Hey, I'm Dan! I invest in startups at Madrona and write the DL, a weekly newsletter about tech in the Pacific Northwest

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DL Reader's Baby Advice

ICYMI last week we had a special DL announcement: Sarah and I are expecting a baby boy next month! I solicited baby advice from DL readers, and here is the collective wisdom in case you're curious:

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August 2020 PNW Venture Deals

Here are the PNW startups that announced new fundraising rounds in the month of August. These 23 companies raised more than $350M last month!

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Request for Help!

Special announcement 🎉: Sarah and I are expecting a baby boy next month!

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First Seattle IPO Led by a Female CEO

Over the last 20 years, 77 companies in Washington state have successfully completed IPOs, but none of them had a female CEO.

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“I’m not a bonus and salary guy”

Back in July, SoftBank set up a new fund to invest in public equities, and it’s doing very well. So far, they have purchased $4B of call options on tech stocks, and they are up ~100% on their investment. 😲

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Big Week for Tech Investors 🤩

Was last week the best week of the year for tech investors? Not only was it YC Demo Day, but a bunch of tech startups filed to go public as well! Here are some links and articles to get caught up on all of the excitement:

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People Like Living in Seattle More Than SF

Based on anecdotal research and close observation of Zoom backgrounds, everyone without kids has left San Francisco to live in random places around the country. And here’s data from Zillow backing that up!

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Best New Amazon Product

So last week Amazon came out with a couple new products:

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Three Areas I'm Investing In

In case you’re wondering what themes I’m most interested in right now, here are three areas where I’m excited to find and fund new startups:

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🏇 Honestly not a very close race

Back in July, I asked readers which company would hit $2T first, and 90%+ of you said Amazon or Microsoft. Well, looks like we were wrong because Apple was the first company to cross the $2T mark last Wednesday.

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