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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.

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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 ! . Jam raised a $3.5M seed to Figma-tize product collaboration. Product news.

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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™. Outreach was named to this prestigious list thanks in part to triple-digit year-over-year revenue growth and the largest customer base in the sales engagement category.

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

YoungUpstarts

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. NEWS ,LIVE,ROCKS,ATTORNEY,REVIEWS, and.VIDEO.

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Investing Outside The Bay Area

Haystack

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. How many fresh college graduates are going to LA or Seattle or New York versus coming to the Bay Area? people looking to move to Austin).

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

YoungUpstarts

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 then make purchases with a stored payment method or drain value from the user’s account.

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

crowdSPRING Blog

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. The good news is that these new metro centers are significantly less expensive than Silicon Valley or the East Coast. . Austin, TX.