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Venture Out is a network of people going from big to small. Our blog compiles the stories, advice and inspiration of our network.
October 22, 2021

The Day I Ventured Out – David Krieger, Co-Founder & CEO at Stealth Res-Tech Startup

In 2018, while on paternity leave, I joined the Seattle Angel Conference as an investor. That was likely the turning point when I mentally committed to move into an operator role at something early stage. I spent the next few years exploring different opportunities and ideas, and in mid-2020 I landed on the idea that would eventually lead to my current role as co-founder.

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September 10, 2021

How to: Grow Your Startup Network

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb The value of a startup community is often an overlooked ingredient of accelerating startup success. Startup communities are a self-sustaining ecosystem connecting like-minded founders, mentors and leaders from all walks of life to solve the most pressing startup problems to successfully launch a startup. These startup communities provide an integral support system for inspiration and knowledge that is vital at various stages of the startup’s growth. A wide number of startup communities target different industries, niches, or growth stages giving entrepreneurs…

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September 1, 2021

How To: Talk to Your Partner About Quitting Your Job to Launch a Startup

“Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.” – Seth Godin Difficult conversations are never easy. Especially when it comes to talking with your partner about a big decision like quitting your day job to pursue your startup.  You’ve made the leap of faith to go all in and having your partner’s commitment and support on your new venture is important to start on the right foot. So having this difficult conversation is not only necessary before you take the leap but vital for your startup’s success. Considering quitting your job to launch…

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August 20, 2021

The Day I Ventured Out – Raja Mawad, Founder and CEO of Thrv Health

I wish I started being uncomfortable earlier in the process. Before going through Venture Out, I sat in a lot of meetings and workshops as a fly on the wall. But- after going through Venture Out and realizing we all start somewhere and uncomfortable is the name of the game in start ups….I wish I had asked the silly questions earlier. I couldn’t be more happy with this new chapter.

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August 9, 2021

Introducing the Big to Small Lab

There is no better time to be a startup founder than now. There is more capital available, there are more VCs to give you their money, access to software is cheaper, and there are more accelerators, and incubators to support you than ever before. If that is not enough, startup valuations are at all-time highs and employees from big tech are leaving their day jobs to pursue startups at a faster rate than ever before.   So, if you are an employee holding a tech day job the question becomes, are you better off to VIP (Vest in Peace) while earning…

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August 9, 2021

The Day I Ventured Out – Saad Ladki, Founder and CEO of Padvest

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In my one and half year of entrepreneurship, I have been incredibly surprised by and grateful for all the mentors and community who have helped me and Padvest along the way. Reach out to people, ask for connections, and be genuinely curious. There is something to learn along the way and always offer your experience back.

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July 29, 2021

The Day I Ventured Out – Sarah J. Haggard, Founder and CEO of Tribute

Learning to tell your Founding story (your why) is critical when venturing out. Most people don’t know how to make sense of someone in their mid-30s leaving a stable career to start a company. Being able to communicate your mission, your why and why you are the one to lead this mission is critical. In the early days investors are betting on you. Without a compelling story, it’s going to be hard to build the momentum you need to get your idea off the ground.

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July 1, 2021

The Day I Ventured Out – Sarabeth Jaffe, Co-Founder and CTO of HelloPrenup

1. What were you doing before you launched your startup? I was working as a Software Engineer at Karat, a Seattle-based startup that conducts technical interview screens for rapidly growing engineering teams. 2. When did you realize you wanted to quit your job? At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic I was stoked to work from home for 2 weeks. I’m an introverted Software Engineer– this will be awesome! I was really excited to work in my pajamas and spend more time with my rescue dog! But, after 9 months of isolation from my colleagues, friends, and family… the excitement…

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June 22, 2021

Avoidable Founder Mistakes

As founders look to accelerate their startup, it can be easy to put the blinders on and ignore key issues that could slow down or stop the momentum of your startup altogether. Learn how to recognize avoidable founder mistakes and how to address them. In this blog, will discuss how.

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June 14, 2021

D Sangeeta, Founder and CEO of Gotara

It was a dream I had been nurturing for some time, and, like any great passion, it grew to the point where it couldn’t be ignored. And it was perfect timing from the market perspective. That’s when I knew it was time to scale what I describe as my second [career] mountain.

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