Category: Seattle

REMINDER: PitchBlack is part of Techstars Startup Week Seattle, October 4, 2017

As much as I love our Portland companies, I’m even happier when they can expand their markets by exporting their goods and services to other communities. It doesn’t matter if they’re tech, creative, food & beverage… you name it. Being part of the “traded sector” helps Portland. So you can only imagine how happy I was when I heard PitchBlack was being shared with other communities as well. They’ll be in Seattle on Wednesday night as part of Techstars Startup Week Seattle.

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Adding Rainier to that collection of peaks: Seven Peaks Ventures opens Seattle office

It’s pretty common practice to have folks from the north and south visit Oregon. And in recent years, it’s even become common for capital to flow into the state from investors in those neighboring states. But it’s still rare to see Oregon investors expand to other regions. But that’s exactly what Seven Peaks Ventures is doing.

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Something to like: Former Facebook general counsel joins Portland friendly investors Founders Co-op

It’s no secret that a lot of the capital powering the Portland startup scene comes from outside of town. And one of the earliest supporters—both in terms of this generation of startups and when they invest—has been Seattle’s Founders Co-op. And now, they’ve got another investor joining their ranks: former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre is now a general partner. Read More

The week has barely started and you've already got Friday happy hour plans with TechStars Seattle

I know, I know. It’s only Monday morning. Which seems a little early to be talking about Friday afternoon happy hour. Or maybe it’s the ideal time. Either way. Read More

Building something B2B? New startup accelerator 9Mile Labs wants to help

You can’t swing a dead term sheet without hitting a startup accelerator or two, these days. So it’s good to see some diversification in the market. Take 9Mile Labs out of Seattle, for example. Read More

Seattle field trip: Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure powered by TechStars

It’s always nice to take a look at what’s happening in other startup scenes. Yesterday, I was up north at the—deep breath—Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars Demo Day on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. All told, 10 new companies came out of the Accelerator, the first based on Azure. Read More

Field trip: Portland's Glider (formerly Superbly) and the rest of TechStars Seattle Demo Day 2012

I accompanied a number of Portland folks who took a trip north to attend TechStars Seattle Demo Day, where Portland company Glider—formerly known as Superbly, a Portland Seed Fund and Portland Startup Weekend alum—and nine other companies took the stage to pitch their products. Read More

Seattle’s Redfin has a growing Portland presence—and $14.8 million in additional funding to help build it

It’s always great to hear about companies headquartered in Portland getting funding. But you know what else is great? Companies with branch offices in Portland getting funding—especially when they’re growing branch offices.

Such is the case with Seattle-based Redfin, which just landed $14.8 million in funding, part of which will be used to increase the size of their Portland footprint. Read More

Is the search for capital weighing you down? Maybe you need Lighter Capital

As people try to rework and reimagine startup funding and venture capital, there are any number of interesting ideas coming to light. The latest comes not from the Valley but from our neighbor to the north, Seattle.

It’s called Lighter Capital. And the idea is to make funding more accessible to companies that are demonstrating a successful track record—with fewer strings attached. Read More

Advice on starting a startup: Seattle StartupDay 2010 helps pre-entrepreneurs step up or step out

[Editor’s note: Guest author David Abramowski joins us from Seattle with his recap of StartupDay 2010. You may remember David from his days in Portland as the CEO of MioWorks. Most likely from his popular post on the reasons he had to shutter the project. For more, follow him on his blog, Inner Lining. Now, let’s get to his recap…]

The fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. It can keep you from taking a first step in any direction. It can stop progress dead in its tracks and give you all the excuses in the world as to why not take the plunge. This fear grips many who have thought about being an entrepreneur throwing them into the analysis paralysis loop until the opportunity has passed them by and they can comfortably say “if only I…” Read More

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