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

Oprah favorites Portland startup A Kids Book About

Sometimes you call Oprah. Sometimes Oprah calls you. At least that’s how it worked out for Portland startup A Kids Book About who had the mononymous star reach out to them with an opportunity to appear on her annual list of favorite things.

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Pontificating on trust within the startup community

I know that most of the stuff I vomit onto the Internet on a regular basis is, at best, pithy. And, at worst, is just the worst. And that a great deal of that regurgitation is replicating something that someone else has written. Or directing you to someone else’s thoughts. And that’s by design. But I do actually think about stuff. From time to time. No really. And every once in a while, I write something that contains actual thought. Or at least some semblance thereof.

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REMINDER: Inaugural demo day for PSU The Cube startup incubator

It’s always nice to see new organizations starting up to assist founders. Especially when they’re focused on helping younger mentors with the support they need. Like the Portland State University incubator The Cube. Which will be hosting its first demo day on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 11:00AM Pacific.

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Calling all Oregon Angels

If you’re an Angel investor in Oregon, Josh Carter — who has recently landed a new gig as the Program Director of Blue Ventures/Maritime Innovation Accelerator at Washington Maritime Blue — has started a new meetup for you to meet your peers, Coffee with Angel Investors.

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A return to coworking

I’ve spent the last few weeks coworking. Every single day. In a shared space. With a variety of different people. And this week, I’ve been popping in to familiar haunts where I used to work before this whole pandemic set in.

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Who’s hiring in Portland tech?

Looking for a job with Portland tech or startup companies? Well, you’re in luck. Because there are a number of folks on the Silicon Florist job board who are looking for you. Like who? Well, let’s take a look.

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Expensify CEO encourages customers to vote for Biden

Back in the old days — when people went to events and offices and stuff — you may have had the opportunity to visit or at least walk by the bank in downtown Portland that Expensify was retrofitting into office space. It’s not really a headquarters. But it is where the CEO and founder of Expensify, David Barrett, could be found. So in my book, it’s a Portland tech company.

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Bringing transparency to the supply chain: Chroma Signet

As more and more people make a conscious effort to vote with their spending by purchasing products that support the people and causes that they find important, it can become increasingly difficult to understand who is benefitting from those dollars. Because supply chains are anything but transparent. A new offering from a familiar Portland startup, Chroma Signet, is designed to change that by bringing transparency to the supply chain, simply and effectively.

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Need help figuring out the first steps of your startup? TiE XL Bootcamp can help

Sometimes, the hardest part of a startup can be just knowing where to begin. And that’s why I’m so happy that there are local programs like TiE XL Bootcamp, a program designed to help folks figure out the early stages of their early stage companies. And as luck would have it, applications for their next class are still open. But you have to hurry. They close soon.

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