Three CEOs, Three More Words on Seattle Startup Cultures

On Friday, I wrote about the corporate culture of six Northwest tech startups, boiled down to one word each. From “paranoid” to “easy,” from “humble” to “obsessed,” these companies—which spanned business software, mobile, gaming, and other areas—clearly follow the lead of their CEOs and founders.

Here are three more, from the tech worlds of Internet, healthcare-IT, and e-mail and information discovery. Keep ’em coming.

Gist (Seattle)
CEO: T.A. McCann
Culture: “Focused”
Comments: With $6.75 million in new funding last spring and an aggressive new set of beta releases, Gist is helping more and more customers manage their e-mail and information flow. (We had to disqualify McCann’s other word choice, “metrics-driven.” No hyphens!)

Talyst (Bellevue, WA)
CEO: Carla Corkern
Culture: “Safety”
Comments: Talyst helps pharmacies manage medications safely, efficiently, and reliably. Corkern says her staff is focused “on doing whatever we can to help our customers increase patient safety. This permeates our culture to test exhaustively, share problems early and broadly, and to work tirelessly when we identify a potential problem.”

TeachStreet (Seattle)
CEO: Dave Schappell
Culture: “Growth”
Comments: Having recently raised $1.2 million in new funding and expanded to seven metro areas around the U.S., TeachStreet is looking to gain some serious traction in the student-teacher networking space.

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