About Us

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


Our program is a little over 14 weeks in length and we accept up to 9 startups at a time. During the program, startups receive the following:




A $35k-$105k investment in exchange for 7-10% of the startup’s equity.



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



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



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



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

Kevin Croy
Kevin Croy, Co-founder & 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.

Sanjay Puri
Sanjay Puri, Co-founder & 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, Co-founder & 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 Indigo Slate, 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.

Dandan Ran
Dandan Ran, Cohort Manager

Dandan Ran has been a marketer for more than 10 years. She has worked in the corporate world as well as start-ups. In the past couple of years, she led the launch and global expansion of businesses in US, China, Southeast Asia, and Japan. She is thrilled to join 9Mile Labs and build connections with the entrepreneurial community in the Pacific Northwest. Dandan holds an MBA and speaks fluent Mandarin, English and Japanese.

Tom Casey
Tom Casey, Co-founder & Advisor

Tom is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, active investor and advisor for technology companies. In addition to being a co-founder and active advisor at 9Mile Labs, Tom is currently VP of Platform & Infrastructure at Apptio. Prior to Apptio, Tom was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and led the development of many enterprise applications and systems. Tom began his career in small startups in the Seattle area and loves helping Pacific Northwest companies grow.

The 9Mile Labs Advisory Board

Tom Casey

Tom Casey
VP, Platform & Infrastructure, Apptio

Tom is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, active investor and advisor for technology companies.

Tom is currently VP of Platform & Infrastructure at Apptio, the independent software-as-a-service leader in technology business management (TBM).

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Prior to Apptio, Tom was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and lead the development of a number of enterprise applications and systems products focused on analytics, database management, business process management, and online commerce.

Tom began his career in small startups in the Seattle area and loves helping Pacific Northwest companies grow. He is a co-founder and active advisor at 9Mile Labs, the premier B2B startup accelerator in the Pacific Northwest.

Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.

Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly
Corporate VP, M&A Strategy & Biz Dev, Microsoft

Bob is responsible for all M&A Deal Strategy and Biz Dev for the Cloud and Enterprise (C&E) business at Microsoft. Prior to C&E, Bob oversaw Microsoft’s business and marketing strategy for Windows Azure focusing on Microsoft’s cloud platform execution.
Previously, Bob has been instrumental

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in growing the Windows Server business from a relatively new product to a market leader–helping to shape Microsoft’s $15 billion server and tools business.

Bob began his career with Microsoft in 1996 with the Windows NT Server 3.51 marketing team. He later transitioned to launch Windows 2000 Server and later helped to form the company’s U.S. subsidiary. He has held a series of marketing and product management roles, both in the field and corporate offices, such as general manager of Windows Server Product Management and general manager of infrastructure server marketing.

A Massachusetts native, Kelly earned his master’s degree and doctorate in English literature from the University of Dallas.

Michael Orbach

Michael Orbach
Managing Director, Cascadia Capital

Mike Orbach is a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital and leads the firm’s Information Technology Practice. With over 30 years of operational and transactional experience, Orbach has closed more than 90 public, private and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financings.

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Orbach joined Cascadia Capital from Pagemill Partners, where he served as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Pagemill Partners, Orbach was a partner at Stonecroft Capital. Michael was also a founding member of ABB New Ventures Ltd, and a Managing Director of the ABB Industrial IT Venture Fund.

During his career as a software entrepreneur, Orbach co-founded and managed Simulation Sciences from inception through its IPO; he then sold the business to Invensys. Orbach also led technology and service company M&A for Aspen Technology and co-founded Skyva International, which he later sold to ABB Ltd.

Orbach has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Heather Redman

Heather Redman
VP Business Operations & Indix Corporation General Counsel

Heather Redman is VP Business Operations & General Counsel at Indix Corporation. Prior roles include Senior Vice President at Summit Power Group and Executive and Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc.

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While at PhotoDisc and Atom, Heather led the negotiations for the successful sale of these companies and negotiated many acquisitions on the buy side. She was also General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company, and managed that company’s listing on NASDAQ.

Heather serves on the Boards of Summit Power Group, the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Greater Seattle Chamber, the Hawthorn Club, Global EIR Coalition, Forterra and the Finance Committee for the Seattle Chamber’s PAC.

Heather is active in local and national policy. In addition to being a mentor and advisor at 9Mile Labs, she is also a mentor and investor at TechStars and an investor in Founders’ Co-op, Alliance of Angels and Pioneer Square Labs while making her own independent angel investments. Heather holds a JD (with distinction) from Stanford and her BA from Reed.

Gary Rubens

Gary Rubens
Founder of StartIt Labs and Entrepreneur

Gary is a private investor and entrepreneur based who has invested in over 80 companies in the Seattle area. With a diverse 25 years of experience in launching startups, business acquisition, commercial real estate investing and running large scale businesses, Gary is rich with insights, growth and business strategies.

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Gary was President/CEO of Architectural Details, Lighting Universe and ATG Stores, as well as a VP for Lowe’s. Most recently, Gary’s acquired start up i1 Biometrics, a company that provides sensored products for the sporting goods industry, helping to identify head injuries and trauma. Gary views everyday as a new opportunity to change the world in some way, his goal is to be a positive and inspiring addition to people’s lives.