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

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Service as a Service: Portland’s Belmont wins at Bend Venture Conference

This past week was the annual Bend Venture Conference, arguably the most well known pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest. Winners came from all over the state this time around. With one Portland company snagging one of the big checks. Meet Belmont.

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Priced out of a tech conference you’d like to attend? PDXWIT is interested in #InvestingInYou

We all know that it costs money to put events together. And so it makes sense that folks have to charge for tickets to help sustain their events over the long term. But none of that reasoning helps if the ticket price is preventing you from attending an event. That’s why I love things like PDX Women in Tech’s #InvestingInYou scholarship program

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How can we reverse the trend of declining US entrepreneurship? Start Us Up thinks government can

It seems patently ridiculous that the so called “Land of Opportunity” would need a jumpstart for entrepreneurship. But that’s where we find ourselves. And once you peel back the veneer, there’s little surprise as to why. Rising cost of living, unaffordable healthcare, crushing student loan debt, lack of access to capital, lack of risk tolerance from investors… the list of negatives go on and on.

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REMINDER: Yes you can attend ¡Si Se Puede! at Airbnb Portland

Again, my apologies for the relative radio silence over the past couple of weeks. It’s not you. It’s me. And all of these awesome folks who have an interest in joining PIE. We’re in the thick of the interview process and it’s happily taking a ton of my time and energy. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t take a few seconds to remind you about awesome things happen in our community. Like ¡Si Se Puede! this Thursday.

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Interested in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning? There’s an unconference for that

There used to be a time when the Portland startup community was awash in unconferences. Unconference here, unconference there. On a variety of interesting topics. And while those heady halcyon days of unconferencing may have passed, an interesting one rears its head every now and again. Like this weekend. When it’s the AI/ML Unconference.

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Unrated Director’s Cut: Complete unedited responses from my recent Willamette Week interview on the Portland startup community

You may have seen the print edition or the online version of my interview with Willamette Week, this week. I was humbled by the opportunity to take part in this article. And it was a great way to commemorate the milestone of PIE turning a decade old and Silicon Florist turning a dozen years old. I mean, it’s not every day that your projects reach ages where you can talk about the years in euphemisms, simultaneously. Or something. And stuff.

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It’s not really Portland Startup Week without your amazing event

If you know Portland, you know that the “P” in PDX stands for “procrastinate.” So I realize that planning ahead isn’t exactly in our DNA. But that’s what Portland Startup Week is going to ask you to do. Yes, it’s not until April 2020. But you should start thinking about what events you want to put together, right now.

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Panic’s Untitled Goose Game has a title now: #1 game in the US

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Helping parents approach challenging topics with A Kids Book About

In this day and age with the level of exposure and access to information, kids are often dealing with any number of topics far sooner than previous generations. And parents—who had a very different upbringing—are searching for ways to effectively support their kids. And that’s the opportunity that A Kids Book About is working to address. With books focused on kids that help parents discuss challenging topics.

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