Interview with Corey Rawdon

Corey enjoys good espresso and conversation as he helps build community in his home neighborhood of Mount Baker and beyond.

~~Q: Who are you? Introduce yourself as you would at a dinner party.

A: I'm Corey Rawdon, founder and managing director of Sans the Tie- a boutique consulting firm focused on Salesforce and collaborative economy solutions. My/now/husband and I moved to Seattle in late 2013 and bought a home in the Mount Baker neighborhood which, I have since discovered, has long remained off the radar as everyone assumes we live near the mountain and not in the city. The move has afforded me the opportunity to take advantage of Greater Seattle's outdoor activities and I have found a new love in hiking, snowshoeing, and even running in the mist around Lake Washington!

Q: What is your background? How does it differ from what you are doing now?

A: A risk taker from day one, I have found myself in technology, media, advertising (where I also lived in London), healthcare, finance, pharmeceuticals, and big four consulting- all of which have now parlayed into me building a consulting firm from the ground up. Having previously worked exclusively for large corporations I developed a focus on processes and data that oftentimes left the people and community out of the equation. With Sans the Tie I'm looking to change that. In early 2015 I made the decision to make Sans the Tie an early stage partner in Pledge 1%, a movement that encourages early stage startups to pledge 1% each of their time, equity and product to help nonprofits serving the communities where the employees live and work. With this pledge I am striving to make philanthropy a core part of both the DNA of the company and future employees.

Q: What are you working on right now?

A: In my personal world I am working on helping Mount Baker celebrate its centennial and am working with the board of the Mount Baker Community Club to put together a series of events that help showcase and celebrate the history of the neighborhood. In my professional world I am working on getting to know people and the businesses in the greater Seattle area and I am spending a lot of time making the "coffee shop circuit" in search of good espresso and conversation- speaking of which, I am always up for a trip to Zeitgeist in the afternoon! In my philanthropic world I am evaluating several options for giving in 2015 and I am slowly making my way towards being a philanthropist.

Q: Why did you join Impact Hub?

A: One part convenience, two parts mission. I love being able to take the light rail into the office and the commitment to the area around the Hub and the focus of the companies that make up the Hub made me want to be a part of it all- even as a for-profit company.


Q: How do you make money?

A: As a for-profit firm our revenue comes from client consulting work.

Q: What is something that really excites you right now (a trend, life development, time of year, food, etc.)?

A: I have been thinking and reading a lot lately on critical thought and how the ability or will to think critically has been somewhat lost in the age of social sharing that we currently find ourselves in. I am fascinated by the blind adoption of ideals by a wide audience and I am trying to make myself more aware of this trend as it manifests itself over social sharing channels.

Q: You have $10M to spend in the next year, and you can’t spend it on you, your friends or your family. How do you spend it?

A: I feel like this has to be a softball question for the Hub! As for me, I would spin up a philanthropic entity and make a series of small-medium investments in disruptive or small-scale companies. I think the passion for small busineses is never greater than when you are one yourself!

Q: What’s on the horizon for you (a new project, career path, personal development)?

A: My near-term focus is on finding my place in the local Seattle economy and continuing to enjoy my love of travel.

Q: Where do you usually hang out when you are at Impact Hub? How often are you here?

A: When I am not traveling or making my rounds on the coffee shop circuit, you can find me in the 2nd floor coworking space.  


Q: What is something we don’t know? (Either about you, or something else)

A: I am obsessed with singing the opening song of The Lion King on a large rock in every country I visit- if you look hard enough you'll find videos of me on rocks in New Zealand, Iceland, Canada, and Italy among others.

Q: Give us your top three Seattle gems!

A: Tin Umbrella Coffee- this up and coming coffee shop and roaster is helping to revitalize the Hillman City neighborhood while serving up great lattes and conversation.

Seward Park- an old growth forest and oasis in the south end of the city full of great views, hiking trails, and kayak launch points.

Canon- a self-proclaimed whiskey and bitters emporium, Canon is a great place to unwind after a long day (or week) and enjoy an almost endless list of whiskey and bourbon concoctions.


Contact Corey at [email protected] .