This program will be an AMA Q+A format (Ask Me Anything) with Flying Fish Ventures' Geoff Harris, facilitated by Startup Grind's Mike Grabham. Please come with questions in mind!
ABOUT GEOFF HARRIS
One of the 3 founding partners of Flying Fish Ventures, Geoff Harris spent 15 years at Microsoft in Engineering Leadership and Executive Leadership positions. His career at Microsoft began in digital media where he ran the Windows Media Player team. He then moved on the mobile space where he founded the first mobile services team within Microsoft, growing the team from zero to 250 in just over a year, which included a medium sized international acquisition. Geoff was then General Manager for the Speech and Natural Language team where he led advancements in Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing which are shipped in Xbox, Windows Phone and Cortana.
Geoff was an active angel investor with a portfolio of more than 40 investments. He has become heavily involved in promoting angel investing within Seattle in an effort to grow the funding ecosystem for local startups. Geoff serves on the Seattle Angel Board of Directors, a non-profit with a mission of educating both entrepreneurs and potential angel investors. Geoff is an avid musician.
Geoff holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University.
ABOUT MIKE GRABHAM (Facilitator)
Mike Grabham by nature is a fearless leader and a naturally curious human. He is deeply involved in the Seattle startup ecosystem and is chapter director of Startup Grind in Seattle and Bellevue. He won the award of Chapter Director of the Year in 2016 for the more than 350 chapters around the world in Startup Grind.
He is a six-time founder and is in relentless pursuit of knowing the customers better than any competitor. He recently invented a new product called Package Guard, to help stop package theft. He is a “make it happen” person that drives growth, inspires and believes you can have fun and get things done at the same time, yes you can do both.
He has raised millions of dollars from angel investors over the past 20 years, sold two companies and failed. He is constantly learning from others having conducted more than 100 interviews with great leaders in Seattle at Startup Grind each month and Start IT Seattle on King 5 TV evening magazine. He loves helping smart people change industries, studying consumer behaviors and searching for the perfect glass of wine.
He and his wife started a nonprofit Survive the Streets which they help homeless in Seattle for the past 19 years with a pop up retail store on Thanksgiving day. If it matters to anyone, he received his MBA from Seattle University and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics.