Kelly is a "Designer Founder" of several start-ups and is the founder of Curious Office, a Seattle seed stage incubator and investment firm. As a designer and product development expert, Kelly takes an active interest optimizing around the development/design intersection.
He is aTechStars mentor, a co-founder of a YCombinator company and an occasional speaker on the subjects of design, start-ups and company building.
He is most recently the founder of Zapd, which is venture backed by Madrona Venture Partners and Second Avenue Partners. Zapd was twice Apple's App of the Week, was an Editor Staff Pick and was a top 10 lifestyle app in several countries.
He co-founded MadRaces which was sold to BetaWorks and also Scoutzie which was accepted as a 2012 YCombinator company.
He was also the founder and designer of Inkd.com and Imagekind, which is the largest market for buying and selling art (acquired by CafePress in 2007).
In 2000 he founded an online video company called RocketVox which was acquired by thePlatform (a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast).
Previously, Kelly served as VP Product Marketing for Myrio (Siemens Nokia IPTV division) and worked at RealNetworks from 1994-1999 in various marketing and business development roles.
Curious Office has invested in SEOmoz, Bonanza, Sparkbuy, Buuteeq, ooBible, Imagekind, Wishpot, CoolSpotters, Shelfari (acquired by Amazon) and FeedDigest.
He is a board member or advisor for PressPlane, NetConcepts, SEOmoz and Rouxbe.
Co - Founder
|Dec, 2011||Smore||$425k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2009||Rouxbe||$2.1M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2008||Inkd.com||$1.7M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2008||Fanzter||$2M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2007||Moz, Inc.||$1.1M / Series A||Curious Office Partners|
|Feb, 2007||Shelfari||$1M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Dec 1, 2015||GeekWire - Q&A: Seattle startup vet Kelly Smith on his new role with Starbucks China, and life in Shanghai|
|Jan 11, 2015||Tech Cocktail - Q and A with Kirill Zubovsky, Founder of Mobile Designer Marketplace Scoutzie|
|Mar 31, 2014||Flickr - Flickr|
|Mar 9, 2014||GeekWire - University of Washington grads sell content creation platform CloudPress to News Corp|
|Sep 11, 2013||GeekWire - Fast-growing RealSelf gobbles up Zapd, names Kelly Smith chief experience officer|
|Nov 11, 2012||GeekWire - What happens when your startup misses the mark: Kelly Smith on Zapd’s complete ‘rewrite’|
|Oct 1, 2012||GeekWire - After spurning acquisition offer, Seattle’s Freak’n Genius raises $525,000 angel round|
|Jul 25, 2011||Xconomy - Glympse's $7.5M Leads June Deals in WA|