Judges Panel


  • Bill Schrier Bill Schrier

    Bio: Bill Schrier is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle and director of the City’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT), reporting directly to Mayor Michael McGinn.


  • Kate Matsudaira Kate Matsudaira

    Bio: Kate Matsudaira has worked as the VP Engineering/CTO at several technology startups - including her current role at Decide, and past roles at SEOmoz, and Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). Prior to joining the startup world she spent time as a software engineer, and technical lead/manager at Amazon and Microsoft. Kate has hands-on knowledge and experience with building large scale distributed web systems, big data, cloud computing and technical leadership. Kate has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College, and has completed graduate work at the University of Washington in both Business and Computer Science (M.S.). You can read more on her blog and website, http://katemats.com.


  • Bharat Shyam Bharat Shyam

    Bio: Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington.


  • Greg Gottesman Greg Gottesman

    Bio: Greg joined Madrona in 1997 and currently serves on the boards of AdReady, Bocada, BuddyTV, Cheezburger, Decide, Intrepid Learning Solutions, Nimbic, ThinkFire, and WildTangent. He is the founder, current board member, and former CEO of Rover.com.


  • Mike Mathieu Mike Mathieu

    Bio: Mike Mathieu is an active founder, investor, or advisor to dozens of civic and political tech startups including Walk Score, Cloud Tiger Media, and NationalField, and civic engagement sites CountMore.org and ObamaCTO.org. In addition to being Front Seat’s Chairman, Mike is a founding board member of New Media Ventures, (a national network of political tech investors); a partner in Social Venture Partners (the leading venture philanthropy network); chair of the strategic planning committee at KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio; and co-chair of the Debate 2.0 Committee for the upcoming Washington Governor\'s election. Prior to Front Seat, Mike was founder and CEO of All Star Directories, an INC500-listed publisher of online school directories, and spent a decade at Microsoft where he was General Manager of MSN.com. He holds a BA in History of Science from Harvard, lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, and has developed a nasty skiing habit this winter.