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Janis Machala

Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Dean-Continuing Education, Bellevue College. Previously Managing Partner, Paladin Partners.

Dean-Continuing Education, Bellevue College. Previously Managing Partner, Paladin Partners.

4 vouches

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Ivy Corp
Seraph Capital Forum


Member of the Board of Directors Koverse, Inc. May 2015 - present
Member of the Board of Directors zCrowd May 2015 - present
Member of the Board of Directors WA First Robotics January 2015 - present
Managing Partner Paladin Partners May 1996 - present
Executive Dean-Continuing Education Bellevue College May 2012 - October 2014
Board of Trustees Lake Washington Institute of Technology October 2005 - May 2012
Managing Partner IQ Insights May 2011 - May 2012
Interim CEO Behavioral Technologies 2010 - 2011
Director of LaunchPad Services University of Washington December 2008 - March 2010
Board Member Seraph Capital Forum 1999 - 2008
Board Member Captura 1998 - 2000
CEO ChiliSoft! 1997 - 1998
CEO Pinnacle Publishing Inc. 1993 - 1995
Group Marketing Manager-Corporate Account Marketing Microsoft 1992 - 1993
Market Segment Manager Sun Microsystems 1987 - 1992


University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business Marketing 1978 - 1980
Augustana College Psychology and English 1974 - 1977

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Mobile
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Higher Education

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John Sechrest
Founder, Seattle Angel Conference and Co-organizer, Lean Startup Seattle.
Janis is very well connected in the Seattle community. And now as part of Bellevue College, she is helping to build up initiatives that supp ... ort the Startup community.
Susan Sigl
We worked together  •  Consultant (Board Advisor & Mentor to Northwest entrepreneurs), Technology Sector Start-up Advisor.
Janis' deep experience in building successful companies as a founder, an operator/executive, and an advisor is renown in the Northwest's inn ... ovation ecosystem. Her knowledge and network are assets that jump start companies and keep them tracking for scalability. Fortunate company that gets Janis as an advisor.
Scott Milburn
Entrepreneurial senior executive/attorney who integrates a broad range of skills and experience to provide part-time management.
Janis has been one of the key advisors in the Seattle area technology community for several decades. She brings a wealth of knowledge and co ... nnections to her interactions with early stage companies. Having Janis on your side is a significant asset.
Michele Mehl
Founder of Excy. Our portable total body exercise system and mobile coach opens new opportunities to fit fitness at work, home or on the go.

Stan Sorensen
They're my friends  •  Vice President, Koverse, Inc.. Previously Mentor, University of Washington Center for Commercialization.
Stan's been at BIGCo and gets scale and he has been at companies who are midmarket and startups. His experience in markets, products, and op ... erations will make him an excellent advisor to a new startup company.

Michael 'Luni' Libes
Managing Director, Realize Impact and Managing Director, Kick. University of Washington grad.
Michael is a great advisor because of his passion for social entrepreneurship and his unflappable and positive nature. He's the consummate n ... etworker and can make terrific introductions PLUS his own experience as an entrepreneur is golden advice and learning.

Michael Schutzler
CEO for WTIA. Entrepreneur. Angel investor. Harley commuter. Zen student. Husband. Dad.
Michael has been there early just like you. But he's also been there at scale. He's incredibly smart, a wonderful entrepreneur sounding boar ... d, and won't pull any punches in telling you what you need to hear.

Shauna Causey
Interim VP of Marketing, UP Global and VP of Marketing, University of Washington grad.
Shauna has tremendous experience in social media and how to monetize for revenue growth. She has worked in large companies and start-ups so ... she gets scale and growth as well. Any founder would be lucky to get Shauna as an advisor or a co-founder.

Tony Audino
Co-Founder & Board Member, Microsoft Alumni Foundation - 501(c)(3) and Founder & CEO, Conenza.
Tony has it all, big company experience, started a venture capital fund and took it through multiple funds before he wanted to be an entrepr ... eneur again, and he did that too. He founded Microsoft Alumni Network and has seen its phenomenal growth and impact across the globe. He has integrity, ethics, and smarts....

Tom Eckmann
We worked together  •  Lecturer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Washington, Foster School of Business.
Tom is very facile when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs as well as teaching entrepreneurship and being an entrepreneur. We were on the ... Northwest Entrepreneur Network board together for many years. He's smart, thoughtful, respectful, and honors entrepreneurship.