I recently had lunch with John Sechrest to find out more about his latest project, the Seattle Angel Conference he founded. The Conference website describes its approach to angel investing as “a structured investor-driven investment conference” in which “Qualified Investors create an LLC, engage in due diligence in startups, and ultimately pool funds [~$200,000 in aggregate] to invest in one of the presenting companies.”  You can find more details about the Conference at www.seattleangelconference.com/.

John is a relative newcomer to the Seattle startup scene, but has a long history of working in the angel investment community – such as founding the Willamette Angel Conference in Oregon – and is now working to bring a similar model of community investing to Seattle with the Seattle Angel Conference. John brings with him lots of experience with the Oregon angel community. The Conference appears to be a great addition to our city’s existing angel/startup scene.

The Conference website also has a great list of startup-related resources. Called the Seattle Startup Ecosystem, this list contains names and links to startup resources ranging from local investment networks to startup co-working spaces to networking events.