Written by Sarah Waschler
After 10yrs in consulting, Blake left a job in the corporate world, started business school at WP Carey (ASU), joined a partner to work on a software startup, and began his own consulting business — all in pursuit of a long-held dream of building a company.
How did you hear about Venture Café Phoenix?
I was referred by a colleague and friend in school
Have you had any memorable connections at Venture Café Phoenix? If so, please tell us how you met them, who they are and how they have impacted you and your organization?
Absolutely — I’ve met folks directly (what brings you to Venture Cafe?) and by introduction from mutual contacts. Several folks I’ve met at Venture Cafe helped connect me to investors, prospects, some are now informal mentors, and I’ve met some new friends.
What inspires you?
My two passions are helping people and solving problems. And my mission in life is to find a way to do both at a scale that goes beyond the billable hour.
Tell us a little more about your current role with your organization and how it has impacted the start-up ecosystem here in the greater Phoenix region.
As I’ve gotten more deeply embedded in the Phx startup ecosystem, I started offering advisory support to early stage founders. Based on what I’ve learned from experience and a few key mentors, combined with a strong general sense of business operations, I’ve been able apply what I’ve learned to helping folks starting on this journey for the first time who need guidance on any number of matters in the early stages of a startup.
Can you discuss your experience at Venture Café Phoenix and any impact the event has had on your organization?
Perhaps the strongest and most regular network event in the Phx startup ecosystem: I’ve met several folks that have provided helpful intros and/ or served as an informal mentor
Any final thoughs on Venture Café Phoenix?
Great place to meet ambitious, interesting people and share the energy of the Phx startup ecosystem.
Join the movement of innovators building the center of gravity here in the Valley. Join us every Thursday and meet people like Blake, 5-7 PM, free to attend, free parking, two free drinks.
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