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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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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31 Portland Startups

Cool project from Portland entrepreneur, Mark Grimes, who is challenging himself to launch 31 startups over 31 days in the month of August.

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How to Sabotage Your Company

One of my favorite “mental models” is inversion. When you’re making a decision, instead of figuring out how to do something, figure out all the things you shouldn’t do and avoid them.

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Quibi Quotes

If you haven’t downloaded Quibi yet… don’t worry about it. No one else has either. Despite raising $1.8B and launching with content from JLo, Lebron, and Steven Spielberg, they only have 1.3M active users...

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Actual P&L from a Seattle Restaurant

The owner of Some Random Bar posted a very sobering video breaking down his restaurant’s economics during the quarantine and its prospects going forward. Some key stats:

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