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Play Bigger Seattle!

It’s time for Seattle to Play Bigger! As a startup community, we’ve had a chip on our shoulder for years. We’re not the valley. VCs would say we need better founders, founders would say we need better (and more) VCs. Both were right. Founders are flogged for thinking too small. But investors don’t want to fund …

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Startup Fundraising Do’s and Don’ts of Venture Seed Fundraising

Do’s and Don’ts of Venture Seed Fundraising

Here’s some of the “Sausage Making” of early stage venture funding. When we’re raising capital, we tend to over-index on getting the meetings and honing the pitch. Both are critical to the process. But, there are a number of other factors you need to take into consideration during the process, especially in a Venture or …

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Startup Fundraising Is Your Pitch Venture Ready? Pitch Checklist

Is Your Pitch Venture Ready? Pitch Checklist

How do investors evaluate your startup company? Let me take some of the mystery out of the process and tell you one approach. It’s not the only approach and different investors will put different weighting on different parts of your company. The goal of the post is to help you be self-aware and ask your yourself …

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Entrepreneurship Startup meet Angels (Seattle) – Process and Rubric

Startup meet Angels (Seattle) – Process and Rubric

How do we evaluate teams for Seattle’s Startups meet Angels meetup (aka Angels, Pitches and Beer)? Selection Process: 6 Teams are selected based on “first come first served” application. Show up at 4:30PM to The Riveter, not recognition of lines before 4:30 from us. If you want to set up a queue, that’s up to you …

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Startup Marketing Startup Marketing: Funnel Breakdown

Startup Marketing: Funnel Breakdown

A lot of startup founders work hard on getting their product ready to launch before understanding the economics of marketing. Specifically, how to acquire customers at reasonable economics. Sometimes that topic is met with a genuine head tilt and quizzical look. Sometimes it’s met with a “handwavy” response – usually by those who believe if they …

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#startuplife Review of 2017 and 2018 Goals

Review of 2017 and 2018 Goals

I’ve never been great about New Year’s Resolutions – but I’m a fan of goals. Goals can be a challenge because we set unrealistic goals at this time of year and miss them early. So while we feel defeated, we end up giving up on the bigger picture, the reason for the goal in the …

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Uncategorized How Startups Get Started

How Startups Get Started

Reposted from Q13 Fox – Seattle Startup Week 2017 Starting a new company is never easy. Some started in their garage. Other people wrote an idea down on a napkin at a coffee shop. It all started somewhere. To have the next big idea, you need good connections, investment money and above all, a good …

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Uncategorized Book 100 of the 100 Book Challenge

Book 100 of the 100 Book Challenge

Last New Years Eve, I was having dinner with Dan Rossi and our wives and we were talking about a blog post I had read where the author had read 200 books in a year. At the time, we both discussed the fact that we were active readers, but didn’t have a goal to target …

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#startuplife Don’t be Disappointed with your Startup Ecosystem. Change it!

Don’t be Disappointed with your Startup Ecosystem. Change it!

I had a great opportunity to speak at Startup Spokane last night. Thanks to Megan Hulsey @StartupSpokane and Brady Ryan @UWCoMotion Spokane’s office for the invitation. One of the things I’ve noticed and it hasn’t changed since I was traveling as SVP of Programs at UP Global (Startup Weekend + Startup America) there is a …

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Uncategorized Seattle Startup Ecosystem – Start Here

Seattle Startup Ecosystem – Start Here

New to Seattle or the Seattle Startup Community? Here’s a presentation to help you navigate the resources, events (and some of the people to avoid). The following presentation was given at University of Washington CoMotion Startup Fundamental Series. 10/13/2017