In this Episode of Startup project (https://thestartupproject.io/) , Nataraj talked to Kirby Winfield, Founding GP of Ascend.vc (pre-seed fund based in Seattle).
Prior to founding Ascend.vc, Kirby was part of founding teams at Go2Net (GNET), Marchex (MCHX), Dwellable (Acquired by Home Away (AWAY)) & AdXpose (Acquired by comScore (SCOR)).
Ascend has recently emerged as one of the most important pre-seed funds for Seattle based companies. Check out the fund’s portfolio here. Kirby’s blog post on how to create a deck is easily the best blueprint for any one who is new to venture to follow.
Full conversation includes:
▪️ Through line of a successful career
▪️ How can companies strategize for an exit?
▪️ The why behind starting a pre-seed fund focussed on Pacific Northwest
▪️ Helping startups from zero to one
▪️ Price discovery of startups in current private markets
Check out the full conversation below or wherever you get your podcast fix.
🎧 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5lVJtoUyIESGftMdfExixx?si=8dcec4527b514b65
🎧 Youtube: https://youtu.be/5uMdazKrC0k