The Geekwire Awards last night truly celebrated the hustle and heart of Seattle’s thriving tech community. We were proud to be there and cheer on the amazing work people in our city are doing every day.
Koru was nominated for Startup of the Year (along with four other awesome companies – Remitly, Shippable, Qumulo, and OfferUp). There was a two-week voting period, and we put the call out to our community of grads, colleges, companies, investors, and friends to spread the word and vote Koru.
And spoiler alert: We did it!
This award is a testament to our amazing community. We’ve got the greatest team in the world, the support of incredible college and company partners, and a community of gritty grads that inspires us continuously. We feel so lucky to come to work every day and tackle this problem head-on.
Our CEO, Kristen Hamilton, put it best last night:
Every year, people graduate from college and they do everything they can to get awesome GPAs … and actually, everything they’re working for is not what [companies] need. We at Koru believe in grit over grades. We’re working our asses off to transform the landscape to make sure that young people have opportunity based on what they show they can do, not just on a number that’s put on them.
Watch her full speech below:
Thank you to all who voted, thank you to Geekwire for putting on this great event every year, and thank you to the awesome Seattle tech community for welcoming and supporting us!
We are Koru.
Michaela Gianotti is Koru's content manager. She attended Whitman College, where she spent the better part of four years convincing her family that English majors can get jobs too. She has since found awesome work (SEE!) at 826 Seattle, msnNOW, and Koru.