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Friday, October 6 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bootstrapping or fundraising: the debate

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Wondering whether to bootstrap your business or raise funds from investors?  It’s a common dilemma and there will never be a one-size-fits-all answer.  Come join us as we hear from four companies facing this question today.  Our expert debaters - including two bootstrapping pros, two fundraising founders, and a moderator who has been on all sides including a turn as an angel investor  - will discuss the best path forward for these start-ups, teaching us all important lessons along the way.

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John Plaza

EIR, CoMotion Labs
With more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy, clean technology, and aviation sectors, John Plaza has a proven track record of launching highly successful startups from the ground up, obtaining funding from leading private equity and venture capital firms, successfully growing operations, and structuring mission-critical partnerships and alliances. | Currently, John is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at University of Washington's CoMotion, the New Ventures team interacting with some of the best and brightest minds in the University of... Read More →

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Amy Buckalter

Founder & CEO, Pulse
Amy Buckalter is the founder and CEO of Pulse® (lovemypulse.com), a revolutionary new and patented technology invented to dramatically improve the delivery of “goops” - lotions, gels, creams, oils, lubricants, and other liquid or fluid consistencies within the health and beauty space... Read More →
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Rebecca Deutsch

Co-founder & CTO, Parlay
Rebecca Deutsch is the CTO and Co-Founder of Parlay, a software startup that helps innovation teams craft the stories of their concepts. Parlay develops tools that help innovation teams spend more time building creative solutions and less time on process and reporting. Over the p... Read More →
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Michele Mehl

Founder & CEO, Excy
Michele Mehl has been working in the startup tech industry for over 20 years. Faced with a genetic pathway of heart disease and a job history that has had her working at a desk for over 20 years, she started Excy (short for exercise cycling) to eliminate three major hurdles to exercise 1) time 2) space and 3) injury. She has bootsrapped the company from the beginning, which offers both hardware and software for a full body gym quality resistance-based training experience, and is on a mission to reinvent the rules about how we connect exercise and rehab to our everyday life at home, work, and on the go. The Excy system turns any chair into a quality recumbent exercise bike, works as an upper body ergometer, and offers functional training for greater health and to fight preventable disease. Before starting Excy, Michele co-founded one of... Read More →
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Rathna Sharad

Founder & CEO, FlavorClour
Rathna Sharad started her career in 1997 in the transportation and logistics industry gaining experience at a number of important players in the industry including UPS where she led technology and business teams responsible for route optimization, international hub integrations and local customs clearance. She then worked at Microsoft, starting as one of original team members of Bing Ads engineering team and eventually as Director of Product Management where she was responsible for B2B tools for advertiser and publisher marketplaces and monetization. | | She co-founded Runway2Street when she found that retail brands were unable to sell online to a global audience due to cross border logistics challenges. Launched in 2014 to 3 markets, then expanded to offer merchants from 100+ countries go global serving 300+ brands. She then launched FlavorCloud as an enterprise SaaS platform in 2017 when she realized that the... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98122