Q&A: Seattle super angel Geoff Entress talks valuations, missed deals and why the state should support startups

Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress has backed about 100 startup companies over the years, from social media powerhouses like HootSuite to storage companies like Isilon to software startups like LiquidPlanner. Heck, he’s even an investor and board member at a Redmond soup company, which he jokes not many VCs would have taken a look at. A… Read More


KidScore: The best places to eat with your screaming kids

As a parent with an energetic toddler, I sometimes struggle to find restaurants that have the right balance of good food and entertainment when dining with a two-and-a-half year old. For the most part, we’ve relied on word-of-mouth, getting recommendations from other parents of the best spots. (We love Fremont Brewing Co. and The Ridge… Read More


Balance Financial lands cash, names new board members

It’s tax day, and that means millions of Americans are scrambling to get their financial houses in order. If you’re like me, managing personal finance information is a tedious chore, often placed behind yard work and bathroom cleaning. Luckily, some companies want to help. One of those is Balance Financial, a Bellevue startup that’s trying… Read More


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


Ex-Amazon.com manager lands $3M to bring late-night infomercial products to the Web

Tanning creams, memory supplements and skin care devices are frequently peddled on late-night TV infomercials. But there’s no reason those products can’t find a bigger audience on the Web, and an enterprising ex-Amazon.com manager thinks he’s figured out the best way to deliver on that promise. Seattle-based DNA Response — a 10-person company led by… 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


Geoff Entress, Keith Smith and others bankroll TechStars grad GoChime

GoChime, a recent grad of the TechStars Seattle incubation program, has raised $630,000 in financing from angel investors Geoff Entress, Matt Shobe, Dave Carlson, Walter Winshall, Rob Martin, Kendall Kunz and Jason Seats. As a result of the financing, BigDoor CEO Keith Smith (also an investor) has joined the board. GoChime is an online marketplace that… Read More


Seattle super angels make house call to Silicon Valley’s PokitDok

Many Seattle entrepreneurs head south to Silicon Valley when raising financing, tapping into the region’s ranks of well-connected angels. But PokitDok, a Silicon Valley startup that just landed $450,000, took a more unusual course during its recent financing round. It knocked on doors in Seattle. Co-founder Lisa Maki, who actually grew up in tiny Indianola,… Read More


Social media agency Banyan Branch takes root with $1.7M

Banyan Branch, the Seattle-based social media marketing firm whose clients include Hartz, Porsche and Gilt Groupe, has raised $1.7 million from a prominent group of angel investors that includes former Qpass CEO Chase Franklin; Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress; KissMetrics founder Neil Patel; venture capitalist Bill Bryant and others. “Social media has become pervasive within… Read More


Mobile phone back-up service Dashwire sells to HTC for $18.5M

This is giving new meaning to the term “daily deal.” In a continued flurry of activity in the M&A market, Seattle-based Dashwire today agreed to be sold to Taiwain smartphone maker HTC for up to $18.5 million. Founded by former Microsoftie Ford Davidson in 2006, Dashwire has developed a mobile phone back-up service that allows… Read More