City Takes Over Startup Seattle; Seeks to Bring Seattle’s Startup ResourcesTogether
Last spring, Red Russak founded Startup Seattle to bring together Seattle’s startup community resources and help entrepreneurs connect and grow new ideas and businesses. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that some big players have now joined Russak’s cause, including Chris DeVore of TechStars and Founders Co-op, Ex Lazowska of the Univ. of Washington’s computer science department and Greg Gottsman of Madrona Venture Group. Now, with the help of these big name entrepreneurs and investors, the City of Seattle is taking over Startup Seattle.
The goal is to rebrand Seattle as a startup hub, similar to San Francisco and New York, two of the more well-known startup communities in the U.S.
The city plans to replace Russak with a startup business liasion, whose job will be to connect students and entrepreneurs with local tech companies to develop innovate buds across the city.
One of the major hurdles to Seattle becoming a startup bug is the lack of resources for entrepreneurs, or more specifically, the lack of public awareness and support of Seattle’s growing startup community. To get on the startup map, Seattle needs to be proactive in telling the world about the unique, exciting startup landscape that is growing in the Emerald City.
There’s a battle going on for startup community supremacy and Seattle is slowing gaining momentum. The city’s takeover of Startup Seattle is a positive move and one that entrepreneurs and investors in the Seattle community should be excited about.