BPR Clients Win Big at GeekWire Awards
May 9, 2014
In the opening keynote speech of last night’s GeekWire Awards, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, said “Fortune favors the geeks.” Well, so does BPR. The sold-out event attracted Seattle’s best and brightest from the tech community – nominees and groupies alike – gathered together at EMP to celebrate our version of the Academy Awards. But with better food. The BPR RallySquad crashed the party to support our incredibly talented and nominated clients: buuteeq, ExtraHop, Airbiquity, Exo Labs and Builder’s Cloud.
Last night actually started March 25. This marked the day when GeekWire readers began to nominate individuals and companies in 13 categories ranging from the expected “CEO of the Year” to the quirky, “Geekiest Office Space.” The fun really began on April 15 when the community raced to vote for their favorites from a pool of five finalists per category, selected by a panel of tech-sperts.
buuteeq, a cloud-based digital marketing system for hotels, won the “Perk of the Year” for its $2,500 travel stipend it gives employees every year. (Howie?) CEO Forest Key told an impactful story about a fellow employee who had never been out of the United States and thanks to buuteeq, she was able to travel to Nepal. Perk of the Year? More like Perk of Your Life!
ExtraHop, the global leader in real-time wire data analytics for IT operational intelligence, won the “Innovation of the Year” award for its AWS Solution, a real-time tool designed to help accelerate IT organizations’ cloud transition and give companies running applications on AWS increased visibility and efficiency. Upon acceptance Raja Mukerji, president and co-founder, gave a shout-out, in true geek-fashion, to Star Wars’ Cloud City, an outpost above planet Bespin. We know that because we just looked it up.
The night was filled with Goonies references, hamburger sliders and chicken skewers (so were we), Converse shoes, Mensa cardholders, a few hoodies and some questionable leopard print fashion choices. Basically, it was a fantastic night for all involved. Congratulations to the winners, to the nominees, to the tech community, to the sponsors and to GeekWire.
Seattle will always be the Emerald City, but last night, it was Cloud City.
-Aerin and Constance