All posts by Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Founder and editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy

Looking for a new job? Lots of opportunities in Portland and beyond

“Sobering” is a staggering understatement when describing the unemployment numbers. A wealth of talented and creative folks have suddenly found themselves without work. And there’s no telling when the downward trend will cease. But there are still companies hiring. So for their sake — and the sake of anyone else looking for a new job — I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the job openings.

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If you’ve been looking for ways to help, MakerForce could be for you

A few weeks ago, many of us were scrambling into action. Trying to think of simple but meaningful things we could do to help the community. Now, as the situation continues and folks are becoming more thoughtful and strategic about these efforts, we’re seeing some collaboration that could have lasting positive effects, even beyond the current situation. Like MakerForce.

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Questions about startup marketing and sales?

For startups, figuring out marketing and sales in the best of times can be difficult. So this situation is putting additional pressure on companies — and making it even more challenging to figure out what to do. In an effort to alleviate some of that stress, PIE has invited mentor in residence Kasey Jones to the PIE Crowdcast channel get your questions answered.

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And then suddenly Portland had an entirely new podcast network

You’ve probably noticed it. People being cooped up. Needing a creative outlet. Other folks needing to feel connected. And that means a lot more people are taking the time to create content beyond the random tweet or update here and there. So it only stands to reason that this period in time would result in new media companies. Meet CoBa.fm.

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Questions about the Portland startup community or startup accelerators like PIE?

Maybe you just moved to Portland. Maybe you’ve recently decided — or have been forced — to consider starting a company of your own and you’re curious about the benefits of startup accelerators. Or maybe you’re just interested in getting more connected to the Portland startup community. Whatever the case, it can often be difficult figuring out where to start or where to go — even during the best of times. Let alone now.

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What Your Banker Wants You To Know: Stimulus package options for consumer product startups

In an effort to curb the detrimental business impacts of this global pandemic, any number of politicians and government entities are working to provide reparations and grants at every level — local, regional, state, federal, global. And for all the potential benefit, the options can often cause more confusion than they solve. That’s why Built Oregon is putting together a series of online sessions to help decrypt these offerings for consumer product startups and the retailers who support them.

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She flies with her own wings: Celebrating Oregon’s women leaders in consumer products for Women’s History Month

With headlines dominated by the global pandemic and people experiencing a strange new normal, a respite from all of that can be welcome. Which is why I’ve been actively tracking and retweeting the women leading consumer products companies in Oregon that Built Oregon has been sharing as part of Women’s History Month.

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Time to get meta: A list of lists for COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus resources for Portland startups (and anyone else)

One of my favorite things about Portland is its culture of craft and creativity. A close second is the culture of encouragement. When you combine those two things, you get the wackiness that is Portland. You get 200 different flavors of donuts, thousands of flavors of beer from hundreds of craft brewers. Food carts. Coffeeshops. It’s the combination of those cultures that truly makes Portland, Portland.

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Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus on Oregon small business

You know those times when you’re ridiculously busy — you mean everyday? says every entrepreneur — and you’ve convinced yourself that that thing you forgot to do was actually done. But it wasn’t. Yeah. That. I meant to share the details of a survey Built Oregon and our partners recently completed to help give folks a better understanding of the impact of this whole COVID-19 situation on local business. But I didn’t. So I am now.

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Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare professionals: Local startup community fundraising campaigns

I’ve tried to get away from promoting active campaigns on fundraising platforms, because I could honestly cover that all day every day. But in this weird new normal, I’m willing to shake it up a bit. Especially because these campaigns are working to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) into the hands of healthcare professionals. And that’s desperately needed.

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