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Welcoming Transpose to the Founders’ Co-op Family

I’m thrilled to announce the addition of another fantastic new founder to the FC family, as well as an exciting new role for one of the first (and most successful) founders we’ve ever backed as a fund. First, please meet Hussein Ahmed, CEO of Transpose. Hussein is a first-generation American immigrant, PhD Computer Scientist and continue…

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Relentlessly resourceful = Outreach.io

Paul Graham is one of the best thinkers and writers there is on startups. One of his many superpowers is concision: boiling ideas down to their essence. My favorite example is his two-word definition of successful entrepreneurs: “relentlessly resourceful”. He concludes that same post by writing: “If I were running a startup, this would be continue…

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Welcoming SkyWard to the Founders’ Co-op Family

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve just completed an investment in SkyWard. This is a first for us in several ways: Our first investment in the commercial drone ecosystem The first Portland investment from our new fund Our first co-investment with the new Techstars Ventures Fund Before I tell you more about any of those continue…

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20 million new reasons to bet big on the Pacific Northwest

Seven years ago we announced the launch of Founders’ Co-op as a new $2.5 million fund dedicated to supporting seed-stage startups in the Pacific Northwest. Today I’m delighted to announce that we’ve just completed the final close on our third fund — our largest ever at just over $20 million — to continue the journey continue…

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The curse of the “non-operating co-founder”

I met with a talented young entrepreneur last week with early traction on a very interesting idea. After getting to know him a bit and learning about the business, I asked him about his co-founders. “Well”, he said, “there are four of us, but I’m the only one working on the business full-time.” “Hmm,” I continue…

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Techstars Seattle 2015 is on + I’m hiring!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday break and are hitting 2015 as fired up as I am. One of things I’m most excited about this year is my new role as Managing Director of Techstars Seattle — complementing my ongoing seed stage investment work at Founders’ Co-op. I took over the program from my continue…

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What log scale interval are you?

If there’s such a thing as an anti-linkbait title this post is a canonical example, but this topic keeps coming up in conversation so it’s time to take a swing at writing it down. The concept of the power law distribution is a common one in startup-land, whether you’re talking about venture capital outcomes, app store downloads or income inequality: many markets continue…