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TechStars' Andy Sack: If I Were Mayor

What would the successful entrepreneur and business mentor do if he were mayor?
TechStars Managing Director Andy Sack

TechStars Managing Director Andy Sack

Seattle mayor. It's a tough job, dogged by police reforms, a stretched budget and no end of public safety crises. And while there's mayoral criticism everywhere you look, it's not likely you'll come across much that's constructive. We'd like to change that. Over the next few months, Crosscut will be linking up with leaders across Seattle to ask them what they would do if they were elected mayor.

First up, TechStars Managing Director Andy Sack. He's a successful entrepreneur in his own right and a major figure in Seattle's startup community, working with young entrepreneurs to create businesses that thrive. What would he do with the key to City Hall?

1. More after-school computer science programs starting in middle school to get kids interested in the field. Some Microsoft engineers are already volunteering time to teach computer science courses at Seattle public schools, but the scale of this program should be expanded. Get the kids involved early — before high school; especially kids who are coming from low-income families. Provide an after-school program 2-3 times a week that not only teaches coding, but the culture behind it. Use this to prep them for high school and college computer science programs.

2. Invest in the viaduct and build a strong bar/nightlife community around the waterfront. We want to attract more people to Seattle and building up the waterfront is a huge attraction for outsiders. We need to do a better job of building it up and taking advantage of that beautiful area of Seattle.

3. Clean up the University District's crime. Make it a safe place for students again and add restrictions about what type of housing is allowed in the U-District. 

Andy Sack has over 15 years experience running and investing in high tech businesses. He is a Managing Partner of Founder’s Co-op and the Managing Director of TechStars Seattle. He also is Co-Founder & Chairman of Code Fellows. His previous companies include Lighter Capital, Judy's Book, Kefta, Abuzz and Firefly Network. A graduate of Brown University and MIT's Sloan School of Management, Andy lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. You can find him on Twitter @andysack or contact him care of editor@crosscut.com.


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Comments:

Posted Mon, Apr 29, 11:08 a.m. Inappropriate

"Add restrictions about what type of housing is allowed in the U-District" — what sorts of restrictions?

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