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Startup Haven is Growing Up

Startup Haven was founded in 2006. Almost 12 years later, we have grown to over 1,600 members in six cities and hosting more than 70 events a year. That's almost 40,000 emailed invitation and reminders each year -- a lot to keep track of! Eventbrite invites has served this purpose for years but the deliverability of Eventbrite email invitations stinks. We constantly hear from members who say [...]

By | June 7th, 2018|Events|Comments Off on Startup Haven is Growing Up

Event Recap: Los Angeles, May 2018

Another super fun and super productive event this month. We were sorry to hear from our scheduled special guest, Annie Luchsinger from Anthos Capital, that she fell under the weather and couldn't make it. We missed her awesomeness but we will get Annie rescheduled for a future event. Luckily, I ran into Martin Tobias a few hours before the event and he agreed to join [...]

By | May 24th, 2018|Events, Los Angeles, Startup Poker 2.0|1 Comment

Event Recap: Seattle, April 2018

In the game of poker, a "full house" is powerful. The same is true for Poker 2.0: last night was a full house... and that was powerful. The energy came both from the sheer number of attendees (~65) and the fact that our special guest was one of the premier VCs in Seattle, Jason Stoffer from Maveron. Jason's prezo was perfect, with lots of real-world [...]

By | May 10th, 2018|Events, Seattle, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Seattle, April 2018

Event Recap: Los Angeles, April 2018

April marks our third official Startup Haven Founders Dinner and Poker 2.0 event. At 12 attendees, the event was still 'intimate'. But 12 represents a 3x increase over our launch event in January... a great result and a sign that we are fulfilling our mission. What mission? Well, 12 attendees means 12 x 12 opportunities to make a valuable connection -- get help, give help, [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|Events, Los Angeles, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Los Angeles, April 2018

Event Recap: Seattle, February 2018

Another full house this month, despite the more-and-more and all-too-common Seattle traffic fiasco that caused several members to abandon all hope and bail out half way there. What a treat it was to have Michelle Goldberg, from Ignition Partners, as our special guest. I appreciate the conversational approach she took engaging with the crowd. Michelle couldn't hang around for the poker game but I'm hopeful [...]

By | March 17th, 2018|Events, Seattle, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Seattle, February 2018

Event Recap: Los Angeles, February 2018

The word is getting out among Mucker Labs founders and two of them finished 1st and 3rd this month. Since 1st, 2nd and 3rd place all get trophy medallions, that means there are two medallions floating around Mucker HQ -- and one of them is made of two ounces of solid .999 silver. I predict an internal rivalry will hatch among Mucker founders to see [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|Events, Los Angeles, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Los Angeles, February 2018

Event Recap: Seattle, January 2018

What a night! Despite an historic traffic jam in Seattle that left us with a record number of no-shows, we still had a full house... and then some. Every seat was filled and the overflow crowd enjoyed the awesome Thai food, brilliant Hand of God wines and a stellar group of the best and brightest of the Seattle startup ecosystem. Special thanks to our special [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Events, Seattle, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Seattle, January 2018

Event Recap: Los Angeles, January 2018

It's official -- Los Angeles has a Startup Haven chapter! The launch event was an intimate affair but what a great start! Having spent the last decade running events of 30 - 60 founders and investors in Seattle, I forgot how great it was to tuck in with a small group. Big thanks to WSGR for sponsoring all the food and drink and to The [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Events, Los Angeles, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Los Angeles, January 2018

Event Recap: San Francisco, December 2017

  Pulling off a 40-person poker event requiring a 5-hour commitment during the holiday party season in a city swimming in holiday parties is tough. So we tried something different this year in the Bay Area -- pub night. And it was a blast. Not quite a full pitcher of beer each, but not far from it. Turns out that great conversations on a beautiful [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|Events, San Francisco, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: San Francisco, December 2017

Event Recap: Seattle, December 2017

I can never predict in advance whether a holiday event will be a full house or an 'intimate' gathering. This year it was full house -- every poker seat was filled and then some. Adding to the festivities, we had Rounders streaming in the background. One word: Oreos. We also debuted the new Poker 2.0 tshirts, giving one away to anyone who hit a high [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Events, Seattle, Startup Poker 2.0|Comments Off on Event Recap: Seattle, December 2017