Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, has a beloved penchant for taking selfies with entrepreneurs, investors and people of Oregon who support building a strong Oregon through entrepreneurialism. This is the second in a series of selfies + blogs about the amazing people she’s met in the last couple of years. #julieselfie
Corey Schmid is an investment partner with Bend-based Seven Peaks Ventures, a board member on many growth companies and a tireless advisor. I recently caught up with her to discuss what motivates her to work with startups, what it takes to build a company and the best places to “eat dirt” in Oregon.
Why do you like working with and investing in early stage companies?
No one day is EVER the same — I love that! I started my career working in startups and loved the pace, passion, and urgency to make progress and innovate. I then moved on to larger corporations, where I had the opportunity to sit on the other side of the table, and integrate and scale small startups into their acquirers. Philips Healthcare was a tremendous global company to work for, but my heart was tugging to get back into startups and have an impact in my own corner of the world, the Pacific Northwest. I knew I didn’t want to start my own venture at this point, but instead serve as an advisor and investor backing the ideas of brilliant entrepreneurs looking to solve really hard problems. It’s so rewarding (and challenging) to work at the early stage. I am impressed every day with the dedication, talent and passion that exists in our PNW startup community. Keep an eye on Oregon – some amazing companies are being built.