What to do first? First Thursday features CENTRL Office, WeWork, Starve Ups, TiE Oregon, and W+K

We’re in full swing of First Thursday season, so it only makes sense that our calendars would be getting crowded with a ton of interesting opportunities. Events to attend. People to see. Spaces to explore. Well, I thought I’d try to help by picking out some things that might be especially interesting to you startup types. But I don’t know that I’ve made the decision any easier.

CENTRL Office open house

Come join us for First Thursday at CENTRL Office this week, June 4th, from 5-8 pm. We’ll be offering beer & wine provided by our good friends at River Pig & Coopers Hall. Light appetizers will be on hand, along with music by Patrick Kelly. This event is open to the community, so please feel free to bring along any friends or coworkers, and come network with other CENTRL Office members.

No RSVP required.

Starve Ups and WeWork open house at the Customs House

WeWork is coming to Portland this Fall and they can’t wait to meet you! Join us at their new home, the historic US Custom House, for a night of great food, drinks, music and community.

This is the first of what promises to be many First Thursday events at the Customs House. Things kick off around 6PM. No RSVP required.

For more information, see WeWork Portland’s first First Thursday.

TiE Oregon: Confessions of an entrepreneur

While everyone will encounter their own limits, SNAFUs, bad decisions, good advice not taken etc., hearing from others where they went wrong and what they learned is a great opportunity to be forewarned.

Join us for networking, light refreshments (courtesy of hosts Stoel Rives) and a talk by David Nelsen, Founder/CEO of Giftango, as he reflects on what he learned from his mistakes along the way as he founded, and sold, his company Giftango.

It will be held at Stoel Rives beginning at 6PM. The event costs $25 but they’re offering a discount over on the Portland Startups Switchboard.

To RSVP, visit TiE Oregon: Confessions of an entrepreneur.

Youth Villages Unplugged at Wieden+Kennedy

There’s been a great deal of conversation—thankfully—about working to make our startup scene more welcoming to everyone. Especially those who have been underserved and marginalized. But with entrenched problems like this, it can be hard to figure out where to start. And hearing stories from others who have taken on similar challenges can be incredibly informative.

That’s why I’m psyched to hear that Wieden+Kennedy will be hosting a First Thursday event with Youth Villages and Jimmy Wayne.

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 23,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration™ approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.

The gathering will be held at W+K beginning at 6PM. The event is free and there is no request for donations or a pitch or anything. Just an informative gathering to have an engaing discussion about helping folks.

An RSVP is required as space is limited. To RSVP, visit Youth Villages Unplugged.

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