Since 2007, Poker 2.0 has been connecting startup entrepreneurs, execs and investors in a low stakes, high value networking environment.  Here what a few Poker 2.0 attendees think about the event.  (If you’d like to share your thoughts about Poker 2.0, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.)

Lew McMurran, Gov’t Affairs, WA Tech Industry Alliance (WTIA)

I love Startup Poker 2.0.  I’ve been both a sponsor and player.  Poker 2.0 is one of the best casual events I attend — where you can meet great new people, stay connected with them, have fun, compete and win!

Geoff Simons, Founder/CTO, iHearNetwork

Startup Poker 2.0 is by far my favorite networking event. Bob does a great job of hand selecting only great entrepreneurs, investors, and classy sponsors to play in a fun and supportive game that gets people talking in a very relaxed environment. Most of my best connections have come as a result of playing at poker20.

Roy Leban, Founder/CEO, Puzzazz

Un-networking at its finest. At most networking events, many people are too busy pitching their business to talk about anything else. With poker as the backdrop, discussions are much more casual. You might actually get to know somebody.

Tony Mandarano, Founder, PaidPunch

Bob (and his wonderful sponsors) have done an amazing job with Startup Poker! This is, without a doubt, my favorite networking event in the Seattle startup scene. If you are a startup founder or investor, you should absolutely join and attend!

Hermann Calabria, Founder, Stelth

Startup Poker 2.0 combines the fun of a low-stakes poker game with quality conversation among a hand-picked group of entrepreneurs, from first-timers to fifth-timers. The topics at the table range from funding to strategy to finding office space, and I found myself both asking questions and answering them. I also found the sponsors to be relevant and part of the conversation (e.g., patent attorneys, cloud providers, office furniture providers).  I can’t say enough about the format and the organization, and look forward to attending many more Startup Poker 2.0 events in the future!

Paul Simons, Co-Founder, iHearNetwork

As an entrepreneur, it can be tough to find meaningful time to meet and get feedback from other entrepreneurs. Poker 2.0 provides an opportunity to sit down, play some cards, and most importantly build meaningful relationships with other founders and investors. Of all the meetups that I’ve attended, this has been the most fun and most valuable.

Matt Gamboa, Co-Founder, QThru

What a great idea!  Startup Poker 2.0 allows me to participate in 2 activities I really enjoy, Texas Hold’em and Networking.  The game is not too competitive and I’ve already connected with like-minded founders, investors, and execs from Seattle’s startup community, some whom I’ve met 1 on 1 with less than a week after the game to talk about experiences.  I really look forward to Startup Poker 2.0 every month.

Justin Wilcox, Serial Entrepreneur

Bob’s Poker 2.0 events are my favorite networking events in Seattle.  Not just because it’s fun to play some low stakes poker over beer and Thai food, but because the people who come are some of Seattle tech’s best & brightest.  The event is invite only, so Bob is able to ensure the players are almost exclusively startup founders and people looking give money to startup founders.  That means table discussions are substantive, the connections are valuable, and the conversations aren’t dominated with job seekers, recruiters, or service providers.  I always recommend that new entrepreneurs, and those new to Seattle, come to a Poker 2.0 event, even if they can’t tell the difference between a flush and a full-house.

Eric Fogel, Founder and CEO, Emergent Detection

Not only is it a great time playing cards, but an excellent networking opportunity with an expanded peer group. I was able to bring a current challenge our company is facing and was able to schedule two distinct follow-up meetings that look like they will provide the exact solution we’re looking for. I’ll definitely look forward to the next time I’m able to attend!

Eric Sheetz, Amazon Web Services

Thanks again for the opportunity to participate in Poker 2.0. I enjoyed many conversations and left with a feeling that I was a part of something bigger than myself. It was fulfilling.

Dan Young, Founder and CEO, DXY Soltions

I managed to string my meager lot of chips into a pile sufficient to earn a seat at the final table. Startling! This alone would have been sufficient to make the evening memorable, however, the real success of the evening was in the people whom I met. … By the time the last hands were dealt, I met some incredible people. Through Poker 2.0 I was able to meet people who have helped me take a new direction with my startup.  Looking back many months later, my experience with Poker 2.0 turned out to be pivotal.


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