Entrepreneurial Panel: Tech Companies

Wed. January 31 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Confluence Technology Center

Listen to a lively panel discussion moderated by Native Network COO, Jenny Rickel, and then join the conversation during the Q&A. This event includes networking and an optional lunch (additional $10).

This is your chance to hear from local technology innovators. Learn from executives and founders about their companies, unique technology, plans for the future, and lessons learned.

Presented by Native Network

Tickets:
Free for GWATA members
$15 for public
Optional $10 lunch tickets

Meet the Panelists

Dave Carlson

Chief Executive Officer / Giga Watt Inc.

Dave has been leading start up companies since 1999. The inspiration for Giga Watt, his sixth start up, came from his experience working with digital assets and virtual currencies in Xbox Live groups at Microsoft. When he heard about bitcoin in 2011, he used his previous experience and entrepreneurial skills to start building a new company. He is now working to build the first large scale mining facility in the United States.

 

Giga Watt is starting to become the World’s Largest Online Mining Company that will not only include online mining but cloud gaming, CGI rendering and other cloud storage capabilities.

Drew Zabrocki

Chief Executive Officer + Chief Technology Officer / Centricity Global

Back when high-tech was hardwired, Drew’s journey began as an electrician and systems integrator—working from technician to director and then founder of two tech start-ups.  His career has spanned physical and virtual worlds in security, telecom, and software — and now decentralized API ecosystems.  He’s a visionary and key contributor to global agtech initiatives and serves as an advisor and strategic partner with industry and academia.

 

Centricity Global is a suite of products to enable better decisions in the agriculture/farming industry. Products include: ApRecs (ag-chem product user, compliance and workflow), Binder (field data collection, smart forms and analytics), and Liberty (API, identity and trust manager, data mediation).

Korey Korfiatis

Co-Founder + Co-Chief Executive Officer / Legwork

A serial entrepreneur, Korey dropped out of college after a year to begin his career.  He built his first business, a creative marketing agency, at just 26 years of age.  Korey is an accomplished speaker and writer on the subjects of dental marketing and brand strategy and holds Marcom & Davey Branding Awards for his work.  Korey is co-founder of Legwork PRM Software a patient communications and marketing software for the dental industry.  Korey is also the President of Okeefe Korfiatis Consulting, a private branding firm that works with a select group of dental clients each year to provide them with comprehensive brand strategy, design, and team communication coaching.

 

Legwork is a spirited family of software and marketing experts with the primary objective is to help dental clients deliver happiness to their patients through their Legwork Smile Marketing Platform. The smile platform includes appointment reminders, recall and reacitvation messaging through Text messaging, email, auto-calling and post cards, and more.

Tom Arnold

Founder + Chief Technology Officer / PetHub

Tom graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Immediately after graduation he moved to Seattle “for skiing and the tech industry.” After co-founding and selling 3 tech start-ups, he was recruited by Microsoft for their Server & Tools Division. In 2010, Tom started PetHub.com to combine his love of animals and passion for tech.

 

PetHub is the first company to launch a QR code ID tag for pets and filed patents for that invention in October 2010. Since then the company has helped thousands of animals find their owners through their various products.

Jenny Rickel (Moderator)

Chief Operations Officer / Native Network
Jenny has been an entrepreneur, consultant, mentor and technology enthusiast in North Central Washington for 25 years.  She has raised in the excess of $15M in equity and debt in companies she has founded and has been responsible for the exit and M&A activities for two major telecoms, Cellular One and Northwest Telephone.  As the GWATA President from 2009-2015 and still today, Jenny enjoys mentoring and connecting entrepreneurs to resources to assist in their long term success.  Recently she co-founded Native Network and excited to be working on a 3rd start up with a mission to bridge the digital divide in rural and under served Native American lands.