4 ways Microsoft can make Azure better for startups

Guest Commentary: This week Microsoft made a big announcement by providing TechStars startups up to $60,000 worth of Windows Azure services for two years. That’s huge. I have never seen Amazon or any other cloud provider, or any other provider of anything, offer this much. It’s an exciting opportunity for those startups, but it also… Read More


TechStars: An inside look at 87 days of madness

It’s day 87 of TechStars Seattle. It’s also the last day of the program. The incubation program culminates with an event this afternoon called Demo Day where more than 400 angel investors, VCs and press will watch ten companies pitch their vision in just six minutes. Six minutes. That’s all you get to impress the audience,… Read More


A challenge to Seattle VCs: Back 100 seed-stage startups in 24 months

Guest Commentary: After reading GeekWire’s post about how Washington state is lagging California, New York and Massachusetts in venture capital deals, some data points struck a chord with something I’ve been observing for several years: Seattle’s early-stage investment community is very weak. I looked at the same data in the CB Insights report, looking for something… Read More