Clearly, there’s a palpable amount of negativity floating around, these days. And with good reason. But the continued onslaught can get grating, if not completely debilitating. So if you’re looking for something more positive — and you’ve already binge watched all the Arthur and Zoboomafoo episodes you can stomach — maybe consider meeting some new Portland startups.
Local startup accelerator PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) recently held its first ever completely virtual demo day. Rather than having founders take the stage as they traditionally do, this class of PIE took to mics, screenshares, and pillow forts. The videos they created were then uploaded to the PIE YouTube channel and hosted by a virtual emcee, the PIE Twitter account.
So if you need a break — or are simply looking for some hope and positivity — maybe take a moment to thumb through the startups. And consider subscribing, because there may be a few more videos in the making. (Hint, hint.)
[Full disclosure: I am the cofounder and general manager of PIE.]