The business is an Adventure series celebrates gutsy entrepreneurs disrupting the status quo, embracing global opportunities and doing business differently. In Seattle, we’re focusing on people who have built fascinating businesses and inspiring careers free from restriction. They’re the visionaries, the rule breakers - the people who aren’t afraid to fly in the face of naysayers.
As always, Richard Branson will be heading up the latest instalment of Business is an Adventure, with the rest of our panel representing the best of local business. So, let’s get to know them a little better...
Dr. Nadia Shouraboura was born in Soviet Russia. Her work in machine learning attracted the attention of Princeton University and her research resulted in several important papers. Nadia joined Amazon.com in March of 2004 and served on Jeff Bezos’ executive team.
During her work on Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos Nadia started to think about the ultimate experience of shopping for tactile items. She left Amazon to open a high-end Seattle men’s denim store, Hointer, with the vision to change the physical retail experience from the inside out. Customers love the new Hointer store experience. It’s been featured in over 1,000 publications worldwide and Hointer now licenses its technology to an array of top retailers globally.
Jonathan Sposato is a serial entrepreneur and investor in many start-ups, Jonathan is Chairman and co-founder of Geekwire.com and CEO of PicMonkey, one of the world’s most fun and popular photo-editing tools.
In 2016, Jonathan made headlines when he announced he would be the first technology investor to only invest in female-founded companies moving forward and he became an honoree of organizations such as AWIS, Vital Voices, and the University of Washington ("Man of Integrity" award). He has invested in many start-ups founded by women, such as Glamhive, GiftStarter, Runway2Street, Poppy, Scout, and others.
Chase Jarvis is widely recognised as one of the most influential photographers of the last 20 years. He's won awards for his images on six continents, including contributions to the Pulitzer Prize winning story SNOWFALL - the acclaimed New York Times interactive story heralded as the "future of journalistic storytelling" and an EMMY nomination for his work documenting the music scene in Seattle.
In 2009 he created BEST CAMERA app - the first photo app to share images direct to social networks which was number one on iTunes, app of the year for Wired Magazine, Macworld and the New York Times.
He's currently focused on his work as the founder and CEO of CreativeLive the world's largest live-streaming education company, with millions of students around the world and more than two billion minutes consumed on the platform. CreativeLive is the world’s largest online education platform for creatives and entrepreneurs with over 1000 teachers, 1500 classes and 10,000 hours of classes.
Our moderator for the day will be KING 5 news anchor, Mimi Jung.
The event is currently invite only, but keep your eyes on the @Virgin Twitter feed over the coming weeks for exclusive ticket giveaways. For those of you who can’t attend in person, we’ll be live streaming the whole thing on both virgin.com and the Virgin Atlantic Facebook page, so tune in from 11:00am PT on March 28th.
You can submit questions for the panel to answer on the day by leaving them in the comments section at the end of this post, alternatively fire them over to @VirginAtlantic using the #HelloSeattle hashtag on Twitter.