Are you a startup or company that is ready for VC funding? Are you working on a project that could be VC funded? Some of you are and some of your think you are. We will be learning from Len Jordan what it takes to be considered and what most VC's look for when talk to founders. This event is all about learning what you need to be a VC funded company and how to get in contact with VC's (not just Madrona). There is a process that can be learned on how to reach out and make contact with most VC's in the industry. Come bring your notepad and a friend to learn straight from the horses mouth.
Madrona Venture Group
Len joined Madrona in January 2010. He is interested in analytics systems and IoT devices that radically transform economics for big industries, and consumer products that change the way we see, hear, feel and sense life. “I have 16 years of experience working at companies and have made some great decisions and meaningful mistakes. It’s worth learning from both.”
Len has served on the boards of 17 early-stage companies and has been a director or executive at three companies that have completed initial public offerings. Prior to joining Madrona, Len was a partner at Frazier Technology Ventures, which invested in technology companies across the nation. Prior to his career in venture, Len spent 16 years in the software industry, including as senior vice president at RealNetworks (RNWK-Nasdaq). “There are some amazing companies developing systems that could dramatically change the way products are marketed and sold. Billions are spent marketing through the internet, retail, sales forces and e-commerce. Measuring, optimizing and attributing performance will be as important to the future of marketing as was the change wireless technology made to the communication industry. Healthcare, industrial systems and education will be next.”
Mike or Michael Grabham is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative solutions in the startup chaos for 20+ years. He is a five time founder and is in relentless pursuit of knowing the customers better than any competitor. He recently invented a new product called Package Guard, to help stop package theft. He is a “make it happen” person driving growth across multiple revenue streams while inspiring and teaching employees on how to have fun and get things done, yes you can do both.
He has raised $3M from angel investors over the past 20 years, sold two companies and failed and has managed marketing, product, engineering and sales staffs throughout his career.
He is constantly learning from others having conducted more than 100 interviews with startup leaders at Startup Grind in Seattle and Bellevue each month. He loves helping smart people change industries, studying consumer behaviors and searching for the perfect glass of wine.
He and his wife started a nonprofit Survive the Streets which they help homeless in Seattle. He received his MBA from Seattle University and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, if that matters to anyone.