Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Matt Rubright, Silicon Valley Bank


On Season 2, Episode 1 of theupperleft, we sit down with Matt Rubright, Vice President of Early and Growth Stage Technology at Silicon Valley Bank. In Matt's capacity as VP, he directly helps early and growth stage companies reach their potential by connecting them with SVB's capital and community.

Matt is active in the Seattle startup community and has led several presentations on the local fundraising ecosystem on the fundraising process, critical considerations, and investors in the local market.

Season 2, Episode 3: Allie Magyar, Hubb


On Season 2, Episode 2 of theupperleft, we sit down with Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Vancouver, WA based Hubb, an event management solution and powerful business intelligence tool that brings innovation and data-driven decision making to the events industry. Hubb recently announced a $6.3M Series B round that was led by Five Elms Capital and includes follow-on investment from Oregon Venture Fund and Elevate Capital.

Allie is passionate about entrepreneurship and women in technology, and recently discussed her experience managing growth and pursuing funding as a female entrepreneur at the first ever Elevate Inclusion Summit in Portland, Oregon:…male-entrepreneurs

Hubb raised a $3.7M Seed round, including $140,000 at the 2016 Bend Venture Conference and $155,000 at the 2016 Seattle Angel Conference.

Season 2, Episode 3: Lincoln Smith, Kamloops Innovation


On Season 2, Episode 3 of theupperleft, we sit down with Lincoln Smith, Founding Executive Director of Kamloops Innovation in Kamloops, BC. KI is a non-profit organization that enables new entrepreneurs to jump-start their business with assistance and mentorship. Kamloops Innovation's mission is to inspire, nurture, and accelerate technology-based startup businesses in Kamloops and the surrounding regions.

Episode 3 topics include: localized startup ecosystem development in rural communities, tech and innovation entrepreneurship in cities with less than 100,000 residents, and why economic development organizations should deploy localized development strategies that play to the strengths of the community.