Techstars Seattle grad, online flyer-maker Smore raises $1.7M from Founder’s Co-op

Two-and-a-half years ago, Shlomi Atar and Gilad Avidan traveled all the way from Israel to participate in TechStars Seattle and fix the problem of instant online publishing. Fast forward to today, and the Smore founders have made some impressive progress. Smore has raised a $1.7 million seed round led by Seattle-based Founder’s Co-op, with participation from Greylock Israel and… Read More


Why invest in TechStars class of 2011?

“Tada!” Eleven-year-old Jude Sack, son of TechStars leader Andy Sack, swept his arms with a flourish.  It’s the halftime break between TechStars demo day presentations. A rope “magically” bisects young Jude’s middle, leaving the audience delighted and applauding. It was a decent metaphor for TechStars 2011.  When I first met them, Andy’s proteges were young… Read More


My five favorite pitches from the TechStars Seattle Demo Day

TechStars Seattle today concluded their three-month long startup bootcamp as 10 companies presented their business ideas to a packed crowd at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle. It’s been a long, hard voyage for each of the companies, starting with a vigorous application process in which just two percent of applicants were accepted. Many of the… Read More