Regional Seed Investing: from Pariah to Possibility?

I love reading Mark Suster’s annual survey of venture capital Limited Partners (the large-scale institutional allocators who actually supply the money that VCs invest), but as the manager of both a regional seed fund (Founders’ Co-op) and regional startup accelerator (Techstars Seattle), I’ve always felt like more of a spectator than a participant in the continue…

What is Seattle best at?

We just announced our Techstars Seattle 2017 cohort — nine companies that represent the best of the Pacific Northwest innovation ecosystem. In both the recruiting effort for the class and in making our final selections, our top-of-mind question is always this one: “What are the most powerful pairings of founder capabilities and ecosystem resources that continue…

2016: Bad + Ugly, but also Good

Two blog posts from friends stuck out for me this week, Brad Feld’s December Depression and Boris Wertz’ A Year in Review: 2016. Brad’s post was a perfect summary of how I’ve been feeling since the November election, with its unfolding aftermath offering an almost-daily sucker punch to my equilibrium. This gloom has seeped into continue…

Tone at the Top

Tone at the top is a term of art from corporate governance, now broadly applied to the role of senior leaders in any large, complex organization. Here’s a nice summary from Boise State University’s internal controls page: ”Tone at the Top’ is a term that is used to define management’s leadership and commitment towards openness, honesty, continue…

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Welcoming Komiko to the Founders’ Co-op family

I’m delighted to announce that Founders’ Co-op has just completed an investment in Komiko, a Redmond-based company that uses machine learning to bridge the structured tables and workflows of Enterprise CRM platforms with the messy, unstructured data that lives in company email, calendars and documents. As a fund we continue to see huge opportunities at continue…

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Welcoming Reflect to the Founders’ Co-op family

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve just completed an investment in Reflect, a “data-vizualization-as-a-service” company co-founded by Alex Bilmes and Brad Heller. It’s been a while since I had the chance to post about a new portfolio company (we’ve made a few other investments I can’t talk about yet), but this one is a special pleasure continue…

Giftbit Team

Welcoming Giftbit to the Founders’ Co-op family

This is a super-fun investment to be able to announce, because it ties together so many of the threads of our work here at Founders’ Co-op. Giftbit is a Victoria, BC company that helps large-scale issuers of digital gift credits (think brands like Starbucks, Amazon and eBay) and volume buyers of those credits (pretty much any digital continue…

Seattle

How Seattle is getting growth right

On Monday I noticed this article in my feed and was sucked in by the very first line: “Among the credible candidates to be the economic capital of the 21st century, the oddest and most reluctant has got to be San Francisco.” The crux of the author’s argument is that, by every other indicator, San Francisco continue…