup career fair
23 October 2012
Each October, CSE hosts its annual Industry Affiliates meeting. The format has traditionally consisted of one full day of research presentations, concluding with a reception and poster session, and a second day focused on recruiting. One of the goals of the recruiting day has been to provide companies, both big and small, direct interaction with our students. In the past few years, it has become evident that smaller companies — startups, in particular — tend to get lost among the more established companies. This fall, CSE decided to try something new. We preceded our traditional two-day Affiliates meeting with a set of events focused exclusively on startups.
The startup-focused events began with an evening event organized by
Wayne Yamamoto (CSE affiliate faculty and serial entrepreneur) called
"Startups…Seattle… You?" More than 100 students attended to hear from
an amazing slate of speakers from the startup world, including
presenters from Flipboard, Founder’s Co-Op, WibiData, LearnSprout,
Sift Science, Topix, and more. Information about the evening may be
The next day began with a terrific talk by Sujal Patel, cofounder
of Isilon, who outlined six advantages of taking the plunge and
joining a startup. Our friends at GeekWire covered his talk here:
Following Sujal’s talk, approximately 50 companies participated in the startup recruiting fair. CSE students came out in full force, taking the opportunity to meet company representatives and learn about what each company does. Some brief statistics about the participating startups are:
We wish we could have fit more! Pictures from the event may
be viewed here:
CSE’s winter 2013 startup recruiting fair will be held on January 23rd. This one is shaping up to be as successful as our first!
Alex Loddengaard, co-founder of MemCachier (l) Christophe Bisciglia, founder of WibiData (r)
Our thanks to Alex Loddengaard and Christophe Bisciglia, who encouraged us to consider hosting a recruiting event only for startup companies.
Both Alex and Christophe are serial entrepreneurs located in the Silicon Valley. Based on their own experiences, they wanted to inspire CSE students to work in a startup environment. At Alex’s suggestion, we hosted a panel session last May, entitled "why work at a startup." CSE’s Oren Etzioni chaired the session, and panel speakers included Alex (CEO MemCachier), Christophe (CEO WibiData), Glenn Kelman (CEO Redfin). and Dan Weld (Washington Research Foundation/Thomas J. Cable Professor).
The Commons was packed with interested students. And from that enthusiasm sprang the seed for a more targeted startup career fair.
Participating start-ups founded by CSE Alums