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Students in our program will receive direct, hands-on mentoring from leading Seattle entrepreneurs and investors. Your mentors will consist of a core group of Seattle founders, CEOs, venture capitalists, angel investors, and attorneys who have both foundational expertise and startup experience. Learn more about the mentors below.

Mamtha Banerjee

Mamtha BanerjeeDirector of Technology, Expedia

About me

I am an accomplished technology entrepreneur with a track record of providing tech and product management leadership in both startups and companies like Travelocity.

Fields of expertise

Product development: MVP (from ideation to market), lean analytics, product market fit; Customer Development; Accelerators, fundraising & pitching for seed rounds.

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Jay Bartot

Jay BartotCTO, Madrona Venture Labs

About me

I am a passionate serial technology entrepreneur having been a part of half a dozen startups over 20 years (co-founded 4 startups with 5 acquisitions).

Fields of expertise

Software architecture, Data and machine learning applications, Technology innovation, Product design, Growth marketing, Fundraising, Startup leadership patterns and styles.

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Parry Bedi

Parry BediVP, AI Solutions
Forrester Research Inc.

About me:

Leading Forrester’s efforts to build the real time CX cloud by leveraging best of breed ML technologies. Previously Co-Founder & CEO of GlimpzIt, an AI Customer Intelligence platform that was acquired by Forrester.

Fields of expertise:

Product Development (Technology), Go To Market, Sales enablement and Fundraising

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Sarah Boden

Sarah BodenCOO, Bellegrove Medical Supply

About me

I am officially giving up on retirement. I need to solve hard problems in addition to attending spin and Barre classes.

Fields of expertise

Business Model validation, Product Viability, Market Facing Strategies.

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Minda Brusse

Minda BrusseCo-Founder of First Row Partners

About me

I’m an experienced business builder, having been a key leader bringing new products and services to market in several early stage startups.

Fields of expertise

Early stage startup strategy and operations. Customer development, angel pitch deck approaches.

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Earl Cole

Earl ColeFounder & CEO, Perthes Kids Foundation, Serial Entrepreneur

About me

I am a highly-driven Serial Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Rare Patient Advocate, turning creative & scientific ideas into powerful narratives, policies, and socially-responsible business and marketing strategies for Fortune 1000 brands, mid-sized companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Fields of expertise

Effective leadership, business strategy, product development, marketing & advertising, social entrepreneurship, global branding, global expansion, content creation, purposeful economics, motivational living, having fun.

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Jacob Colker

Jacob ColkerEntrepreneur-in-Residence, Paul Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Ai2)

About me

Innovation leader with 15+ years of experience in digital marketing, go-to-market strategy, customer acquisition, customer research, analytics, and sales enablement.

Fields of expertise

Marketing, Customer Acquisition, Financial Models, Fundraising.

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Josh Dirks

Josh DirksCo-Founder and CEO, Project Bionic

About me

I successfully take big ideas to the masses through highly integrated marketing plans that engage the potential client in well thought out sales processes.

Fields of expertise

Leadership development, business planning, marketing strategy and execution, building corporate culture, and honing in one’s thought leadership

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Brian Donaldson

Brian DonaldsonManaging Partner, Gnu Talent

About me

A technology leader with extensive experience leading complex organizations and strategic initiatives in fast moving environments.

Fields of expertise

Product & Market Strategies.

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Tim Elliot

Tim ElliotFounder and Managing Director, Amplify Markets

About me

I help private sector and non-profit clients develop and introduce consumer products into challenging global markets.

Fields of expertise

Product development and commercialization.

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Catherine Ford

Catherine FordSenior Consultant, Heartline Consulting

About me

I am a business professional and consultant who helps technology companies and startups explore, create and expand new opportunities and initiatives.

Fields of expertise

Creating marketing and communication plans, strategic development, helping companies create their pitch.

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Parag Gheewala

Parag GheewalaIndependent Strategic Advisor

About me

I advise companies (start-ups to global enterprises), entrepreneurs, legal departments, and attorneys on strategic business and legal matters.

Fields of expertise

Legal: Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing, Strategic Alliances.

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Burt Goodman

Burt GoodmanCEO Vicoustic North America

About me

I am an energetic and enthusiastic team leader with entrepreneurial vision and background striving to create or develop companies that exude a profound purpose, provide a valuable service, and generate collective prosperity.

Fields of expertise

Start-ups, marketing, business development, leadership, sales, operations, product development, global sourcing, overseas manufacturing, supply chain and transportation logistics, contract negotiation, intellectual property and business law.

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Chris Haberle

Chris HaberleSr. Program Manager, Business Strategy Microsoft

About me

I build, cultivate, and scale of new products. Experienced with solving customer pain points, leading with business model and product innovation.

Fields of expertise

Business models, Market segmentation, financial modeling, Enterprise focus

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Jimmy Jia

Jimmy JiaCEO,Distributed Energy Management

About me

I am an entrepreneur, educator and author, dedicated to solving real-world energy problems with a balance of technology, business and social impact.

Fields of expertise

Startups, Communications/Marketing, Real Estate Development, LEED

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Andy Kleitsch

Andy KleitschCEO, Atomo Coffee

About me

For the past 15 years I’ve been a pioneer in mobile payments and mobile commerce. I’ve led innovative mobile products for Amazon.com, Citibank, AT&T Wireless and leading iOS and Android game developers.

Fields of expertise

The Pitch: positioning the product / opportunity / go-big vision / highlights / sales projections / amount to raise.

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Chandler Lewis

Chandler LewisKauffman & Associates & Circle of Friends for Mental Health

About me

I am a dynamic and collaborative organizational development professional with a proven record of developing strong relationships and building community capacity with particular expertise in non-profits and K-12 education.

Fields of expertise

Coaching and leadership development, social impact enterprises and business models, 501(c)3 & non-profit management, grant writing, organizational development, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), developing and delivering strategic intent, and data visualization.

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Erik Logan

Erik LoganCo-founder and CEO, Pogo Linux

About me

The opportunity for entrepreneurship exists everywhere- you just need to identify the need.

Fields of expertise

Business Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Pitching, and Operations.

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Dennis Luo

Dennis LuoDirector of Software Alliances & Innovation, Intel Corporation

About me

Over 23 years comprehensive experience in new innovation development and team leadership, including P+L responsibility for new startups, long and short term planning, team building, and market development.

Fields of expertise

New Product Innovation (entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship).

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James Maiocco

James MaioccoChief Business Development Officer, Pushpay

About me

I am a seasoned business executive with 20+ years experience at cutting-edge technology companies.

Fields of expertise

Business and Corporate Development; Venture Capital Fundraising / Financing; Executive and Board Management.

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T.A. McCann

T.A. McCannSerial Entrepreneur, Pioneer Square Labs, Rival IQ, Gist

About me

I’m an active advisor to startup companies including Creative Live, Inkwell Media, and EveryMove and active investor via Founders Co-op and SKV, and direct angel investing.

Fields of expertise

Customer development, VC fundraising, product development.

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Martin McCurry

Martin McCurryPresident, McCurry Investments, Inc.

About me

I am a private angel investor in small businesses and real estate in the state of Washington.

Fields of expertise

Work-life balance, finance and accounting.

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Mike Miller

Mike MillerGeneral Partner, Liquid 2 Ventures

About me

A particle physicist by training, I enjoy both long term fundamental research and bringing new technologies to market.

Fields of expertise

Work life balance, venture capital, building the great group mentality, team dynamics/culture, Y Combinator, seed financing, cloud architecture, Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and life post-acquisition.

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Yves Mizrahi

Yves MizrahiPresident, Mizrahi Real Estate Strategies

About me

Over 25 years of experience with strategic planning for startups and emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Developed and implemented strategic business, financial and market rollout plans for growth and/or repositioning strategies for leading brands including Starbucks, Gap, lululemon athletica, Nike, REI, Chase and Wells Fargo.

Fields of expertise

Playing a leadership role in business analysis, planning and strategy development for innovative emerging retail and consumer concepts as well as top fortune 500 companies.

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Karen Mooney

Karen MooneyCEO, C+C, Inc.

About me

I am a seasoned executive and proven leader with a common sense approach to problem solving. Experienced in the challenges that face rapidly growing companies in a variety of industries.

Fields of expertise

Business strategy, financial modeling, work-life balance, operations, HR, international business.

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John O’Halloran

John O’HalloranAngel Investor

About me

Entrepreneur, consultant, angel investor.

Fields of expertise

Customer development, VC fundraising, product development.

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Yoko Okano

Yoko OkanoCo-Founder of First Row Partners

About me

I am a Product Leader, Angel Investor, Stanford Grad, IslandWood Board Member, and a PNW Native.

Fields of expertise

Customer development, product strategy, pitching angels.

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Emilia Palaveeva

Emilia PalaveevaPrincipal, F Collective

About me

I am a marketing and business strategy executive with deep and broad expertise in emerging technology, innovation and design.

Fields of expertise

Value proposition and strategic positioning

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Liz Pearce

Liz PearceCo-founder and CEO, Fresh Chalk

About me

I am an entrepreneurial leader with more than 15 years of marketing, product management and technology leadership experience.

Fields of expertise

Go To Market (Sales, Marketing, Customer Success),product development, fundraising, business models/pricing.

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Joel Proctor

Joel ProctorLead Consultant, AIM Consulting & Impact Group

About me

Experienced product and sales strategist with a passion for building companies. Founder of Impact Group & InstaFreight. Employee #6 at Convoy.

Fields of expertise

MVP development, brand / sales narrative, market positioning, strategic partnerships

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Barbara Prowant

Barbara ProwantPartner, Prowant Law, PLLC

About me

Corporate, Securities and Finance Attorney.

Fields of expertise

Board development, corporate legal issues, corporate formation / financing / deals, effective negotiation.

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Julie Rezek

Julie RezekManaging Global Client Partner, Facebook

About me

I am a key business driver and leader within the marketing industry. Many times in my career I’ve been the change agent or risk taker to try new things and take on complex or challenging situations.

Fields of expertise

Leadership, Marketing/Advertising, Running a business

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David Roberts

David RobertsFormer CEO, PopCap Games

About me

Successful CEO with demonstrated experience in entrepreneurial tech companies. Led two companies to successful M&A exits. Strong product and technology skills.

Fields of expertise

Tech, Consumer products, General management, Hiring/HR, Finance, Culture.

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Ophir Ronen

Ophir RonenProject Director, PagerDuty

About me

I am an experienced Internet entrepreneur and the holder of six patents. I enjoy building and sharing knowledge.

Fields of expertise

Company and product vision, Product Management, analyst relations, systems architecture.

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Javier Soto

Javier SotoAngel Investor

About me

I’m a full time angel investor. I invest either directly or with others through different organizations: Alliance of Angels, SWAN Venture Fund, and Grubstakes.

Fields of expertise

Analyzing the basics of the business model. Strategic positioning and risk assessment.

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Jarret Stopforth

Jarret StopforthChief Scientist and Co-Founder, Atomo Coffee

About me

I am a certified food professional with 18 years of progressive experience in food safety and quality management. Skilled at leading in multicultural and international arenas and cross-functional teams. Highly effective at gaining alignment and influencing at all levels of the organization.

Fields of expertise

Market White Space Assessment, Product Ideation and Innovation, Supply Chain Management, MVP generation

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Henry Wong

Henry WongSenior Technical Marketing Manager, Wacom Technology Corp.

About me

I am a savvy, driven, multilingual professional with years of progressive engineering, strategic/product marketing, and business development experience in 3 continents (North America, Asia, and Europe).

Fields of expertise

Providing my perspective and guidance on hardware, consumer electronics, technology, product marketing/management/development, business development, manufacturing, OEM/ODM, and business in Asia

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Jeremy Zaretzky

Jeremy ZaretzkyCo-founder and President, WireSpring Technologies, Inc.

About me

I’m passionate about the startup and venture capital ecosystem in Seattle, and believe that our region is poised to become one of the world’s premier hubs for entrepreneurship.

Fields of expertise

Business models, product positioning, fundraising, operations, patents (I’m a named inventor on six US patents).

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