Month: February 2022

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Shades of Entrepreneurship podcast: Owner of Creatively Insane, Gabriel Flores

Do you ever look back on the past and get embarrassed about something you did a decade ago? Don’t feel bad – we all do it, and we feel that way because we have matured. This is a self-narrated episode featuring the life story of a podcast host, an entrepreneur, and an indigenous migrant worker.

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The next Portland Incubator Experiment experiment

If you’ve followed PIE at all, you probably realize that they take the “E” in their name — which stands for “experiment” — fairly seriously. As a way of exploring new opportunities. And to ensure that they continue trying new things. Even if those things have a likelihood of failing.

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Deals go big: Why 2021 was a huge year for M&As in the Portland region

Among more than 50 deals that occurred last year involving Oregon and southwest Washington companies or assets, the Business Journal found just 20 in which terms were disclosed last year. These amounted to $25.3 billion in cash, stock and debt transaction, little more than half of the haul in 2015, but a 334% increase over the value of disclosed deals in 2020. This compares to just a 34% increase in deal value across the U.S. — from $1.1 trillion in 2020 to $1.5 trillion in 2021 — according to Capital IQ data gathered by the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances.

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Interested in joining a startup accelerator? PIE applications are now open

It’s that time of year. Time for the PIE startup accelerator to open its annual application period. And time for you, founder of a product-based startup, to decide if a startup accelerator could be beneficial for your company at this juncture.

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Wyden and Heinrich: Newly Declassified Documents Reveal Previously Secret CIA Bulk Collection, Problems With CIA Handling of Americans’ Information

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for new transparency about bulk surveillance conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency, following the release of documents that revealed a secret bulk collection program and problems with how the agency searches and handles Americans’ information.

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Well that was — dare I say — zippy: Zipcan has been acquired

It seems like less than a pandemic ago that I was just getting to know a brand new startup from a local serial founder. It was called Zipcan. And it was the latest pursuit for Fritz Brumder, cofounder of Portland’s BrandLive. Just over a year ago I wrote my first post on Zipcan. Now, the company has announced that it’s been acquired.

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