For Entrepreneurs.

We are seasoned entrepreneurs who have founded and successfully sold companies before. We understand what first time and seasoned entrepreneurs go through. Our capital comes with help and our network to help you succeed.

By Entrepreneurs.

Our network consists of experienced entrepreneurs who know what it takes to achieve strong product market fit and drive customer adoption and revenues. They bring the industry connections to help you strike the right partnerships and channel relationships.


Z5 Catalyst Screening Committee

Z5 Catalyst is managed by our partnerĀ Z5 Capital. The Z5 Catalyst Screening Committee will screen and identify the best Seattle based B2B startups that will be funded by Z5 Capital. The TiE Seattle board has nominated TiE Seattle board members, Gowri Shankar and Shirish Nadkarni, to lead the screening committee.


Gowri Shankar


A serial entrepreneur and experienced executive who has grown companies and teams. A strong business development professional, skilled in SaaS, Mobile Advertising, Mobile content, E Commerce and Venture Capital.

Shirish Nadkarni

Shirish Nadkarni

Co Chair

A serial entrepreneur who has achieved two successful exits with public companies. Shirish was the co-founder of Livemocha, acquired by RosettaStone in 2013. Before that, Shirish founded TeamOn Systems, that was acquired by Research in Motion in 2002.