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Mentors

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 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.

My motto/tagline is:

Rules are meant to be broken and boundaries are a figment of our culture.

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 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).

My motto/tagline is:

Always be learning. Get paid to learn!

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 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.

My Motto/tagline is:

Good things happen to those who act

Fields of expertise:

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Nothing meaningful comes without hard work and focus. And a sense of humor.

Fields of expertise

Business Model validation, Product Viability, Market Facing Strategies.

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Minda BrusseAngel Investor

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. In the past year, I’ve taken my startup operating experience into roles on the investor side, including leadership roles within Grubstakes and the Seattle Angel Conference. What I value in others is what I aspire to myself — a ‘give first’ mindset, active mentoring, ability to think critically to innovate and solve problems.

My motto/tagline is:

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

What’s the *right* thing to do?

Fields of expertise

Marketing, Customer Acquisition, Financial Models, Fundraising.

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Brian DonaldsonManaging Partner, Gnu Talent

About me

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

My motto/tagline is:

It always all about the people…

Fields of expertise

Product & Market Strategies.

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

The only permanent failure is the failure to keep breathing. Try again!

Fields of expertise

Product development and commercialization.

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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. My expertise focuses on program management, marketing, communications and operations.

My motto/tagline is:

Love what you do and let your heart be your guide.

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

The one each of my team members will never forget: “We don’t meet deadlines, we best deadlines.”

Fields of expertise

Legal: Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing, Strategic Alliances.

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Do what is right, not what is easy.

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 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.

My motto/tagline is:

Keep putting one foot in front of the other. It’s simple.

Fields of expertise

Business models, Market segmentation, financial modeling, Enterprise focus

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Entrepreneur and educator at the forefront of innovation in energy finance.

Fields of expertise

Startups, Communications/Marketing, Real Estate Development, LEED

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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. I have experience partnering with mobile operators around the world, a deep understanding of the payments ecosystem, and experience with the latest proximity technologies including Bluetooth Low Energy beacons.

My motto/tagline is:

Everything is good. There are no bad outcomes – everything that happens is good.

Fields of expertise

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

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Erik LoganCo-founder and CEO, Pogo Linux

About me

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

My motto/tagline is:

Two really:

  1. Celebrate the wins, take the setbacks in stride.
  2. Every dollar you spend should have a direct impact on revenue.

Fields of expertise

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

Read Erik’s full Q&A

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.

My motto/tagline is:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Fields of expertise

New Product Innovation (entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship).

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James MaioccoChief Business Development Officer, Pushpay

About me

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

My motto/tagline is:

Life is short make it count.

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Happy but never satisfied.

Fields of expertise

Customer development, VC fundraising, product development.

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Martin McCurryPresident, McCurry Investments, Inc.

About me

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

My motto/tagline is:

Hard work, Intelligence, and Teamwork (HIT).

Fields of expertise

Work-life balance, finance and accounting.

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Life is too short for anything but the truth.

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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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Keep perspective, work hard and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Fields of expertise

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

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John O’HalloranAngel Investor

About me

Entrepreneur, consultant, angel investor.

My motto/tagline is:

Keep moving forward.

Fields of expertise

Customer development, VC fundraising, product development.

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

The karma bus drives in circles.

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.” -Terry Pratchett

Fields of expertise

Value proposition and strategic positioning

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Barbara ProwantPartner, Prowant Law, PLLC

About me

Corporate, Securities and Finance Attorney.

My motto/tagline is:

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right!

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Nothing is impossible.

Fields of expertise

Leadership, Marketing/Advertising, Running a business

Read Julies' full Q&A

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.

My motto/tagline is:

It could always be worse.

Fields of expertise

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

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Ophir RonenProject Director, PagerDuty

About me

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

My motto/tagline is:

Always say yes to trying something new.

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

For analytical founders: Humans are fun, embrace the weird. For those whose brain lean right: Panic early, panic often, enjoy the ride.

Fields of expertise

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

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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. Strong technical resource, effective project manager, change agent, and business partner.

My motto/tagline is:

No finish line!

Fields of expertise

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

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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.

My motto/tagline is:

Technology Executive, Startup Mentor and Ecosystem Builder.

Fields of expertise

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

Read Jeremy's full Q&A