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Poker: “Wax On, Wax Off” for Startup Founders

Poker is an fascinating game. Most of the time you spend at a poker table is waiting for your next hand to start. This pace gives everyone at the table plenty of opportunity to get to know each other. Occasional big pots, bad beats and good natured trash talking create shared experiences and inflection points where real relationships are forged. Hard to imagine playing poker [...]

By | October 6th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

Event Recap: Seattle, August 2018

There is no better place to spend the dog days of summer than in Seattle -- better yet, on the shores of Lake Union. Even more better, hanging out, eating good food, drinking cold beer and playing cards with the best startup networking crowd ever... along the shores of Lake Union. Specifically, we were hosted by Peter Chee and his team at ThinkSpace. What a [...]

By | September 17th, 2018|Events, Seattle, Startup Poker 2.0|0 Comments

Event Recap: Seattle, July 2018

Think Space is now officially a favorite spot to host Startup Haven events... especially in the summer time. The event space is at water level on Lake Union, literally two steps across the dock to jump on a paddle board -- Think Space now owns two such boards that members can use to get some sunshine and some exercise. Think Space founder and sponsor, Peter [...]

By | August 9th, 2018|Events, Seattle, Startup Poker 2.0|0 Comments

Event Recap: Los Angeles, June 2018

The June event was a great time. Many continued thanks to Startup Haven member, Amanda Szabo, for generously continuing to host us at the offices of ResortPast. It's a great space and, with the patio door wide open, the coastal breeze drifting through is fantastic. Most of the attendees were first timers and several Mucker companies were among them. That's a big deal for a [...]

By | June 30th, 2018|Events, Los Angeles, Startup Poker 2.0|0 Comments

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 invitations 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