Seattle vs. The Valley

If you live in Seattle and work in or around the startup ecosystem, you’ll have heard the “why-can’t-we-be-more-like-the-valley” conversation plenty of times. The typical complaints are always the same: It’s easier to get funding in the Valley Rounds are better priced (meaning investors pay higher pre-money) There’s a stronger culture of true 24/7 focus The networking is better It’s easier…

A New Blog and a New Challenge

Over the past few years, I’ve been tremendously impressed by a handful of bloggers in the field of technology, startups and investing. In particular: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures Mark Suster of GRP Partners Brad Feld of Foundry Group Three qualities about each have impressed and inspired me: 1) They’ve all had a dramatic impact on their local environment…