Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Rachel ten Brink

Rachel Ten Brink is a Partner with Five Four Ventures. A firm believer in being open to new opportunities and taking chances, she gleans a lot of wisdom from her mother and her daughter (who says that “a mistake-less life is no life”). What does she look for in investment? Clear scalable model, a space […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin is the Cofounder & CEO of SparkToro. When we first sent him this questionnaire, he responded to one question with a lengthy excerpt from The Tempest, by Shakespeare (we did not include it here, but if you email us, we’ll send it to you), which gives you a glimpse into his character – […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Alex Iskold

After planting roots in engineering, Alex Iskold moved into the startup landscape, where he founded two companies before becoming the Managing Director at Techstars. Now a Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures, Alex has invested in over 100 companies; he believes that when you mix vision with empathy and discipline, you find magic. Tell us about […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Ruchika Tulshyan

Ruchika Tulshyan is the CEO of Candour, an Angel Investor and the author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace. She eschews boxes, colors outside the lines, and believes deeply that diversity is essential for success, and that it takes a village to raise an idea. Tell us about the professional journey […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Julie Harrelson, Cascade Seed Fund

Julie Harrelson is the Managing Director of the Cascade Seed Fund. Recognizing that being an entrepreneur is hard, she recommends building a strong network of close advisors, people who love you no matter what, and experts. Tell us about the professional journey that took you where you are today. What major lessons did you learn […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Yoko Okano, Grubstakes

Yoko Okano, Angel investor and Founding member of Grubstakes, won The Investor award at our 2019 Champion Awards. From majoring in music history to funding great founders solving big problems, she leverages a varied set of skills and tools to help bring more diversity and equity into the startup landscape. Tell us about the professional […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Tracy Killoren Chadwell, 1843 Capital

Tracy Killoren Chadwell is a Founding Partner of 1843 Capital; motivated primarily by her desire to be helpful, she loves participating in the success and growth of companies that can make peoples lives better. She’s passionate about mixing creativity with persistence and support, a magical combination, particularly when supporting women founders. Tell us about the […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Amy LaMeyer, WXR Fund

With over 18 years of experience in high growth technologies, Amy LaMeyer is a managing partner of the WXR Fund, a venture fund focused on backing female-led startups building the future of computing in spatial computing and artificial intelligence. She’s a mentor for Boost VC, Women in VR/AR and others. Tell us about the professional […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers – Micah Baldwin, Create33 at Madrona Venture Group

Micah Baldwin is a seasoned pro in the startup world. For 20+ years he has led large-scale, multi-million dollar global growth across product and business development for venture-backed startups. He has helped drive the growth of several startup ecosystems through strategic planning, partnerships, and engagement. His primary focus: cultivate strong partner relations and corporate development […] [...]