Move over baseball, esports are here: or, why I shaved my beard – Jason Preston

From Jason’s pitch

“Five nerds from China just made more money in three hours than you’re going to make in your life. In front of 20 million people (that’s more than watched any World Series game in 2013). Doing something you probably think is stupid: playing a video game.

I wake up at 5 a.m. four days a week to play Counter-Strike in front of a digital audience. Here’s why eSports aren’t the next big thing, but the NOW big thing. “

About Jason
During the day, Jason Preston organizes the Dent conference and is also an organizer of Ignite Seattle. You can follow Jason on Twitter @jasonp and watch him playing Counter-Strike on Twitch.

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Everyone is a fraud so just roll with it – Hanna Brooks Olsen

From Hanna’s pitch:

I can count on one hand the number of jobs I’ve been hired to do wherein I was actually qualified, including cocktail waitress and janitor. But I need all of my digits to tally the jobs and gigs I’ve gotten based sheerly on pluck and youthful optimism.

About Hanna

During the day, Hanna Brooks Olsen is an Editorial Specialist at CreativeLive. You can find Hanna Brooks Olsen online at her Web site and on Twitter @mshannabrooks

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Stuck making a decision? Get help from a radioactive banana! – Elizabeth Grigg

From Elizabeth’s pitch:

Relying on data to make your decision for you? That’s for WIMPS. Hiding behind your data is a ROOKIE MOVE that gets you NOWHERE. That’s because data is either misinterpreted or WRONG in the first place. FINE FINE, you say, that’s all well and good, but these decisions won’t make themselves! What do we do? Do we have to go with our GUT? Is there a MIDDLE GROUND?? TELL US WHAT TO DO!

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth Grigg is a Project Manager at Prowess Consulting. You can find Elizabeth on Twitter @egrigg900

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Kitty Kafe – McRae Naayers

From McRae’s pitch:

A Cat Cafe is a place to buy yummy drinks and pay for time in a room of carefully selected cats. There is a huge boom of cat cafes in the world right now! The USA has yet to open a single one but three are trying in California while there is also 1 in Denver. Lets beat them all!

About McRae
McRae Naayers is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University and is currently busy planning the opening of Kitty Kafe in the U District. You can find out more about the Kitty Kafe at their site Seattle Kitty Kafe and on their Facebook page here.

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Why Working at Microsoft Was Making Me Mentally Ill & How Bodybuilding Saved Me – Anushka Rehn

From Anushka’s pitch –

Bodybuilder … Narcissist, freak, muscle head, steroid use? I guarantee you; it’s not exactly what you think!

Bodybuilding is a little scientific, a little obsessive, a little self-hate, a little dedication and a little madness. From the inside, my cushy job seemed perfect, 80K- straight out of college, full benefits, I helped plan the last Bill Gates BBQ, I had a fancy car, but I was still utterly empty…

About Anushka
Anushka tweets at @Anushkasmind and you can find her on the web at Mind-Set.com.

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