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Author: Lee Reeves

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A Podcast about Scaling Entrepreneurship and Innovation in theupperleft.
18 Episodes
On Season 2, Episode 5 of theupperleft, we sit down with Rick Turoczy (, cofounder and general manager of PIE (, an ongoing experiment designed to explore how more established organizations — like corporations, government entities, and educational institutions — can more effectively collaborate with the Portland startup community, for mutual benefit.Rick is more than mildly obsessed with connecting dots in the Portland startup community ( In addition to PIE, he has written about the community for a dozen years (, helped start TechfestNW (, and serves as the lead organizer of Portland Startup Week ( At the time of this recording, he was actively prepping for PIE Demo Day ( and working to bring his peers from around the country to Portland for the Startup Champions Network Summit (
On Season 2, Episode 4 of theupperleft, we sit down with Joe Ottinger, Founder and CEO of Iinnovate Leadership Network, a consulting firm helping companies innovate, scale, and renew growth. Joe has published two books and numerous articles on innovation and leadership and believes that innovation can transform companies, communities, and lives. As part of Iinnovate, Joe has published a study with the University of Washington about Greater Seattle's innovation economy. Now in its fourth year, the 70-page 2018 Greater Seattle Innovation Ecosystem Report is the most ambitious yet, identifying the successes and current challenges in the region. The report covers the tech and life sciences sectors and identifies resources including the top investors, professionals, service providers, research, and support organizations that make Seattle's innovation economy run. Joe is active in the Greater Seattle community and is on the board of Young President Organization's (YPO's) Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network representing 25,000 CEOs in over 100 countries.
On Season 2, Episode 3 of theupperleft, we sit down with Lincoln Smith, Founding Executive Director of Kamloops Innovation in Kamloops, BC. KI is a non-profit organization that enables new entrepreneurs to jump-start their business with assistance and mentorship. Kamloops Innovation's mission is to inspire, nurture, and accelerate technology-based startup businesses in Kamloops and the surrounding regions.Episode 3 topics include: localized startup ecosystem development in rural communities, tech and innovation entrepreneurship in cities with less than 100,000 residents, and why economic development organizations should deploy localized development strategies that play to the strengths of the community.
On Season 2, Episode 2 of theupperleft, we sit down with Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Vancouver, WA based Hubb, an event management solution and powerful business intelligence tool that brings innovation and data-driven decision making to the events industry. Hubb recently announced a $6.3M Series B round that was led by Five Elms Capital and includes follow-on investment from Oregon Venture Fund and Elevate Capital.Allie is passionate about entrepreneurship and women in technology, and recently discussed her experience managing growth and pursuing funding as a female entrepreneur at the first ever Elevate Inclusion Summit in Portland, Oregon: raised a $3.7 Seed round, including $140,000 at the 2016 Bend Venture Conference and $155,000 at the 2016 Seattle Angel Conference.
On Season 2, Episode 1 of theupperleft, we sit down with Matt Rubright, Vice President of Early and Growth Stage Technology at Silicon Valley Bank. In Matt's capacity as VP, he directly helps early and growth stage companies reach their potential by connecting them with SVB's capital and community.Matt is active in the Seattle startup community and has led several presentations on the local fundraising ecosystem on the fundraising process, critical considerations, and investors in the local market.
On Season 1, Episode 12 of theupperleft, we sit down with Andrew Dumont, Founder at Curious Capital in Seattle.Andrew is a serial technologist with a passion for building, growing, and investing in early-stage companies. Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr, Medium, and Kickstarter, and has created companies like Bitly, Giphy, and Chartbeat. This led him to his most recent role as the CMO at Bitly.Andrew advises startups at Techstars and Galvanize, and teaches Digital Marketing at the University of Washington. Forbes named Andrew one of 30 innovators under the age of 30, the United Nations appointed him an entrepreneurial delegate, and he's spoken around the globe on all topics digital at shows like SMX, Inbound Marketing Summit, ionSearch, Internet Summit, New Media Expo, Ignite, AdTech, and more.
On Season 1, Episode 10 of theupperleft, we catch a seaplane from Seattle to Victoria and sit down with Noah Warder, Director of Operations at Sendwithus (Victoria, BC based and Y Combinator graduate). Sendwithus is a cloud-based email content management platform that enables businesses to maximize their email potential.Episode 10 topics include Sendwithus, their late 2017 Series A raise, the Victoria startup and technology ecosystem, and Startup Slam, a tech conference that showcases Victoria’s burgeoning tech sector. At Startup Slam, over 400 students, developers, and entrepreneurs came together to share ideas, knowledge, and expertise. This year, workshops will be offered on startup engineering, early stage entrepreneurship, and product validation and design.
On Season 1, Episode 9 of theupperleft, we sit down with the CEO and COO of Advancing Women In Product. Based in the Bay Area, AWIP is a premier tech mentorship and networking organization that gives high-quality professionals in technology at all levels the exclusive opportunity to network, teach, learn and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and interests that other high-level companies, age groups, and industries are evaluating.CEO, Nancy Wang (Lead Product Manager at Rubrik, Inc., whose backers include Greylock, Lightspeed, Khosla Ventures, and Kevin Durant), and COO, Roshni Uppala (Lead Product Manager - IoT Software Systems at Henny Penny) talk AWIP, some of the challenges and stereotypes women face in product oriented roles, and their recent announcement to launch a second AWIP chapter in Seattle.
On Season 1, Episode 8 of theupperleft, we sit down with Nick Hughes, Founder and CEO of Founders Live. Founders Live is a global venue that gives modern entrepreneurs the opportunity to earn recognition, gain opportunities, connect with other entrepreneurs, and truly become rockstars. In an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the globe, up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. In just under 4 years, Nick has expanded Founders Live to 15+ cities, including Boston, Portland, Chicago, New York, Denver, Phoenix, Boulder and Accra, Ghana. In addition to the Founder Live event format, Nick has built an online network that delivers curated articles, videos, live streamed expert talks and AMA’s, posts and private member messaging, which serves as a global community for world-class entrepreneurs.
On Season 1, Episode 7 of theupperleft, we sit down with Steve Wandler, Founder of Metabridge.Now in its 10th year, Metabridge is a community of mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs who support Canadian technology Founders and CEOs. Metabridge has access to an extensive network of alumni from across North America who have built and sold companies, are established in Silicon Valley or are partners at top Venture Capital firms.Metabridge facilitates programs throughout the year which culminate at a flagship event each June in the Okanagan, BC. Each cohort attends the Metabridge executive retreat where they are able to disconnect and network with like-minded peers and technology leaders.
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