Introducing Jay Bartot as a Mentor for the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is Foster’s new 12-month degree that embodies the startup process — from ideation and formation to execution and scale. It blends the best of business school education, practical content, world-class Seattle connections, and time in the program for students to get their startup off the ground. Our goal for students: turn that spark into reality.

Jay Bartot
CTO, Madrona Venture Labs

I mentor student entrepreneurs because I have learned a ton of hard lessons over 20 years of being entrepreneur. I feel strongly that our society and economy needs more entrepreneurs. Anything I can do to encourage young, aspiring entrepreneurs and help them avoid some pitfalls is satisfying for me. More selfishly, I also get to retroactively reprocess these lessons and my interpretation of them in different contexts which is helpful to me as I continue to evolve as an entrepreneur.

Jay Bartot
As a mentor, I excel at…

– Software architecture
– Data and machine learning applications
– Technology innovation
– Product design
– Growth marketing
– Fundraising
– Startup leadership patterns and styles

Don’t ask me about…

Work-life balance.

The one thing people should know about me is…

I am left and right-brained.  Technical and creative.

My favorite entrepreneurial book, blog, podcast is…

UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want

When I have free time, I…

Play music (guitar, drums, bass, vocals), read tech books, tinker with various forms of tech, especially computer vision and cameras.

I manage everyday stress by…

Drinking coffee.

If I’m going out to dinner, I’ll generally order…

Something low-carb whenever possible, asian food.

As a kid, I was fascinated by…

Music, music gear, insides of electronic devices.

As an adult, I’m fascinated by…

Machine learning, computer vision, how organizations function, people’s psychology and motivations, human evolution, ancient societies, travel, democratizing information, design, new forms of art.

The person I admire most is…

Mike Fridgen.

I describe myself as…

Passionate, autodidact, risk-taker, creative, collaborative.

My motto/tagline is…

Always be learning; get paid to learn!