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August 19, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Yapta co-founder, a noted entrepreneur, killed in wreck

Brett Allsop, chairman and co-founder of Seattle travel startup Yapta, was killed Tuesday night when his BMW went off a road near his family’s home in Bellingham.

Allsop, whose family built a major consumer electronics business based in Bellingham, studied engineering at Stanford. Later he started Fogdog, an online sporting goods store that received backing from Nike before it was sold in 2000.

He became president of his family’s company, Allsop, in 2003 and co-founded Yapta in 2006. The travel startup raised $2 million in June, bringing its funding to $7.7 million.

The Bellingham Herald reported the accident today. An excerpt:

Brett M. Allsop, 38, was driving a 2007 BMW 328 east on Northshore about 10:15 p.m. Approaching a corner, his car went off the road. Allsop, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene.

Allsop was married and had two children, according to his biography at Yapta.com.

“We’re obviously deeply saddened about it,” said Yapta spokesman Jeff Pecor. “All our prayers and thoughts go out to the Allsop family.”

The company also posted a blog entry late Wednesday, saying, in part: “Without Brett, there would have been no Yapta. He was a visionary and a great entrepreneur — and most importantly, a terrific guy.”

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