Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund for software entrepreneurs. Previously, Elizabeth was a partner at 500 Startups where she invested in seed stage companies and ran the Mountain View accelerator. In a prior life, Elizabeth co-founded and ran an adtech company called LaunchBit (acq 2014). Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Elizabeth has reviewed over 20k startup pitches from around the world in the last few years and has helped numerous portfolio founders raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Her work and writing on startup fundraising has been featured in numerous publications including TechCrunch, Forbes, Huffington Post, BetaKit, and more. Learn more about Elizabeth on her blog.
Lolita is an early-stage tech venture capitalist.
Sarah Imbach is an active angel investor and start-up advisor. Before locating to the northwest in 2011, Sarah was an early operating executive at three of the most well known companies to come out of the valley in the last 20 years: PayPal, LinkedIn and 23andMe. As the #2 at both LinkedIn and 23andMe her responsibilities spanned broadly across product, sales, operations, finance, and engineering.
Since moving to Seattle, Sarah has shifted from running start-ups to investing in them. Sarah has made over forty investments in early stage companies. Her primary investing focus has been consumer, marketplaces and SaaS software companies. Sarah currently serves on three boards and advises several other companies.
Tim is a Managing Director at Madrona, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Tim focuses on investing in business software companies, particularly those specializing in intelligent applications and SaaS, cloud native software, machine learning, and security. Tim serves on the boards of Algorithmia, Echodyne, Eclypsium, Highspot, Integris, Jama Software, Jobalign, Pixvana, Saykara, and Uplevel. He was previously on the boards of companies with successful exits such as Heptio, Lattice Data, Z2, buuteeq, Appature, Shippable and Mobilisafe. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Amy McCullough is a Managing Director and member of Trilogy’s investing team. She joined Trilogy in 2007 after four years in the investment bank of JPMorgan Chase in New York. Amy was an equity research analyst covering the Small and Mid Cap Applied Technologies sector which included more than 35 companies with a combined market capitalization of over $70B. Prior to being an equity analyst, Amy was an Assistant Treasurer in the Treasury and Security Services division of Chase where her primary responsibilities included derivatives and equities consulting services for clients of the firm. A Seattle native, Amy began her career in Microsoft’s Treasury department working with the Treasury Operations team and the Portfolio Management Group.
Dan Levitan has over 25 years of collective experience in venture capital and investing, specializing in leading consumer and retail businesses. Eager to help innovative companies realize their full potential, Dan launched Maveron, in 1998, with Howard Schultz, former CEO and Executive Chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company.
Rodrigo Prudencio works on the Amazon Corporate Development team for the Alexa Fund where he works on the venture capital team inside Amazon investing in and supporting startups that are building products with voice and expanding the reach of Alexa Skills and AVS capabilities. Additionally, Rodrigo runs the Alexa Accelerator.
Prior to his current role, Rodrigo worked as the Director of Investments and New Business at GS Shop where he led the US based venture capital strategy for GS Shop, a Seoul Korea-based multi-billion dollar consumer products channel with presence in home (TV) shopping, e-commerce, and mobile. Rodrigo has 15 years of startup experience including CEO work, raising venture funds, and serving on the Board of Directors for several companies. In 2013, Rodrigo founded his own startup, Shuddle, that developed the first transportation network to focus on families and the safe transportation needs of kids.
Rodrigo has a BA in International Relations from Middlebury College and an MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley.
Freada Kapor Klein is an entrepreneur, activist and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity.
As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed stage tech startups that create positive social impact by closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and communities of color. Often, the founders are drawing on their lived experience to create a business that solves real needs.
As Managing Director, Hope identifies and leads new investments, provides strategic and operational advice to Madrona portfolio companies, and fosters corporate and strategic business development relationships with larger companies and investors. Hope led Madrona’s early investment in The Riveter while a Venture Partner and also spearheads Madrona’s leadership in the OnBoarding Women program which is focused on a business first education for prospective women corporate board members. Hope serves on the boards of three public companies, Hasbro, Inc, MongoDB and NewRelic.
Serena Glover is an independent angel investor and board advisor to start-up mobile, cloud service, and AR/VR companies. In 2004 she co-founded Twango, an innovative media sharing web site and technology platform. She negotiated Twango’s acquisition by Nokia in 2007. As Director of Communities at Nokia, Glover ran a global organization leading the effort to bring media-related web services to mobile devices. Prior to Twango, Glover spent 9 years at Microsoft in various management positions, where she led product teams, managed websites and helped complete several corporate acquisitions. During the 1980’s, Glover was part of a research team at the University of Michigan that built some of the very first database and graphical design tools. She received a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Diane lives in Portland, Oregon and has been a Partner with Voyager Capital since 2007, focusing on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. Diane is on the boards of Act-On Software, Stackery, TiE Oregon, University of Oregon Seed Fund Advisory Board, the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, and Providence Child Center. She is also a board observer of Chirpify, Lytics, and SheerID, She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France.
Julie Sandler is a Managing Director at Pioneer Square Labs (PSL), a Seattle-based venture capital fund and startup studio. She runs the organization’s VC fund, PSL Ventures. Julie is an adjunct professor at the UW Foster School of Business and a board director of the Washington Roundtable and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. She was a partner at Madrona Venture Group (where she launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network in 2011) after her tenure at Amazon Kindle, TeachStreet, and Accenture. She has served on the boards of privately held companies and several industry associations and advisory boards.
Micah brings more than twenty years of startup experience as a serial founder, mentor and ecosystem supporter. While steeped in all things startup, Micah joins us from Amazon Web Services, where he developed and operated the AWS Connections program, which helps enterprises identify and collaborate with tech startups.
Kirby is a seasoned startup operator and angel investor, and is currently the Investor in Residence at AI2, a research and engineering facility dedicated to the field of artificial intelligence.
Early in his career, Kirby was a founding team member and operating executive at back-to-back tech IPOs, with Go2Net (GNET) and Marchex (MCHX).
He is also a two-time venture capital-backed CEO, with AdXpose (DFJ, Ignition) acquired by comScore (SCOR), and most recently Dwellable (Maveron, VersionOne) acquired by HomeAway (AWAY).
Kirby has invested in dozens of technology startups, and served as a Board Director of the real estate CRM platform Sharper Agent (sold to LEDR/Z), and the in-store customer experience platform Spectrio (sold to Bertram Capital).
He currently serves as a Board Director at Bean Box, the premier Direct to Consumer gourmet coffee gift and subscription brand, and Keepe, the leading vetted, on-demand contractor network for property managers. Other notable investments include Wrench, Crowd Cow, Visual Vocal, Attunely, Inspo, PacketSled, Stackery and Blume.
Kirby serves as Board Chair at Special Olympics of Washington, where he helped bring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to Seattle. He is a Board Member at the University of Washington’s Haring Center Capital Campaign, and Board Advisor at the Friendship Circle of Washington. In his free time, Kirby coaches youth sports, and enjoys running, tennis, and traveling with his wife, son and daughter.
David is a bootstrapped founder turned angel investor turned operator. He has invested in 15+ seed-stage startups since 2015. David is the founder of TypeFrag.com, a value-added reseller of client-server based voice communication technology popular among groups of online computer game players. Bootstrapped the company to several million in recurring revenue within a few years. At its peak, TypeFrag served millions of gamers who spent a combined 9.6 billion minutes connected to our services each month.He currently serves as COO of venture-backed startup Gamesight.io.
Arry is a 20-year industry veteran, serial founder, and strategic operator with expertise in scaling technology businesses with a consistent track record building high performing teams. Key strengths include:
1. Management/leadership organizational change, design, and strategy experience, in addition to high visibility leadership in the technology and blockchain community
2. Delivering product (both enterprise and consumer) with high quality and highly engaged customers
3. Building communities/partnerships
She is founding Chair of the Cascadia Blockchain Council and Board Member with the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). She also serves as the Managing Director of Yellow Umbrella Ventures advising and investing in technology companies with six companies in their portfolio to date. Her entrepreneurial experience begins in 1999, and includes:
· As a first-time CEO and co-founder of GiftStarter, Arry raised $640,000 in angel funding in 2015, while also 8 months pregnant. She and her team of five, onboarded several partnerships like B&H Photo Video, butter London, and Providence Health. Together, they built one of the largest databases of products and brands globally, where people could go to the destination site and find/search for any product sold online to purchase it with multiple payment methods.
· Arry led the $32 mm Storm Token Initial Coin Offering (ICO), building a global crypto-community for Storm in less than six months. Co-Founder and COO/President, she took the team from original two founders to over 25 employees globally. An innovator, inventor and writer, she is widely published: Forbes, CNN Money, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Puget Sound Business Journal, Geekwire, Retailing Today, and Seattle Times. Additionally, over the years, Arry has worked regularly with both investors and development across four continents to launch the products
o In addition to investing in Tenta Browser, Arry did an analysis of their roadmap/strategy with strong recommendations to adjust focus and messaging. This led to investment by Consensus/Joe Lubin, as well as more attention to product marketing as a focus in the three months following Arry’s analysis.
Dennis is an active member to two of the most active angel groups in Seattle – the Alliance of Angels (AoA) and the Puget Sound Venture Club (PSVC). He screens deals and leads due diligence teams for both groups.
Amy LaMeyer is a partner at the WXR Fund supporting early stage companies in spatial computing and artificial intelligence. She is also an investor and advisor to start-ups in cybersecurity and music tech. Amy is on the board of ARVR Academy which promotes diversity in emerging technologies through education. She writes for Virtual Reality Pop on topics such as Concerts in VR and created EnteringVR.net to assist others to learn about the potential of AR/VR across industries.
Amy has over 18 years of experience in a high growth technology industry in corporate development and operations. As a Senior Director of Corporate Development at Akamai Technologies Amy led global, cross functional teams in acquisitions valued at over $1.4B through the diligence process, closing, and integration. Her experience also includes strategic partnerships, divestitures, international expansion, profitability modeling, financial and product operations and engineering scale. She also managed a cybersecurity start-up accelerator in partnership with Microsoft Ventures.
Manish joined Trilogy in 2016. His responsibilities include evaluating venture investments and working with Trilogy’s portfolio companies. Manish joined Trilogy after several years with J.P. Morgan Chase in New York. Most recently, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s Chief Investment Office, where he helped develop portfolio strategy for the firm’s securities portfolio within a team of data scientists, portfolio managers, and research analysts. Prior to that, Manish was a research analyst reporting directly to the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. He started his career as a sell-side equity analyst covering the Communications sector for the firm’s institutional investor clients. With his coverage, he saw the impact of major industry trends, including the evolution from 2G to 4G, the launch of the iPhone, and the shift to over the top streaming video services. His coverage included over 30 domestic and multinational telecom, cable, and satellite services companies with market capitalizations ranging from $100 million to more than $200 billion.
Manish has a BS in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Outside of Trilogy, he serves on the Finance and Investment Committee for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. In his spare time, he can be found spending time with his wife, on the soccer field or hiking in the Cascades.
Jenn Lynch became Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund in 2018, after three years as a Venture Partner. Jenn and her partners source and lead new investment, support portfolio companies, and manage investor relations for the fund’s limited partners. Jenn has led Portland Seed Fund’s investments in The Riveter, Argent and Goodwell + Co., among many others. Prior to Portland Seed Fund, Jenn was Managing Director at Upstart Labs, an early-stage venture fund focused on software as a service. Jenn’s operating experience spans product management, product marketing, user experience design and business development for cloud-based software providers including Yahoo and Kronos. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University. Jenn serves on the board of directors for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Business for a Better Portland and Schoolhouse Supplies. She lives with her husband and three school-age children in Southwest Portland.
Corey is a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures and leads their Digital Health portfolio engagements. She actively advises healthcare systems on their innovation strategies, and works as a tireless connector and diverse voice of growth and evolution within our industry. Corey is also the spark behind our Bonfire Series.
Prior to SPV, Corey lead Product Management teams at two start-ups, one in medical software serving the Pharmaceutical industry, and the other partnering with AT&T in the telecom market. Corey served 8.5 years as General Business Director for several products and medical device divisions at Philips Healthcare, spanning locations from Bend, Oregon to Vienna, Austria. She scaled up small acquisitions for the corporation, helped with turnaround, product-line divestiture, business growth strategy, new market penetration, and overall general management for stand-alone facilities.
Corey earned a BA in Human Development/Psychology from Boston College and her MBA from Portland State University.
Martina Welkhoff is an entrepreneur and early-stage investor with growth and acquisition experience. She’s a Founding Partner at the WXR Fund, a venture fund focused on women-led spatial computing companies, and a Venture Partner at Jump Canon, a San Francisco fund focused on underrepresented founders in emerging tech. She is on the advisory board of the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington, and for over five years was the President of Seattle Women in Tech as well as previously serving on the board of Seattle Angel.
Full time individual angel investor and member of different angel groups in Seattle (Grubstakes, Alliance of Angels, SWAN Venture Fund). My previous professional career doesn’t really apply to startups (I was a small equity fund manager), but as an analyst I can help brainstorm business ideas, markets and industries. And as an angel I can help review pitches and pitch decks, explain the point of view and common questions posed by angel investors, and share what I have found to be the best practices for fundraising for early stage startups.
Chuck Stonecipher, Managing Director, is a member of Trilogy’s investing team. Prior to joining Trilogy, Chuck served in various executive capacities, including President and COO, with Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC) from 1995 to 2006, when it was sold to Quantum (NYSE: QTM). During his tenure, ADIC grew from less than $20MM to over $400MM in annual revenues. Prior to ADIC, Chuck served as Chief Financial Officer of Interpoint Corporation and as a manager and consultant with Bain and Company in San Francisco. He began his career as an engineer with Boeing Aerospace and then Korry Electronics. Chuck holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is part of a five-generation wheat farming family from Walla Walla, WA.
Heather Redman is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Flying Fish Partners. She was VP Business Operations & GC at Indix Corporation, Senior Vice President at Summit Power Group and Executive and Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc.
Ms. Redman’s career has included heading product development and acquisition for Atom, wind power development and project financing for Summit and COO positions. She is experienced in corporate development and finance, business development and intellectual property strategy. 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. Ms. Redman is a consummate networker.
Ms. Redman serves on the Boards of Beneficial State Bank (Audit Committee and Technology Committee), Yesler, Inc., the Washington Technology Industry Association (Vice Chair), the Greater Seattle Chamber (Chair), the Hawthorn Club and is a Regent at Washington State University. She is also an investor in TechStars, 9 Mile Labs, Founders’ Co-op, Alliance of Angels and Pioneer Square Labs and an advisor to Blokable and iInnovate. She has served on the boards of several privately held companies and many industry associations and non-profit companies as well as on numerous advisory boards. She holds a JD (with distinction) from Stanford and her BA from Reed.