Runway Incubator | The Innovation Blog

Joe Vasquez

Joe Vasquez
Joe has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and corporations to innovate. He was an early co-founder of StartX, an accelerator for Stanford entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Runway, Joe taught at the Kauffman Fellows Academy and was a Data Analyst Fellow at LocoMotive Labs. Joe started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and spent two years teaching bilingual math with Teach For America. Joe holds a BS in Atmosphere & Energy Engineering from Stanford University.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

Joe Vasquez Interviewed on Alhurra iTechShow

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Oct 19, 2016 12:29:00 PM

"Runway is about great entrepreneurs, diversity, and community."


I’m a bit late to the game but as I was in the process of updating this site, I wanted to ensure that I included this fun interview. Toufic Gebran (@TouficGebran) is a great interviewer and host of Alhurra’s startup-focused show called iTech.

AMD sponsors Runway's VR startups with FirePro video cards

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Aug 12, 2016 4:06:08 PM

We're excited to announce that AMD sponsored Runway’s Virtual Reality startup teams with AMD FirePro 32GB W9100 cards. I asked our teams to give their insights about how such a high end card powers their development:


Runway Launches Hardware Hub sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Jun 23, 2016 8:00:29 AM

We’re excited to launch our new Hardware Hub in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank. Runway is home to 83 startups, including 9 startups building the future of virtual reality and augmented reality, and 4 startups building hardware and electronics products - with more new companies joining every day.


How to Price Your Startup

Posted by Joe Vasquez on May 23, 2016 4:31:14 PM

Someone asked me last week about the basis for pricing venture deals. It’s surprising how much I hear this question. Since it’s so fundamental to the equation of venture investing, perhaps it’s surprising how much it doesn’t come up more often.


Runway Member Highlight: Dobot, A Financial Advisor Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Apr 25, 2016 2:43:28 PM

With over 72 million Americans not having any form of savings, and a generation of Millennials who do not trust most major banks, the concept of personal saving and investing can be daunting. This is what the creators of Dobot hope to change. With over 70 years of collective experience in the financial services industry, founders John Longley, Brad Pope, and Brian Davis are utilizing their immense experience to create Dobot, a personal mobile financial advisor.


The Future is Looking Bright for Runway

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Apr 12, 2016 4:55:10 PM

It’s been a good month at Runway. In addition to launching Michelson Runway, our new edtech accelerator focused on higher education and lifelong learning, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with Silicon Valley Bank in creating the Runway Hardware Hub. The Runway Hardware Hub is our commitment to supporting hardware companies at Runway with 3D printers, desktop CNC machines, tooling equipment, and more. We are also partnering with Seeed Studio, China’s premier maker space and manufacturer of hardware prototyping products, to bring in more maker equipment and put on classes and seminars for entrepreneurs and everyone interested in the hardware journey. In the same area, we’re bringing in AR and VR equipment so AR and VR companies can show off their content to investors, partners and everyone who is interested.


Edtech and the Future of Learning

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Mar 22, 2016 2:44:56 PM

I returned last week from a little time in Cuba and Mexico and have been diving back into the good work at Runway. On my way back, I stopped by SXSWedu for the launch of our edtech accelerator program. (You can learn more at We’re focusing on challenges in higher ed and alternative education space, and I’m pleased with how the program is shaping up.


Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator Launches This Week!

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Mar 9, 2016 11:59:22 AM

This week, Joe Vasquez and I are headed to Austin for the SXSWedu conference from March 7-10. At the conference, we will be launching the opening of the Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator. The focus of the accelerator, Runway’s first, is higher education and lifelong learning. Specifically, we are interesting in funding and supporting startups that are looking to close the socio-economic equity gap in higher education, increase engagement in the classroom and create tools for outcome-based education.


Startups and the Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Feb 23, 2016 3:26:47 PM

I was meeting with a friend of mine recently and our conversation turned to the commercial real estate market, something I know next to nothing about. He’s been in the field for several decades and has been thinking about long term trends lately. He was very curious to know more about some of the trends in the early stage startup ecosystem and how they might affect his world.


The Ongoing Relationship Between Founders & Investors

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Feb 16, 2016 8:30:52 PM

I’ve been reading a lot about startups needing to cut down on burn this year as a result of downward pressure on follow-on financing rounds. When a market is entering into a bear cycle, there’s always an increased focus on costs as cash becomes more scarce. This one is no exception.