Intel outside: Let's figure out how to help those in our community affected by the Intel layoffs

In case you haven’t heard, Intel is in the midst of reducing its global workforce. It’s a change that affects thousands of employees worldwide. And given that the Portland area is home to more Intel folks than anywhere on earth, it’s going to have significant impact here locally, as well. Like to the tune of nearly 800 people in the Portland area losing their jobs.

Now I realize that Intel hasn’t always been the most active participant in our startup community. And it’s common knowledge that I’m no fan of their reality show.

But all of that is beside the point.

What concerns me—and many others in our community—is that, in a few short days, a ton of very talented people in our community are going to be without work.

So I did what I usually do in times like this: I turned to the awesome Portland startup and tech community. And made a plea for us to get creative. And to make some lemonade out of those lemons. Or something. And stuff.

And as per usual, the response was pleasantly staggering. Folks in the community chimed in, offered to help, and starting working to get something done.

Now, a number of us are starting to scheme around an event to connect former Intel employees with opportunities in startups and tech companies around Portland. Maybe it takes the form of a job fair. Maybe it’s resume review and mock interviews. Maybe it’s simply just getting all of us in the same room. I don’t know. All I know is that it’s not going to be perfect. And it doesn’t need to be. I just know we need to do it.

Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. Your companies need talent. These former Intel employees need jobs. It’s a potential win win. And right now, we just need to do something.

We’re a community. And this is what communities do.

[UPDATE] The most current list of companies and resources can be found at Intel Outside on Github. If you are a former employee who is interested in attending the event, please RSVP so that we can keep you in the loop. If you are a company that is interested in helping, please take a moment to provide additional details.

The companies that initially supported the effort can be found below. [/UPDATE]

This list of folks supporting this effort changes by the day, but here’s the current group:

  1. ADX
  2. AKQA
  3. ALPFA
  4. AltSource
  5. Antenna
  6. Ashwood Group
  7. Avea Solutions
  8. Bigleaf Networks
  9. Brandlive
  10. Bright.md
  11. Built Oregon
  12. Canvas Host
  13. CENTRL Office
  14. Citrusbyte
  15. Claro Partners
  16. Cloudability
  17. CMD
  18. Code Fellows
  19. Collaborative Vision
  20. Cozy
  21. DADO Labs
  22. Daimler Trucks North America
  23. DeskHub Portland
  24. Digimarc
  25. dot dot dash
  26. eBay
  27. Elevate Capital
  28. Emerge Interactive
  29. Epicodus
  30. Exterro
  31. Flowrev
  32. Flux Resources
  33. Get Sushi Designs
  34. GTS Services
  35. InsideTrack
  36. Jaguar Land Rover Incubator
  37. Looptworks
  38. Mathys+Potestio
  39. MBT Marketing
  40. Metal Toad
  41. New Relic
  42. NurseGrid
  43. Oberon3
  44. Object Theory
  45. Oleron Technologies
  46. OpenSesame
  47. Operation Code
  48. Oregon Angel Fund
  49. Oregon BEST
  50. Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
  51. Oregon Games Organization
  52. Oregon Story Board
  53. Outdoor Project
  54. PDX Code Guild
  55. PDX Pipeline
  56. PDXProcurementSearch.com
  57. PDX Women in Tech
  58. PIE
  59. Portland Development Commission
  60. Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce
  61. Portland Made
  62. Portland Seed Fund
  63. Portland State Business Accelerator
  64. PrishanTek
  65. Puppet
  66. Qcut
  67. Red Hat
  68. Rigado
  69. Roberts
  70. Rogue Venture Partners
  71. Rubicon International
  72. Senrio
  73. Seven Peaks Ventures
  74. Slopeswell Cider Co
  75. Small Business Development Center
  76. Smarsh
  77. Silicon Florist
  78. SSI Shredding Systems
  79. StackPath
  80. Startup PDX Challenge
  81. Starve Ups
  82. SuperGenius
  83. SUSE
  84. TechFestNW
  85. Technology Association of Oregon
  86. thinkCHARM
  87. ThinkShout
  88. thoughtbot
  89. TiE Oregon
  90. Uncorked Studios
  91. Urban Airship
  92. Vacasa
  93. Vigor
  94. Welocalize
  95. WeWork
  96. Wieden+Kennedy Lodge
  97. Women Who Code Portland
  98. Workfrom
  99. w/you
  100. Yieldbot
  101. Zapproved
  102. Zembula
  103. ZOOM+

If this sounds even remotely interesting to you and your company, please take a few seconds to fill out this form and we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop. No obligation to do anything. Just that you’re interested.

[UPDATE] Portland Business Journal on the Intel Eliminati, a self organized group of former Intel employees helping one another. And The Oregonian on the impact this may have on the community.

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