August 2, 2016
Mention the term “startup founder” to someone at random, and they’ll likely conjure up an image of the cast of HBO’s Silicon Valley: An unkempt team of Mark Zuckerberg-esque socially-awkward guys bootstrapping their way to uncertain success. Also, they’re all twenty-somethings.
There certainly are plenty of founders that meet that description. But there are plenty that don’t. The average age of the successful startup founder is around 40 years old, according to the Kauffman Foundation, and the only age group with an increase in entrepreneurial activity over the last twenty years are those between 55 and 65.
It’s time to pull back the veil on the startup founders out there over the age of 40, and what better place to do so than fast-growing tech hub Seattle? Seattle startup founders have a great location to play in: Between Amazon and Microsoft, the Seattle tech community has been healthy for decades. Newer startups like Concur and Zillow have established themselves quickly, too. Who’s next? Here are the top ten up-and-coming Seattle startup founders over 40. Well, top eleven. I cheated with the first entry.
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