Announcing the Judges for the Seattle Meetup + Pitch Off

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 7:03 PM

The winning team will obtain a free table at TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Alley this September. Second space gets two free tickets, and audience choice gets one free ticket.

Announcing the Judges for the Seattle Meetup + Pitch Off

The pitch-off will consist of ten startup companies presenting for sixty seconds on stage in front of TechCrunch Editors and tier one investors from the Pacific Northwest.

The winning team will obtain a free table at TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Alley this September. Second space gets two free tickets, and audience choice gets one free ticket.

Bummed you missed your chance to apply for the pitch-off? Fear not! TechCrunch has your back. We'll randomly select one company from the audience to pitch their startup on stage as a portion of the competition. So create sure to sign up for the meetup here.

And presently for our fantastic judges:

Bill Bryant, DFJ

“William K. (Bill) Bryant is a partner at DFJ. Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in more than twenty-five leading software, Internet, mobile, and digital media companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor, and board member. He's had founding roles with Visio (presently portion of Microsoft), Netbot (acquired by Excite), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Medio (Nokia), Mixxer, and Airworks. In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised >$150M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching software products, Internet, and mobile services. Bill represents DFJ on the boards of Chef, Ping Identity, Yellowbrick, Reflect. io, Remitly and Bright Computing.  In addition to his DFJ investments, he's an active angel investor with investments in Winshuttle, LiquidPlanner, Bonanza, and Socrata.”

Linda Lian, Madrona Ventures

“Linda joined Madrona in two thousand-sixteenth and works on identifying new investments and supporting the growth of Madrona’s portfolio companies. Linda loves working with passionate entrepreneurs to solve business challenges, assess options and create decisions about the future of their products and services. Prior to Madrona, Linda was at Lookout Mobile Security in San Francisco. Previous to that, she was with Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking grouping in NYC where she worked on strategic and sponsor-led transactions. Linda graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard concentrating in History & Literature with a secondary in Economics. She is particularly interested in consumerization of enterprise, dev-ops and software-defined infrastructure, security, and new mediums including AR/VR and live media.”

James Newell, Voyager Capital

“James has been working with high growth technology companies as an adviser and investor since two thousand five and focuses on early stage and seed investments in the Pacific Northwest.  He has served as a board member or observer at Casper, DoubleVerify, Common Assembly, Sauce Labs and Zerto, among others.

Prior to joining Voyager, James worked for Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)..  While with IVP, James worked on investments in AlienVault, Carbonite , Casper, Checkr, DoubleVerify, Common Assembly, Kayak, LegalZoom, Prosper, Sauce Labs, SoFi and Zerto. 

James previously worked with Maveron, a leading consumer focused venture firm based in Seattle and San Francisco and in business development for Zulily, a Maveron portfolio company. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Technology Investment Banking grouping of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

James earned a B. A. in Economics and a B. A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Univ of Washington. He's also earned his M. B. A. from the Wharton School at the Univ of PA with a concentration in entrepreneurial management.”

Jason Stoffer, Maveron

“Jason joined Maveron in two thousand-seventh and is presently a partner focused on investing in education, e-commerce and web-enabled consumer businesses. He's involved with the firm’s investments in Common Assembly, Common, TrueFacet, Everlane, CourseHero, Dolls Murder and Dolly.  Prior to joining Maveron, Jason served as senior director of strategic operations for Career Education Corp., where he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school. He's also served as an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund.  Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in economics from the Univ of MI (Go Blue!), and an MBA from the Wharton School at the Univ of Pennsylvania.”

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Showbox SoDo. There will be tons of time to connect with TechCrunch staff, the judges, and to grab a drink.

Purchase tickets to the Seattle meetup on June twenty-two right here.

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