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

Improve your ChatGPT game with Prompts

If you’ve taken the opportunity to muck around with generative AI products, you know that you can sometimes get some valuable and interesting responses. But you also know that it may take you a series of prompts and refinements to make that happen. That’s where Prompts comes in — to help you save your hard work as a template.

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Save the date: PIE Demo Day 2023, in person

The time is 2019. PIE, the early-stage startup accelerator, is celebrating 10 years of helping promising founders who are building amazing companies in Portland — and sometimes elsewhere. They hold their demo day at the Aladin Theater to a packed crowd. And that’s the last time that PIE held an in-person event. Until now. PIE Demo Day 2023 will be an in-person event. With a twist.

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Product-focused startup founder gathering founder.coffee heads to Deadstock Coffee

Connecting with other founders in the Portland startup community can be more challenging than it should be. That’s why I’m always a fan of events that do the work to bring startup founders together to connect with one another. And there’s no more active founder-focused group post-pandemic than founder.coffee (formerly known as Coffee w/ Co-Founders). And their next meetup happens next week at Deadstock Coffee.

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Hacking on hardware? Hit up the Hardware Happy Hour Portland

One of my favorite things about Portland is all of the people who use to their creativity to explore different types of technology and gadgets — whether those explorations have a business idea associated with them or not. Because I believe that that sort of hacking and exploration has intrinsic benefits of its own. Which is why I’m always happy to see another Hardware Happy Hour Portland on the calendar.

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VIDA opens coworking space in Beaverton

Coworking has had its fits and starts in Portland. At the recovery from the last downturn, there were a variety of players entering the market — generally with a single location. Nedspace may be the only one to survive from that generation. Then the next wave of coworking spaces with multiple locations started to grow, led locally by CENTRL Office. Now, we’re seeing the whole world rethinking how and where, ahem, we work. And if you’re thinking of working in Beaverton, there’s now another spot for you: VIDA.

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Apply for the inaugural class of the Latino Founder Accelerator

It’s always heartening to see more organizations leveraging their networks and community for the benefit of startup founders. Especially in areas where, to date, resources have been lacking. That’s why I’m psyched to share that a new startup accelerator — focused on Latino-founded companies — is recruiting its first class in Portland. Meet the Latino Founder Accelerator.

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