Friday, November 28, 2014

Welcoming the TechCafe community

After 3 years of the Seattle Angel Conference, we're continually impressed with the magic that happens when we have more conversations about how capital fits into the entrepreneurial journey. Seattle Angel is the result of seeing this magic happen over and over again.

To create more opportunities to have those conversations in our own back yard, TechCafe is merging with Seattle Angel. TechCafe has been around for the last 7 years focusing on entrepreneurs... but rarely focusing on capital as it relates to entrepreneurs and the tech community. These days you can go to an event almost every night for recruiting, being inspired by other great entrepreneurs, or finding partners, and co-founders.

We’ll be merging with Seattle Angel…. and of course kicking off an awesome new series of events focused on helping entrepreneurs with capital, helping angel investors become better investors, and of course focusing on how we can improve the funding story here in Seattle. There are loads of great angels in town such as Rudy Gadre, Geoff Entress, Gary Rubens, Dan Rosen, Greg Bennett, and the list goes on and on. We’re so impressed with them and thankful for the Alliance of Angels, Element 8, Keiretsu Forum, Zino, TAGS, WINGS, and all the other angel groups who have been working so hard to keep funding the best and the brightest. We will add more value to entrepreneurs seeking funding as well as helping new and old angel investors understand this part of the entrepreneurial journey.

Come celebrate the merger with a drink and come prepared to learn from local entrepreneurs about their experiences raising capital and building a company here in Seattle.

What: How did they raise capital in Seattle?
Where: Davis Wright Tremaine (thanks for sponsoring)
When: December 16th 5-7PM
Details: Yours truly, Josh Maher, will moderate the panel which will include:
Registration: Please register at here

If you haven’t been to a TechCafe in a while or are just finding out about it as we transition to focusing on startup capital. I wrote a few posts like Experiences Attending and Hosting Seattle Lunch 2.0, Seattle Lunch 2.0, and Four Years of TechCafe.

I’ve also pulled together details from many of our events over the years. Do you see any of your favorite companies?

From the most recent to the oldest events, here are all the events we’ve put together to make the Seattle startup scene a more vibrant space. For some reason they all didn’t get documented very well, and some didn’t even make it onto the list below somehow. Here is a video of the event over at Big Door Media for example and another example is Jonathan Sposato talking about the art and science of being bought.

TechCafe Lunch @Wowrack w/2Morrow, Gametiime, & NLP Core
TechCafe Happy Hour @INRIX
TechCafe Happy Hour w/Turnstone @Whitepages
TechCafe Happy Hour @OneToTheWorld
TechCafe Happy Hour @Cairncross w/Currently
TechCafe Happy Hour @Appature
Founders and Foodies – private invite only dinner
TechCafe Launch Event @EastsideIncubator w/Puzzaz, Kickofflabs, & 1track
TechCafe Lunch @Zillow – The second time Zillow hosted us!
TechCafe @Glympse
TechCafe Happy Hour @Appature
TechCafe Happy Hour @BlueBox Group
TechCafe @ColoInSeattle
TechCafe Happy Hour @AEONLaw
TechCafe Happy Hour @3R Technology
TechCafe Happy Hour @TeachStreet
TechCafe Happy Hour @TechDwellers – The Name Inspector spoke at this one, a great event!
TechCafe Developer Lunch @Cheezburger
TechCafe Happy Hour @CoCollage w/SolutionsIQ
TechCafe Lunch @Hark
TechCafe Lunch @EnergySavvy
TechCafe @Appature
TechCafe Happy Hour w/Ratio Interactive & Point Inside – we did this one at a bar, so we could hold the 300 attendees.
TechCafe Happy Hour @Contour
TechCafe Lunch @HillandKnowlton w/Fitch
TechCafe Presents w/Crowdmap & Zebigo
TechCafe Lunch @Cheezburger Network w/Bing – The Bing guys were actually upset that I defaulted to using Google Maps when I published this one.
TechCafe Happy Hour @PinchZoom w/Lillipip
TechCafe Happy Hour @BlueGecko w/Avelle
Seattle Lunch 2.0 Presents (DEMO Event)
Seattle Lunch 2.0 Happy Hour @TalentSpring
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Symform
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @BlueBoxGrp
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Cooley w/Appature
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Zendorse – another epic 200+ person happy hour in Fremont.
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Parker w/Azaleos
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @BuddyTV
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Gist
Seattle Lunch 2.0 DEMO @Pacific
Seattle Lunch 2.0 Happy Hour @ Cooley w/Icebreaker
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ Parker w/Konnects
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ Microsoft Health Solutions Group
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Evri
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @ BlueGecko
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Vholdr – who became contour, who hosted TechCafe, who ultimately was beat by GoPro.
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Ontela – this was an epic 250 person happy hour
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Parker w/Big Fish Games – oddly, this post is just an announcement with photos of the blist event.
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @blist – (Now Socrata) all these early registration links that point to upcoming.org crack me up.
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Zumobi
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Avvo – this was Avvo’s holiday party and also the day they won a major court ruling
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @F5 w/Scott Berkun – F5 just wanted to participate in the community
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Google – can’t find a link to a mention of this one…and no it’s not because MSFT pays me a salary.
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Widemile
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Adobe – Adobe ‘got it’
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Cardomain – A great event that showed our culture.
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Wishpot – Thanks for the memories! Nathan Kaiser of 2bar Spirits sponsored the pony keg for this one!
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Zillow – The first time Zillow hosted us, thanks Zillow!
Seattle Lunch 2.0 @Wetpaint – Great videos from the FIRST event!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seattle Angel Conference VI Invests in Portland-Based Energy Storage Systems


More than 100 new angel investors have awarded nearly one million dollars since 2012

 

Gust


SEATTLE, WA. – November 13, 2014
The Seattle Angel Conference announced today that Portland-based Energy Storage Systems was selected as the winner of its sixth investment competition.  The three year old startup that builds efficient battery technology will receive a $135,000 investment award from the Seattle Angel Conference VI LLC.  Five other companies also presented at the conference held on Wednesday.

Energy Storage Systems has developed an extremely cost-effective energy management system that combines a safe, abundant and non-toxic iron electrolyte with their patented flow cell design. “Taking first place is significant for not only our company but other hardware centric startups facing a tougher investment environment based on the success of Pacific Northwest software companies,” said Craig Evans, CEO, Energy Storage Systems.  “Receiving recognition from Seattle angel investors is an important step in helping to complete our funding.”

In less than three years, the Seattle Angel Conference has invested more than one million dollars in 7 Washington State firms across a wide range of industries.  Amazingly the money has come from about 100 investors out of the approximately 75,000 King County residents who are federally qualified to be Angel investors.

“I congratulate Energy Storage Systems on their first place investment prize, and want to acknowledge all six finalists for making it to our final round,” said Keith Laepple, Seattle Angel Conference VI LLC’s volunteer fund manager. “I’m also proud of the insightful work by this fall’s investor group, over half of whom have now grown the ranks of Seattle’s angel community through their first-time participation in Seattle Angel Conference VI. This demonstrates how angel investor skills and confidence develop quickly through fun, facilitated due diligence collaboration, drawing upon the group’s varied expertise and backgrounds.'”

Here were the other finalists selected by the investment team to deliver ten-minute business plan pitches:

Connect2Classes- Connect2Classes™ is the one place class providers can list their classes knowing people will find them; the place where potential students are looking for local and online classes.


NorthAmerica TALK- NorthAmerica Talk builds community social networks.

PotaVida- PotaVida lowers the cost of access to safe water in disasters and urban slums, and enables program evaluation by automating the collection and reporting of usage data.

The Hub Edu- The HubEdu is an online learning community where faculty and students in higher education can collect, connect and collaborate.

THIRD & Loom- Third & Loom is a vertically integrated designer label that democratizes haute couture by letting clients become fashion designers.


“The Seattle Angel Conference is focused on growing the ecosystem for startups by helping to provide early capital for the large number of startups and incubators in our region,” said John Sechrest, founder of the Seattle Angel Conference. “We’re fortunate to have a large pool of residents that are able to invest in local companies and I look forward to working with many more new investors in the future.”

Events sponsors include Barker Hostetler, Ater Wynne, Thinkspace, Impact Hub Seattle, 9 Mile Labs, S@, Surf Incubator, Startup Poker 2.0, SeedInvest, Startup Seattle, WTIA and AWS.

Format
This year’s finalist companies were selected from over 40 companies based throughout Washington that applied to compete at the Seattle Angel Conference 2014. A rigorous selection process was undertaken by a group of angel investors to select the finalist companies. An angel investor is a qualified individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. In the Seattle Angel Conference case, the investment vehicle is convertible debt. The Seattle Angel Conference introduces new Angels to the process of Angel investing through education and participation.

The next Seattle Angel Conference is expected to be held May 21, 2015.  All Washington startups and interested investors should inquire in December about participating in the next round of educational events, trainings, and competition.  Deadline for applications will be February 24, 2015.

About the Seattle Angel Conference
Each Seattle Angel Conference culminates a 5 month program to educate and train accredited investors as exemplary angel investors through workshops, hands-on practice and mentoring.  The Seattle Angel Conference is an investor driven conference, connecting new angel investors with early stage and seed businesses in the Greater Seattle Area.  The Seattle Angel Conference introduces qualified investors to the potential, process and rewards of angel investing, and equally importantly, works to encourage, accelerate and coach startup companies in the Seattle areas and across the Northwest. For more information see http://www.seattleangelconference.com. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seattle Angel Launches Seattle Angel Fund


Seattle Angel Team, Group operating Seattle Angel Conference, Launches Seattle Angel Fund.

New investment fund to help drive economic growth across sectors in Washington State.

Driving Economic Growth

Seattle Angel, the group operating the Seattle Angel Conference, announces the launch of a new angel fund focused on investments in Pacific Northwest start-up companies, beginning in January 2015. The Seattle Angel Fund aims to drive economic growth and prosperity in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest by creating growth opportunities for investors and businesses.

 What is next for Angel Investors

 The Seattle Angel Fund is a follow-on to the three year old, highly successful Seattle Angel Conference, begun in 2012, to train new angel investors and bring more funding into the Pacific Northwest start-up ecosystem. The organizers at Seattle Angel estimate there are more than 60,000 people qualified to angel invest in the Seattle area alone, yet fewer than 500 are actually investing in local start-ups.
Susan Preston, General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington, and a Trustee for the Angel Resource Institute, will be the Seattle Angel Fund’s professional manager, bringing a wealth of early stage investment experience.

Committed to the Pacific Northwest


Based in Seattle, the Seattle Angel Fund is committed to the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Fund is an annual fund, and will typically invest in five to seven launch stage companies per year across all industry sectors. Investment decisions will be based upon due diligence and selection of portfolio companies by the investors themselves, rather than by the fund manager. More at www.seattleangelfund.net

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Startup Discuss.IO is Winner of Fifth Seattle Angel Conference Investment Competition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Startup Discuss.IO is Winner of  Fifth
Seattle Angel Conference Investment Competition


Winner receives $155,000 Investment, 33Angel Investors
gain hands on investment training.

SEATTLE, WA. – May 22, 2014 — The Seattle Angel Conference announced today that Discuss IO was selected as the winner of its fifth investment competition, held in Seattle, WA,  at the 220 and Change in Seattle .   Discuss.IO is a Seattle based company that has been building their market research platform for years. They had participated in SAC IV in Nov. 2013, and fell short in their goal to win the investment.  This round they showed their growth, ability to meet their commitments, and solid sales traction, which impressed the investors.  Discuss.IO’s mission is to simplify consumer market research. They use video conferencing and crowdsourcing to connect brands and consumers.  Discuss.IO  will receive a $155,000 angel award investment from the Seattle Angel Conference V LLC .  Given the strength of the candidates, the Angel Investors couldn’t let it stop with one winner.  SocialGlimpz, another brand marketing company, focused on visual engagement with consumers won a second investment of $45,000 from the LLC.

This event’s finalist companies were selected from over 40 companies based throughout Washington that applied to compete at the fifth Seattle Angel Conference. A rigorous selection process (known as due diligence) was undertaken by the 33 active angel investors to select the winning company. Thirty to Fifty hours of investigation was performed on each finalist, amounting to over 240 hours of due diligence.   In the process 15 new Angel Investors were introduced to the investing process. Each investor staked $5,500  to $10,000 to create the  $200,000 investment award for this year’s event.  This rounds investment brings the total investment from the Seattle Angel Conference to a remarkable $835,000  invested in the local economy and over 100 investors educated about angel investing in just 2.5 years of the Seattle Angel Conference.

“The Seattle Angel Conference is all about giving new angel investors mentoring, training and experience, growing the available support and capital for Washington’s many startups, removing a key bottleneck for the economy,” said John Sechrest, founder of the Seattle Angel Conference.   “At the same time, we are helping promising startups improve their business models with support and feedback from successful investors”.

The five  finalists who pitched were:
Grow Plastics – @growplastics Enabling replacement of  solid  plastic products with half as much bioplastic, providing greener and cheaper solutions.
Meshfire - @meshfire   a social media empowerment platform enabling teams to manage the firehose flow of social media for brands.
Discuss.IO - @discuss_IO –simplifying consumer market research, using video conferencing and crowdsourcing  to connect businesses to 11 million panelists
SocialGlimpz - @socialglimpz  -Visual engagement platform enabling brands to gather consumer insights and create user generated content
Zealyst - @Zealyst using data driving software and creative design to build long lasting human relationships and improve engagement and innovation.

Participating companies received awards of a month at Maker Space.   BakerHostetler, Comcast for Business, AterWynne, The Gateway group at Morgan Stanley and SeedInvest also provided sponsorship, making the conference possible.  HubSeattle, SurfIncubator, Thinkspace and Bainbridge Graduate institute provided invaluable in-kind support.

The next Seattle Angel Conference will be held in November 2014.  All Washington startups and interested investors should inquire in June about participating in the next round of educational events, trainings, and competition.  Deadline for applications will be September 1, 2014.

About the Seattle Angel Conference
Each Seattle Angel Conference culminates a 5 month program to educate and train accredited investors as exemplary angel investors through workshops, hands-on practice and mentoring.  The Seattle Angel Conference is an investor driven conference, connecting new angel investors with early stage and seed businesses  in the Greater Seattle Area.  The Seattle Angel Conference introduces qualified investors to the potential, process and rewards of angel investing, and equally importantly, works to encourage, accelerate and coach startup companies in the Seattle areas and across the Northwest. For more information see http://www.seattleangelconference.com. 

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Contact:
John Sechrest
Founder
Seattle Angel Conference
c: 541 250 0844
sechrest@seattleangelconference.com
                                  

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SAC V Finalists, Due Diligence and Sponsors!


Finalists and Due Diligence!

The Investors in the LLC (all 20 of them) have chosen the finalists for the May Event.  They have formed due diligence teams, and are working with the selected few companies to really vet the teams, business structures, goals, markets, customers and financials. This is where a huge amount of the learning takes place, both by the Angels and by the Entrepreneurs.

Experienced Angel Investors lead  the due diligence teams, and help the Entrepreneurs build up their portfolio of information on Gust, which will serve them well for all rounds of future investment.  New Angel investors participate in the interviews and process, learning about due diligence by shadowing, doing, and team meetings to review the process and ask further questions


So Who Are the Finalists?

We can't say... due to The Jobs Act and rule  506c, we do not want to risk putting any of our entering teams inadvertently into a perceived "public solicitation".  


So in a preponderance of caution, we  aren't releasing finalists names this year until the actual event. So if you want to know the finalists and hear them share their business strategies, come to the Seattle Angel Conference On May 22nd!

Sponsors

All volunteer organizations need sponsors, and we love ours!

Thank you to our latest sponsors for Seattle Angel Conference

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gearing up for SAC IV in November

Events Underway for Nov, 2013 SAC IV.

Do you want to learn more about Angel Investing?
Do you want to learn how to get funded by Angels?

Come to our Free Educational Meetings:
Date
Speaker
Topic
Location
Status
Time
7/23/2013
Bill Carleton
ThinkSpace
Live
6:00PM
8/5/2013
Joe Wallin
Surf
Live
3:30PM
8/13/2013
Rudy Gadre
ThinkSpace
Live
6:00PM
8/19/2013
TA McCann
SURF
TBD
5:30PM
8/27/2013
Greg Gottesmann
ThinkSpace
Live
6:00PM
9/9/2013
Tolis Dimopolous
Surf
Live
3:30PM
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you know of a startup who would benefit from a deep due diligence dive, connections to some new Angel investors and a chance at having an investment of $100K+, please share this URL with them:
http://www.seattleangelconference.com/p/entrepreneur_14.html

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gearing up for the next Seattle Angel Conference in May

This week, we held a review and debrief of the December 2012  Angel Conference. Out of our review the tenative date for the next event was selected. We are working now to confirm some of the logistics for running the next Seattle Angel Conference in May, 2012. 

Our tenative date is May 9th,2013 - with some assumptions based on logistics.

We have put up the registration for the event at http://seattleangelconferencemay2013.eventbrite.com/

If you know of a startup who would benefit from a deep due diligence dive, connections to some new Angel investors and a chance at having an investment of $100K+, please share this URL with them: