Judges of the 2009 Competition


The 3 judges are:

Jon Jacobson is the William H. Gates, Sr. Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a Program Manager with the Alliance of Angels.  Additionally, he is studying finance and entrepreneurship as an MBA student at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with plans to pursue a career working with early-stage companies upon graduation.  Jon graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and spent five years as a Field Artillery Officer in the US Army.  After his time in the service and before returning to graduate school Jon consulted on process development and application integration efforts supporting the launch of Boeing’s 787 airplane.  Jon lives with his wife Kayti in West Seattle and enjoys golf, skiing, running, and hiking when he finds the time.


Jon Gilbert received his BA, Accounting from the University of Washington and his MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.  An accomplished private equity investor, Jon joined Frazier Healthcare Ventures at inception in 1991 and served as a General Partner for five funds; affiliated with Frazier through 2005.  Jon's next adventure began when he joined the Strategic Development Group at Premera Blue Cross in 2006 where he is involved with a range of corporate strategy, business development and innovation initiatives.  Jon is also a Certified Public Accountant.


Jonathan Weintraub has spent his career advising and managing growth companies both as an investment banker and as an operating executive.  He is currently CFO and COO of SeaMobile, an Ignition Ventures portfolio company that provides remote telecommunications services.  He has previously held roles as a Partner at Lake Washington Capital, Managing Director at UBS in investment banking and Vice President of Harmon Publishing, the nation’s largest publisher of real estate classified magazines.  Jonathan graduated from Harvard College and from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.  He is currently a Trustee of The Bush School and The Harvard Crimson, and has previously served as a Trustee and Treasurer of The Dalton School, Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of The Harvard Crimson and as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.  A life-long New Yorker, he moved to Seattle in 2006 where he lives with his wife and twin daughters.

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