Month: February 2015

Portland Development Commission wants to hear your feedback on their five year strategic plan

I know, I know. For many of us, a five minute strategic plan can seem like we’re planning too far ahead. But when it comes to economic development for a city the size of Portland, a little long term thinking can reap huge rewards. That’s why the Portland Development Commission is seeking feedback on their strategy for the next five years. Read More

Indie.vc proposes new approach to funding startups — and it could be an awesome fit for Portland

I don’t exactly remember where I happened upon Bryce Roberts’ post. But it definitely struck a chord. Any number of folks are discussing how venture capital is broken. But it seemed that few solutions were being offered. Indie.vc is a proposed solution that—at first blush—appears to resonate with some of the same thinking I’ve heard from founders in Portland. Read More

REMINDER: New Relic FutureTalk discusses diversity and education in tech, this evening

One of the more positive aspects of the talent crunch—from which practically every company is suffering—is a renewed effort to diversify the talent base from which to hire. We’ve seen both code schools—organizations endeavoring to make education more accessible—and discussions about diversity continuing to flourish. New Relic’s FutureTalks is no different. Read More

Nice to have KGW swing by Portland Startup Week at Quick Left

I don’t know what it is. It’s probably just that I’m old. But there’s something about seeing something in print or on TV or hearing it on radio that makes it, well, more real. Possibly because you realize that it’s now kind of moved from something niche to something for the general public. So it was really nice to see Quick Left and Portland Startup Week getting a little love from KGW, this evening. Read More

New Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 features an appreciable number of startup types

There was a time in the Portland business world when the Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 provided an impressive list of young and talented service providers—lawyers, accountants, realtors, agencies—in the area. But very few of the folks selected—if any—were from the startup scene. I’m happy to say, that’s been changing. Gradually. But the latest list? Whoa. It’s chock full of tech talent. Read More