Tom was my friend. Many others have commented on his impact on the Seattle ecosystem – as a lawyer, a VC, and a valued board member. Behind this was his passion for the Pacific Northwest and his vision of how to make it better.
I’m not sure that Tom fully understood the broad impact that he had on the direction … Read more >
Sometimes funny things happen in the world of angel investing and entrepreneurial companies. I was contacted by Andrew Sheludenkov of the publication Medium who asked to translate and repost one of my blog posts, the one on JoyLux. I granted permission. Since I don’t speak Ukrainian, I hope the translation is accurate!
Xiao Wang founded Boundless (www.boundless.com) in 2017 to “empower families to navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably.” His family arrived in the US when he was a boy and he watched his parents struggle and spend a lot of time and money on their green card application.
Xiao saw an opportunity to transform the immigration … Read more >
Today I saw an ad that said, “buy more, save more.” It made me think of an experience from about 1987, when I was VP & GM for Northern & Eastern Europe for AT&T and leading a USAID mission on telecommunication to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, then a part of the Soviet Union.
I had started a series of posts called Startup Heroes to highlight the resilience and rapid adaptations that leaders of startups have carried out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that resulted. I was going to publish the latest in the series today.
The CEO I was going to feature this week reached out to me … Read more >
Colette Courtion founded Joylux (www.joylux.com) in 2016 after she became a mother and experienced both the joys of motherhood and the consequence of incontinence that results from childbearing. She had previously founded a skincare company and decided to apply some of the technologies that help skin look younger to a more intimate health problem—sexual health—that not only is … Read more >
The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused every startup to assess how to survive and plan to thrive in the “new normal.” No one knows what the new normal will look like, but based on other jolts to our economic system, we do know that life after this pandemic will be different than life before – at least for a while. Just … Read more >
I really wanted Jet.Com to work. When they announced the service as an alternative to Amazon, I thought that a new kind of competition would be good for the industry. Unfortunately, my experience shows that great ideas and intentions that are not ready for prime time = just a terrible customer experience that appears doomed.