Chris DeVore keynoting the 2013 GeekWire Awards.

Time to ditch non-compete agreements to increase entrepreneurial talent, investor says

Chris DeVore has devoted many hours over the past few years to figure out how state and local government can best help startups. Now the Founder’s Co-op General Partner and Chair of Seattle’s Economic Development Commission has a new idea for Washington’s politicians: Increase technical talent and entrepreneurial activity in the region by no longer enforcing non-compete… Read More

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Advice for entrepreneurs: Focus more on solving problems, not building products

When Chris DeVore first meets with entrepreneurs looking for funding, the Founder’s Co-op general partner doesn’t want to hear about products being built or services provided. First and foremost, he wants to hear about problems — those that exist, and those that can be solved. “A lot of people, particularly first-time entrepreneurs, kind of want to… Read More

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Nick Licata vs. Chris DeVore: A debate over government support of startups in Seattle

Well, it’s not quite the “Rumble in the Jungle.” But Founder’s Co-op general partner Chris DeVore and Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata recently were brought together by the online news site Crosscut to debate the issues around the Startup Seattle Initiative. As you may recall, Licata attempted to torpedo the efforts to create a $151,000… Read More

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What drives you as an entrepreneur — ambition or obligation?

Bring together a bunch of highly-successful entrepreneurs in one room and you’ll notice a few common qualities. These people work their tails off, have an immense passion for what they do and exhibit excellent leadership skills. But beyond that, is there a certain toolset every entrepreneur must have to succeed in this ultra-competitive startup world?… Read More

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Microsoft, Amazon alums land $1M for password, app management startup Meldium

Saving and remembering passwords is troublesome, and at times, dangerous from a security standpoint. That becomes even more of a problem when you’re a company managing several different cloud-based accounts. That’s where San Francisco-based Meldium wants to help. The startup, which was founded last August in Seattle by former Microsoft and Amazon employees, just landed $1… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Keynote revealed, last chance to vote

We’re gearing up for the GeekWire Awards, May 9 at the EMP in Seattle, and today we’re pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at the event will be Chris DeVore — the startup veteran and angel investor who has played a key role in the advancement of the Seattle region’s technology community through initiatives… Read More

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Mayor McGinn convenes startup roundtable: Could these 5 ideas transform Seattle’s startup community?

Can the City of Seattle do more to support startups? That was the question raised Tuesday night by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, as he brought together more than a dozen tech and startup leaders to share thoughts on what’s missing from the tech community. From tech incubators to private universities to startup job advertisements at… Read More

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Podcast Preview: The state of the Seattle startup market with Tomo co-founder Tony Wright

Seattle entrepreneur Tony Wright’s announcement earlier this week that he plans to relocate to Silicon Valley to build his latest company sent shockwaves through the startup community. It wasn’t so much that Wright — a well-respected and well-known startup vet who is now building a company called Tomo– was leaving. That happens all of the… Read More

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Startup Awards: Vote for Seattle’s Investor of the Year

Even though it’s cheaper than ever to get a software or Internet company off the ground these days, money still matters. But the best investors bring more to the table than deep pockets, adding extra horsepower when startups need them the most. Today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards is Investor of the Year, recognizing some… Read More

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The Achilles’ heel of Amazon.com

Disclosure: I’m an unabashed Amazon fan. Not only is it one of the most aggressive, forward-thinking and best-led companies in tech, it’s also the beating heart of the Seattle tech scene. The comments that follow are offered out of deep respect and a sincere desire to see Amazon dominate the *next* decade of the digital economy…. Read More

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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

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Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome (Part Two)

Last week, the Washington Technology Industry Association posted some short videos of Seattle area entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, journalists (including yours truly) and others talking about what makes the region’s tech sector unique. We posted the videos under the title: “Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome.” Now, the WTIA — in advance of… Read More