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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What It's Like To Run Slack Right Now

Cool thread from Stewart Butterfield (CEO of Slack) on what it’s like to run a public company and make decisions on what to share on an earnings call during a crisis. Long-ish read, so here are some of the highlights:


Read this before starting a startup

One of last week’s top links on Hacker News was a post called I wasted $40k on a fantastic startup idea. It’s about one developer’s hard-earned lessons (nine months of work and $40K) on how to validate a Brilliant Startup Idea.


Venture Out - a nights and weekends launch pad

People often ask why there aren't more startups in the PNW given all of the local tech talent. Last week, two Microsoft and Amazon alums announced a new program called Venture Out that is aiming to address this opportunity...


PNW highlights from the Inc. 5000 ⭐

A couple weeks ago, Inc. released its list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the US, so I wanted to highlight a few of the best PNW founding stories.