There was a time, not so long ago, when the Portland startup community used to gather on a regular basis at a happy hour called Beer and Blog. It was a time to catch up with friends. A time to make new connections. A place to send folks when they were looking to get better connected to the community. And it’s how many folks who are still involved in the Portland startup community met one another, originally.
If you were part of the Portland startup or open source community a decade ago—or if you were a startup type who visited Portland during that time period—you probably had the chance to attend Beer and Blog once or twice. If you weren’t around Portland then, you’ve no doubt heard me wax nostalgic dozens of times about the event, a weekly happy hour that served as the point of connection for our fledgling community.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: one of my favorite things about Portland Startup Week is getting the chance to revisit some of the classic events that made the Portland startup community, well, the Portland startup community. And while I knew Portland Lunch 2.0 and Beer and Blog were on the docket, I got an awesome surprise blast from the past today. Read More
The folklore is true. There used to be an event—back in the day—that would draw hundreds of folks from the Portland startup and tech scene together, every Friday. It was how many of us met one another, shared ideas, schemed, and discovered ways to connect and build the amazing community we have today. Read More
And so it goes. Times change. People move on. Beer and Blog is no different. And now, Justin Kistner—the founder of that seminal happy hour for Portland’s tech scene—is relocating to San Francisco. That’s right. I said “seminal.”
Given what a great contribution the weekly gathering has been to our tech scene, it only makes sense that Portland provides him with a little going away party—at Beer and Blog. Read More
You know what’s nice? Free beer. What’s even nicer? Free beer on a summer day. Nicer still is when that free beer is paid for by someone to whom you’ve given money. And nicest of all? When that free beer drinking is wedged between two awesome tech events with interesting people. Read More
It’s no secret that I’ve got a bit of a crush on Boulder. I mean, it’s an awesome town, with an amazing startup scene, and… What’s that? Oh. BOLDER. Jeez. I’m sorry. I got all excited when I thought you said “Boulder.”
Let me start over. Who don’t like Beer and Blog? And who don’t like a free beer at Beer and Blog? That’s right. Nobody. That’s why I wanted to make sure that you knew that Bolder—from the Bay Area, not Boulder—will be purchasing you a few libations this afternoon at Beer and Blog. Read More
So you’ve been flirting with the idea of applying to the Portland Seed Fund. You know, to get some much needed cash and guidance for your startup idea. To get it off the ground. And to, hopefully, take the initial step toward finding more cash from customers and investors.
But, I hear you. It’s intimidating. And you’re not quite sure you’ve got your pitch dialed in. Read More