Month: May 2022

VertueLab’s David Kenney named to National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

As the US government continues to spin up efforts to help aid recovery from a global pandemic, they’re focusing on more than just financial support. One effort by the US Economic Development Administration includes reestablishing the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE), which had been on hiatus since 2018. And a familiar face is part of the board on this reboot: David Kenney of VertueLab.

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Horrific events are difficult for adults to handle, let alone kids. A Kids Company About is here to help with another free book.

[Editor: Trigger warning.] If you’re having a difficult time discussing the most recent horrific event in the US with your children, the Portland startup that is working to help parents have those important conversations with their children has released a free title to help guide that conversation. Visit A Kids Company About to download your free copy of A Kids Book About School Shootings.

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Washington Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator demo day features three Portland startups

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I still like demo days. Maybe not as their initial incarnation for fundraising. That doesn’t really seem to work. But as a celebration of companies being built and a graduation ceremony for an accelerator program? Absolutely. That’s why I’m looking forward to watching a trio of Portland-area startups on stage at the Washington Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator demo day, this week.

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Two amazing startup oriented nonprofits seek new leadership

Not sure if you’ve noticed it, but we’re experiencing a wave of turnovers in the nonprofit world. There’s a bunch of new leadership at major foundations around town. And a number of other well-established organizations seeking new leadership. And the tech and startup-oriented nonprofit world is no different. PDXWIT and Zebras Unite are both on the search for new directors to lead their nonprofit organizations into the next chapter.

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RIP Good Times 2.0: Y Combinator offers startups advice on market downturn

If “RIP Good Times” doesn’t ring a bell, it’s probably because we’ve been on a decade-plus upswing since Sequoia Capital shared that presentation with portfolio companies — and the then relatively nascent SaaS and Cloud world — as the mortgage crisis began to wreak havoc on the economy. Now, similarly timed guidance has been released by (aptly) Y Combinator, the startup accelerator and investor that has risen to Sequoia-esque prominence during this era of startup activity.

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Seattle VC Flying Fish — which has been active in Portland — has a new $70 million fund for AI/ML startups

Seattle VC firm Flying Fish has a new cache of dry powder for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning startups. And given that they’ve been active in Portland in the past, that could mean good news for AI/ML startups seeking early stage funding.

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Caffeine fueled entrepreneurial energy: Coffee w/ Co-Founders reboots

As the Portland startup community continues to return to in-person events, there is any number of evening events returning to the docket. But what if evenings don’t work for you? Buck up, little camper. The community has events for you, too. Even if your only availability is in the morning. Like Coffee w/ Co-Founders.

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