OfferUp cofounders Nick Huzar, left, and Arean Van Veelen.

We all know the mother of invention. Nick Huzar’s necessity was finding a way to clear out a room for his soon-to-arrive baby girl. “My wife and I were at a spot where we wanted to have kids and when she said she was expecting, I kind of went into dad mode,” Huzar explains. “I remember standing in the doorway of this room, which was about to be my daughter’s room. It was just full of stuff and I’m thinking, ‘There’s got to be a better way to sell this stuff.’ It would take forever to sell it through existing channels.”

If the body is driven more by information than by chemistry, why not treat disease with information? This question led Matthew Scholz to biology, and, ultimately, to Immusoft Corporation, a Seattle company he founded in 2009.

The Tech Impact Awards recognize companies in Washington state that are using technology to have a significant impact on business, industry

Go ahead and laugh, but companies that don’t try out all those crazy ideas are, well, crazy.

Sarah Bird’s background isn’t in tech, but she is determined to make Moz the next high flier.