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

Thinking about taking your startup team remote? Get REMOTE: Office not required for free

The funny thing about startups is that they all start as remote. I mean, it’s a kitchen table. Or a coffeeshop. Or a brew pub. That’s the kind of place your company starts. With you. With an idea. And maybe a laptop.

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Ten cities captured 50% of the growth in tech jobs: Portland is not one of them

There was a time when Portland was continually on lists. Best place to live. Most bikeable. Fastest growing. New tech hubs. But despite those perceptions, we’re not seeing the growth in the tech sector we had foretold. According to the Brookings, cities like Phoenix, Charlotte, Madison, and Provo are attracting more tech talent than Portland.

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An experiment in heartbreak: PIE Demo Day 2020 moves to online, only

I thought I was going to have to cancel the very first PIE Demo Day.

Not in one of those, you know, hollow-threat-coach-voice-yelling “If you startups don’t get your acts together, we’re going to have to cancel demo day!” kind of way. Not at all. I thought we were going to have to cancel it because of forces beyond our control.

I can remember it clearly.

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Fast Company publishes exposé on privacy concerns with Portland smart city data

You may have heard about the work that Portland Metro has been doing with Replica, a spin off of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, designed to empower local governments with better data for making decisions for their constituents. Especially for things like smart city planning and the like.

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Building a consumer product startup? Built Oregon wants to help. But you have to apply.

Being a founder is hard. Really hard. And lonely. And nowhere have I seen that more evident than consumer product startups. With tech startups, at least we’re online most of the day. On email. Or Slack. Or Twitter. It doesn’t make being a founder any less difficult. But at least you feel connected.

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Portland startup AllGo, ZGF featured in Fast Company

People. Talented people. Talent. It’s one of the primary factors that makes or breaks companies. And it’s not only securing that talent. It’s managing to retain that talent, as well. And one of the most simple ways to help ensure folks feel welcome and appreciated is ensuring that they’re physically comfortable. That’s the message that Portland startup AllGo is sharing via Fast Company.

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Portland Startup Week 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19 Coronavirus concerns

Missing the daily Black History Month tweets about Portland founders? Me too. Relive them.

I’ve really grown quite fond of this tradition that Stephen Green started. Where once a day, throughout the month of February, Stephen has taken the opportunity to highlight one black Portland business for Black History Month. And this year, it got even better. Because Built Oregon joined in. And because we got an extra day.

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A teaser for the upcoming Black History Month recap

It’s become a bit of tradition that Silicon Florist gets the opportunity to recap Stephen Green‘s month full of tweets about black owned businesses in Portland. Here’s a teaser for what’s in store.

Worth the read, given the trope about IPOs around Portland

If you’ve been part of the startup community for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard it. It comes up regularly. That bemoaning the dearth of initial public offerings (IPO) by local companies. And using that as a means of assessing the viability of startup activity in the Portland area—and potentially Oregon—as a whole.

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