“Entrepreneur University” is effectively a boot camp for first time CEOs of startups. It is held once a year in Seattle and was on November 2nd of this year. It started at 7:30am and ended at 8:30pm.
It was fun to meet many early stage founders and CEOs as they were shaping their companies. I felt like it was an entrepreneur class of 2007 and it will be interesting to see the companies that come from this set of people in the next 5 years.
This was a 13 hour long day with class after class. There were two tracks, one called “Start your Engines” for early founders. The second track was “Petal to the Medal” and focused on established companies that looked for the next stage of growth.
Each person who attended could pick which classes to attend during the day. During lunch, they had CEOs or area experts host each table. This let early founders pick a table by expertise (marketing, sales, fund raising, etc.) and then bring up their issues and have a table discussion.
I met several other Microsoft alumni who were starting their own companies. Many of the VCs and CEO speakers also previously worked for Microsoft.
Speakers included CostCo CEO (Jim Sinegal), QPass founder (Chase Franklin), aQuantive co-founder (Nick Hanauer), and many other current CEOs. It also included the opportunity to speak to VCs from several VC firms: Madrona Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, OVP Venture Partners, among many others*.
The evening ended with food in the evening and a chat to network with other founders and members of the start-up community (lawyers, etc.).
This was a great event because it brought some of the most influential members of the Puget Sound startup community and they were very accessible by early founders. This include Craig Sherman, Joe Whitford, Dan Rosen, and the other VCs and successful CEOs.
* Frazier Venture Partners, Fluke Venture Partners, Second Avenue Partners, SeaPoint Ventures, Cascadia Capital, Buerk Dale Victor, Maveron LLC, Dan Rosen & Associates, and WRF Capital.
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