Month: April 2020

Struggling with video content in this brave new world?

I totally get it. I hate video. But apparently the kids these days love that sort of content. So it only makes sense that we should all learn how to use it. Be it Instagram or YouTube or Facebook Live or Tik Tok or whatver. But the learning curve? It can be steep. That’s why we’re luckily to get some time with Sylvia Salazar of Tono Latino, who’s has worked with this format long enough to give all of us some helpful tips.

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Managing well meaning but messy intentions: Discussing how to keep projects born in crisis on a path to success

I’ve mentioned this pattern a few times before. We see it repeating again in this new new normal. A crisis occurs. Collaborative communities — open source, startup, Portland — rush to the fore, eager to solve it. Immediate tactics have some meaningful but limited impact. And then the bigger problems reveal themselves. And things get real complicated real quickly.

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Concerned about keeping company culture in our new fully remote work world? Portland startup ChatFox wants to help

In an instant, every company became a remote company. Regardless of culture. Regardless of market. Everyone who managed to survive the instantaneous and cataclysmic downturn was suddenly working from home. And juggling any number of duties in addition to their day job. And just as suddenly, things that used to require a personal touch simply couldn’t.

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Having to step up that Instagram account or Web presence? Get some photography mentorship to help

For many folks, this whole situation threw them into world where their online presence suddenly became their only presence. And that lifeline to community — and ultimately revenue — was immediately way way more important than it had been, even days earlier. So PIE thought it might be valuable to give you the chance to chat with a professional photographer to provide some mentorship and tips on how best to do that. In the most affordable and expedient fashion. That’s why they set up a Q&A with Aaron Hockley of Tech Photo Guy.

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BYOC to your couch or desk: Coffee w/ Co-Founders, together, from the comfort of your own home

It’s great to see longstanding community events rapidly making the transition to online in the wake of this pandemic. Especially for startup founders. Because being a founder is lonely enough. Even under the best of circumstances. That’s why I’m really happy to see a virtual version of Coffee w/ Co-Founders.

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Community in the time of COVID-19 Coronavirus: Talking remote community management with Cami Kaos

When the pandemic isolation began, many tried and true ways of building connection and community — most notably, meeting face to face with people — disappeared, instantaneously. But the need for community didn’t. If anything, in fact, that need increased. Exponentially. But how are we to maintain and strengthen community in this new normal of self distancing?

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Questions about the Portland startup community? Join Stephen Green for an AMA

As we move into another week of quarantine, the folks at PIE are working to get you informed — and hopefully entertained — with an ongoing series of conversations with PIE mentors and founders. Next up? PIE mentor Stephen Green, who will be sitting down for an “ask me anything” session.

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Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight COVID-19 USA West takes place April 24-26, 2020

Looking for more ways to put your knowledge to work in the wake of this pandemic? Techstars, a global network of startup support and accelerator programs, is bringing their Startup Weekend model to help. With the Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight COVID-19, a series of 54-hour sprints around the world seeking creative solutions to our most pressing issues.

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Portland brick and mortar struggling with going digital? Local Goes Global wants to help

It could be said that “nonessential businesses” are the very heart of Portland. That one wacky coffeeshop. The boutique that sells those things you don’t need but you desperately want. The brewpub that feels like your home away from home… And so when the current pandemic forced those businesses to close — and to stop generating revenue — the very fabric of our community’s culture was put at risk.

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Looking for a new job? Lots of opportunities in Portland and beyond

“Sobering” is a staggering understatement when describing the unemployment numbers. A wealth of talented and creative folks have suddenly found themselves without work. And there’s no telling when the downward trend will cease. But there are still companies hiring. So for their sake — and the sake of anyone else looking for a new job — I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the job openings.

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