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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

October 10, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Mpire boss learns it pays to sing

Here’s a sweet little Seattle tech story.

It starts with Matt Hulett, chief executive of online shopping site Mpire, singing Beatles karaoke at a retreat for executive types awhile back.

A woman in the audience was impressed and approached him after he put down the microphone. She works at Expedia, where he was president of the corporate travel group before he left to do the startup thing.

The woman had a proposition: She said Hulett seemed perfect … for her daughter, Anne Griffith, who also works at Expedia.

Apparently mothers do know best, because Matt and Anne hit it off and are now engaged. Maybe they’ll honeymoon on a yellow submarine. Can you book one at Expedia?

A footnote: The trip may be paid for by WidgetBucks, the ad network Mpire launched Oct. 2.

Hulett said it blew past expectations, with more than 5,000 publishers and 25 million impressions in the first week.

(By the way, he’s my inside source on the karaoke story – I heard him telling it at the WidgetBucks launch party).

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