Andy Sack accepts the Iron Man of Startups Award.

Here’s what Andy Sack would do if he were Seattle mayor

Our friends over at Crosscut just started a cool new feature called “If I were Mayor” in which they are asking prominent members of the community for their insights on what they’d do if they were running the state’s biggest city. The feature is especially timely given that the city will be choosing its leader… Read More


Lighter Capital ignites with three new investments

Seattle’s Lighter Capital, which offers an alternative to venture capital and traditional bank loans, today announced three new investments in startups based in Dallas, Minneapolis and the Seattle area. It is backing Dallas’ BinaryWave, developing products and services for the support of Microsoft SharePoint; Bellevue’s HarborCloud, creating virtual desktops for QuickBooks, PeachTree and other services;… Read More


Introducing The Elevator Pitch: Where entrepreneurs get 43 seconds to reach the top

In the fast-moving world of startups, entrepreneurs need to be able to sell themselves in seconds. A good elevator pitch can mean all of the difference, helping entrepreneurs score cash, recruit top engineers or land that ever-elusive big customer. A bad pitch? Well, let’s just say that’s a one-way ticket to nowheresville. That’s why we’re… Read More


Video: Andy Sack of Founder’s Co-op accepts a WTIA award

The Washington Technology Industry Association’s Industry Achievement Awards were held this week in Seattle. The annual awards are a fun night, celebrating the best of the best in the state’s technology community. But there was one nominee (and winner) who was noticeably absent. As many in the technology community already know, Andy Sack was recently… Read More


Geeks Who Give Back: Andy Sack, Geoff Entress, Chris DeVore

These angel investors are elevating Seattle to new heights. The brains behind Founder’s Co-op and TechStars not only are bankrolling new startup ventures, but Andy Sack, Geoff Entress and Chris DeVore are making sure Seattle’s next generation of entrepreneurs has what it takes to compete on a global scale. Says DeVore, “Seattle is the underdog that actually… Read More


Lighter Capital finds its flame, awards cash to HireAHelper

Back in August, we told you about an unusual investment competition created by Andy Sack and the crew at Lighter Capital. In essence, the Seattle firm promised to bankroll one company with a loan of up to $500,000. Well, after more than 100 submissions, Lighter Capital has found the winner of its so-called “Capital Countdown”… Read More


Y Combinator-backed Contagion merges with Health Month to form Habit Labs, moves from SF to Seattle

Jen McCabe, who founded the Y Combinator-backed startup Contagion, thought about keeping her company in the San Francisco Bay Area upon merging with Buster Benson’s Health Month. But, after taking a closer look at Seattle’s developing startup community, she realized that the newly-formed company, dubbed Habit Labs, would fit better in the Pacific Northwest. “Many… Read More


Portland Seed Fund tests public-private VC model: Could a similar idea take root in Seattle?

On the GeekWire podcast last week, we chatted with Rick Turoczy of Portland’s Silicon Florist blog about the differences between the Seattle and Portland startup communities. One of the big ones, which we didn’t get a chance to discuss, is the Portland Seed Fund. A unique public-private partnership, the fund is designed to funnel seed-stage… Read More

Andy Sack in the KIRO-FM studios

Rewind: Andy Sack on startups, TechStars and the promise of Seattle’s tech scene

Joining us for our latest GeekWire Podcast was Andy Sack of TechStars Seattle, Founders Co-op and Revenue Loan — the hard-charging startup guru whose clarion call for the Seattle tech community is to “Get F—ing Aggressive,” commonly abbreviated “GFA” in polite company (and on G-rated podcasts). We had a great discussion about what’s happening, what’s… Read More