Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Robert Pease, Fund Manager, Cascade Angels


On Season 1, Episode 1 of theupperleft, we sit down with Robert Pease, Fund Manager of the Cascade Angels. In his capacity as Fund Manager, Robert works with early stage companies in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as they seek funding.

Robert has 20+ years of experience; he's focused on how people and companies share information and communicate. Fifteen of those years have been with venture-backed startups where he has helped design, build, launch, and market software products for both businesses and people.

Season 1, Episode 2: Mikaela Kiner, Founder and CEO, uniquelyHR


On Season 1, Episode 2 of theupperleft, we sit down with Mikaela Kiner, Founder and CEO of uniquelyHR, an HR consulting firm based in downtown Seattle. The uniquelyHR team of senior consultants provides strategic and hands-on HR leadership to startups and growing businesses who want to invest in their talent.

Mikaela has held HR leadership roles at Northwest companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. Her international experience includes three years in India, and she’s worked with business leaders throughout Europe and Asia.  As a coach and HR leader, Mikaela’s focus is working with executives to be authentic and effective leaders. Through her coaching practice, Mikaela has helped people recognize how they want to live and lead, in a purposeful way based on their values.

Season 1, Episode 3: Megan Hulsey, Startup Spokane


On Season 1, Episode 3 of theupperleft, we sit down with Megan Hulsey, Entrepreneur Program Manager at Startup Spokane, the Inland Northwest’s first stop for entrepreneurship assistance and resources.

In her capacity as Entrepreneur Program Manager at Startup Spokane, Megan connects new business owners to important resources in the community. In this episode, you'll learn why Spokane is in a great position to accept companies fleeing the new Seattle head tax, how Startup Spokane supports entrepreneurs, and which startups are raising angel and VC rounds in the Inland Northwest.

Season 1, Episode 4: Kate Delhagen, Founding Partner, Oregon Sports Angels


On Season1, Episode 4 of theupperleft, we sit down with Kate Delhagen, Founding Partner of the Oregon Sports Angels, a diverse team of experienced sports, outdoor, and fitness industry professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and do-gooders who aim to help early-stage sports / outdoor product and service brands.

Kate's start experience stems from Lucy Activewear, where she was the VP of Business Development. Founded in 1999 by former Nike executives, lucy Activewear specializes in clothing for women that “fits, flatters and inspires.”

Kate has served as the VP of Retail Research and Consulting at Forrester Research, the Director of Strategic Planning, General Manager (and Sales Director) of Nike U.S. Running, and most recently, Senior Director, Global Digital Business Development.


Season 1, Episode 6: Lewis Coughlin, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle


On Season 1, Episode 6 of theupperleft, we sit down with Lewis Coughlin, Consul & Trade Commissioner, Consul General Of Canada, Seattle.

As Counsul & Trade Commissioner, Lewis's primary responsibility is to promote U.S. foreign direct investment into Canada (encouraging U.S. Fortune 500/1000 companies to set up operations in Canada). He also promotes cross-border Science & Technology partnerships between Canadian companies (particularly in the Life Sciences space), universities, and researchers. Lastly, he works with Canadian companies on securing entry into the Pacific U.S. market, which often involves establishing connections to local investors, agents, distributors, and other types of business partners.

Lewis is also spearheading the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, or CVAN, a cross-border partnership of accelerators, incubators, universities, industry associations, investors and entrepreneur networks located in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, that work together to provide entrepreneurs and researchers located in the region with the information, tools, and support they need to innovate, commercialize, scale-up, and conduct cross-border business.


Season 1, Episode 9: Nick Hughes, Founders Live


On Season 1, Episode 9 of theupperleft, we sit down with Nick Hughes, Founder and CEO of Founders Live.

Founders Live is a global venue that gives modern entrepreneurs the opportunity to earn recognition, gain opportunities, connect with other entrepreneurs, and truly become rockstars. In an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the globe, up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience.

In just under 4 years, Nick has expanded Founders Live to 15+ cities, including Boston, Portland, Chicago, New York, Denver, Phoenix, Boulder and Accra, Ghana. In addition to the Founder Live event format, Nick has built an online network that delivers curated articles, videos, live streamed expert talks and AMA’s, posts and private member messaging, which serves as a global community for world-class entrepreneurs.

Season 1, Episode 12: Andrew Dumont, Curious Capital


On Season 1, Episode 12 of theupperleft, we sit down with Andrew Dumont, Founder at Curious Capital in Seattle.

Andrew is a serial technologist with a passion for building, growing, and investing in early-stage companies. Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr, Medium, and Kickstarter, and has created companies like Bitly, Giphy, and Chartbeat. This led him to his most recent role as the CMO at Bitly.

Andrew advises startups at Techstars and Galvanize, and teaches Digital Marketing at the University of Washington. Forbes named Andrew one of 30 innovators under the age of 30, the United Nations appointed him an entrepreneurial delegate, and he's spoken around the globe on all topics digital at shows like SMX, Inbound Marketing Summit, ionSearch, Internet Summit, New Media Expo, Ignite, AdTech, and more.

Season 1, Episode 4.5: Jared Wise, Co-Founder and CEO, GoGetter


On Season 1, Episode 4.5 of theupperleft, we sit down with Jared Wise, Co-Founder and CEO of GoGetter. Based in Bend, Oregon, GoGetter is an online community that serves people, businesses, and organizations involved in the skilled trades.

Jared was in business school during 9/11; the event spurred him to join the FBI. He then spent 13 years working on counterterrorism initiatives in the Middle East and Africa before moving to Bend in 2017.


Season 1, Episode 7: Regional Update: 2018 Bend Venture Conference


On Season 1, Episode 7 of theupperleft, we provide a regional update on the 2018 Bend Venture Conference (applications now open). The Bend Venture Conference is one of the largest angel conferences in the country with more than $7.8 million invested in 34 companies in the past four years. If you’re a company looking for funding, applications are open now thru August 8th. This fall, over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders are expected to attend the two-day conference on October 18-19, in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Visit for more information on how to apply or attend the conference.


Season 1, Episode 10: Advancing Women In Product (AWIP)


On Season 1, Episode 10 of theupperleft, we sit down with the CEO and COO of Advancing Women In Product. Based in the Bay Area, AWIP is a premier tech mentorship and networking organization that gives high-quality professionals in technology at all levels the exclusive opportunity to network, teach, learn and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and interests that other high level companies, age groups, and industries are evaluating.

CEO, Nancy Wang (Lead Product Manager at Rubrik, Inc., whose backers include Greylock, Lightspeed, Khosla Ventures, and Kevin Durant), and COO, Roshni Uppala (Lead Product Manager - IoT Software Systems at Henny Penny) talk AWIP, some of the challenges and stereotypes women face in product oriented roles, and their recent announcement to launch a second AWIP chapter in Seattle.

Season 1, Episode 5: Cosmo King, Founder and CEO, ioCurrents


On Season 1, Episode 5 of theupperleft, we sit down with Cosmo King, Founder and CEO of Seattle based technology startup, ioCurrents, a platform for maritime data analytics. Their featured product, MarineInsight™ offers key real-time insights about fleet health, allowing engineers and managers to better protect and manage assets, increase safety, and reduce maintenance and fuel costs.


Season 1, Episode 8: Steve Wandler, Metabridge


On Season 1, Episode 8 of theupperleft, we sit down with Steve Wandler, Founder of Metabridge.

Now in its 10th year, Metabridge is a community of mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs who support Canadian technology Founders and CEOs. Metabridge has access to an extensive network of alumni from across North America who have built and sold companies, are established in Silicon Valley or are partners at top Venture Capital firms.

Metabridge facilitates programs throughout the year which culminate at a flagship event each June in the Okanagan, BC. Each cohort attends the Metabridge executive retreat where they are able to disconnect and network with like-minded peers and technology leaders.


Season 1, Episode 11: Noah Warder, Startup Slam Victoria


On Season 1, Episode 10 of theupperleft, we catch a seaplane from Seattle to Victoria and sit down with Noah Warder, Director of Operations at Sendwithus (Victoria, BC based and Y Combinator graduate). Sendwithus is a cloud-based email content management platform that enables businesses to maximize their email potential.

Episode 10 topics include Sendwithus, their late 2017 Series A raise, the Victoria startup and technology ecosystem, and Startup Slam, a tech conference that showcases Victoria’s burgeoning tech sector. At Startup Slam, over 400 students, developers, and entrepreneurs came together to share ideas, knowledge, and expertise. This year, workshops will be offered on startup engineering, early stage entrepreneurship, and product validation and design.