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December 30 · Issue #28 · View online
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Welcome to The DL, a weekly newsletter about tech, startups, and investing in the Pacific Northwest.

This week’s issue is short(er) because who wants to read tech newsletters during the holidays? 😄 Happy holidays and happy new year!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
🤩 Thank you everyone for reading and supporting the DL! The first DL went out in June to 4 subscribers (2 of which were my gmail and my work mail), and today this is going out to 888 of the PNW’s smartest, nicest, most good-looking, and successful people. 🎉

What a lucky number to end the year on! It’s been a blast writing this every week, and I love hearing from all of you. (Special thanks to Sarah for reading every issue every Sunday, Stew from Techloaf for inspiring me to start writing, and Liz for being my biggest supporter)

Btw, if you or your company have fun/exciting end of 2019 news to share with the DL community, send me a sentence or two. I’d love to include it in the next issue and kick off 2020 with some community content.

Top DL articles of 2019
In case you do want to spend your holidays reading about tech stuff (no judgment!), here are some of the top DL articles from the last year.
  • Seattle Unicorns - It’s been a great year for PNW unicorns, with Outreach, Auth0, Icertis, Assurance, and Vacasa all crossing the $1B mark. Here’s the full list of all 33 PNW unicorns founded since 1994 (when Amazon was started)
  • Starting a Startup from Microsoft - Fun fact: the CEOs of three of those newly minted PNW unicorns worked at Microsoft for at least seven years. Here’s an interview with Brian Saab, the CEO of Unearth, on why Microsoft is a great launch pad for founders
  • How much do people at tech companies make? - Data on how compensation in tech compares to investment banking, management consulting, law, and medicine
  • Venture deal roundups from June, July, August, September, October, and November. In case you’re looking for a new job in the new year, startups typically ramp up hiring after raising money, so these are good lists to start looking at!

And here are 2019’s most interesting articles according to how many of you clicked the links:

Great gift idea
What should you give kids for Christmas when they just want cash? Check out this post from @TwoClawsMedia for a great idea. Now someone just needs to turn this into something you can buy on Amazon…

Other stuff Dan's talking about
📈 Y Combinator Trends - (1) YC is increasing batch sizes in line with seed funding trends, (2) YC is favoring enterprise over consumer, (3) AI, EdTech, and Healthcare on the rise; Hardware and Fintech on the decline
🇺🇸 American Dream - a 3M sqft mall with “so ambitious it has transcended the word ‘mall.’” Complete with indoor skiing, Nickelodeon theme park, DreamWorks water park, Legoland, a Vice-branded “Munchies” food hall, and a field hopping with live rabbits. Has anyone visited this place??
🇨🇳 Also the American Dream - Chinese immigrants are closing their family-run restaurants, but they’re happy because it means their kids are in professional jobs leading a less grueling life 😭
🥊 Twitter debate - True or false? “If you don’t work nights and weekends in your 20s, you’re not going to have a successful career.” Let me know what you think about this raging Twitter debate

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About me: I work as an investor at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that has been early partners with companies like Amazon, Smartsheet, Apptio, and Redfin.

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