Bob Crimmins
Bob CrimminsFounder, Chief Instigator
Bob is founder, a maker, a mentor and a dad. He founded Startup Haven as a passion project in 2006 to provide serious growth-startup founders with a quiet space to build real relationships. In addition to five tech startups, he co-founded in 2013 with his two then-10-year-old daughters to teach them about entrepreneurship.
Phil Gordon
Phil GordonChief Poker Officer
Phil is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, author and retired professional poker player. Phil is currently founder and CEO of ChatBox.
Daniel Marashlian
Daniel MarashlianChapter Director, San Diego
Daniel is serial entrepreneur and currently CTO at Portfolium
Emily Rotolo
Emily RotoloChapter Director, San Diego
Daniel is serial entrepreneur and currently founder and CEO at SimpleForms
Will Hubbard
Will HubbardChapter Director, San Francisco & Silicon Valley
Will is the founder of ChemiSense. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he created his own major through UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. In his spare time, he loves to talk tech, travel, and produce music.
Eugene Otto
Eugene Otto Chapter Director, Silicon Valley
Eugene is co-founder and CTO of Shift Payments, which makes it easy for users to spend any “store of value” — traditional fiat currencies, precious metals, gold, bitcoin, airline miles, loyalty points, etc. — at any existing credit card accepting merchant.
Ariya Hemati
Ariya HematiChapter Director, San Francisco
Ariya advises both startups and investors in and around San Francisco.
Jake Christensen
Jake ChristensenChapter Director, Portland
Whitney is co-founder and CTO at FasterBids.
Lev Filimonov
Lev FilimonovChapter Director, Los Angeles
Lev is founder at CHCK-N
Manshu Agarwal
Manshu AgarwalChapter Director, Los Angeles
Manshu is founder and CEO at
John Sechrest
John SechrestSeattle Ambassador
John is the founder of the Seattle Angel Conference, Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle and a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend. Johns organizes our Geeks on a Trail walks.

Startup Haven Emeritus Directors & Ambassadors

Thank you to everyone who helped us get where we are now. We couldn’t have done it with you!

Tyler Phillipi
Tyler PhillipiFounding Portland Ambassador
Tyler was the spark that set the engine of growth in motion for Startup Haven. All those years ago, when Tyler moved from Seattle to Portland, he recognized the value that Startup Haven could bring to founder community everywhere. Without his vision and dedication to the Portland startup community, there’s no telling when (or even if) Startup Haven would have fledged outside of Seattle.

Thank you, Tyler.

Danielle Morrill
Danielle MorrillFounding San Francisco Ambassador
I recently described Danielle to a VC as being “great at poker.” He responded that “Danelle is great at a lot of things.” I think that sums it up pretty well. One of the things she is great at is being a kind and generous person. Danielle’s help made all the difference in the world and ensured that Startup Haven would get off on the right foot in San Francisco.

Thank you, Danielle.

Andy Sparks
Andy SparksFounding San Francisco Ambassador
When I first met Andy, I immediately was taken in by his quick wit, natural curiosity and ever-present smile. A rare combination of thinker and doer, you would be fortunate to have Andy on your team or at your table.

Thank you, Andy.

Rob Capogna
Rob CapognaSeattle Ambassador
Rob is a serial startup founder and international traveler. He is adjunct host of Seattle Startup Haven events and has his bag packed in case any other cities need help hosting.
Brandon Cannady
Brandon CannadyPortland Ambassador
Brandon is a Serial Entrepreneur with a passion for community and a love for Poker. Additionally, Brandon writes for his publication #Startupfood as well as hosts monthly meetups with his group 5-9PDX.
Bryan Hall
Bryan HallSan Diego Ambassador
Bryan is Co-Founder and CTO at Embarke (acquired by Seismic Software).