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A Founders Roadmap to Poker (3 of 3)

In the first two posts in this series, I tried to explain why Why Every Startup Founder Should Play Poker and how, beyond just building relationships, Poker is “Wax On, Wax Off” for Startup Founders.  For those persuaded, this post is meant to provide some guidance for founders who now understand that poker, (played right and with the right people) is a value use of time for [...]

By | December 16th, 2018|Events|Comments Off on A Founders Roadmap to Poker (3 of 3)

Poker is “Wax On, Wax Off” for Startup Founders (2 of 3)

In the first post of this series, I explained why every startup founder should play poker. That post focused on the unique power of poker to build strong and valuable relationships. In this post, I will explain how founders improve their startup skills as they improve their poker skills -- i.e., how poker can make you a better founder and improve the chances of success for [...]

By | December 16th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

Why Every Startup Founder Should Play Poker (1 of 3)

In this series, I’m want to persuade startup founders (all startup founders) that playing poker is not just something you could do but rather that poker is something that you should do. I know -- a bold claim. In this first post, I intend to clear the air and set the record straight about just what poker really is and its power to build relationships [...]

By | December 16th, 2018|Events|Comments Off on Why Every Startup Founder Should Play Poker (1 of 3)

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