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About Us

9Mile Labs is a high-tech accelerator based in Seattle, WA, focused on B2B software and cloud technologies

Our program is a little over 4 months in length and we accept up to 9 startups at a time. During the program, startups receive the following:

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Funding

A $35,000 pre-seed investment in exchange for 8% of the startup’s equity.

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Mentoring

A diverse network of mentors who can help provide counsel and connections to the startups.

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Environment

State-of-the-art workspace in Pioneer Square surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants and other startups.

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Connections

Networking and social events run by 9Mile during the program.

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Audience

An opportunity to present to VCs, angel investors, and mentors throughout the program and at our demo day, called Milestone9.

Tom Casey Tom Casey, Partner
Tom is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, active investor and advisor for technology companies. With more than 16 years at Microsoft, Tom has developed enterprise applications and systems software focused on Business Intelligence, Database Management Systems, Business Process Management, and Payment Systems. Tom holds a BS in MIS.
Kevin Croy Kevin Croy, Partner
Kevin is the consummate serial entrepreneur who has co-founded five startups, two of which (Lostpedia, Jupiter Hosting) have had successful exits. Kevin is a technologist and enterprise architect with hands-on experience in a broad range of Internet technologies, data center infrastructure, and development tools. Kevin holds an MBA.
Enrique Godreau IIIEnrique Godreau III, Partner
Enrique has been active in information technology for 30 years. He’s worked with great people at leading technology-based companies including Adobe, Gartner, and Xerox PARC. In 1996, he cofounded Voyager Capital, an early-stage tech venture capital firm. In 2012, he cofounded GSharp Ventures, a consulting, investment, and advisory firm. Enrique holds a BS in Computer Science.
Caitlin GoetzeCaitlin Goetze, Program Manager
Caitlin is an ambassador for the startup community, previously working at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) as Assistant Director. She has managed events and programs throughout the Seattle area, focusing on empowering entrepreneurs through this strong community network. Caitlin looks forward to facilitating more connections for those hungry entrepreneurs.
Sanjay Puri Sanjay Puri, Partner
Sanjay started his career building database applications at Oracle. Sanjay co-founded thinkIndia.com in 1999 which exited successfully in 2001. As a products executive at startups (iConclude, Opsware, Edifecs) and large companies (Microsoft and HP), Sanjay has helped companies achieve successful exits and exceptional revenue growth. Sanjay holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.
Sandy Sharma Sandy Sharma, Partner
Sandy is a serial entrepreneur and passionate angel investor. Sandy has co-founded and successfully led 4 technology companies. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of Advaiya, a strategy and business development firm and is President of TiE Seattle. Sandy is also an active advisor for multiple startups in the NW and CA. Sandy holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA.

Process

Our process is simple and straight forward. Here's how it works.

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Apply

If you have an idea for a business-to-business (B2B) startup or have already started working on one, you should apply. What is B2B? It means that your primary customer is another company, not an individual.

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Qualify

Once we receive your application, we’ll evaluate it based on the 9Mile Success Framework. We will ping you if we have questions and call you in for a face-to-face meeting as appropriate.

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Engage

After you join the program, you’ll interact with a network of mentors and with other co-founders who will serve as your community of peers. We will guide you on a daily basis to help you build a comprehensive business.

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Build

Once you’re accepted into the program, we’ll set you up with a place to work, a small stipend to pay your bills, and introduce you to some people who will help you get your idea off the ground.

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Graduate

At graduation you get the opportunity to demonstrate your product at the 9Mile Labs Demo Day. Here you get to present your idea to an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, and mentors.

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FAQ

What types of businesses does 9Mile Labs focus on?

9Mile will accept applications for B2B-focused businesses. What does B2B mean? It implies that your primary customer is another company, not an individual consumer.


How much funding do companies in the 9Mile Labs program receive?

Each startup receives $35,000 in funding at the beginning of the program.


What else does a startup receive as part of the 9Mile Labs program?

Startups receive access to our wide network of mentors and advisors who have extensive startup, technology, business, and functional experience. Startups also get great perks such as free workspace, internet access, and hosting from both Amazon and Microsoft.

At the end of the 9Mile Labs program, the startups in the program have the opportunity to showcase their businesses to corporate customers, investors, industry influencers, friends and family at Milestone9 (the 9Mile Labs Demo Day).


What does 9Mile Labs receive from the startups?

9Mile Labs receives 8% equity in the form of Common Stock. Common Stock implies that no board seats, unusual voting rights, veto rights, or other controls are granted to 9Mile Labs.


Who are the 9Mile Labs mentors?

A complete list of 9Mile Labs mentors with short bios can be found on the Mentors page.

The 9Mile Labs mentors come from a cross-section of the high-tech industry. A majority of the mentors are successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business veterans from the startup world. Many are executives from the high-tech business world who have excelled in an executive or functional capacity. Yet others are VCs and angel investors who have worked extensively with startups.


How are startups assigned mentors?

Right after the start of the application process, 9Mile Labs will organize one or more networking events to allow the startups to network with the mentors. These events will be scheduled both before and after the final cohort is selected. This allows all startups to interact with the mentors, regardless of their selection status into the 9Mile Labs program.

In addition to the networking events, the partners in 9Mile Labs will conduct many face-to-face meetings with startups leading up to their selection into the cohort. This will allow the 9ML partner team to get a very good idea about areas of strength and those needing help.

The combination of the informal networking and the gap assessment by the 9ML partners will be utilized to assign mentors to the companies.


How do startups get funded after the 9Mile Labs program ends?

9Mile Labs provides you a stipend of $35,000 that is meant to sustain your for the duration of the program. 9Mile Labs will start introducing you to investors, including VCs, angels and angel investing organizations, around the mid-point of the program. To prepare you for these meetings, 9Mile Labs, along with the mentors, will coach you to help you secure your next round of funding.


I believe I’m too far along to benefit from 9Mile Labs. Should I apply?

Your startup is not too late to apply if you believe you can benefit from:

  • Dedicated coaching and mentoring from a world-class set of entrepreneurs and professionals.
  • A community of B2B startups working and building together.
  • A guided and focused push to discover the product-market fit by applying customer development and lean startup methodologies.

Do I have to work out of the 9Mile facilities for the entire 4 month period?

Yes, we expect all startups in the program to work from the 9Mile Labs facilities for the 4 months of the program.

We believe that one of the greatest benefits from the 9Mile Labs program is the cross-pollination of ideas and strategies among the startups in the program. In addition, the value of the daily mentoring and coaching from the experienced 9Mile team further improves your odds of success.


Do I have to stay Seattle when the program ends after 4 months?

No. It’s your company, so you can run it from the location that best suits your needs.


Tell me more about the networking and educational opportunities.

9Mile Labs will organize dinners and networking events on a fairly regular basis and invite our mentors to speak on a relevant topic. These will be presented as appropriate by highly-successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, legal experts, venture capitalists, investment bankers, etc. Sometimes, we’ll just organize a brief talk with Q&A by a CEO or CTO of a well-known local startup. We may even venture out to some of these companies and do a session there. All of these sessions will be very informal and give you plenty of time to interact with the mentors personally.


What if my company doesn’t ultimately succeed?

Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Remember, raising the next round of funding at Demo Day is not a guarantee of a successful exit. Similarly, failure to raise the next funding round does not mean that you will never succeed at getting an exit. We promise you that the sheer learning you will gain and the number of doors this program will open for you will be well worth the effort.

You’ve probably heard that only 1 in 10 startups ever get an exit. All we’re trying to do is systematically improve those odds of success through right coaching and mentoring in the formative stages of your startup.


How do you choose which companies to accept into the program and to fund?

We look for few things in the startups we work with:

  • A solid team (typically we won’t accept individuals) of 2-3 co-founders–at least 1-2 of these people will be technical.
  • A significantly large target market with adequate head-room for growth.
  • A well-thought out hypothesis for the business model that is articulated using the Business Model Canvas.
  • The potential to build a sustainable advantage over competitors.

Do I need to send in a business plan?

No.  Just fill out our online application.


When is the deadline to apply and what’s the overall timeline?

Applications for the 9Mile Labs Cohort II program can be submitted starting October 7, 2013. Application deadline is November 18, 2013.


What happens after I submit the application?

After we receive your application, we run it through a very well-defined 9Mile success framework. This framework allows us to conduct our assessment in a fair and rational manner.

If we like your application, we’ll invite you for a face-to-face meeting regarding your startup. After we conduct this face-to-face meeting, we will let you know on or before December 20, 2013 if you were accepted into the program or not.

Before the program starts on January 15, 2014, we will organize a few networking and social events for you to interact with the rest of your cohort and with mentors.

Mentors

Lindsay Andreotti

Lindsay Andreotti

CEO at Brilliance Enterprises

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With over 20 years of Sales, HR and Organizational Development experience, Lindsay has assisted in the start, growth, and development of over 200 companies, small and large, in public, private, and non-profit arenas. With a passion for coaching conscious leaders who want to “play to win” rather than “playing not to lose”, Lindsay has focused her attention on the systems and psyche of the human side of business to create significant results.
Oudi Antebi

Oudi Antebi

Sr. Vice President, Product Management and Design at Jive Software

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Oudi is currently SVP of Product Management at Jive Software. Oudi co-founded OffiSync which was eventually acquired by Jive. Oudi has extensive experience in management and development of innovative technology solutions and teams, strategic deals, partnerships, and fund raising.
Frank Artale

Frank Artale

Managing Director at Ignition Partners

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Frank focuses on investing in virtualization, storage, database, and cloud computing. Frank has served as director and advisor to many startups. He has held operational roles, was GM at Microsoft, VP at Citrix, CEO at Consera, and VP at Xensource.
Neal Bernstein

Neal Bernstein

Senior Director at Microsoft

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Neal currently leads Microsoft’s local & mobile advertising products business strategy, business operations, and strategic partnerships. Prior to this, he did the same for Microsoft’s mobile search, local search, maps, and MSN businesses. Before Microsoft, Neal founded two start-up companies and led them through fund-raising, execution, and exits. And prior to these start-ups, Neal held a variety of sales, marketing, finance and product roles at IBM, where among other roles, he launched IBM’s voice recognition offerings.
Ash Bhoopathy

Ash Bhoopathy

co(Labs) entrepreneur at Sequoia Capital

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Ash Bhoopathy is a Designer/Hacker/Prototyper in Residence.  He runs a small consulting company called Lizi Labs that works with Venture Capital companies and Series A funded portfolio companies to focus on Design, User experience, and Growth engineering.  In the past, Ash and his team has worked on various startups of their own in the Edtech and Consumer internet markets.   He’s spoken at conferences such as SXSW on data and design decision making.
José A. Blakeley

José A. Blakeley

Partner Architect - Data Warehousing Product Unit - SQL Server at Microsoft

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Specialties:All aspects of database software development, design, and architecture.
Adam Bogobowicz

Adam Bogobowicz

Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Parallels

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Adam leads Automation, Panel and Infrastructure product marketing at Parallels, a cloud enablement software company supporting needs of SMBs through the service provider channel. Prior to Parallels, Adam
spent 11 years at Microsoft, responsible for product marketing in Server and Cloud Group with primary focus on virtualization technologies.
Eric Brodersen

Eric Brodersen

Senior Vice President at EMC²

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With EMC², and during prior roles with Isilon Systems, Quantum and ADIC, Eric has led global sales and marketing organizations, spearheaded product development initiatives, built alliance, OEM & technical partnerships, driven corporate & divisional M&A strategy, and honed a focus on achieving rapid scale in enterprise systems and software markets
Anders Brown

Anders Brown

Managing Director, Radius Inc.

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Mr. Brown is currently Managing Director at Radius Inc., a next-generation technology consulting company focused on the Internet-of-Things based in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Brown launched Radius after serving as Sr. Vice President at iSoftStone (NYSE:ISS), a global consulting and IT outsourcing company based in Beijing, China.
Bill Bryant

Bill Bryant

Founder & Chairman at Airworks

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Bill Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over 25 leading software, Internet, digital media and mobile companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member.  Companies include
Visio, Netbot, Qpass, Medio, Isilon, Swype, Winshuttle, Ping Identity, Jabber, Opscode and Z2Live.  He is a Partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Amy Buckalter

Amy Buckalter

Toaster Labs, Inc. Founder & CEO

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Jason Bunge

Jason Bunge

Senior Director at Microsoft

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Jason is Senior Director of Internet Services Marketing and e-Commerce at Microsoft where he’s responsible for Office 365 consumer and small business offerings. Jason has over 14 years of marketing and leadership experience across B2B and B2C companies including Microsoft, Compaq and J&J.
Chandan Chauhan

Chandan Chauhan

Co-Founder & SVP at Intelius

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Chandan Chauhan is a co-founder and Senior Vice President of Product Management at Intelius.com. Previously Mr. Chauhan held several senior management positions at Microsoft Corporation in the Windows Operating System and MSN divisions. He was the founding development manager of Microsoft’s first internet application, CarPoint. He holds a patent for digital representation of still images for data transfer.
Digvijay Chauhan

Digvijay Chauhan

Co-founder and CEO at SeeYourImpact

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Digvijay co-founded SeeYourImpact.org, a funding platform to create & celebrate impact through storytelling. Previously, Digvijay was co-founder and CTO of AskMe Corporation, a web based expertise sharing company started in 1999. Prior to AskMe, Digvijay was the Development Head of Internet Explorer / Unix team and served as Group Manager for the DCOM/Unix product.

"JG" Chirapurath

Senior Director at Microsoft

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JG is currently responsible for product planning, strategy, and roadmap for Microsoft’s data platform. Prior to Microsoft, JG was co-founder, board member, and VP of marketing for a web services infrastructure company Sarvega, which was acquired by Intel. JG holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Zachary Cohn

Zachary Cohn

Partner at LIFFFT

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Zac loves making things happen, organizing people and communities, and solving problems that matter. He is currently a partner at LIFFFT where he helps build products and consults with large companies to help them move faster and think more like startups. Before LIFFFT, he was part of the core Startup Weekend team at their headquarters in Seattle, and he’s a seasoned veteran of early-stage business creation and customer development.  When he’s not changing the world through entrepreneurship, he’s training parkour and doing backflips, making viral videos, and running the Hacker News Seattle Meetup.
John DeVadoss

John DeVadoss

General Manager, Enterprise Strategy at Microsoft

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John has spent over 13 years at Microsoft in different roles. He has been a program manager in the distributed applications platform division, an architect working with some of Microsoft’s key partners, director of architecture strategy leading technical strategy for the all-up application platform, and most recently an engineering manager for patterns & practices.
Deepak Dhawan

Deepak Dhawan

Wireless and Technology Executive

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Deepak is a seasoned executive with deep strategic, operating, and general management roles in wireless telecom and adjacent technology space. Deepak’s past roles have included SVP, Solutions and Services at Motricity and VP of Marketing at Real Networks.
Tolis Dimopoulos

Tolis Dimopoulos

Outsourced General Counsel to Startups

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Tolis is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Sophos Law, a startup and technology legal services company. He has expertise in entity selection and formation; founder, employee, and investor equity, securities compliance and financings; and business development arrangements. Tolis has a JD from University of Richmond as well as engineering and business degrees.
Denise Draper

Denise Draper

Freelance Consultant

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Denise is currently a freelance consultant, specializing in working with startups on product strategy and dealing with growth.  Denise was responsible for the startup/turnaround of three small product teams during her eight years at Microsoft (one of those small products is the world’s most-used ETL product).  Prior to that, Denise was CTO of the Seattle-area startup Nimble Technology.   Denise’s interests include new economic models and designing ecosystems (and any other sort of networked behavior), but always with the value prop for the customer as a firm foundation.
Michel Feaster

Michel Feaster

Co-Founder & CEO, Usermind

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At Usermind, Michel is responsible for company vision, strategic direction, planning and execution. Prior to that, Michel was VP of Products at Apptio where she led product management, product marketing, field enablement, and strategy. Michel also led product management and marketing for HP Software’s data center automation products.

Wain Fishburn, Jr.

Wain Fishburn, Jr.

Partner at Cooley LLP

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Brent Frei

Brent Frei

Founder and Executive of Smartsheet

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Jeff Gerber

Jeff Gerber

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Jamie Gier

Jamie Gier

VP of Corporate Marketing at Edifecs

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Jamie is VP of Corporate Marketing at Edifecs, a healthcare IT company. She has held various positions in brand strategy, marketing communications and public relations at several private high-growth technology companies as well as Microsoft and GE Healthcare. She also has M&A experience, leading marketing integration for two major acquisitions: GE Healthcare/IDX and Microsoft/Sentillion.
Anoop Gupta

Anoop Gupta

Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research

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Anupam Gupta

Anupam Gupta

President and CEO of Mixpo

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Manoj Gupta

Manoj Gupta

Director, Business Development at Microsoft

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Manoj is a strategic business development executive with over 16 years of global experience spanning a wide variety of complex deals including strategic sales, strategic alliance, in-bound IP licenses, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Sunny Gupta

Sunny Gupta

Founder and CEO of Apptio

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Sunny is a proven serial entrepreneur and is currently leading Apptio, one of the most innovative enterprise software startups in the country. Prior to Apptio, Sunny founded iConclude which was acquired by Opsware and later by Hewlett Packard. He also co-founded Performant, which was acquired by Mercury Interactive.
Ted Hasse

Ted Hasse

Attorney for IP matters at Morrison & Foerster

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Ted Hasse is an attorney at Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office who also has experience co-founding successful start-ups. Mr. Hasse’s practice involves a wide range of intellectual property matters for tech companies of all sizes. He was recently honored with a 2013 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award.
Dan Hay

Dan Hay

CEO at isoutsource.com

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Matt Heinz

Matt Heinz

President at Heinz Marketing Inc

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George Huang

George Huang

Associate at Madrona Venture Group

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Eyal Inbar

Eyal Inbar

General Manager of Unify Square, Inc.

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Bobby Jadhav

Bobby Jadhav

CEO of Spotzot

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Chairman of Annai Systems

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Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

Director at Microsoft

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Robert Kapela

Robert Kapela

Founder and President at Telrex

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Dan Karr

Dan Karr

Managing Director at Karr Consulting PLLC

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Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly

Vice President at Microsoft

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Ted Kummert

Ted Kummert

Venture Partner at Madrona Venture Group

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Ted joined Madrona in 2013 and brings years of technical and operational leadership in enterprise technology at Microsoft to Madrona and the portfolio companies. Widely known as the “data chief” of Microsoft, he led the data platform business through a period of significant growth and drove the cloud and big data strategy for the platform.
Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee

Mayor of the City of Bellevue, WA

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Mayor Lee was elected Mayor of Bellevue in 2011. Mayor Lee is a huge believer in the Bellevue’s strength and potential as a technology hub that is competitive–not just in the Northwest, but for all of the United States.
Ying Li

Ying Li

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at Concurix

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Michael “Luni” Libes

Michael “Luni” Libes

Founder and Managing Director at Fledge.co

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Chek Lim

Chek Lim

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Court Lorenzini

Court Lorenzini

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Rebecca Lovell

Startup Liaison at City of Seattle

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Vidur Luthra

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Sanjay Manchanda

Sanjay Manchanda

Product Marketing Management at Microsoft

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Chanbir Mann

Chanbir Mann

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Wedge Martin

Wedge Martin

Co-Founder of GeoPapyrus

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Dave McClinton

Dave McClinton

Accountant at McClinton & Associates

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Leslie McGuire

Leslie McGuire

Director of Product Marketing at Parallels

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Leslie leads Parallels value-added cloud services strategy, developing innovative solutions and marketing programs that enable cloud service providers to meet the needs of their SMB customers.  Before joining Parallels, Leslie held several leadership positions at Microsoft, most recently as Director, Windows Server and Management Marketing.   During her 17-year Microsoft tenure, Leslie launched many incubation businesses, fostered strategic OEM partnerships, developed ISV ecosystems and drove end-to-end SMB  channel partner strategies. 
Matt Mcllwain

Matt Mcllwain

Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group

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Matt focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies. He currently serves on the boards of 2nd Watch, Animoto, Apptio, ExtraHop, Skytap, Mixpo, Optify, PayScale, Qumulo, Smartsheet, Placed, and Tier 3. Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing.
Sunil Mehta

Sunil Mehta

CFO of Soma Networks


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Sunil is currently CFO for Ensuant Technologies. He has held finance roles such as CFO, VP and Treasurer in many startups such as SOMA Networks, Leadis Technology, VLSI Technology and Maxtor.
Greg Meyer

Greg Meyer

Manager of Customer WOW at Salesforce

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Greg Meyer delights start-ups, small businesses, and enterprise organizations that implement customer support ideas to take their business to the next level. He works as part of the Customer Wow team at Desk.com
Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Managing Director at vcfo Seattle

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A former Arthur Andersen Partner and Hitachi Vice President, Tom specializes in building high value companies. He is a Zino Society coach, and is active in several Puget Sound Angel Investors groups. He has been an interim CEO, COO and CFO and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at WSU.
Tom Nault

Tom Nault

Member of Board of Directors Conenza, Echo-Sense

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Tom founded three different successful startups all with successful exits. He managed four turnarounds resulting in profitable exits. Most notably, he acquired controlling interest in Open interface North America (OINA) and sold it to Qualcomm in 2007. Tom has over 10 years of experience as an independent federal court appointed corporate trustee.
Timothy Ng

Timothy Ng

Program Manager at Microsoft

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Program management experience building scalable cloud services for server management. Software engineering experience building compilers and debugger technologies.
Specialties:Engineering for Cloud services, Compilers, Debuggers
Preetish Nijhawan

Preetish Nijhawan

Managing Partner at Cervin Ventures

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Preetish has 18 years’ experience leading product management and online marketing efforts for high technology companies. He has successfully built two companies from scratch into global organizations with multi-million dollar revenues.
Abe Pachikara

Abe Pachikara

Business Manager at Microsoft

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Marketing Generalist with 14 years agency experience at Leo Burnett and Digitas, responsible for positioning & messaging, online programs, and advertising campaigns for United Airlines, FedEx, BofA, Kraft and IBM. At Microsoft, earned Circle of Excellence field award twice: as U.S. cloud computing developer evangelism lead; & for establishing marketing governance capability.
Gurdeep Singh Pall

Gurdeep Singh Pall

Corporate Vice President at Microsoft

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Gurdeep is Vice President of Microsoft’s Information Platform and Experience team. He is responsible for vision, product strategy and R&D for the Bing services and platform that includes mobile, mapping, and speech. Previously he was Vice President for the Lync family of products and orchestrated the Skype acquisition. He holds several patents in networking, compression and real-time collaboration.
Carl Paschke

Carl Paschke

General Manager of IT at Microsoft

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At Microsoft, Carl is responsible for delivering enterprise solutions across various Microsoft business groups at scale.  He led design, engineering & operations activities for a multitude of internal and external facing properties including MSCOM & CRM.  He was actively involved the XBOX launch for software and hardware, and is currently leading efforts in next generation customer experiences for consumer & commercial support.
Liz Pearce

Liz Pearce

CEO at LiquidPlanner

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Since 2007, Liz has helped more than 1500 project teams overcome scheduling and collaboration challenges through the use of best practices and better tools. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, branding, sales, operations, support, management and business development. Before joining LiquidPlanner, Liz ran her own successful marketing consultancy where she worked with a diverse set of clients. She also held product and project management positions at Amazon.com, Google, and Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Tim Porter

Tim Porter

Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group

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At Madrona, Tim focuses on the software, infrastructure, and wireless sectors. He is particularly interested in SaaS, cloud computing, next-generation enterprise data centers, and opportunities created by new mobile platforms. Tim serves on the boards of Appature, buuteeq, Context Relevant, and AppFog, and is a board observer for Apptio, ExtraHop Networks, Impinj, Skytap, Smartsheet, Tier3, and Z2Live.
Jesse Proudman

Jesse Proudman

Founder and CEO at Blue Box Group

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Over 15 years of experience building and leading IT businesses, Jesse Proudman has successfully demonstrated his technical and business leadership aptitude as a hands-on, do-it-yourself entrepreneur. A University of Puget Sound Business Leadership Program graduate, he founded Blue Box in 2003 and has led the company to record growth levels through both prosperous and troubled economic times.
Ranjith Ramakrishnan

Ranjith Ramakrishnan

Founder & CTO at Opstera

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Ranjith is a three-time entrepreneur who successfully founded, served as the CTO and exited two Cloud/SaaS startups in the last 5 years. Previously, he held engineering leadership positions at companies like Microsoft and IBM. Ranjith has extensive experience in SaaS business operations & management.
Vibhu Ranjan

Vibhu Ranjan

Global Sales and Marketing Leader

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Global Sales and Marketing Leader with seventeen years of progressive leadership experience in general management, solution sales, marketing, channel partner management and business development.
Customer Vertical Expertise: High Technology, Power & Utilities, Public Sector, Manufacturing, Retail, Telecommunications and Financial Services.
Key product types represented include: Enterprise Software, B2B Applications, Cloud Computing, SaaS, Mobile, and Professional Services.
Start-Up Experience: Acting mentor at high-tech accelerator, 9Mile Labs where I advise early stage entrepreneurs on product positioning/messaging, business model creation and go-to-market strategies.
Before joining F5, I led Microsoft’s Solution Sales team in the US Midwest Region covering over 2,000 customers across 3 states representing over $200 million annual revenue for Microsoft. Promoted 4-times at Microsoft.
Andrew Rodgers

Andrew Rodgers

Founder & CTO at SpaceCurve

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Andrew is currently the CTO and the founder of SpaceCurve, the first real-time analytical database platform designed for the Internet of Things. A Silicon Valley veteran of companies like Netflix and Cisco, he has two decades of operational experience in real-time Big Data and is a pioneer in the development of distributed database technologies for real-time geospatial and location intelligence.
John Rizzo

John Rizzo

Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software

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John brings more than 25 years of experience helping to guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. He has raised over $150M in private and public markets and was a key early-stage contributor to companies that are today delivering well over $100B in combined annual sales. He began his career with Intel and then joined Apple (Macintosh Marketing). He ran marketing and sales for Weitek, the world’s first fabless chip company, which completed an IPO and pioneered 3D graphics for video gaming. John was Vice President of Global Market Planning and Programs at Oracle. and CEO of Cahoots/Informative (a social networking and customer intelligence SaaS company). Most recently, John was President and CEO of Zeebo, Inc., which launched a wireless interactive entertainment, internet, social networking and education platform for consumers in Brazil, Mexico, China, India and other emerging markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
John Sechrest

John Sechrest

Founder, Seattle Angel Conference

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John Sechrest is the co-organizer for the Lean Startup Seattle group and the founder of the Seattle Angel Conference as well as the Willamette Angel Conference. John wrote code at HP for the first networked calculator. As an entrepreneur, John founded an Internet Service Provider in Oregon. John is currently active in the Seattle Open Coffee and Eastside Open Coffee.

Raj Sehgal

Raj Sehgal

Software Business Veteran

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Raj Sehgal is a software business professional with extensive product management/marketing experience at Microsoft, Sun/Oracle, Sybase, and several startups including two SaaS companies that he co-founded – CareAssured (health insurance) and IronPillar (IT service management).
Soumitra Sengupta

Soumitra Sengupta

Principal Development Manager at Microsoft

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Soumitra was one of the key technologists driving the development of Windows Phone 7 software and hardware. He was also a key contributor to the development of the SQL Azure platform. Soumitra was the co-founder and CTO of a venture-backed enterprise software company called B-Bop.
Gowri Shankar

Gowri Shankar

Venture Partner at Naya Ventures

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Prior to Naya Ventures, Gowri was CEO of SinglePoint Technologies. As a founding member of the Sprint PCS launch team, Gowri led the creation of the first nation-wide telesales and e-commerce distribution channels in the wireless industry.
Ajay Sikka

Ajay Sikka

Managing Consultant at Ci2i Services, Inc.

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Ajay has 20+ years’ experience working with Enterprise Software & Services companies. He has been part of 2 successful startups (Vermeer-FrontPage & IndiaHQ). Ajay has built new businesses, driven M&A transactions, and led large teams. He provides strategic guidance, helps in building Global alliances, and architecting Product roadmaps. He is very active in supporting startups in the Seattle area and in India.
Dharmesh Singh

Dharmesh Singh

Sr. Director at Salesforce.com

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Focused on driving solutions for supporting the full customer lifecycle from pre-sales to renewals. Dharmesh brings a multi-disciplinary lens to help jumpstart startups having global experience across sales, operations, product and program management.  Over 15 years at Microsoft where he worked across Asia–Pacific, US Field and Corporate headquarters. Actively involved in mentoring early stage and venture funded startups focused on the enterprise space.
Madhu K Singh

Madhu K Singh

Principal at MK Singh Law Office

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Madhu works closely with growth companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop successful legal and intellectual property strategies in the areas of technology, mobile, and social. She also assists U.S. companies expand into India. Madhu is the faculty lead of the Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic at Seattle University School
of Business.
Sherril Small

Sherril Small

ChangeMarketer & Managing Partner at CJSA LLC

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Sherril is a marketing and communications specialist who understands how to open new markets.  Her firm, ChangeMarketer, works with high-tech companies to establish, expand or reposition businesses and their products in the marketplace.  Her clients include technology leaders, inventors and innovators.
Matt Sousley

Matt Sousley

Cloud Integrations Architect at Skytap

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Matt has seen the entire spectrum of Systems Management in his career, from a data center operator to a software developer building products for IT. He has worn many technical hats, including developer, architect, and manager while working at iConclude, Opsware, HP, and FullArmor.
Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens

Marketing Executive

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Accomplished consumer marketing executive with a passion for innovation and delivering big results. • 30-year track record of consistently launching successful new products and initiatives. • Adept manager of large teams (100+) and budgets ($100M+) in Fortune 500 companies, as well as small, hands-on start-up ventures. • Diverse industry experience: retail, food service, consumer goods, telecom, software and electronics. • Broad portfolio of branding, advertising, DM, web, PR and CRM accomplishments. • Skilled talent recruiter and developer; agency and strategic partnership manager. • Thinks and reacts quickly and creatively when companies need it most. • Compelling communicator and expert public spokesperson.
Eric Swift

Eric Swift

General Manager, WW Productivity Sales Specialists at Microsoft

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General Manager, WW Productivity Sales Specialists – Microsoft
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Shannon Swift

Shannon Swift

President/CEO, Swift HR Solutions, Inc.

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Shannon Swift is the CEO of Swift HR Solutions, Inc., a provider of strategic HR services and products for early stage companies. Shannon has more than twenty years of human resources experience, combined with successful executive level management and business development roles. She has held the top senior HR positions at GoAhead Software (Vice President and Corporate Secretary), Nastech Pharmaceutical (Senior Director), and Health Team Northwest (Director), formerly Home Health Care of Washington. She has also held senior level roles in outsourcing firms TriNet VCO (Managing Director) and PMSI (Director of Business Development).
Ray Taft

Ray Taft

Sr. Director of IT at Gap, Inc.

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Ray is responsible for designing, building and operating the Global Data Center and IT footprint for Gap, Inc. Before Gap, Ray was VP of IT Infrastructure at Expedia.com where he led multiple operational and engineering teams. Ray founded and was CEO for Jupiter Hosting, which was acquired by Navisite.
Seth Talbott

Seth Talbott

CEO, Entrepreneur & Startup Advisor

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Seth is a serial entrepreneur who started his career in IT and software development over 15 years ago. Over that span, Seth has run a global data center for a major software company, been CEO of a group of award winning medical clinics and founded numerous companies including AtomOrbit which VentureBeat named as one of the most innovative Early-stage Startups in the 2013 Innovation Showdown in Cloud software. AtomOrbit also won the GeekWire 2013 Startup Day Pitch competition. He has been all over the world to consult and advise with some of the largest companies in the world, including AT&T, Microsoft, Vodafone, Citi, Wells Fargo, Target, and the British Ministry of Defense, just to name a few.
Christine Thompson

Christine Thompson

President & Owner at Informing Arts

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Christine was instrumental in creating new software categories and developing markets for Apple  and Adobe, a pioneer in digital media and publishing. She led Apple’s digital publishing business during a period of explosive growth:  $1 billion in <5 years. She has served on the coaching committee for an angel’s network, helping founders hone their pitch for investors.  Through her work with Informing Arts,  Christine advises B2B and B2C clients on strategies to build brands, find their sweet spot and drive growth through an aligned revenue engine.  These days she is keen to innovate new models to link best practice frameworks from customer discovery +  lean startups + B2B buyer journeys + content marketing  as a faster way to grow markets and acquire the right B2B customers.
Alex Tibbets

Alex Tibbets

General Manager at Nordstrom Direct

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Motivated by the satisfaction of activating unconventional approaches to ambiguous opportunities and problems that seem intractable. Expertise in planning, negotiating, launching, and marketing “firsts” – in product, process and partnerships.
Rick Turoczy

Rick Turoczy

Co-Founder at PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment)

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Rick is a leader of the Portland, OR startup community. He founded and manages PIE, a Portland-based technology accelerator run in collaboration with global advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. He’s also the editor of Silicon Florist, a blog covering the Portland startup and open source scenes. Rick serves as a board member at the Technology Association of Oregon and an advisor to the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
Vijay Vashee

Vijay Vashee

Board Member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Vijay is an active angel investor, venture capitalist, philanthropist, founder of TiE Seattle, and mentor to many entrepreneurs. Vijay also has served as Chairman of Bellevue College and on various other boards. During his tenure at Microsoft, Vijay launched several key software products.
Haresh Ved

Haresh Ved

Chair at TiE Angels Group Seattle (TAGS)

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Haresh launched and is the Chair of the TiE Angels Group Seattle (TAGS.)  He is also the Founder and Managing General Partner at Cronus Ventures LLC, an early stage investment company.  Prior to founding Cronus, Haresh spent 10+ years holding key development and leadership roles at Microsoft Corporation, steering them in their initial product design and development efforts to shape up the future of handheld devices, Tablets, and mobile computing. He also played a key role early on in developing and implementing tools, technologies, and strategies to take Microsoft products to international markets.  Haresh’s key focus areas are Mobility, Education, eLearning and eHealth.
Deven Waghani

Deven Waghani

Vice President of Corporate Strategy at HP

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At HP, Deven is one of the key strategists architecting the turnaround efforts at HP. Prior to HP, Deven was the head of marketing and advertising for the Server & Tools Division at Microsoft. Deven also spent many years in management consulting at McKinsey & Co.
Joe Wallin

Joe Wallin

Legal Counsel to Start-Ups and Emerging Companies at Davis Wright Tremaine

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Joe Wallin focuses on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investment funds with respect to their fund formation work, and represents investors in and acquirers of businesses, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public. Joe is also the founder of the firm’s Startup Law Blog – you can learn more about him at StartupLawBlog.com.
Joe Whitford

Joe Whitford

Legal Counsel to Start-Ups and Emerging Companies at Davis Wright Tremaine

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Joe Whitford focuses his corporate finance practice in startups and the emerging-company sector, where he has served for more than 30 years as General Counsel and advisor to high- growth software, Internet, health care, medical device, biotech, wireless, and specialty retail business ventures.
Darren Yetzer

Darren Yetzer

Senior Director at Microsoft

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Senior-executive level individual with a proven leadership track-record in the areas of channel business development and digital channel marketing.
Created and executed successful channel (routes to market) strategies across e-commerce, BI, Cloud and Voice businesses. Accountable for developing channel portfolios with a balance of business development and programmatic scale activities. Resulted-in, with proper P&L management and appropriate routes-to-market focus, increased sales, larger customer base and entry into new product categories and geographies.

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