Over the past seven years, The Alliance of Angels has picked one startup company that represents the promise of the region’s burgeoning tech community. Today, that honor went to LiquidPlanner, a maker of online project management tools founded by former Expedia employees Charles Seybold and Jason Carlson.
“This is a great place to start a technology company,” said Seybold in accepting the award at the Technology Alliance’s annual luncheon in Seattle. “We have everything we need right here. We have the technology partners. We have the service provider partners. And we certainly have our angel investors and advisers.”
LiquidPlanner was the first recipient of capital from the Alliance of Angels’ “sidecar fund,” which was established in 2009 to support early-stage startup companies in the area. In remarks today, Seybold thanked the Alliance of Angels for its support, singling out Seattle super angel Geoff Entress who sits on the company’s board.
“He treats us like we are the only company he works with,” said Seybold. “But, what is it, 40, 50 companies he works with?”
Honorees in the past of the Alliance of Angels’ “Company of the Year” have represented a diverse set of industries, from Redfin to Modumetal to Insitu Group to SnapIn Software.
The Alliance of Angels is an angel investment group started by the Technology Alliance, which hosted its annual luncheon today today.
Interestingly, in remarks today, OVP Venture Partners’ Chad Waite noted that every single company that the Alliance of Angels has invested in since 2006 is still in business or has been acquired. Last year, the organization invested $10.3 million in 33 companies, a record year for the group amid a tough economy.
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