Month: February 2022

Silicon Florist links arrangement for February 28, 2022 💐

I Did Marketing In A Failing Start-Up — Here Are The 5 Biggest Mistakes I Spotted There

If you’re a budding entrepreneur, this article might be helpful to you in terms of what to avoid in your own company. If you’re simply a marketer, read on anyway — some points could be applied to your current company as well.

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GUEST POST: For Portlanders building a company, meet PIE!

[Editor: Portland startup founder Rachel Bell submitted this guest post as a way to share her experience in PIE, an early-stage startup accelerator. And to encourage other founders to apply to the program. The following post has not been edited. Full disclosure: I am the cofounder and general manager of PIE.]

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Like talking science? Consider attending Science Talk ’22

I don’t know about you, but as an admitted introvert, I’m really liking the continued opportunities to attend hybrid events from the comfort of my desktop while other folks get to show up in person. Extroverts get what they need. Introverts get what they need. And if what you need is more science in your life, then you’re going to want to check out the upcoming Science Talk ’22, a hybrid online and IRL event.

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for February 24, 2022 💐

Six Pitching Mistakes We’re Sick of Seeing

I love watching startups pitch, probably because I love pitching. To me, seeing someone articulate their vision and product is nothing short of inspiring. But having been a judge for various university competitions like Hult Prize’s Accelerator and University College London amongst others, I have to share some of the biggest pet peeves I have seen from the judging table.

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GUEST POST: Startup questions, Foster Garvey answers

[Editor: It’s always a pleasure to get the chance to collaborate with folks in the Portland startup community to make things easier on founders around here. That’s why I was super happy to Jason Powell from Foster Garvey volunteer his time to discuss a variety of startup topics from his perspective. His responses to a frequently asked set of startup questions is posted in its entirety, below.]

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for February 23, 2022 💐

Five Years Ago, I Set Out To Prove A VC Firm Could Invest With A Diversity Thesis. Here’s Where We Are Today.

In 2017, I started compiling a list of Black and Latino founders who had raised $1 million of VC funding as there wasn’t any aggregated list online. I simply wanted to know who the top diverse founders were as they were the founders I, as a venture investor, wanted to serve. So I started pooling data from all over the internet.

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Portland startup Radious resonates with local investors

I don’t care how cool your home office — or regular remote workspace is — staring at the same walls, day in and day out, can stifle even the best motivation and creativity. That’s why a change of scenery and setting could be that spark that you need. That’s some of the inspiration behind Portland startup Radious, which allows users to rent other folks’ home office spaces in an Airbnb-esque way.

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for February 22, 2022 💐

How to make the most out of a mentoring relationship

Whether or not you have a formal or more casual mentor in your life, the benefits of a trusted confidant reach far beyond increased engagement and sense of belonging (which, is convincing on its own—we know!). According to our 2021 State of the Octoverse Report, when a commitment to mentorship is combined with friendly and timely code reviews, teams see a 46% boost in productivity in open source projects and 16% in companies.

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Hoping for a hardware-focused happy hour? Huzzah! Your hopes have been handled, honorably.

I don’t want to get my hopes up. Or our collective hopes up. But there’s something about a new happy hour popping up on Meetup that makes me think that things may be changing for the better. Especially when it’s a gathering that brings together a community of folks who could use more happy hours. Like the local hardware community. Meet Hardware Happy Hour (3H) Portland.

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