Month: April 2021

It’s not the idea; it’s how you do it: What Sara Batterby taught me about entrepreneurship

[Editor: This week, we are mourning the loss of Sara Batterby, who — in a relatively short time — had an outsized impact on our community, becoming a source of empowerment and energy for both the Portland startup community and the cannabis community. Sara’s presence and guidance touched many of us. Ciara Pressler shares some of her learnings from Sara in this guest post.]

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Rest in peace, Sara Batterby [Updated]

I received some incredibly sad news this morning. I wanted folks to be aware. A memorial site has been created to remember Sara.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon

With the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon continuing to expand, more and more folks in the Portland startup community should be eligible to get vaccinated. But how do you go about it? And what’s the easiest way to get your appointment scheduled?

Rachel Bell of Overcup Books has put together a cheat sheet of Oregon vaccination scheduling tips and tricks to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.

Expensify launches a podcast

The folks at Expensify have a new pandemic side project, a podcast. Initial guests include Eric Ries of lean startup fame CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Grab office hours with the newest Seed fund in town

If you’re interested in getting some one-on-one time with a local Seed stage fund, you’re in luck. Josh Carter, principle at 1859 Ventures, is holding office hours for interested startups on April 14, 2021.

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New free ebook: A Kids Book About Anti-Asian Hate

At the start of the pandemic, Portland startup A Kids Book About launched their first free ebook in an effort to help parents and kids talk about COVID-19. Now, they’ve released a new title as a free ebook in an effort to get conversations started about anti-Asian hate, written by Kim Pham.

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There’s a new pre-Seed fund in the Pacific Northwest. Meet Startup Haven Venture Fund.

In order to sustain a vibrant startup investor ecosystem, funds need to start, find success, and raise more funds. And should that success cause them to grow beyond their previous stage focus, then new funds need to start to backfill the gaps. So as many of the early stage funds in the Pacific Northwest achieve success and move downstream to Seed and Series A investments, it’s nice to see new funds stepping up to take the opportunity to support pre-Seed startups. Like the new Startup Haven Venture Fund.

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REMINDER: Virtual Portland Lunch 2.0, this Thursday

While the regularity of Portland Lunch 2.0 isn’t what it used to be, I’m hoping that the opportunity to connect with other folks in the Portland startup community is still a compelling reason to gather. That’s why I put another Portland Lunch 2.0 on the calendar for this week.

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Eddie Bauer is into The Dyrt

I approach this with a touch of nostalgia as I admit that my dad owned the Eddie Bauer edition of the Ford Bronco II back in the day. But that aside, it’s super interesting news that Portland startup The Dyrt has landed Eddie Bauer as an exclusive national partner.

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ConductorOne is the newest local player in identity management and security

For a while, I thought fintech was going to be the dominant industry in the Portland startup community. Now, I’m beginning to think that it may be identity management. And news like the reveal of new Portland startup ConductorOne only strengthens that opinion.

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