Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer

Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer is leading a $1 million financing round in a stealthy startup company that’s tentatively operating under the name of BeLeave.

Not much is known about the company, and the founders are keeping pretty mum for now.

“At this time, we are not sharing what we are going to do,” said co-founder Kieran McDermott, a sales veteran of who most recently served as the point person in the Seattle market. He’s joined on the founding team by Lance Anderson, a co-founder of social news site Newsvine, which sold to in 2007.

Hanauer’s venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners, was an early investor in Newsvine.

There’s no Web site set up yet for BeLeave, and McDermott said that it may be three to nine months before they launch the concept.

Given the backgrounds of McDermott and Anderson, I wondered whether the entrepreneurial duo may be creating something in the online media space. Again, McDermott, who attended South Kitsap High School, wouldn’t touch that one.

“The funding just came together, and we are putting the team together,” he said.

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  • Slaggggg

    I would never work for a company funded by freedom-hating Nick Hanauer

  • zulily tom

    Good luck Lance! I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys cook up…

  • zulily tom

    My name is Shiggles and I approve this message.

  • the lady

    pretty excited to what these guys come up with!

    • the lady


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