SAC XII – Event Explanation

SAC XII – Event Explanation

Nov 15th, 2017 – John Sechrest, Event Organizer for the Seattle Angel Conference, explains how they help angel investors and entrepreneurs grow their businesses faster by providing them with workshops and resources.

The Seattle Angel Conference is a recurring Seattle Angel-driven event where the investors create an LLC, engage in due diligence of the applying startup companies, and ultimately pool funds to invest in one of the presenting finalists.

SAC XII – Alumni Update

Nov 15th, 2017 – Jay Beavers, the SAC XII LLC Manager, provides an update on past Seattle Angel Conference winners and shares an overview on the past investments SAC has made over the past 5 years.

Also, Max Baker, the Founder of Illumagear, talks about the progress his business has made since winning the very first Seattle Angel Conference.

SAC XII – Keynote Speaker

Nov 15th, 2017 – Bonnie Foley-Wong, the founder of Pique Ventures and Pique Fund, explains how she began investing in startups and shares some of the success stories that have come out of it.

Bonnie explains how Angel Investing is a marathon, not a sprint, and emphasizes the value of experiential due diligence and how relationships between investors and founders shouldn’t be rushed.

Bonnie is also the author of “Integrated Investing: Impact Investing with Head, Heart, Body and Soul” and the CFO of Crown NorthCorp Inc, a specialty financial services firm.

SAC XII – Foodli Presentation

Nov 15th, 2017 – Ish Singh, Co-founder of Foodli, explains how their app allows people to dine and dash by simply placing their order, reserving a table and paying for it online.

Foodli is a convenient new way that enhances the dining experience for restaurant customers by removing the wait to get seated, ordering their meals and paying the check.

Restaurants can also seat more customers in less time with a quicker turn around time by using the Foodli app and kiosk.

SAC XII – Genneve Presentation

Nov 15th, 2017 – Jill Angelo, CEO of Genneve, shares how Genneve is a health management solution for women in midlife and helps women retain their confidence while transitioning through these changes.

Genneve is a first-of-its-kind cloud health platform that smart-matches women with health providers, products and communities based on their initial health assessment.

Genneve is a data company that earns their revenue through commerce, paid subscriptions and publishing; their community creates a multiplier in reaching the 50 million women in midlife who spend $26 billion annually.

SAC XII – Latchel Presentation

Nov 15th, 2017 – Will Gordon, Co-founder of Latchel, explains how they take the pain out of rental property maintenance with their automated tool for property managers and landlords.

Latchel offers two levels of service by sourcing contractors and managing the job invoices for a 10% commission.

Latchel is also continuously expanding their software tools to automate more aspects of the maintenance process and vendor sourcing.

SAC XII – Neu Presentation

Nov 15th, 2017 – Kwame Boler, the CEO of Neu, shares how the world’s largest hotel chain lacks a cleaning company to match its growth.

Neu is a dual marketplace that connects vetted cleaners with AirBnB hosts to facilitate hotel-grade turnovers.

Neu provides a stress and hassle free experience for both parties by acting as the intermediary and providing excellent customer service, linens, supplies and most importantly, increasing efficiency through their technology.

SAC XII – Tousled Presentation

Nov 15th, 2017 – Priya Dandawate, CEO of Tousled explains how their app is used for their in-office salon and barber service and how they currently have contracts with Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.

In the U.S., $62 billion is spent on barber, salon and spa services yet these services are fulfilled by going to the provider.

However, today’s consumers are seeking instant gratification through modern apps and Tousled fills this burgeoning gap by targeting an $18 billion subset of this $62 billion market.

SAC XI – Awards

John Sechrest, the event organizer of the eleventh Seattle Angel Conference, brings out a large check and shares how the deliberation went; he also gives information on how to get involved in the next Seattle Angel Conference, SAC XII.

Bob Crimmins, the emcee, invites the six finalist and their teams up to the stage: MetaArcadeSafKan Ear CareCross Connection ControlSignl.fmStriveBridgeCare Finance.

Bob introduces a couple of sponsors who have awards for the participants: Bill Hankes from Sqoop and Marc Williams from Active Labs.

Bob also announces BridgeCare Finance as the winner of the Audience Choice Award and then invites Richard von Hagel, the SAC XI LLC Manager, to award the winner of SAC XI with a symbolic check of $145 thousand dollars.


SafKan Ear Care is declared the winner of the symbolic check and the Co-founder, Sahil Diwan, shares how grateful he is for the Seattle Angel Conference due diligence process and how it has helped all of the companies that participated.

John Sechrest congratulates the presenters and reminds them that this is just the beginning and that they all have champions supporting them now. He also introduces the next SAC LLC Manager, Jay Beavers and urges everyone to get involved in angel investing and to help keep the cycle going.

SAC XI – Fireside Chat

Geoff Harris, the Co-founder of Flying Fish  Venture Partners, has a candid conversation with Beth Kolko, the CEO of Shift Labs, about her experiences with starting her business and going through the process of raising funds for it.

Beth explains how she created a new business model for her medical device company and needed an environment to support the risks involved. Geoff talks about the role startup accelerators and incubators play and Beth shares what she learned from her participation in some of them.

Geoff and Beth field questions from the audience and Beth is asked to clarify what she loves about creating a startup and if her business assumptions have changed. They both respond to a query about the differences in startup evaluations between Seattle and the Valley and share their perspectives on the issue.