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Fundamentals for Startups Friday: A Close up View of Venture Capital in the PNW and the US
Fundamentals for Startups Friday: A Close up View of Venture Capital in the PNW and the US
WhenFriday, Nov 1, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
Campus locationFluke Hall (FLK)
Campus room3rd Floor, Idea Lab
Event typesLectures/Seminars

A Close-up View of Venture Capital in the PNW & the US

For over a decade PitchBook has been the leading provider of research on private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. In this talk, Cindy Zu, Senior Business Development Executive, PitchBook, will provide an overview of the current state of venture capital in the U.S., then zoom into the Pacific Northwest to help us understanding where Seattle sits among the past few years of recent investment activity. Cindy’s perspective also includes extensive knowledge from consulting and coaching startups to maximize their potential in an environment where VC funding can be unpredictable.


  • Current state of Venture Capital in United States
  • Investment activity within the Pacific Northwest
  • Several Seattle case studies of startup funding
  • Alternative forms of startup funding
Cindy Zu
Cindy is a global financial executive, startup investor, and passionate advocate for more women on private and public boards. She began her career at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and Seattle in various roles within the Corporate Investment Bank and Asset Management. In 2016, she led the strategy for an AI fintech company and negotiated licensing deals with major hedge funds internationally. Currently, Cindy is a Senior Business Development Executive at PitchBook Data, a global SaaS company that delivers data, research, and technology covering the private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity, and M&A transactions. Cindy Zu on LinkedIn.

Fundamentals for Startups is a weekly one-hour lecture series featuring notable experts who share startup-related information, experience, and insights with our entrepreneurial community. From raising capital to scaling to exit strategies, these seasoned guest speakers deliver valuable content designed to help startups and entrepreneurs thrive. Lectures are typically 30-40 mins, followed by open Q&A.

Each lecture is filmed, live streamed and archived on CoMotion’s Startup Training Videos page.

Light refreshments will be served. These lectures are open to the public and you do not have to be currently affiliated with the UW or a startup to join. We hope to see you there!…
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