Check out what we’re pouring at our Dog Days of Summer event--wine from Mutt Lynch Winery in Healdsburg, California. Their tag line: “Tail-wagin’ wine made for and by dog lovers!” You know you’re going to enjoy their offerings with such playful labels as Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot over and Play Dead, or Fou Fou le Blanc. They even offer custom labels on their Leader of the Pack gold medal wine-- featuring a photo of your pooch! If any of our canine-lovers have had a chance to visit this winery, we’d love to hear about your experience!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
ZINO Society, LLC
(206) 621-0466 business
I was impressed with the interesting mix of ZINO Society members, entrepreneurs and friends that attended our first Libations on Location this evening at the new Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue. There were some wonderful wines offered by the five presenting winemakers (Sparkman Cellars, Di Stephano, Brian Carter Cellars, Novelty Hill). One of my personal favorites was Kingpin by Sparkman Cellars, a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
It was great to catch up with some of the entrepreneurs who have presented at ZINO Society Roundtable meetings and/or Investment Forums over the past year or so and fun to introduce them to one another, particularly if they were offering a product or service that would be of use to another entrepreneur. Connecting Teslavision and Enroute appeared to be a good connection for both.
Allan Aquila and the folks at Grand Cru did a great job of hosting our first LOL. I look forward to going back to Grand Cru at another time to indulge in a flight of wines paired with one of their delicious food offerings.
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Thank you to all our members and guests, sponsors, panelists, and stellar presenters who attended ZINO Marketplace yesterday. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! The 12 presenting entrepreneurs were simply outstanding, and hopefully everyone enjoyed the samples and demos, from educational electronics to global baby foods. It was wonderful to see so many people having fun at an investment forum.
Congratulations to our three Fund Finalists – Oh! Shoes, Point Inside, and Zero Crossing. Point Inside and Zero Crossing did well in the ZINO Zenith (audience choice) Awards as well, with Point Inside winning Best Investment Opportunity, and Sam Sudore of Zero Crossing winning the Best Presenter Award. They were in good company yesterday, as the quality of companies represented was excellent all across the board, and competition was as tough as I have ever seen. Our investor members and guests were blown away!
For those of you who weren’t there: 12 companies had five minutes each to present their business plans to a room of angel investors and business experts. ZINO Marketplace Fund investors then selected 3 finalists, who then had a chance to respond to due diligence questions from our panel of industry experts. The panel included: Walter Schoenfeld, founder of Britannia and former CEO of Vans, Michelle Gass, Senior VP Category & Marketing; Starbucks, Jason Stoffer, Senior Advisor, Maveron; Dori Karjian, Managing Director, G2 Investments; and George Bonini, Attorney, Monahan and Biagi.
Stay tuned– our fund investors are now in due diligence and will be awarding the $25,000 investment and $10,000 services package in about 30 days. In the meantime, we’re basking in the glow of happy ZINO Society members and ZINOpreneurs.
Rebecca "RJ" Humphries
Director of Entrepreneur Development
$12 million in angel funding to date
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