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 […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers: Dr. Freada Kapor – Kapor Capital

Freada Kapor is a longtime investor and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. The Kapor Center, which she founded, invites us to understand the specific needs that different groups of women, trans and non-binary individuals face and to challenge solutions that only benefit the most privileged among us. It’s a lofty and difficult goal, but […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers: Dennis Joyce – Angel Investor

Dennis Joyce is an early-stage investor with over 15 years of experience. He has been a key ally and close friend of FFA. Tell us about the professional journey that took you where you are today. What major lessons did you learn along the way? I started my career as a real estate manager, developer […] [...]