Coasting To Perfection

Am I doing all I can each day to reach my own pinnacle in life? Have I done everything possible to become the person I was created to be or am I just coasting along the highway…?

A post today piqued my interest and spurred this intense inner monologue. MG Siegler writes about a recent SI article on Michael Phelps which details his comeback and rehabilitation from alcohol related incidents.  The article touches on a variety of events in his career but what jumped out to me was a very interesting and possibly troubling assessment by Phelps himself, where he simply admits he has never given it his all. Ever. Even after numerous Olympics and all the medal records he feels he under-performed and still has his best inside him. Siegler ties that thought back to all of us:

“we don’t often hear about someone at the pinnacle of what they’re doing also failing to give their all — and yet, that’s clearly the case with Phelps….. And so in a way, I think that’s a more interesting point from which to look inward. If you’re really fucking up and squandering your talents, it’s pretty obvious for everyone to see. But what if you’re only not “giving it your all” and coasting on doing the minimum to still be successful — even very successful? Or maybe not even the minimum, but something less than all you’ve got. I think a lot of people are guilty of this. Maybe even most people. Certainly I am, in some regard.”

So I ask you, are you just coasting through your life?

It’s a troubling thought if you really consider the question when its asked another way: will you ever reach your full potential with your current output of energy, focus and determination?


I ponder this question quite a bit and maybe it’s the reason I have a number of current projects/companies ongoing in my life. It’s almost as if I can’t not do them. I don’t want to ever look back and realize I could have done more, that I should have applied myself more fully to the things and people in my life, and that I coasted lazily while others looked upon me with slight disappointment knowing I was fully talented and capable of greatness but in the end never doing anything worthwhile.

Wasted talent they’d say.

This is why I push myself to write even on days when I don’t want to or don’t feel like it. I want to follow my writing talent as far as it will possibly take me.

This is why I get in front of the camera and shoot more Founders RAW conversations.  Setting aside the enjoyment I get from doing them it’s not easy being comfortable in front of a camera and I believe people need to hear the messages we are putting out. I also want to follow my talent in media creation as far as it will possibly take me.

This is why I get on stage in front of hundreds of people each month and host Feature Friday events in Seattle – a monthly event which highlights 5 new up-and-coming area startups. This pushes me to become very comfortable on stage in front of crowds and calms the public speaking nerves, a wise move given public speaking is the #1 fear in the world.

This is why I push myself to build new apps and create whole new companies. I don’t ever want to find myself out of the loop on the latest trends, as well as sometimes it just takes a few cycles before the big idea takes hold.

This is not rocket science but I do these things so that I get better at them until a time comes where they are second nature to me. This is the 10,000 hours stuff Malcolm Gladwell talks about. It is said by the time the Beattles led the “British Invasion” with Beattlemania and brought their music into America they had already played together as a band live so many times they had eclipsed their 10,000 hours threshold and were very very tight as a band. That’s why they were so damn good so early on.

But it didn’t come overnight.

The Beattles believed – as I am starting to now – you are only as good as you choose to be. And “to choose” means you determine to do whatever it takes, however long it takes, with whatever means you have at your disposal to achieve you potential. Anything less is just cheating yourself and the greater world in the process.

Some have it easy you might say. They are naturally talented and without doing EVERYTHING THEY CAN they turn out to be Olympic champions and record setters. LeBron James, Michael Phelps, ect.. Simply more talented than anyone else. I say good for them.

But I am more impressed with the one who wasn’t God gifted with the most talent in the world yet works so diligently at their craft they become one with it, they become the legends we read about. The Wright Brothers. Steve Jobs, etc. The ones who came from nowhere, with no money and no connections, no Ivy League schooling, no Silver Spoon or lucky sperm club card to show off.

These people will it into existence. They are the ones we love to read about and crave to hear speak in public.

My guess is you fit that bill just as I do. So do yourself a favor each day and ask yourself if you are giving it your all – and be honest with your answer. My guess is you’ll be surprised at how much farther within yourself you can dig.


I am in the middle of a massive mental overhaul and it feels great.

Not that I really felt I needed it or was in danger going off the cliff, but I understand continual refinement is one of the secrets to life so recently I pushed into hitting a greater mental/emotional/professional learning curve.  With that I will say I think it’s time we start taking back our minds and not walking around the world like brainless mummies.

You are in charge of what goes into your mind and what you think about. It starts with what you choose to pay attention to and let into your conscious – subconscious even. If the brainless mummy comment was a bit harsh… well that is exactly what the media thinks of you.

I am talking about the news (industry in general) and how much of a bullshit clickbait crockshow it has become. Just look at a quick screenshot of today.

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It’s as if CNN just reported on the end of the world.








That’s what’s going on and I am done with it. So should you.

News and media outlets have long left you in the dust and pretty much focus only on what will bring the most revenue in the bank. They show shock, terror and scare over anything else. It’s all about money and you are being poisoned in the process.

No wonder there are so many shootings and terrorist attacks around the world now. If media stopped reporting it maybe they would stop bombing buildings and killing innocent people since their names wouldn’t be plastered everywhere.

Maybe confused teenage kids who want their 15 minutes of fame on TV and social media would choose another path other than to walk into school and start shooting. But how did they get that idea in the first place??

Oh wait… right.

It’s a challenging topic especially now due to weekly terrorist threats and the latest Paris bombings leading to an unfortunate death toll numbered in the hundreds. My heart goes out to any affected. But it pains me to see this happening and only frustrates me when I see and hear about it.

It actually makes me mad. To the point where I might act on that anger. And that’s why I don’t do it anymore and for the sake of society I hope others do the same.

For an even worse stroll down scaryville-our-society-is-going-to-hell-in-a-hand-basket lane just turn on your local news. Murders. Rapes. Kidnappings. Robberies. Fires. OMG. We have a responsibility to take control of our thoughts and emotions, and never-ending scare tactics meant to keep us glued to the TV or computer screen do not help us achieve peace of mind.

You know what does achieve peace of mind?

Reading positive things.

Meditating each day on the good you will do in the world.

Spending quality time with loved ones and friends.

Putting the newspaper down, shutting the TV off, clicking off the website and then going out to do good in the world.

Go to work and do your part to move the world forward, no matter how big or small your impact may be. Don’t worry about missing out on events in the world – the important stuff happening around the world and in your own city will find you. Until it does, protect your own mind and spirit with all you have since that is all you have.

This I know for sure: Making your own world as positive and generous as possible starts with shutting out the negative messages of the media, which starts in your mind and that is 100% under your control.


Do Something Everyday That Terrifies You

1805756738_ec05607189_zHere’s some advice that might be scary to you: Do something everyday that terrifies you.

It’s a simple sentence yes, but its consequences reach far and wide. Having courage to do things that scare you is the essence of growth and progress, in both your personal and professional life.

I noticed this phenomenon recently in my own life when I chose to start meditating every day. Before I started, I viewed mediation as a foreign activity, something only eastern religions practiced. But actually, I was scared about doing it for some weird reason, namely because it was new and different to me.

Yet I decided to lean into my fear, push it aside and dive right in. Five months later and I am still going strong, maybe missing one day per week on the weekends when something comes up in the morning and I am not able to sit quietly. I can’t even describe the benefits I have enjoyed and the new growth opportunities I have opened up simply because I am sitting quietly each day and contemplating this crazy world we live in.

I also learned doing terrifying things are good for the soul when I reach out to people and sit down with them for a Founders RAW conversation. More and more of my guests are noteworthy people who have founded well known companies or are successful in their previous ventures.

I think to myself “they get hit up all the time so why would they answer my email? And why would they want to talk with me anyway?!”

But you know what?

I send it anyway.

And they answer it!

Meeting set, great conversation had, sweet new Founders RAW video for you all to watch, and new contact/friend made.

All because I chose to be uncomfortable and reach out to someone who might turn me down or not respond to my request. It’s crazy how your mind twists reality to scare you from doing things each day that would totally change your life. You have to acknowledge the warning but then push past it.

Ask for the sale.

Ask the guy or girl out.

Ask the investor for more money.

Jump off the cliff into the water.

Write the blog post you’ve been thinking about.

Smile at the stranger.

Talk to the stranger.

Post the picture.

Build the prototype.

Recruit the team.

Start the company.

Ask for the raise.

Join the new company offering you a promotion.

Move to the new city if you feel the pull.

Guys and girls – the principle works. Do something new and scary each day of your life and you’ll be shocked at what happens next.

People Are More Impressed With Who You Are Than What You Do

We’ve all been asked that dreaded question at a networking event.

“So… what do you do?”

I drive myself insane wondering why people lead with that question in social situations. My guess is they are just nervous and it’s the first and easiest thing that comes to mind and then out of their mouths.

Yet, it’s the dumbest and worst question to lead with once you shake hands with someone. It shows the other person you are about to judge them and looking for the lowest hanging fruit to make your snap judgement. So do yourself and the person in front of you a favor and don’t ask it anymore.

So what SHOULD you ask?

Anything. Except for the above question anything is fair game. Ask about their clothes. Ask about their background or where they came from. Inquire about something unrelated to the topic of the evenings event like the weather, local sports team, the coffee shop where you are sitting, a funny off-the-cuff joke about the random people you are watching. Really, anything will work here. Absolving yourself of the “what do you do” question will invariably raise you right to the top of the list of people the other person wants to converse with.

But why is this so?


The “what do you do” question makes people feel like they are being interrogated. Especially if the person you find yourself talking with has recently made a huge life change and is in between jobs or startups. Take it from me, when in that phase of life this is the last question any of us want to answer. And the thing is you never know who has recently made that decision or is currently in that phase so better to be cautious and not take a salt shaker and dump it on someones fresh wound right out of the gate.

The “what do you do” question also makes people feel uneasy since its origins can be found in us humans trying to compare ourselves to others. Instinctively, our goal is to find someone who we feel superior to so we can make ourselves feel better, even for a brief moment. If I ask you what do you do and you tell me “I’m a lawyer” or “I just sold my startup to Google” I now know where we stand economically and socially. If you respond with a lower status job description I also know where we stand and feel better about myself.

But what about the people who ask the question only so you ask them the same question so then they can pitch you their business? Same result holds here: not a good idea to lead with your elevator pitch to a stranger that didn’t ask for it. I don’t know about you but I don’t want the first interaction with every person I meet to be a pitch session about what they are working on and how I can get involved. This is also a very shallow and quite self-serving interaction and again puts people on the defensive.

What I have found works best is to be genuinely interested in other people, and ask questions about them and what they care about. Becoming interested in others is quite easy if you don’t lead with “what do you do” questions. I try to challenge myself and get creative in how I converse with people, how much I can get them to talk about their ideas and passions. Initiating conversations without asking about profession or job shows the other person you are genuinely interested in their story and them as people, not just about professional comparisons. One or two great questions or comments unrelated to their profession can jump start a quality interaction with pretty much anyone.  I have found this is the best and quickest way to illustrate who I am and my inner character without saying a thing – outside of asking the intriguing questions.  The less I say the more I listen – and thus show who I am – resulting in a strong trusted connection with the other person.

The crazy and counter-intuitive thing about this strategy is once you start a conversation with another person not asking about their profession the other person will inevitably bring it up, but on their own terms. And since you didn’t come across as aggressive or interrogating you will find they are very engaged in the conversation and will walk away thinking you were one of the best conversationalists they have ever encountered even though they did most of the talking.

And in this way you will find each and every conversation is a way to learn something new about the world, something new about another person and a fun way to add to your wisdom of the world.

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

Picking The Brains of Seattle Angels And VC’s

I recently had the opportunity to lead a panel discussion on raising capital during Seattle Startup Week. The room was jam packed with 150 people, and the panel included 4 investors – 2 Angel Investors and 2 Venture Capitalists. A friend of mine took massive notes and passed them onto me.  You can read them below, lots of nuggets in there.


SEATTLE STARTUP WEEK: Pick the Brains of Local Angel Investors – 10/27/15

Seattle Startup Week is an incredible opportunity for those involved in, or interested in, startups, funding, networking, learning or just enjoying all of the resources that we have here in the Seattle area for entrepreneurs, investors and connectors. Thank you to Zillow for hosting the event, to the many sponsors of the events and especially Chase, the primary sponsor.

Tuesday evening’s investor event was oversold with standing room only. It provided the audience with the opportunity to hear ideas from experienced investors in a panel format, then ask specific questions of the investors. The panel included Josh Maher, Angel investor and head of the Seattle Angel Conference; Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director for the Alliance of Angels; Tim Porter, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group and Gary Rubens, Angel investor and CEO of Start it Labs. The panel was led by Nick Hughes as moderator. Nick is an entrepreneur and Director of Business Development at Knotis.

The session started with each panel member introducing themselves and providing a little background on how they ended up being a startup investor. Josh Maher is not only an angel investor, but an author. He wrote the book “Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups”. Look it up on Amazon. Josh is essentially involved at the intersection of startups and Angels. As head of the Angel Conference, he represents 430 Angel investors. Tim Porter, Managing Director for Madrona Venture Group, attributes his current position to his wife, who knew someone at Madrona and referred him to them when he was ready to make a change. Madrona, a Venture Capital company, is focused on Business to Business investing in the Northwest and Tim’s focus is primarily SaaS (software as a service) applied to both horizontal and vertical applications. Yi-Jian is a network engineer by background and inadvertently ended up in the Angel world when AT&T changed their corporate venture fund and recruited him as a founding team member. As Managing Director of the Alliance of Angels his focus is mobile and enterprise/infrastructure software and services with a global focus. Gary Rubens found the ability to be an angel investor when he sold his company,, to Lowe’s in 2012. He is currently CEO of Start it Labs and gives back to the community, not only helping startups, but also helping worthy causes. He heads the meetup “Angels, Pitches and Beers” held at the SURF Incubator. With over 1400 members, they have a meeting Thursday, October 29, 2015, starting at 5:30 PM.

After the introductions, Nick asked the panel “How did you start as an investor”? Josh said that it was primarily luck and timing (and I’m sure a fair amount of work to create that luck and timing). Yi also said it was luck when he was offered to be a founding team member of the AT&T corporate venture fund. As noted above, Tim attributes his current position to his wife knowing Greg Gottesman at Madrona. However, he started toward that position by being involved in a startup, Teledesic, in 1996. He then subsequently had stints at Goldman Sachs and Microsoft. Gary’s ability to be an angel investor began with his sale to Lowe’s for a lot of money. Following that, he invested in people in the startup world, became a philanthropist and studied angel investing so he could be more effective.

The next question Nick asked was “What do you look for in a startup”. Gary began by saying the most important aspect was the team. The team has to have passion for what they are doing and they have to work together. They also have to have a good business model and be able to pivot as a team when circumstances dictate, or in some cases be willing to drop the venture and move on. Tim echoed Gary’s thoughts on the team being critical. He also said it was important to have a market or product that made sense. In other words, what was the value proposition they were offering. Were they solving a problem? Why was now the best time for their solution? Yi also echoed that the team was most important. Without an effective team, the chances for success were diminished greatly. Josh said that the others had basically covered the question, but he added that it is very important to get to know the people early on. You can’t really make an informed decision one month after meeting the team or the founder. You need to know how they work together and whether or not they have the ability to execute. A side note to this is for entrepreneurs to develop a relationship with investors well before they actually need money. Ask for advice as you’re getting started and keep the investor informed as to your progress.

The next question from Nick was “What is one mistake or problem that many founders make or face”? Gary said that many times the founder doesn’t ask for enough money and they find themselves needing money before they’ve met their next milestone. Another mistake is not getting sufficient market validation before embarking on their product journey. It’s important to know that there is a market for whatever you are developing, that it is a market of sufficient scale to warrant your investment of time and money and also that prospective customers will actually pay for what you’re offering. It’s also important to know what your cost is versus what someone is actually willing to pay for your product. Tim echoed Gary’s comments re customer validation. What does the product do? Why is it a good business? Do you know your competition? Ji said that one of the problems he sees is founders who say they have no competition when they haven’t even done the research to find out who may be competing in their field. Everyone has some competition, even if it’s just an existing technology that does some of what you are offering. Ji also suggested not asking for an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). The investor should be on your side. The last thing they want is for anyone to think that they may take your creation and give that information to someone else or do something with it themselves. They certainly don’t have the time for that. As entrepreneurs need to focus on their business, so do investors. Of most importance to every investor is their integrity. You shouldn’t need an NDA from a qualified investor and you shouldn’t ask. Josh commented by saying that your investors should be considered as partners, not just someone supplying you with funding. Expect them to contribute to your success by providing counsel and sharing connections that they may have to help you. The investors want to know what your business potential might be and how they can help it grow.

Nick then asked for the current state of the market for funding startups. Gary suggested that many view this as somewhat of a bubble in funding with valuations that are too high and unreasonable expectations. Tim said that there is a disconnect between public markets and private markets. Although there seems to be a shift from greed to fear, deals are still getting done. In addition, valuations have started to come down somewhat. Ji said that the environment for startups has been friendly. He also suggested that a startup should take money now, if they can get it, before things begin to turn further. Typical deals now are at valuations of $2 to $5 million with up to 40% of equity given for funding.

Josh said that it’s important to consider your cash burn and make sure you ask for enough to get you to the next milestone. He also said that the entrepreneur could likely give up to 40% equity in their company. Gary said it is extremely important to use your money wisely. You need to prove your business model and you can’t always count on raising money. Make it last. Tim said that it is important to know what your long-term value is. Ji noted that you not only need to track your metrics, but be able to pivot and make adjustments when situations warrant. How you use your money is critical. Josh said that if you’re spending a dollar and only getting one or two users, your model may not be sustainable. You not only need multiples of users, but users that will stick over time.

There was an audience question about crowdfunding. Some consider a successful campaign on Kickstarter or Indiegogo as validation of the product or service. However, Josh said that a company that gets that validation, yet can’t follow through and deliver product to the funders, may not be a good prospect for investment. Ji said that a successful crowdfunding effort can show traction and market interest. Gary agreed that there could be market validation, but there should also be other considerations. Do the metrics work? Will it be profitable?

Another question had to do with exit strategies. With three to five years being the usual timeline, would a shorter exit increase the valuation/money raised? Gary said that your primary focus should be on developing a good product or service and not concentrating so much on the exit. It you are successful with your product, you will probably be bought out. Ji said that most angels are looking for a 10x return in three to five years. Josh echoed Gary’s comment that the focus shouldn’t be on selling the company, but first making it successful.

A questions was asked about the difference between Angels and VC’s. Angels usually invest their own money. VC’s may invest their own money, others money or invest money using a fund format. Josh said there are three types of investors: Visionaries, or those that relate to the product or service and believe in it; those that go by the numbers or metrics and finally those that use a combination of the first two. All of them will bring up the team, but those that review the company by the numbers would be similar to a value investor. Those that are visionaries want to believe in the product or service, and usually have sufficient background in that technology to make a good decision. Tim said that you should go for at least 18 months of operation funding.

There was a question about patents as they relate to SaaS. In most cases, it’s more important to get to scale quickly as a barrier to entry rather than have a patent. Even if it can be replicated, the first to market usually will win if they are the biggest in the space.

Nick asked what is exciting in the Northwest. What’s working and what worries investors. Gary said that there weren’t enough VC’s like Madrona in the Northwest. Tim (with Madrona) said that 90 percent of their investments were local. Seattle is best in some of the macro tech trends such as cloud services, etc. However, most agreed more capital to invest is needed in our region.

With that, we ran out of time and the meeting ended. It was one of the best sessions I attended and I believe that those who attended appreciated the cogent insights from some of the most experienced investors in our area. A special thanks to all of the sponsors, Perkins Coie as provider of the venue, Nick Hughes as moderator and our panel.

Ken Carlson, Owner

Carlson Specialty Services



You Gotta Give To Get

I have noticed a trend within myself recently: The more I help others when they ask the more I tend to get from others when I ask.

I am not sure if its a natural phenomenon, me being more attentive to others needs or others starting to be more in-tune with where I sit in our industry. Regardless, I discovered really cool things happen when I am more open to giving to people.


The giving I am referring to is of my time, relationships and mind-share. This realization has come to my attention as younger founders or less experienced entrepreneurs more frequently reach out to me for help, perspective or introductions. This is natural, fine with me – given they are respectful in their ask – and something I enjoy doing.

Yes, that means I’d be open to responding to you too if you need it!

Interestingly, many times when I meet with someone they are very thankful and surprised with how generous I seem to be.  My response: I feel it’s what we are supposed to do if we are farther down the road in our journey than someone else (referring to providing guidance and intro’s if the situation calls for it.) All I ask is they do it too once they are at a level where they can help others in this way. Most first time founders don’t run in the same circles as investors or wealthy former founders, and they have to get connected somehow, someway. Founders getting introduced to well known people, investors or customers was how pretty much how this whole industry got started. Let’s keep it going…

The interesting thing I notice is how much natural karma is created when you are genuinely more open to helping people when they reach out.

The adage I now live by: help people first and people will no doubt help you.

Leading A Few Panels During Seattle Startup Week

This coming week is Seattle Startup Week, a free five-day event highlighting the amazing startup culture of the Puget Sound. It looks like there will be more than 100 events happening over the next week and should be very fun, entertaining and educational.

In fact, I will be participating in 2 of them as I will be leading panel discussions both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Below are quick descriptions of each event. If you are free either one of those nights you should come check them out. Here’s the entire schedule.

Pick The Brains of Local Angel Investors and VC’s 

(Tues Oct. 27th at 6pm)

Learn from local Angel investors and VCs in Seattle  about what they look for in a company when they invest.We will be inviting local Angel investors and Venture Capitalists to get insights on the process they use when investing in startups.


Nick Hughes

Director of Business Development, Knotis
Nick is an entrepreneur with achievements in e-commerce, digital payments and technology start-ups. He excels at interpersonal communication and leadership, business strategy and product management. | | Currently Director of Business Development for local e-commerce focused Knotis, Nick previously founded the mobile payment startup Seconds as well as recently forming Coinme, a new company built around expanding bitcoin and digital… Read More →


Josh Maher

Angel Investor
Josh Maher is the author of Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups ( Startup Wealth delivers engaging interviews with early-stage investors in Google, Invisalign, ZipCar, Uber, Twilio, Localytics, and other successful and not so successful companies.  | He’s a passionate supporter of the Seattle startup community, President of Seattle Angel, a non-profit focused on education at the…Read More →

Yi-Jian Ngo

Managing Director, Alliance of Angels
Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director, leads the Alliance of Angels. A network engineer by training, Yi-Jian stumbled into the startup world when AT&T rebooted its corporate venture fund and recruited him as a founding team member. Working closely with entrepreneurs and helping them build their companies turned out to be such a blast that he continued that work at Microsoft. Most recently, he was a venture capitalist at Sierra Ventures, where… Read More →

Tim Porter

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Tim is focused on investing in B2B software companies in the Pacific Northwest. He currently is particularly interested in the areas of SaaS applied to both horizontal and vertical applications, cloud infrastructure and automation, data analytics, security, and enterprise mobile. He is a board member or board observer of numerous Madrona portfolio companies. In addition to his work at Madrona, Tim is a member of the three-person Investment… Read More →

Gary Rubens

CEO, Start it Labs
Founded in 1999 – sold to Lowe’s Home Improvment 2012, Founded Architectural Details, inc in 1990- sold to private buyer in 2007, expertise in ecommerce, online advertising and business growth.He invests in more than 50 companies.

Raise Capital Like A Superstar

(Wed Oct. 28th at 6:30pm)
Learn from some of the most successful startup capital raisers that received nearly and more than 10M$ in funding. Local CEOs and CFOs and startup founders will share their experiences and advice and learn how to raise capital like a superstar!


Nick Hughes

Director of Business Development, Knotis
Nick is an entrepreneur with achievements in e-commerce, digital payments and technology start-ups. He excels at interpersonal communication and leadership, business strategy and product management. | | Currently Director of Business Development for local e-commerce focused Knotis, Nick previously founded the mobile payment startup Seconds as well as recently forming Coinme, a new company built around expanding bitcoin and digital… Read More →


Aviel Ginzburg

Co-Founder, Simply Measured

James Gwertzman

CEO, PlayFab, Inc.
James Gwertzman is the CEO and Co-Founder of PlayFab, a Seattle-based company that helps game developers future proof their games with an industry leading live game operations platform. James has over 15 years of experience as a senior executive in the games industry. He believes strongly in the power of alignment, empowerment, and transparency to build truly great business. Prior to PlayFab, James founded and then led the Asia operations for… Read More →

Michael Schutzler

CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association
Michael Schutzler is a successful chief executive with over 30 years experience in  | rapid growth, start-up, and turn-around ventures. As a successful Internet  | entrepreneur, angel investor, and CEO advisor, he has helped raise over $50 Million  | in financing for more than a dozen companies and has served as a coach and mentor  | to more than 50 founders. | Michael spent the first part of his career in the telecom… Read More →