It’s no secret that the Portland startup community has more than its fair share of virtual reality and augmented reality activity. But it’s only going to be a truly interesting, compelling, and vibrant with a variety of voices and experiences. That’s why it’s awesome to see folks like Kerri Lynne Thorp who are working to ensure that everyone feels welcome in this burgeoning community.
Dearest Portland startups, As much as I understand and sympathize with the rampant aggressive humility around here, I also recognize that you’re working on some incredibly cool stuff. And like it or not, you’re going to have find the wherewithal to tell other people about the amazing stuff you’re doing.
While I’ve never had the chance to visit, I’ve heard a great deal about Medellin, Colombia. And how they have an incredible startup scene. And tons of government support. That’s why it’s no surprise that they’ve been called the Most Innovative City in the World. And now, representatives of that Innovative City are visiting the Rose City. And you’re invited to come chat with them.
I know you’re busy. I know you’ve got stuff to do. But you know, sometimes you just need to stop and take a minute. Like when Emma McIlroy of Wildfang takes the stage at TEDxPortland. So do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to listen to what she has to say. I promise it will be worth it.
The thing I love most about ecosystems is that as things change—and gaps are introduced—the community works to fill those gaps and take advantage of those opportunities. So when former Angels and Seed Funds begin to mature and move downstream with their check sizes and portfolio companies, it opens up opportunities for new funds. Like Coast to Crest Fund. And now, the Willamette Angels W2 Fund.
I know. I know. Housing prices and rent costs are an ever increasing subject of contention around these parts. And with good reason. It’s just crazy. So you’ll have to forgive me if—with my Rose City colored glasses—I’m grasping for any bright spot in the conversation. But I found one. With Portland startup Cozy.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Panic is one of the most amazing software companies Portland has ever created. But even amazing companies have their share of bad luck. Like recently, when Panic discovered that someone had managed to maliciously steal a good chunk of their source code.
One of the biggest challenges of being a startup is that you never have enough time to get everything done. So it’s always nice to have an advocate on your side. Someone who is watching out for you when you don’t have time to do so. But how do you find those advocates?
Rebooting. It’s not just for devices and computers anymore. In fact, a couple of Portland events are in the midst or rebooting and changing their format, in the hopes of addressing some of the gaps in our community. And since they’ve both got events coming up in the near future, I thought I’d highlight them.
It’s no secret that corporations and startups have a lot to learn from one another. Even when those corporations are just beyond being startups themselves. That’s why I was super interested to see Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, get into the accelerator game. And today, I was even more pleased. Because I heard that Portland startup Lytics would be taking part in it.