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

Black Founders Matter cuts first check for A Kids Book About

Speaking of new venture capital funds in Portland… Granted everything is pretty grim right now. And energy is hard to come by. Let alone optimism. So when there is a glimmer of something hopeful in the Portland startup community, that seems like something to celebrate. Like Portland’s Black Founders Matter fund making its first investment. In a Black founded Portland startup. And then that news making it into TechCrunch.

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Using the new AngelList “rolling fund” model, a new Portland based early stage venture capital fund emerges

I can confidently say that there will never be enough accessible capital to adequately support entrepreneurs. So we’ll always have that to complain about. But that’s also a massive opportunity. Because there is also plenty of room for new players — and new models — to emerge. And another one just did. From Sahil Lavingia, founder of Gumroad.

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Startup accelerators are even more important than ever

I’m hearing from a lot of founders that can’t make the commitment to be part of a startup accelerator program. Because it seems like another thing on their plate. Another stressor. Another obligation. And I get it. People are dealing with a lot right now. More than a lot. And this fall is only going to get messier. So why take the chance of applying for a startup accelerator?

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Never take money from a VC

It’s funny because it’s true. If you’re thinking about pursuing an investment from venture capitalists for your startup then this should probably be required watching. From Foundry Group‘s Chris Moody. (Because apparently this pandemic has inspired him to become a YouTuber 😂)

Q&A about The Startup Community Way

In case you missed it, the new startup community book by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, The Startup Community Way, was released last week. The Portland startup community got a mention in it. Portland’s Stephen Green sat down with Ian to talk about the book and answer questions from the our community, ahead of its release. Brad makes a guest appearance, as well.

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Portland Seed Fund and Starve Ups alum 4-tell acquired

Over the last thirteen years, I’ve had the opportunity to write about a lot of Portland startups. A lot. And sometimes, despite my best intentions, those startups fall off of my RADAR. So it’s always nice to see them pop back up again with good news. Like Portland startup 4-tell. Which has been acquired by Searchspring.

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Who should you be dating? Your friends — even those already in a relationship — probably have a Reco

Remember when you used to see friends in person? I realize it’s a bit foggy. But think back. And remember when — if you were single — those friends would always try to set you up with promising potential dates? That’s kinda the concept behind Portland startup Reco.

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Portland startup MilkRun featured in Forbes

It’s always nice to see Portland startups getting the attention they deserve. Especially when those startups are working on solutions for signifiant problems. Like Portland startup MilkRun, a company that is rethinking the way food systems work to make them more sustainable, equitable, and healthy. Forbes recently took notice of these efforts.

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Does your startup need to work some things out… or maybe a workout? Founder Gym applications are due August 4

While any number of startup accelerators have been forced to go virtual, one in particular has been running a virtual program for its 999 days of existence. It’s Founder Gym. And by way of milestones, its applications are due on day 1000. Which is August 4, 2020.

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Speaking of mentors and accelerators, First Round Fast Track applications are open

Looking for some intensive mentorship? Well if traditional accelerator programs don’t fit the bill, you might consider exploring this offering from First Round, one of the premier early stage venture capital funds. It’s called First Round Fast Track. And applications are currently open.

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