Follow us:

Brier Dudley's blog

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).

Comments | More in | Topics: Startups

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►