ABODO Apartment Search

Joining ABODO

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It’s been more than a dozen years since I left Rent.com. Needless to say, I didn’t expect to jump back in to the multifamily space. But after working pretty closely as an advisor with the team at ABODO, I’m excited to be joining their team as the VP, Marketing. The company is still quite early [...]

CrowdStreet

Launching CrowdStreet

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After a almost a year of product development, marketing and customer development, I’m excited to be launching CrowdStreet, a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform. The $254 billion commercial real estate financing market is ripe for disruption. CrowdStreet is a fundraising platform connecting accredited investors with high-quality, professionally-managed real estate investments. Investors get direct access to [...]

Cinephiled Movie Reviews Site

Launching Cinephiled

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Last month, we quietly launched Cinephiled.com, a new film and pop culture site that delivers a mixture of commentary, community, creativity and conversation for people who love film and pop culture. Cinephiled features a staff of writers who have previously contributed to publications as diverse and distinguished as The Village Voice, RogerEbert.com, Film Comment, Salon, L.A. Weekly, The New [...]

Abodo

Congrats to Abodo

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Congrats to the team at Abodo for closing their seed round! After so many years away from the apartment listing realm, it’s impressive to see a group of founders innovating in this space. It’s a real pleasure to work with them and I’m looking forward to watching them grow! Read more here.

How to Build a Startup Steve Blank Style

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Udacity recently released a series of videos led by Steve Blank, entitled How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad. This is far and away the most accessible and approachable way to to dig into Customer Development. The class summary says it all: Learn the key tools and steps to build a successful startup (or [...]

Startup Failures

Avoiding Startup Death

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For about 15 years, I have had the pleasure of working with startup entrepreneurs in a number of technology sectors and in various capacities. I’m amazed at how much the startup landscape has changed and, more importantly, how the processes that are used by tech founders to manage risk and hone their ideas have shifted. [...]

Your Pitch Deck Just Left PowerPoint and Found AngelList

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If you’re a startup founder, you’ve got one pitch deck for investors, another for sales, one for advisors that your try to recruit and you might have one for co-founders. And keeping all of those decks update and useful has always been a time-consuming effort. The good news is that the guys from Venture Hacks [...]

founderspad

Participating in FoundersPad

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Last week at the Bend Venture Conference, Central Oregon’s newest (and only) business accelerator was unveiled. FoundersPad is a business accelerator focused on supporting concept stage startups. The initiative is a program of the Tech Alliance and is committed to Central Oregon’s entrepreneurial community and helping turn innovative product and service ideas into great companies. Although [...]

Bend Venture Conference

Sponsoring the Bend Venture Conference

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Bend has a strong and growing startup ecosystem. The early-stage companies in our community include innovation in software, clean energy, recreation and countless other industries. We even have an active group of angel investors, advisors and mentors that help to shepherd these companies from idea to profitability and acquisition. Perhaps the most well-recognized effort in [...]

Sponsoring Cascadia Ruby Conf

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Cascadia Ruby is shaping up to be another great community gathering for the Pacific Northwest. Aquo is proud to be a Cascadia company and we’re proud to be sponsoring the event. Check out the awesome lineup of speakers and then go register. And a huge thanks to Ben and Shane for organizing… See ya all [...]