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VC funds at / below $200M in size

A list of investors managing funds that are $200 million or less, raising the likelihood that they’re making early-stage startup investments.

Founders First Capital Partners brings a different approach to diversity investing

Unlike most Silicon Valley VC firms, Founders First isn’t looking for the next unicorn. Instead, Folsom seeks out founders from historically underrepresented backgrounds — women, people of color, LBGTQ, veterans — with solid ideas and decent, if not spectacular, revenue and growth who have had trouble getting external investment to help build their businesses.

‘Great Resignation’ Drives Billions In VC Dollars To Upskilling Startups

It’s the kind of situation that attracts startup founders and venture investors looking for scalable approaches to big, entrenched problems. And as a result, we’ve seen a boom recently in global investment to startups developing tools and platforms focused on upskilling and reskilling workers.

Wilsonville battery maker abandons planned stock sale

Grid-scale battery maker ESS has abandoned a plan to sell more stock. The Wilsonville company on Monday withdrew a registration statement it had filed in late December and told regulators that it “no longer wishes to conduct a public offering of securities at this time.”

Latest Oregon revenue forecast gives another boost to general fund, kicker

The state’s revenue is being fattened by inflation and the super-tight labor market, with rising wages driving up personal income tax revenue and higher prices producing bigger corporate income tax dollars, according to state economists.

State of Black Venture

BLCK VC, in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank, is proud to share the inaugural State of Black Venture report. We surveyed our community and collated industry data to set a baseline against which we can measure future progress toward equitable representation.

Creating a Compelling Pitch Deck

Join Laura Kubisiak for a Lunch & Learn on “Creating a Compelling Pitch Deck.” There will be plenty of time to ask questions throughout the presentation.

Applications open next week for PIE’s 2022 virtual program

Applications open Feb. 14 for the next cohort of the Portland Incubator Experiment and will remain open through March 14 (Pi Day, of course).