Pioneer Square Labs – Investing More In Seattle

Feld Thoughts

PSL, based in Seattle, is a not a VC firm, accelerator, or incubator, but instead is a startup studio, which is a company that creates companies. The co-founders are Greg Gottesman, Geoff Entress, Mike Galgon, and Ben Gilbert. Greg is a co-founder of Madrona and long-time VC. Mike was the co-founder of aQuantive which was acquired by Microsoft for $6.2 Ben was a co-founder of Madrona Labs with Greg.

How to Select an Ideal Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I often recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. If you live in the middle of nowhere, your chances of finding the right co-founder for your new high-tech startup are poor. Maybe it’s time to consider relocating to one of the hubs for startups, like Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, or Austin. Co-founder is a long-term relationship.

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Seattle Would-Be Entrepreneurs Come Out for StartupDay

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Over 400 Seattle-area would-be entrepreneurs were in attendance today at StartupDay 2010. The event featured a number of speakers from the tech industry, including 500 Startups ' Dave McClure, Posterous co-founder Garry Tan, and Twilio co-founder Jeff Lawson. Other speakers addressed how to find investors, how to find co-founders, how to pick a good idea, and how to monetize your product.

Find the Perfect Co-Founder for Your Startup

ReadWriteStart

A lot of founders out there are looking for their significant others. We mean the search for a co-founder - someone to share your dreams, frustrations and late-night microwave popcorn. If you’re a single founder, this is crucial. You need an Allen to your Gates, a Brin to your Page, because “starting a startup is too hard for one person,” notes startup guru and Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham. Founder Dating is here.

Revolution co-founder talks Living Social, ZipCar, Steve Case & GroupOn Super Bowl Ads

Both Sides of the Table

There are of course other outposts like Austin and Seattle. Revolution is a “stage agnostic&# fund (means they invest early or late) funded entirely by Steve Case , the founder of AOL and co-founded by two other individuals, Tige Savage (yes, pronounced like the golfer, minus the “r&# ) and Donn Davis. We also spent some time talking about Steve Case’s (the founder of AOL) involvement.

Finding Your Co-Founders

techcrunch.com

The number one question you all asked after reading my last blog post about starting a business from scratch was “how do I find my co-founders?&# And therein lies the problem in finding co-founders for that startup you’re dying to launch. It’s most comfortable to hang out with people like ourselves, but those are exactly the folks you probably don’t want to co-found a startup with. Finding Your Co-Founders [.]

Why a 50/50 Split is Almost Never Right for Co-Founders by @DaveParkerSEA

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Seattle. Founder Feedback. Why a 50/50 Split is Almost Never Right for Co-Founders by @DaveParkerSEA. Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches. Applications to the Seattle Founder Institute are also due this Sunday, February 26th: click here to apply. The person was asking for benchmark data on percentages to validate the right thing to do between two co-founders and one early employee that had more demanding salary needs.

Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I often recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. If you live in the middle of nowhere, your chances of finding the right co-founder for your new high-tech startup are poor. Maybe it’s time to consider relocating to one of the hubs for startups, like Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, or Austin. Co-founder is a long-term relationship.

For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One

Gust

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. If you live in the middle of nowhere, your chances of finding the right co-founder for your new high-tech startup are poor. Maybe it’s time to consider relocating to one of the hubs for startups, like Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, or Austin. Co-founder is a long-term relationship.

Hypergiant Aims to Dominate the AI Industry on Earth and in Space

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK, publisher of Silicon Hills News At Hypergiant’s Austin headquarters, Ben Lamm, CEO, and Co-founder takes to the conference room’s whiteboard to explain its structure and expansion plans. Hypergiant launched out of stealth mode in February of 2018 and has been growing steadily with 140 employees in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Seattle.

One year into Fund III: some high level stats

Version One Ventures

4 teams with female co-founders (of which, 2 are CEOs). We are geographically agnostic, though focused on North America with main “hubs” in SF, Toronto, NYC, and Seattle. A few weeks ago I shared my reflections on my first year as a GP. Along with all the well wishes (thank you!!), many asked what Version One is investing in these days.

Hologram: Everyday IoT Reaches Scale

View from Seed

We first invested in co-founders Ben Forgan & Pat Wilbur in early 2015, when NextView led a $1.3M We champion founders redesigning the Everyday Economy , and to many, that brings to mind consumer businesses in particular.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

Both Sides of the Table

I’m in Seattle this week. Seattle should be the envy of any non Silicon Valley tech community in the country. As I gear up to give a keynote at the annual Seattle 2.0 awards dinner on Thursday night I started reflected on what it would take to “change the trajectory&# for Seattle or for any regional market, really. And I think about the “Seattle issue&# as a metaphor for startups and business in general. Seattle has its patrons.

Hologram: Everyday IoT Reaches Scale

View from Seed

We first invested in co-founders Ben Forgan & Pat Wilbur in early 2015, when NextView led a $1.3M We champion founders redesigning the Everyday Economy , and to many, that brings to mind consumer businesses in particular.

The Twenty Minute VC Podcasts

Feld Thoughts

Jerry Colonna, the co-founder of Reboot.io Jon Staenberg, a long-time friend from Seattle who did an interview with Harry on episode 034 , dropped me the following email at the end of April: He seems like a good guy, want to be part of his podcast? Ever in seattle? I don’t listen to that many podcasts, but I like ones that are a short (< 45 minute) interview format. I can listen to one of these on a run or a drive to/from my office.

Hologram: Everyday IoT Reaches Scale

View from Seed

We first invested in co-founders Ben Forgan & Pat Wilbur in early 2015, when NextView led a $1.3M And early-stage VC investors have increasingly ventured beyond their backyards of SF, NYC, and Boston to more actively invest in (and in some cases relocate to) places like Miami, Austin, Chicago, Seattle, and other cities. We champion founders redesigning the Everyday Economy , and to many, that brings to mind consumer businesses in particular.

Learn To Code With One Month Rails

YoungUpstarts

You can either search for a technical co-founder who shares the same vision – which is a lot harder than it sounds – or look at outsourcing to a competent and affordable agency that can help you put something together (but without the soul). “Anyone and everyone can learn to be a web developer and take advantage of the opportunities the Internet presents,” says Mattan Griffel, founder and CEO of One Month Rails.

Unrequited Love

Steve Blank

The VC’s suggested I should spend a day at Onyx Software, an early pioneer in Sales Automation in Seattle. With an unexpected job offer in-hand I spent the plane flight home concluding that our family had already planted roots too deep to move to Seattle. A year later my co-founders and I had formed Epiphany. So I called on my friends at Onyx and got on a plane to Seattle. If there’s only one passionate party in a relationship it’s unrequited love.

The Stories Behind the Most Iconic Brand Logos Ever Created!

Brandanew

The iconic mermaid in the Starbucks logo came from a a mermaid, naturally to honor the coastal Seattle roots. In their own story, the Starbucks says, In a search for a way to capture the seafaring history of coffee and Seattle’s strong seaport roots, there was a lot of poring over old marine books going on. There was something about her – a seductive mystery mixed with a nautical theme that was exactly what the founders were looking for.

I Will Instead of We Should

Feld Thoughts

TA was a co-founder and the CEO. He’s been deeply involved in Techstars Seattle since inception. A year ago he co-founded RivalIQ. While driving down Highway 36 from Boulder to Denver for a FullContact board meeting, TA McCann told me a wonderful phrase that I’ve been carrying around with me for the past month or so. “At RivalIQ , we’ve implemented ‘I Will’ instead of ‘We Should.’”

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Glowforge Launches, With a Focus On Their Customers

Feld Thoughts

While I was in Seattle last week, I had a chance to stop by the Glowforge office and talk to the team during one of their biggest weeks since their historic 30-day crowdfunding campaign. Foundry led a $9 million and then $20 million financing in Glowforge, the Seattle-based 3D laser printer, as it grew from just an idea to shipping a beloved product to their customers.

Q1 2019 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

Manny Medina , cofounder and CEO of Outreach , was a winner of a 2019 Executive Excellence award , which recognizes leaders in Seattle-based companies. We’re already a full quarter into 2019, and as expected, it’s shaping up to be a busy year.

Fun and Games with BigDoor

Feld Thoughts

We recently invested in a Seattle company called BigDoor Media. The founder/CEO Keith Smith wrote a wonderful love story about the deal which was picked up by the WSJ VC Dispatch in a post titled A Summer Romance Between Founder And Venture Capitalist ? Yes, I’ve fallen in love (in a very non-sexual way) with Keith, his co-founder Jeff Malek, and BigDoor.

Dragons, Bootstrapping and Women in Tech

Up and Running

” For Lindsay Nelson, CEO and co-founder of Theme Dragon, Inc that opportunity was founding a tech company. She and original cofounder Megan Bradford poured their proverbial blood, sweat and tears into this enterprise. Five years, several iterations and a stint at a Seattle business accelerator later, things are going smoothly and successfully. Lindsay Nelson, CEO of Theme Dragon, Inc.

The Nike+ Accelerator, powered by TechStars

David Cohen

” Microsoft launched the Seattle-based Microsoft Accelerator in January, and it’s now in the middle of the second program after a very successful first program. I’m excited to join the likes of Nike’s Vice President of Digital Sport, Stefan Olander, Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare, and Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body and many other all around awesome entrepreneurs.

“I guess we’ll know we’ve made it when a woman can get away with behaving like Elon Musk.” Talking With VC Ashley Mayer About Finding Your Career, Taking Box Public, And Why She’s Not Interested In Reading Yet Another Female CEO Takedown

Hunter Walk

I had gone to high school with the founders in the Seattle area, and we had recently reconnected. My boss, Jen Grant , was an incredible manager, and Aaron Levie, the co-founder and CEO, was a fantastic partner on all things communications.

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[Review] The Good Fail

YoungUpstarts

Latman has chronicled that experience and the aftermath in the book “ The Good Fail: Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Microworkz “ If you’ve never heard of Microworkz, the now-defunct small, Seattle- area computer company that sold low-cost PCs was once lauded for trying to get computers into the hands of those who couldn’t afforded its high ticket prices before.

The Lean Startup Book Tour

Startup Lessons Learned

Friday, September 16 - Seattle On Friday, I fly to Seattle, where I'll be for two days. That evening, there will be a casual talk followed by a book signing at Town Hall Seattle (co-sponsored with Lean Startup Seattle). Buy an Autographed Copy Saturday, September 17 - Seattle StartupDay 2011 by Startup Weekend & Seattle 2.0 Startup Weekend and Seattle 2.0 Co-sponsored by the Rock Center & the Harvard innovation lab.

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What coworking spaces can do for you, your company, and your community

The Next Web

Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely —a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together. . WeWork, Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood. My office at WeWork in Seattle is cool, energizing and complete. But the best thing about The Fueled Collective is its founder, Rameet Chawla.

5 Mistakes To Avoid As A Young Entrepreneur

YoungUpstarts

by Ned Ryan, CEO & co-founder of Breeze. My co-founder Charlie and I launched Breeze just two years ago, and since then, we’ve attracted capital from investors like Mark Cuban and have launched in 6 major U.S. As a founder, you’ll want to be involved in every decision – big & small. Ned Ryan is the CEO & co-founder of Breeze , a mobility service that allows members to lease a car on a week-to-week basis.

10 Digital Startup Conferences You Should Attend This Year

YoungUpstarts

by Thomas Smale, founder of FE International. What if there was somewhere you could go where you can be surrounded by founders just like you? Or where you can network with established, successful founders and investors? We’ve used this experience to take the guesswork out of which conferences are the most valuable for a startup founder to attend. Seattle, USA. Founding a start-up is hard work, and sometimes feels like a solitary pursuit.

Bad returns be damned: Venture capital fundraising jumps 31 percent in U.S

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Share this: We’ve seen a flurry of activity in recent weeks among Seattle area venture capital firms, led by Madrona Venture Group which raised $300 million last month and Divergent Ventures which pulled in $6.9 Meanwhile, SEC filings indicate that Frazier Healthcare and Voyager Capital — both of Seattle — are on the prowl for more money. But Seattle entrepreneur Aaron Roberts, a former engineer… Read More. Location: Seattle. Location: Seattle.

Rover Cuddles Up to $12 Million

Feld Thoughts

We loved the two founders, Michael Beaudoin and Rodney Rice, but knew very little about marketplace businesses or the home improvement category. While we weren’t the first investor in Rover, when Madrona partner Greg Gottesman called and told me that I had to meet Aaron Easterly, the co-founder of Rover, I happily obliged on my next trip to Seattle. Today, Rover announced that Menlo Ventures has led a new $12m round of financing.

Nike Accelerator – Powered By TechStars

Feld Thoughts

Our experience with TechStars – starting in Boulder, but expanding to Boston, Seattle, and New York – helped us understand not just TechStars’ role and impact on a startup community, but what drives startup communities over the long term. When we started TechStars in 2006, one of our premises was to help build a strong startup community in Boulder.

Spolsky on Software on Both Sides of The Table

Both Sides of the Table

Blogs weren’t popularized yet so it was an oddity for me to read the founder of a software company spewing out advice. You can watch the video here or … As always we have notes: graciously provided by Daniel Wolchonok , the founder of RentMaps whose request of me for typing up the notes was to come and speak at Yale where he’ll be getting his MBA starting this fall so I’ve agreed to it.

Why Partnerships Are The Future Of Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Bob is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Acceleration Partners, a global partner marketing agency. He is also the Co-founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. He's the founder and chairman of the board of global partner marketing agency, acceleration partners.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

By now you probably know that David Sacks , co-founder of PayPal and founder of both Geni & Yammer made some observations on Facebook that Silicon Valley “as we know it” was coming to an end. Talent – in a world where startup founders are rewarded handsomely for taking risks of building their own startup companies and where the press shines a brighter light on them, much of the early-stage company traction will come from startups.

How To Own Your Performance Review

YoungUpstarts

She’s also CEO and co-founder of a thriving, Seattle-based consultancy, PeopleFirm , one of Washington State’s fastest-growing businesses. Tamra Chandler, author of “ How Performance Management Is Killing Performance – and What to Do About It ” . Mention “performance review” and even the most unflappable employees feel sparks of dread or resentment. No one likes to see his or her hard work and contributions reduced to a mere number or rating.

Make It Happen: How to find a Programmer

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Home About Contact Make It Happen: How to find a Programmer My weekly post on Seattle 2.0. The number two thing is lack of a technical co-founder. Partner with a Programmer After they have their big idea, most non-technical founders set forth to find an engineer to form a partnership. If you do find a programmer and do bring enough to the table, another common problem is the non-technical cofounder wanting a lot more equity because they had the original idea.

SXSW Startups: Node

Austin Startup

CEO Don Bunnell answered some questions about the Seattle, Wash.-based In 2003, I co-founded Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc., I also have been on the boards of other companies and co-founded a non-profit focused on bringing market-based solutions to refuges in situations of long-term confinement. so we co-founder dated for six months before we formally agreed to be co-founders. A house by Node.

A Message To Graduating MBA’s

Feld Thoughts

Oh, and Boise is a pretty cool place, as is Austin, Seattle, Miami, DC, and at least 95 other cities in the United States. If you aren’t technical, go find a technical co-founder right now – there are hundreds of them on this campus. I gave a talk yesterday to a class of soon-to-graduate MBA students at CU Boulder yesterday. It was their last class in the course that had been filled with a bunch of interesting VC and entrepreneurial guest lecturers.

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10 Best Cities in the United States for Startups and Entrepreneurs (2018)

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William Hurley, the co-founder of Honest Dollar, an Austin-based provider of retirement plans to small businesses, says creative talent is abundant : It’s got the music, the university scene, the hippies and the rule-breakers… It’s very easy to hire people who want to push the limits. Boulder, CO. Foundry Group’s founder Brad Feld noted : Entrepreneurs here use a ‘give before you get’ mentality. Denver, CO. Seattle, WA.

Melodramatic Bullshit

Feld Thoughts

When I read (well – skimmed) the latest round of noise about “how founders behave&# , possibly stoked by Paul Allen’s new book on the origins of Microsoft along with his 60 Minutes appearance, I was annoyed, but I couldn’t figure out exactly why. I had a long conversation with a friend about this when I was Seattle on Tuesday and still couldn’t figure out why I was annoyed. at this point and there is founder drama in many of them.