Month: January 2019

On fire: Bend smart candle startup LuDela selected for Techstars

In the world of startup accelerators, there are two juggernauts: Y Combinator and Techstars. So I’m always happy to hear when a local company makes it into one of those programs. Especially when it’s the original Techstars in Boulder, which — at least in my mind — carries with it an additional prestige. And that’s where Bend startup LuDela will be spending a three-month stint.

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How to Portland Lunch 2.0

While it used to be common knowledge around these parts, Portland Lunch 2.0 seems to have become a bit of an enigma. I can tell, because every time I start talking about it, folks are like “How do we even do a Portland Lunch 2.0?” Fair question. Let’s see if we can clear some of this up. For both attendees and hosts.

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Make some time to meet some makers and manufacturers: Friends of Fictiv happy hour

Like most things Portland, there are a ton of awesome makers and manufacturers in town doing a ton of awesome things. But thanks to our culture of aggressive humility, we don’t always know about all of that awesomeness. That’s why it’s nice to have things like the Friends of Fictiv happy hour. If only to bring some of those hidden gems in our midst to light.

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Good job on your home work, Oregon

If you’re like me, you know a lot of folks who work from home. They might be working for a company that favors remote workers, like Automattic. Or maybe they’re working solo on their own business. Or it could be that they’re part of a startup team that is saving capital by avoiding rent.

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Reminiscent of Jama Software: Orchestra Software bootstraps for a decade before taking $14 million investment

When I caught the news about Orchestra Software’s equity round, I was immediately reminded of Jama Software. Both companies were bootstrapped early on. They both took on investment after a number of years in business. And the amount of the funding was roughly the same amount.

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Portland’s startup accelerator for women led cannabis businesses reveals first class

Startups can always use more support. So it’s always nice to see new startup accelerators in Portland. And while I’ve written about the concept of The Initiative before, it’s now an actual thing with startups and stuff. Nine woman led cannabis companies, in fact.

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Toward more inclusive and realistic images

You’ve all seen it. The stock imagery. It’s the high fiving white dudes. Or the oddly tokenized board room shot. But what if available stock photography wasn’t so cheesy? And what if it represented a broader range of the folks we work with day in and day out? That’s what Disabled and Here is hoping to accomplish. And they could use your help.

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REMINDER: Get answers straight from the Zebra’s mouth, today

If you’ve been following the recent news and the response to that news, you’ve no doubt got a few questions of your own about Zebras vs Unicorns and the whole Zebra movement. Well, if you’ve got a few minutes to join a webinar, you can get those questions answered firsthand, today.

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REMINDER: TechfestNW PitchfestNW applications are due January 16, 2019

Wait what? You thought the TechfestNW PitchfestNW applications were due in 2018? Well, they were. But that was only the first group. There’s a second application period. And it ends this week. So if you’ve been procrastinating, you should probably get on completing that application.

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Starting a company is hard. That’s why founders need a Startup Haven.

Sometimes, you just need to be around folks who get your struggle. Other founders who are trying to build businesses. Peers who can provide both insights and a friendly ear. That’s part of the motivation behind Startup Haven, a series of founder only events, that kicks off 2019, this Thursday in Portland.

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