Mike and I met up with Brendan Baker of Greylock (formally with AngelList) for dinner tonight. Brendan was introduced to us by Luxr co-founder Janice Fraser as a person that we should meet with. Janice mentioned that Brendan had vetted over 3000 pitches for AngelList and has great insight into the VC and Angel financing world, plus he is a Luxr graduate and is Canadian (he is from Vancouver as well).
It was great to chat with Brendan, as advertised, he has tons of experience in dealing with startups. One thing that he mentioned, that makes us happy, is that he likes the name “PayrollHero.com”. Brendan had lots of insight into the financing circles in Silicon Valley and was able to answer lots of our questions about the tech world here.
(L – R) Stephen Jagger, Brendan Baker and Michael Stephenson
We had the pleasure of meeting up with Vy Le, the CEO of Rudy’s Barbershop. Vy is a busy public speaker, hitting many of the technology events. I first saw her speak in Vancouver at GrowCon and saw that she was coming to San Francisco (she lives in Seattle) to speak at event tomorrow. So I dropped her an email to see if she had a moment to meet up. When she was in Vancouver, she mentioned on stage that she had a “wish list” for all the developers in the room. She then put up a slide of the technology she wished she had for her Barbershop chain. One of those items was payroll software. Vy responded to my email and agreed to pop by the PayrollHero house to learn more about what we are doing and explain her needs for her 14 stores (with more on the way) across 3 states. It was a pleasure meeting Vy and she had lots of insight into the payroll world. I look forward to meeting up with her again in the near future.
(L – R) Stephen Jagger, Vy Le, Michael Stephenson