Press and Media


Podcast Episode #41, Janis Machala – Paladin Partners: A Conversation with Michael Schneider and Joe Wallin, The Law of Startups, January 12, 2016.

Michael and Janis talk about tips for new entrepreneurs, market validation, and how to connect with potential customers earlier in a company’s development cycle.

(Be patient, there may be a brief pause before the conversation begins.)


9 Mile Labs (where Janis is a mentor), Alliance of Angels, and Element 8: A Conversation with Steve Blank at WeWork, Seattle, WA, July 22, 2015

Janis is a Steve Blank groupie and thrilled to get to meet him in person. For entrepreneurs, bookmark and relish all the help there.

Janis Machala, Managing Partner, Paladin Partners, and Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and author of The Startup Owners Manual and Four Steps to the Epiphany.


9th Annual Zino Zillionaire Investment Forum Judges, Janis Machala, 5th from the left, front row

9th Annual Zino Zillionaire Investment Forum Judges, Janis Machala, 5th from the left, front row

9th Annual ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum,
September 30, 2014

An audience of more than 100 attendees at ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum heard presentations by 23 startup and early stage companies from a variety of sectors including life sciences, B2B, SaaS and consumer products.

Janis Machala, Managing Partner, Paladin Partners, served as one of the judges for the competition.


Nextcast: Janis Machala on the changing dynamics of education, Jeff Dickey, GeekWire, March 15, 2014

As a one-time English PhD student, Janis Machala didn’t always know her career would lead her down a business path. But now she helps other people pursue their passions and get the education they need to achieve their dreams, as the Executive Dean of Continuing Education at Bellevue College. On this edition of Nextcast, I interviewed Machala and learned how technology is changing education and why working at a big company might be a better first job for recent graduates. Plus, Machala shares her tips for creating an amazing startup culture.


Got mentors? 8 ways to build career-boosting relationships, Mónica Guzmán, GeekWire


Startup guru Janis Machala named dean of Bellevue College continuing education program, John Cook, GeekWire, June 14, 2012


“So, when Janis Machala, Thong Le, and Matt McIllwain ask you to consider an investment, pay attention!” Even after you’re told ‘no,’ keep communication alive, by Andy Dale, Puget Sound Business Journal, July 15, 2011


Funding Options for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs, Karen E. Klein, Bloomberg Businessweek, September 23, 2010


Seattle’s Lifestyle Keeps Us Trailing the Bay Area, Says UW Startup Maven Janis Machala, Luke Timmerman, Xconomy, July 31, 2009
100 Top Women in Seattle Tech, Puget Sound Business Journal, May 8, 2009
The Connectors: Meet the Seattle Area’s Über-Networker, Myke Folger, Seattle Business Magazine, January 2009


Seattle area startups face fallout from financial crisis, John Cook, Todd Bishop, and Eric Engleman, Puget Sound Business Journal, October 24, 2008
Financial crisis hits tech companies, Erick Engleman and John Cook, Puget Sound Business Journal, October 23, 2008
When You Can’t Advertise for Investors, Karen E. Klein, Bloomberg Businessweek, June 23, 2008
Q&A with Paladin Partners, Washington CEO, May 2008


Seattle 2.0 Series

Milestones of a Company, Janis Machala, December 9, 2007
Why I love entrepreneurs, Janis Machala, December 6, 2007
Why Seattle’s So Great for Entrepreneurship, Janis Machala, October 16, 2007
Company DNA, Janis Machala, October 14, 2007
Hiring right from the start, Janis Machala,July 23, 2007
Being a Startup CEO is all About Selling, Janis Machala, July 20, 2007