A tech community creating rising tides together
New Tech is the largest and most active, respectful, kind, and helpful community of Pacific Northwest technologists assisting each other with the next step in each other’s tech careers and tech companies. We build real relationships to connect and support each other while having as much fun as possible with you.
Our special sauce is a truly relationship-oriented engaged community that loves our region and cares about each other. We believe that doing business together is more productive when we’re being real, happy and human in our conversations. You know, like dropping by the neighborhood Saturday afternoon BBQ.
About New Tech Northwest
You can attend, advertise to, or sponsor our quarterly one-of-a-kind special Seattle, Eastside, Tacoma, Portland and Diversity & Women in Tech events (cumulatively averaging 600+ attendees each month), or our bi-annual job fairs (averaging 500+ candidates), to connect with the PNW tech community’s finest.
Together, this is where we celebrate the world class innovation being developed in your backyard (the 2nd best tech city in North America) with you while inspiring and supporting each other to create more together. Join us!
How We Started
The seeds of New Tech Northwest started in 2012. Brett Greene and Red Russak took their experiences attending New York Tech Meetup and New Tech Boulder and added some Seattle spice to launch New Tech Seattle. Over 250 techies attended the first Meetup to get innovation inspiration from 5 companies, celebrate Seattle’s tech community, and connect with new friends. The next month attracted over 350 techies and within a year New Tech Eastside and New Tech PDX launched (with New Tech Tacoma not far behind) to expand across the region creating New Tech Northwest. By 2015 we had over 9,000 techies in our community, mentored multiple other tech groups to grow tech communities across North America, had hundreds of startup and enterprise companies showcase their technology on our stage, helped hundreds of people find technical and non-technical tech jobs, hosted delegations from over a dozen countries, and spoke at the White House by invitation.
What We Do
We gather and connect everyone in the technology community in support of growing each other’s tech careers and companies. This includes entrepreneurs, employees, and executives from startups to Fortune 50’s, investors, and newcomers wanting to learn about the community. Through in person and online events and job fairs we connect techies to innovation, education, networks, resources, and jobs. In service to the tech community, we share with the media, meet with the government, and develop partnerships.
Who We Are
New Tech Northwest is the hub connecting you to the spokes of all Pacific Northwest tech organizations and companies. With Seattle being the #9 startup market in the world, as well as the #2 tech talent market in North America, and Portland being #16, this is a very fun and exciting region to live and work in. We’re a dynamic world-class tech ecosystem with generous leaders in artificial intelligence, cloud, internet of things, ecommerce, robotics, big data, fintech, biotech, virtual reality, and more.
We celebrate our innovation economy while growing inclusivity, collaborating to build more opportunities, and being more human and helpful together. We also partner with many non-profits and give back to organizations supporting STEM education for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks, women, girls, and underserved populations.
Brett’s first experience of building inclusive communities was as a DJ, Music Director and Program Director of KUNV, Las Vegas’ community radio station, when he was in college. That community was based on gathering and supporting everyone who was passionate about punk rock, underground alternative rock and jazz music. This is the root of New Tech’ Northwest’s spirit of bringing together everyone who is passionate about innovation and technology to share community goodness together.
What We Believe In
While our events are B2B and help people in their careers, we’re all people who want to be understood, loved, and respected. Listening, sharing, and having fun are core values for us. We believe that the journey is more fun and successful when we start by being real, curious and supportive with each other. Some had described their experiences at our events as “always feeling like I’m coming home,” and “going to church where there’ no religion, just cool people who make you feel great.”
Being Collaborative. Success is sweeter when it comes from lifting each other up and being there for each other. We share our stories and skills, and celebrate the accomplishments of everyone in our community, because this is the way. We highlight the wins of community members because it inspires others to give themselves permission to act on their ideas. This creates great products, services and companies that will make tomorrow greater than today.
Giving Back. We believe the world is abundant. We are givers because sharing our good fortunes is where true fulfillment lies, and we wouldn’t have as much joy or success without the generosity of our community. We’re all benefiting from the amazing Pacific Northwest spirit, companies and ecosystem that others built before we were here. It’s important to honor that and give back to continue creating this world where we’re better together.
Connecting You to the Pacific Northwest Tech Community
60,000 Technologists and Growing Strong!
Job Fair candidates
Invitation to speak at the White House
Founder, New Tech Northwest. Tireless connector and innovation ecosystem builder. Brett’s life adventure has included being a DJ and Program Director at a community radio station in Las Vegas, promoting and going on the road with bands (including a couple that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) as a Promotion Director at music labels, earning a masters degree in psychology, owning digital marketing firms, and speaking at the White House. He has worked with hundreds of startups, and dozens of bands, Fortune 50 companies, non-profits and government officials. Brett loves collaboratively creating a better world together.
Co-Founder, New Tech Northwest
Accomplished startup community builder, enterprise sales professional, and devoted husband and father. Red is always looking to help grow communities both locally and abroad
Business, and Technical Communications Specialist who loves working with innovative companies to shape brand stories into compelling messages that attract new customers and clients using persuasive writing, deep research and thoughtful interviews. Kat is also a shameless foodie lucky enough to have called San Francisco, Seattle and Boulder home.
Marketing and Community Manager, New Tech Northwest
Digital Media Specialist who is excited to connect technology community members with each other and with the vast resources NTNW has to offer. Born in Kirkland, WA and raised in Portland, OR, he is a homegrown Pacific Northwesterner through and through! Wes is also a professional drummer and percussionist passionate about music, food, and tech.
Event Coordinator, New Tech Northwest
Emerald City native who has spent most of her career managing events for the local technology industry. Kemi creates events and experiences that allow space for people to learn, celebrate, and make meaningful connections. An avid lover of dogs (ask her about Enzo), Canadian television, stand up comedy, and stand up paddle boarding.
Diversity & Women in Tech Coordinator, New Tech Northwest
Award winning leader in the PNW startup ecosystem, Elizabeth is a scientist, mentor, and 15-year leader in scientific and technological innovation. Previous to Amazon Alexa Startups and Fund, Elizabeth led the team at CoMotion Labs at the University of Washington coaching and growing the robust bench of NW tech and biotech startups, and helping the University to be best in class for Innovation. An out lesbian from before the L Word pilot episode, Elizabeth has a passion for spotlighting and developing outsider voices, a tendency that aided her biotech startup team at VLST (her title: Head of Ops) grow to 50 employees and $35M in funding.
Holly Saultman (Lewis)
I value networking, building community, and creating authentic relationships in person and on the intergalactic highway. I take a consultative approach to help my clients solve people, technical, and operational challenges which result in saving time and money. Humor is my other natural talent, and I promise to make you laugh once you take my call.
Self-taught full-stack web developer with a degree in Creative Writing been who’s been building web content for 20 years. Besides being known for his work as a Developer Evangelist at Amazon and Lead Organizer at Seattle CoderDojo, Greg is also known for the urban legend he accidentally created in 1997 that continues to end up in inboxes and Facebook feeds (like George Takei’s in May 2015).
Thubten is a serial tech entrepreneur, new media publisher, international public speaker, and tech community organizer. He began his tech marketing career at Apple Computer in 1990, where he realized his path was to help ordinary people maximize their use of technology. Thubten is very active in the Pacific Northwest’s startup community and has been a Tibetan Buddhist teacher since 1997.