Gist Acquires Startup Weekend Project Learn that Name

Feld Thoughts

Gist just announced that they have acquired Learn that Name and incorporated it in the Gist iPhone app. Learn that Name was a Startup Weekend Seattle project from a few months ago. The idea for Learn that Name came from Eric Koester, a lawyer in Cooley’s Seattle office. Oh – and Learn that Name when played within Gist’s iPhone app is a lot of fun. Tags: My Investments acquisition gist learn that name startup weekend

Entrepreneurial Journey Takes Melvin Brewing To Denver’s Heights and Beyond

The Startup Magazine

Jeremy’s entrepreneurial journey has led Melvin Brewing to recently be named the Brewmaster and Brewery Group of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. Their beer is currently shipped to Portland, Oregon, Denver, Boise, and Seattle.


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Investing in and Joining the Board of

Feld Thoughts

I’m psyched to be joining the board, working with my good friend Greg Gottesman at Madrona on another Seattle-based company. At the end of the summer, we decided to invest as well as categorize SideTour and PivotDesk together in the same theme, which we originally named RAM, after Ryan’s initials, which happened to be the same as the abbreviation for “remnant asset monetization”, the key element of each of these companies that we were interested in.

10 tips for naming your company, product, or service

Naming and Verbal Branding Services. Pay the balance on your naming package. 10 tips for naming your company, product, or service. Hosting that Biznik workshop on naming has inspired The Name Inspector to post some tips about the actual naming process. They “engaged a top-tier naming agency” (which, coincidentally, The Name Inspector used to work for), considered more than a hundred name candidates, and settled on the name FullView.

How to Start a Business in Texas: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide (2019)


And, its capital city of Austin was recently named the top city in the US for startups. 2); Seattle (No. Small business business name how to register a business name in texas register a company in texas starting a business in texas startups visual brandingAustin, Texas – top city for startups in the US. Texas is a state of big ideas and bigger personalities. So, it should come as no surprise that Texas is a perfect breeding ground for entrepreneurs.

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Fad, Shmad. New Domain Extensions Like.FAMILY Are Here To Stay.


Instead of being limited to domain names such as.COM,ORG,EDU , etc., And, it’s not just brands, it’s also people buying domains to secure their family name or an easy to remember email address for business cards or redirecting to an existing personal website. So much work effort goes into selecting a domain name and if you already have the.COM, that’s great! Thinking Aloud Bill Glenn domain name Online marketing online trends web development

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Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

Feld Thoughts

For a long time I’ve ranted against naming your startup community “Silicon Whatever.” ” Instead, I believe every startup community already has a name. The Seattle startup community is called Seattle. I thought this was outrageously brilliant. Thanks to Andrew Hyde for sending it to me. The Boulder startup community is called Boulder. The LA startup community is called LA. The Washington DC startup community is called Washington DC.

Q4 2020 Portfolio Review

Version One Ventures

Pienza , a Seattle based B2B startup studio led by Bizible founder Aaron Bird, raised $5.1M. . Manny Medina of Outreach was named to Comparably’s Top 50 list for Best CEOs in 2020 as rated by employees. . Zenput was named a Great Place to Work ! . Happy new year!

A review of the first eleven Techstars Unicorns

David Cohen

Techstars funded the company via our Techstars Seattle Accelerator in 2011. Outreach is a sales engagement platform that was funded by the Techstars Seattle Accelerator in 2011. Techstars funded Remitly, an online remittance company as part of our Techstars Seattle Accelerator in 2011.

Starmazon or Amabucks

Feld Thoughts

Oh, and they are both headquartered in Seattle. I’m trying to decide if I like the name Starmazon better. Why doesn’t Amazon acquire Starbucks? Starbucks has one thing Amazon doesn’t have – over 30,000 physical locations.

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.

The Stories Behind the Most Iconic Brand Logos Ever Created!


The good thing about the Apple logo is that it tells the brand name without having to spell it. Walter Issacson’s autobiography of Steve Jobs reveals why Steve choose the name Apple. As shared by the Cult of Mac , On the naming of Apple, he said he was “on one of my fruitarian diets.” He said he had just come back from an apple farm, and thought the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating.”. The FedEx logo is just its name.

A recap of Q4: Great momentum for 2017

Version One Ventures

Frank + Oak (who was named innovator of the year by Canadian Business) announced the launch of its 50/50 Founders’ Fund , in partnership with General Assembly. This seed-stage fund is named 50/50 since Frank + Oak plans to grant 50 percent of the fund to female entrepreneurs and 50 percent of the fund to male entrepreneurs. Welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful holiday!

Q2 2020 Quarterly Update

Version One Ventures

The Seattle-based company provides an online marketplace for business-to-government commerce, connecting local and national suppliers with government procurement officers. And, Trim was named as one of Business Insider’s top five budgeting apps. .

Recapping Q4 2019

Version One Ventures

Congratulations to Manny Medina and everyone at Outreach , which was named the Fourth Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™. Ada was named a G2 leader in chatbot software. Happy New Year!

Investing Outside The Bay Area


Of the 23 funds listed here, 13 are in the Bay Area, 3 in NYC, 3 in Boston, 2 in LA, and one each in Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Waterloo, Indianapolis, and Fargo, North Dakota. However, while no American city will take that mantle in the foreseeable future, more cities beyond NYC, LA, Seattle, and Boston are getting more venture capital dollars as the private markets grow. How many fresh college graduates are going to LA or Seattle or New York versus coming to the Bay Area?

TechStars New York

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen , who is relocating to NY for January to March of next year, and David Tisch (I’m encouraging him to change his name to just Tisch to save me the brain damage of “which David&# ) will be running the program. We’ve created a long term funding model, which I expect David Cohen will write about at some point, that we implemented in TechStars Seattle and will be rolling out to Boulder and Boston this year. TechStars is coming to New York City.

It’s Back & Better Than Ever! Announcing NextView’s Everyday Economy Virtual Accelerator

View from Seed

Allay Health: Seattle, Washington. Instead, the sole goal of the program is results , namely: Demonstrably advancing a startup towards true product-market fit.

Our Q3 round-up

Version One Ventures

Top Hat was named the 12th fastest growing company in Canada by PROFIT 500, with a five-year revenue growth of 5,359%! Seattle-based sales tech company Outreach was named one of Forbes Cloud 100 Rising Stars. And, Headout was named one of the 10 most promising Bengaluru-based start-ups to watch by Business Insider. We’re enjoying the first few weeks of Fall and before we know it, 2017 will be upon us.

Q1 2019 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

named one of Canada’s best managed companies. 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.

Never Mind the Valley: Here's Vancouver


Then there's Seattle, of course. As such, the city is a blend of both major media and gaming companies, as well as local, indie businesses - Sierra Wireless, Pixar, THQ, and Vivendi/Activision, to name just a few. The proximity to other tech hubs like Seattle and Silicon Valley may make it easy to overlook Vancouver. When you talk about vibrant West Coast startup scenes, obviously Silicon Valley dominates the conversation. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Portland too.

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

Both Sides of the Table

Just ask the people of Portland, Seattle, Boulder, Iowa, Princeton, Dallas or countless other cities that don’t have enough venture capital. And then there are smatterings (Dallas 2x, DC 3x, Philly 3x, Austin, Boulder, Seattle not to mention San Diego 8x, Santa Barbara 8x – where I invested in RingRevenue). So … Am I looking to add 8 trips / year to [name your location not already on my annual itinerary]. I travel the country a lot.

Harvard’s Big Moves to Improve Its Startup Spirit: An HBS Student’s Take

View from Seed

Entrepreneurs from Boston and/or its schools that left to build their companies elsewhere resulted in some of tech’s biggest names, such as Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox, and YCombinator. Having previously lived and worked in cities where tech entrepreneurship drives the local economy, such as San Francisco, Seattle, Tel Aviv, and Berlin, I see the need for that in Boston quite clearly. NextView Ventures is excited to welcome Dimitri Dadiomov to the team as an MBA Associate.

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What Businesses Need To Know In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach


And the Equifax breach is likely to exacerbate this trend, potentially flooding the dark web with names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other personal information that fraudsters can leverage to gain access to a legitimate user’s account. They may also pick and choose pieces from various people’s accounts – like a birthday, Social Security number, and name – and mix them together to create an entirely new ID. by Jason Tan, CEO of Sift Science.

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

For starters they has asked him to hire a CEO (Hamet was a first timer) and that person lived in Seattle even though NextMedium was based in LA. He reached out to younger founders and offered to help via his network at AT&T, Google, media agencies … you name it. Our founder, Yves Sisteron, himself was an entrepreneur earlier in his career and has been a mentor to us all at VC having backed too many billion dollar exits to name.

TechStars Comes to the Big Apple


This will be the fourth city into which the program has expanded, joining Boulder, Seattle, and Boston. And the list of mentors for the New York program is impressive, including Foursquare 's Dennis Crowley, Founder Collective 's Chris Dixon, GetGlue 's Alex Iskold, First Round Capital 's Charlie O'Donnell, and Union Square Venture 's Fred Wilson, to name just a few.

Top Five Branding Strategies You Can Leverage in 2017


They exploit the close association that successful brands have with their logo designs, names and other marketing tools. One big brand took this to the extreme in Seattle by entirely replacing its name and logo from some of its stores. Businesses of all sizes develop branding strategies to ultimately develop a distinction over competitive offerings in a customer’s mind.

Flings Pop-Up Recycling and Trash Bins

Feld Thoughts

First off, how could you NOT love a company named TrashCo? Seriously, what a great name. And they are available at most Safeway stores in Seattle, Portland, and Northern CA; at most Vons in Southern CA; at most HEB’s in Texas; and at all Price Choppers in New York State/Western CT. I wonder if they know that one of the early names (at least in my head) for Foundry Group was VentureCo.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 17 – Organizational Design – Safi Bahcall

Steve Blank

A little company in Seattle called Microsoft. You heard in an earlier class from General Shanahan about a bullheaded Colonel named Drew Cukor who pounded the table to stand up Project Maven and JAIC to bring AI to the military.

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. Your day is finally here. Your two-to-three person team is ready to rock after freeing yourselves from the golden claws of your highly disappointing day job.

AngelHack Unites Programmers From Four Cities for Hackathon

Lightspeed Venture Partners

This weekend I had the opportunity to join AngelHack , a hackathon event that took place in Palo Alto, New York, Boston and Seattle, to help judge the finalists in Palo Alto. Congratulations to GiveGo, which was named the winner in Palo Alto, and to all of the teams that participated in this round! Over 1,500 people participated in the event around the country competing for over $200,000 in prize money. In Palo Alto, more than 30 companies presented their hack on Sunday afternoon.

[Review] The Good Fail


He’s lost 11 jobs in 12 months, been sued by the attorney general of the state of Washington , and his name and reputation dragged in the mud. In the startup world we often hear that failure can be a good thing, but when you have failed as often – and as spectacularly – as Richard Keith Latman you’d seriously wonder about that adage.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

Aren’t some of the recent successes in Los Angeles just emblematic of the overall long tech boom we’ve seen nationally and has led to growth in funding in NY, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco? This time we won’t stop at a mere half a billion but we seem destined to create the kind of tent-pole successes that have brought lasting change to markets like Seattle. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

Tech Startups: Meet Your Future at SXSW

Austin Startup

Austin, or Silicon Hills as it’s now colloquially deemed, was named “ Best City for Startups ” nationwide last year, ahead of Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Tech business in Austin is at an all-time high, and some unlikely companies are jumping in to support the growth.

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Where Will Techstars Fit Into The Narrative of the Boulder Entrepreneurship History?

Feld Thoughts

Brad and I – in addition to sharing a first name – are close friends. Techstars’ geographically dispersed structure shares the wealth across multiple startup communities spanning Seattle to London. As a result, as Techstars scales up, its direct local economic benefits– unlike a Microsoft in Seattle, Google in Mountain View, or Dell in Austin – are realized in several locations, not primarily one.

Coach Helping People Deal With Traumatic Situations


Momentum currently has a graduate base of 30,000+ and growing with offices in NYC, DC, Seattle and Los Angeles. How did you come up with your business name? The name comes from a coaching client who had worked with my mother.

Nine Companies That Got Brand Right


Bean, Oakley, Marmot, and The North Face (to name just a few). Fage had made the mistake of being very different — an unintuitive-to-pronounce name (“Fah-jay”), large cartons, plain whole milk SKUs — and never broadly tapped Americans’ yogurt-eating. Lindsay lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

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

NAME THAT TECH TUNE. 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.

We Have Only Scratched the Surface of the True Value of Twitter. Here’s What You’re Missing

Both Sides of the Table

Seattle? Oh, and if you’re in Chicago or Seattle you have your home town events, too. Here’s yours: Chicago (Nov 7) Seattle (Nov 9). **. On the web each website wants you to log in to their website using a proprietary user name and password. I have written extensively about Twitter in the past. I still find that many people don’t understand the basics.

Coach Helping People Deal With Traumatic Situations


Momentum currently has a graduate base of 30,000+ and growing with offices in NYC, DC, Seattle and Los Angeles. How did you come up with your business name? The name comes from a coaching client who had worked with my mother.

Why We Shouldn’t Be In Love With Startups 


For instance, I saw a local, Seattle startup with a high-value exact-match domain name that (if they launched in this segment) would have put them in direct competition with the likes of Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.

Sustainable Diversity: Amelia Ransom on breaking the diversity hiring stereotype

Transformify - Recruiting

She also serves on the boards of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Goodwill, The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion and Building Changes. She is also on the advisory board for the Seattle chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in America (ALPFA). Eliminating candidates based on their ethnic-sounding names , appearance or gender shall not be part of the screening process.

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


The Texas capital recently was named the #1 place in America to start a business by CNBC. The Kauffman Index recently named Miami the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S., Seattle, WA. Seattle is home to Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and other well-known companies, but it has recently grown into a welcoming place for startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, too. Silicon Valley has dominated the U.S. startup ecosystem for many decades.