As part of our effort to meet with as many of the talented and experienced people in Silicon Valley as possible, we figured we might as well start with one of the most recognized names in the tech startup space, Michael Arrington and his new team with the CrunchFund. Mike Stephenson and I have met Mike Arrington before, about 4 years ago at the TechCrunch40 event in San Francisco. I connected with Mike a few days ago on Facebook chat and asked if he was going to be back in San Francisco anytime soon. (He was in Mexico at the time). He said he was going back to Seattle but that we should connect with his business partner Pat Gallagher. Mike connected Pat and I via email and suggested that we meet up. Michael Stephenson and I drove to San Carlos (about 40 minutes from San Francisco city) to meet with Pat at Peets Coffee.
It was a fantastic meeting. We explained what we were up to, a little bit about our experience over the past 10 years and where we wanted to take PayrollHero.com. Pat had some great feedback for us and explained what the CrunchFund was all about and what they were looking to do with their resources. All in all it was a great meeting and Pat encouraged us to reach out to meet up again to go through the product with him and MG Siegler.