Month: April 2021

A little Spring cleaning over on the Portland Startups Slack

I’m the first to admit it. I let the Portland Startups Slack get a little messy over the years. Like that drawer. In the kitchen. You know the one. So recently, in a fit of wild inspiration born of Spring cleaning and some other Slack instances I frequent, I decided to do something about it.

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Passing the torch: Portland coworking pioneer NedSpace continues under new ownership

It may seem weird now, but coworking wasn’t always a thing. And it really didn’t get traction in Portland until the mortgage crisis. When a couple of spaces were testing the appetite for shared space environments. Only one of those original trendsetters survived and flourished over the last decade: NedSpace. And now, NedSpace is moving on to its next chapter with new owner Jorge Guzman, founder and CEO of Vive Northwest and Hispanicpros.

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Angel Oregon Tech announces TechfestNW pitch finalists

There’s a new wrinkle to TechfestNW, this year. No. It’s not the fact that they’ve gone virtual. This is the second year for that. It’s that they partnered with Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to bring Angel Oregon investors and educational opportunities to a wide variety of startups. From those participants, they selected ten finalists. And now we know who they are.

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Using Portland startup Subfund to give you more context on Portland startups

I always believe that the best way to understand a startup’s product is to actually use the startup’s product. I know. Call me crazy. So ever since I became aware of Portland’s Subfund, I’ve been scratching my head for ways to put it into practice. And apparently all of that head scratching shook something loose. Because I just came up with a new experiment.

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GeekWire Awards 2021: A Portland CEO, a Portland Seed Fund investment, and a close Portland connection

Every year, when the GeekWire Awards are announced, I scour the nominees to see if there are any Portland folks on the list. Some years, there are none. Some years, there are a few. This year, there’s one. And a couple of tight Portland connections. But one thing is for certain: they would all appreciate your vote.

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Does your startup pitch deck have what it takes to land an investment?

Sure. There are tons of articles, posts, templates, and guidance on how to build the perfect pitch deck for your startup. But until you put that deck in front of an investor, you’re never really sure if it’s actually got what it takes. So every little bit of feedback helps. Like this upcoming event from OEN on “Investor Decks: Content and Design Strategies.”

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Portland startup Brave Care expands to Austin, Beaverton, and North Carolina… not necessarily in that order

Portland seems to have a knack for rethinking healthcare. Back when I first started in startups around here, it was the concept of Electronic Medical Records. Then came concepts like Zoom Care. Now, Brave Care is rethinking pediatric care. And they’re thinking much bigger than simply Portland.

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