Networking, Capital, Glenn Kelman, and Everything You Missed at Techstars Startup Week Seattle

In the land of Amazon, Microsoft and endless Starbucks Coffee, being innovative can be a pretty daunting task. After all, competition is steep in this beautiful Washinton city and if you don't have what it takes, you aren't going to make an impression. Fortunately, there is ample startup activity that was bursting at the seams at Techstars Startup Week Seattle powered by Chase for Business.

At venues all around downtown Seattle, attendees were treated to riveting talks, engaging panels, and plenty of entrepreneurial advice from notable minds like Glenn Kelman of Redfin, Walter Acuña of Craft3, and Ruvim Achapovskiy of Social Bomb.

If you weren't able to attend or didn't get to watch the interviews live, you're in luck! Throughout the week, I gathered tips and advice from entrepreneurs and experts that are passionate about helping underserved businesses succeed. Here's what they had to say:

Welcome to Seattle

Being a Community

We talked with Sara Cicero, the events director for Techstars Startup Week Seattle, about how networking and education play a vital role in building a community in Seattle through events like this.

Monetizing Your Startup

Everyone needs money, and sooner or later, a startup will need to pick a model. Fortunately, one talk at Techstars Startup Week Seattle delved deeply into what startups need to do to start making some money. Read about the panel discussion here.

Raising Capital and Dilution

We gathered some advice from Zach of Lighter Capital about early-stage entrepreneurs looking to raise capital.

Growing Diverse Businesses

During a talk titled Growing Diverse Businesses in High Growth Clusters, a number of lenders and training providers based in the Seattle area talked about the importance of providing avenues to capital for underserved entrepreneurs. Check out what they had to say about growing diverse businesses here.

Access to Flexible Capital

We talked with Walter Acuña, Sr. Business Lender for Craft3Org about why it's important for founders to seek out capital within their community and to utilize the resources available to help them find the cash.

Glenn Kelman of Redfine: Fortune Favors the Bold

Redfin, Chase

Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin, a technology-powered real estate brokerage that represents people buying and selling homes. Before giving a talk at Techstars Startup Week Seattle, we sat down and picked his brain. Take a look at what he had to say in the interview here.

Importance of Networking

Networking isn't the easiest thing for most people. Here's Ruvim Achapovskiy, CEO of Social Bomb, who overcame his fears of networking and now helps others expand their network. Here are his tips.

Read more about the Seattle startup ecosystem on TechCo

This article is part of a Startup Week content series brought to you by CHASE for BUSINESS. Startup Week is celebration of entrepreneurs in cities around the globe. CHASE for BUSINESS is everything a business needs in one place, from expert advice to valuable products and services. Find business news, stories, insights and expert tips all in one place at Read the rest of our Startup Week series.

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Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
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