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Geeks Who Give Back: Mike Koss, StartPad.org

Dec 22, 2011

December 22, 2011 at 11:42 am December 22, 2011 at 11:43 am GeekWire Awards: Tickets available now! Mike Koss of StartPad.org. (Photo by Red Box Pictures) Long before it became cool to run a tech incubator, Mike Koss was opening his doors to Seattle-area entrepreneurs at StartPad.org . In addition to office space, the ex-Microsoftie regularly hosts brown bag lunches where developers discuss everything from the finer points of mobile app development to new startup business ideas. Koss flies his geek flag high, and Seattle is better for it. “I love seeing something that only existed in my imagination become a real thing that can delight someone else,” Koss says. Editor’s Note: GeekWire has identified more than a dozen “Geeks Who Give Back” — people who work in non-profits, mentor others and invest in the future of the tech community. They were all featured in the GeekWire 2012 Calendar, given out at the recent GeekWire Gala. As 2011 draws to a close, we’ll highlight one of them every day, along with photography by Seattle’s  Red Box Pictures . Mike Koss is our calendar honoree for April. See  this archive of the profiles we’ve published so far . Thanks to our calendar sponsor for the month of April, Summit Law Group , for helping to make this project possible. Stay tuned for more honorees and photos in the days ahead. Todd Bishop is GeekWire's co-founder and editor, covering subjects including smartphones, tablets, PCs, video games, and tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google. Follow him @toddbishop and email todd@geekwire.com . GeekWire Awards 2016: The Pacific Northwest's annual startup and technology awards. GeekWire rolls out the red carpet each year at the EMP Museum in Seattle to honor the top innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and do-gooder geeks, as nominated and chosen by the GeekWire community. More than 800 people attend this fun event. Tickets available here .

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