NFTs, Metaverse, Web3, and new realities of startup investing, with Founders Co-op’s Aviel Ginzburg

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Founders Co-op General Partner Aviel Ginzburg. (Cooperative photo of the founders)

Everything that happens in the startup world happens from quiet moments, random conversations that lead to new insights and new collaborations. And much of that has traditionally happened at events, meetups, coffee meetings and other in-person gatherings.

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Two years into the pandemic and remote work, what are its implications?

This is our first topic on this episode of the Geekwire podcast with Entrepreneur, Software Engineer, and Investor Avielle Ginzburg, general partner in the Seattle-based seed-stage venture fund Founders Co-op,


Formerly Techstar’s managing director of Amazon’s Alexa accelerator, Ginzburg was a co-founder of Simply Measured, a social analytics platform acquired by Sprout Social in 2017. Prior to this, he was one of the first software engineers at Apture, which was later acquired by IMS Health. ,

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We also dive into NFT, Crypto, Web3 and the Metaverse, taking each as an investor and entrepreneur (and longtime World of Warcraft gamer).

We discuss how he and Chris DeVore, Founders Co-op Managing Partner, are looking to differentiate themselves from other VCs and investors at a time when so much funding is floating around.

And we take a look at our newly published list of unicorn companies in the Seattle area, which includes some of the Founders Co-op’s portfolio companies, as well as a large one that’s gone away.

Listen above, or subscribe to Geekwire Apple Podcasts, google podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen.

Hosted by GeekWire co-founders John Cook and Todd Bishop. Edited by Kurt Milton. Theme music by Danielle LK Caldwell.

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