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Andy Sack of TechStars Seattle

Andy Sack, the director of TechStars Seattle, is accustomed to critiquing the pitches of entrepreneurs. Now, Sack is doing an elevator pitch of his own, making a plea to some of the heaviest hitters in Seattle tech.

In an email and video message (both posted below), Sack and other members of TechStars Seattle make the pitch to Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Steve Ballmer, Nick Hanauer, Jeff Brotman, Howard Schultz, John Stanton and Paul Allen — collectively described as the “godfathers of Seattle entrepreneurs” —  that they should participate in TechStars Demo Day on Thursday November 3rd.

“Seattle needs more big companies like the ones you started and run,” writes Sack in the email.  “We need it for job creation, for the economy, and for Pacific NW pride.”

Demo Day will showcase presentations from 10 entrepreneurial teams who’ve been working their way through the TechStars incubation program over the past three months. (Including LikeBright which was featured today on GeekWire).

Sack said he’s hopeful that some of the big names of Seattle tech will take time out of their busy schedules to help the next-generation of Seattle entrepreneurs. Here’s the video pitch:

Here’s the letter that Sack is sending to the Seattle tech luminaries, with the subject line “A special invite to the godfathers of Seattle entrepreneurs:”

Dear Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Howard Schultz, Jeff Bezos, John Stanton, Steve Ballmer, Jeff Brotman and Nick Hanauer (Collectively known as the Godfathers of Seattle Entrepreneurs)

What are you doing Thursday November 3rd? I know it’s short notice, but I want to personally invite you to attend TechStars Seattle Demo Day.

Check out this short video created by entrepreneurs to invite you to Demo Day November 3rd, 2 – 5PM

Whether you know it or not — you’re a godfather of many technology entrepreneurs and startups in Seattle. Which is why we want (in fact, need) you at TechStars Demo Day.

TechStars is the leading accelerator in the US. We’re in 4 cities — Seattle, NY, Boston, and Boulder — funding and mentoring over 40 companies a year. TechStars is about bringing the community together to support and mentor young entrepreneurs. There are 27 founders, and lots more Seattle entrepreneurs, who could really use your support — much as entrepreneurs and mentors supported you when you were starting out.

Seattle needs more big companies like the ones you started and run… we need it for job creation, for the economy, and for Pacific NW pride.

We’d love for you to join us on stage for 5 minutes at the beginning of the event to recognize you and all you do for Seattle! Thanks for your support.

In the entrepreneurial spirit,


[Editor’s note: GeekWire’s Rebecca Lovell and Jonathan Sposato are both mentors in the TechStars program.]

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