Cascade Seed Fund and Stride Partner to Support Pacific Northwest Entrepreneurs

Cascade Seed Fund was founded by Julie Harrelson and Robert Pease to make early stage investments in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  The Fund is located in Bend, Oregon and has a philosophy of being an active (not an activist) investor.  And that makes sense as Julie and Robert are entrepreneurs themselves.  They get what it takes to go from an idea to building a product to building a company.  They want to be partners and support doing what they can to increase the probability of entrepreneur success.  Today, the Cascade Seed Fund portfolio is robust and they are just getting started.


Stride is supporting the portfolio companies of the Cascade Seed Fund with best in class back office bookkeeping / accounting support.

Stay in Your Genius Zone!

Stride’s commitment is to help its client CEO’s get and stay in their zone of genius (which is not back office bookkeeping/accounting).  “We want to train our clients in knowing how to ask great questions and having the data to get those questions answered,” says Stride co-founder, Russell Benaroya.  Stride was founded by serial entrepreneurs who have raised venture capital, built products, and achieved exits.  “We founded Stride to give CEO’s the trust and confidence that they have stability in their back office so they can put their energy toward innovation in growth and product.”  Today, Stride serves over 100 clients with a team of 40 employees throughout the United States.

Grounding Stories with Facts

Great companies being with a “why”.  At Stride, our purpose is to help people find their highest and best use, whatever that may be, by grounding story with fact.  What that means is that when we look at the infrastructure of how we are going to manage revenue, expenses, and payroll for a client, we ensure that our processes are designed to yield accurate, timely and efficient reporting.    “There are enough unknowns in building a start-up, your books should not be one of them,” says Russell.  Stride acts as a guide for its clients to set a stable foundation for growth.

“I have known Russell Benaroya at Stride for over eight years.  The collaboration between the Cascade Seed Fund and Stride is testament to our desire to bring more value to our companies and confidence in Stride’s ability to serve.

Robert Pease, Managing Director, Cascade Seed Fund


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