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

OTBC reveals Beaverton Startup Challenge 2021 companies

For many startups, tracking down early stage funding and mentorship can be critical to their continued growth. So it’s always nice to see organizations like OTBC providing both funding and mentorship for a new crop of Beaverton startups.

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TechfestNW PitchfestNW 2020 winner: HILOS

Another TechfestNW is in the books. And with it, PitchfestNW, which has become a quintessential — and international — part of this annual event, albeit virtual this time around. Once the digital dust settled, one company stood apart from the others and it happened to be a local company: HILOS.

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Perplexed by press releases?

I’ve lost count of how many press releases I’ve written over the last 25 years or so. It’s become such a common occurrence for me — either for my projects or for helping PIE companies — that I sometimes forget that composing them is still a dark mystic art for most folks. But then, inevitably, I get an ill-formed attempt at a press release from a startup and that fact is brought into sharp relief — at the startup’s expense.

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Planning to hire in the new year? Grab your job posts now before prices go up

At the onset of the pandemic, Silicon Florist slashed job board pricing in half to help ensure that companies that had jobs to post had less of a barrier to do so. In 2021, however, the plan is to return those prices to their previous levels.

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Senator Wyden battles Patriot Act access to Web browsing records

I always respect Senator Ron Wyden‘s work to protect both privacy and a free and open Internet. He’s been at the forefront of this work for a long time. And has been one of the critical voices in protecting a platform that has enabled the sites, ecommerce, and social media we enjoy on the Web, today. This time, Senator Wyden is working against the FBI using Patriot Act Section 215 to access Web browsing logs.

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Want a new technology job in the new year? Here are 40 options for you

As 2020 draws, thankfully, to a close, many of us are thinking about what 2021 will bring. And for some folks, a new year is the perfect opportunity for change. Like finding a different job. If you happen to fall into that camp of folks looking for work or looking to jump to something new, here’s a list of 40 job openings that may be of interest to you.

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We might not have Turkey Tracker anymore but we do have Teal Job Tracker

Used to be, this time of year meant eagerly awaiting the next installation of the Turkey Tracker. But that’s not really an option anymore. So imagine my delight when I discovered another tracker. It’s not turkey. But it’s a tracker. And since finding a job is always a big deal. It seemed worthwhile to share. It’s the Teal Job Tracker.

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Curious as to where the Oregon Public Employees Retirement (PERS) Fund invests? Here’s its Private Equity portfolio

If you follow the world of venture capital and private equity, you’re likely familiar with the concept of funds. They’re the folks who are doing due diligence, cutting checks to provide capital for companies, and actively managing a portfolio. What’s less obvious and murky is where those funds actually get the money they use to make those investments. Some of that money comes from a-whole-nother group of funds — often referred to as a “fund of funds” — that provide capital for venture capital and private equity funds to do their work. And one of those fund of funds is the Oregon Public Employees Retirement (PERS) Fund.

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Portland’s first week of December is chock full of startup pitches

Apparently, Portland didn’t get the memo about startup stuff quieting down during the holidays. Because the beginning of December has two major pitch events taking place Pitch Oregon and TechfestNW Pitchfest. And that may be just the thing you need to shake yourself out of your tryptophan induced stupor.

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A virtual Portland Lunch 2.0 to make some real Portland startup community connections

While the pandemic has caused any number of hardships and hassles for folks, there are a handful of things that have become a bit easier in this fully remote world. Like throwing together virtual versions of events that often require far more logistics to pull off in person. With that in mind — and with so many folks expressing feelings of disconnectedness — I thought it might be a good idea to revive Portland Lunch 2.0 one more time before the end of the year.

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