Isaac Kato, who has led Techstars Seattle since 2019, has stepped down after leading the startup accelerator program for the past three years.
Kato told GeekWire he plans to do something “in the investment space,” but declined to give details.
“Techstars Seattle continues to be the crowning jewel of the global Techstars network and we are thrilled to continue to be an active member of this amazing ecosystem,” he said.
Prior to joining Techstars, he was president of MightyAI, a Seattle startup that developed training data for computer vision models and was acquired by Uber in 2019.
Kato joined MightyAI in May 2018 after founding and leading London-based data center company Verne Global for nearly a decade. A graduate of Stanford and Harvard, he worked at two investment firms after co-founding and selling Sven Technologies in the late ’90s.
Techstars expanded to Seattle in 2010, and since then over 130 companies have taken advantage of the program. Together, they have raised over $2.5 billion in private capital. In the 2011 class alone he produced three unicorns.
Techstars also operates a new Filecoin Techstars Accelerator out of Seattle. The program aims to help companies using the IPFS/Filecoin blockchain-based storage network.
Other major personnel changes in the Pacific Northwest tech industry:
— Seattle-based Microsoft veteran Mali Bangarrarecently led and participated in Microsoft 365 strategic initiatives. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group (NPD) as Chief Strategy Officer.
— Seattle startup Zeitwerkshired a former UiPath sales executive to help companies improve their operations. Mark Wright As Vice President of Sales and Account Management.
— Lyell ImmunoPharmahas offices in Seattle and Bothell, WA and has hired a former Glistone bio executive. larsan thompson as Chief Legal Officer.
— Department of Informatics, University of Washington Add Tableau Chief Data Officer Wendy Turner-Williams As a member of the Advisory Board.