StARTUP253

Startup253 is Tacoma’s home for the startup community.  We bring together entrepreneurial leaders, venture capital, corporate, and local government to advance our goal of helping the South Sound region become the best home for innovation and creative new companies.

Lee Reeves

Executive Director & Fund Manager

Lee Reeves supports the growth and development of West Coast tech companies and startup communities through mentorship, connections, and access to technology resources.

Eli Moreno

Co-Founder, Board Member & Fund Investor

Eli Moreno is a relentless entrepreneur and CEO of Premier Residential; a company that focuses on property investments, acquisitions & management. In the past decade Eli has launched several startup companies ranging from the delivery of goods for the E-commerce market, to the online disruptive efficiency of rental housing. Eli is an early investor in several startups and works closely with companies seeking to raise capital.

Nathan Tolbert

Strategic Advisor

Nathan Tolbert was born in Seattle and attended University of Washington while assisting his father with the family business on the docks at the Port of Tacoma.  He has moved around the country building sales teams and scaling existing ones for the past 15 years as well as handling high-profile clients and accounts himself.  Over the past 4 years, Nate has been working exclusively with startups to help them reach various funding and sales goals.  When not working, you can find Nate hiking the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with his wife, son, and dog.

Kristine Grace

Board Member & Fund Investor

Kristine Grace has twenty years of clinical experience as a Board Certified Oral and Facial Surgeon, founding a large multi-doctor practice through Multicare. After completing her MBA at the University of Washington, Kristine transitioned out of surgical practice and started a digital marketing company for healthcare providers, which was acquired in 2011. Kristine is an active angel investor and mentors several start-up companies in business modeling practices. As a longterm investor in life science companies, Kristine has worked as Director of Business Development at the RAIN Incubator, a non-profit, life-science incubator in Tacoma.

Rob Meyerson

Board Member & Advisor

Rob Meyerson is the former President of Blue Origin, a defense and space company located in Kent, Washington. Rob led Blue Origin from its founding; he successfully grew the company from 10 employees to over 1500 employees, and increased the budget from $10M to over $1B. Rob managed development and production of the New Shepard reusable launcher, BE-3 and BE-4 rocket engines, the New Glenn reusable launch vehicle, and reported directly to Blue Origin's founder (and Amazon founder/CEO) Jeff Bezos.