Month: July 2020

Portland’s oldest mentor driven startup accelerator, PIE, extends application deadline

If you’ve ever applied for anything, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the “we’re extending the application deadline” effect. So it should come as little surprise to anyone — especially since they’ve “done it for practically every year” — that PIE is extending its application deadline. But what may be surprising is the reasoning behind the extension, this time around.

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What startups should be on everyone’s radar?

Any number of startups somehow wind up on people’s radars. But which companies should be on people’s radars? Great question from Portland’s Chris Cantino of Supermaker and Color on Twitter today. (And don’t be shy about nominating your own startup.)

Who’s hiring in Portland right now?

I know that the economic times aren’t the best. But there are still companies that are hiring. And I know for certain that there are people looking for work. So I thought I would take a moment to highlight the companies who currently have job openings on the Silicon Florist job board.

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Supermaker announces the first cohort of its new accelerator, the Entrepreneurial Dream Project

A few months ago, Portland’s Supermaker announced the launch of a new mentorship and grant funding accelerator program called the Entrepreneurial Dream Project, where they solicited applicants for the project. And nearly 1800 applicants responded.

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What is the Black tech experience post COVID-19, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor?

For many folks, there’s more than the pandemic of COVID-19 affecting their lives. There are the equally damaging pandemics of systemic racism. And police violence. And exclusionary tactics and unconscious bias of the so-called “meritocracy” of startups and technology companies. So with all of these contributing factors colliding, what does the immediate future look like for Blacks in tech?

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REMINDER: Talking The Startup Community Way, today

Startup communities can be a bit chaotic and nebulous at times. But there are certain driving factors that can put a startup community on a path for potential success. For nearly a decade, one of the the leading books to document these factors has remained Startup Communities by Brad Feld. Tomorrow, the update to that book is being released. But today? Brad Feld’s coauthor, Ian Hathaway, will be joining Stephen Green today for a conversation about the book, startup communities, and more.

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Miss the “Do” conversation about the diversity, equity, and inclusion in Portland?

If you missed the opportunity to participate in the conversation about the “Do. Do more. Do better.” movement yesterday — which expanded into a broader conversation on the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Portland — the session was recorded especially for you.

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Portland startup Edify begins beta testing its employee onboarding bot

For many fast growing tech companies, bringing on new employees — and ensuring they have the information they need — can be challenging. That’s why there are experts in “employee onboarding.” And that expertise has proven to be an incredibly effective way of ensure new folks feel welcome and engaged.

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REMINDER: Need something more to “Do”?

A few weeks ago, Stephen Green launched a new grassroots movement designed to leverage the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and empower individuals to help change the trajectory of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Portland business community, startups among them. It called upon folks to “Do. Do more. Do better.” And it’s grown to several hundred folks in Portland who are committed to doing the work.

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INTRO from Indie.vc: Venture Capital isn’t the only way to finance a startup

It’s the prevailing myth with startups. You come up with a great idea. Pitch a few venture capitalists. Get millions of dollars in investment. Grow the company rapidly. Exit. Everybody wins. Later rinse repeat.

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