It’s no secret that I’m pretty bullish on Portland startups and the community that surrounds them. But it’s always nice to see that confidence validated by other organizations. Like Startup Grind. Which just selected Portland startup IOTAS as its growth stage startup of the year.
The Portland startup community is still coping with the loss of AWS Elemental cofounder and consummate Portland champion Sam Blackman, who passed away suddenly last August. Today, in his honor, Portland’s annual technology conference, TechfestNW, launched an new award designed to recognize members of the Portland community who are carrying on Sam’s legacy through their actions. The inaugural recipient was Monica Enand, founder of Zapproved.
Throughout my career, I’ve been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by amazing founders, mentors, and peers. Many of whom happened to be women. And all of whom rarely received the recognition or accolades they deserve. That’s why it’s always nice to see efforts to raise the visibility of businesswomen. Like the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence awards.
I try to do my best to recognize all of the amazing people building awesome companies around here. But it’s always nice when others take the opportunity to do so. Especially when they’re major publications with prestigious lists. Like Forbes 30 under 30 who just named Lynn Le, founder of Society Nine, among its 2018 class.
Part of the challenge of running a startup is making sure that people — potential customer, mentors, employees — now about it. And there’s no better way to put your company on the map than to win an award. Even if you nominate yourself. So why not take a few minutes to throw your hat in the ring for the Portland Business Journal Small Business Innovation Awards 2017?
As we work to create a more welcoming and diverse startup and tech scene, it’s important to recognize that there are any number of individuals who have already spent untold hours on this effort over the years. Making inroads without a great deal of support. Laying the foundational groundwork that will enable a more diverse community. And championing the effort tirelessly. Read More
The startup scene is a relatively young crowd full of people focused on changing the world. But they don’t always do the best job of promoting themselves. So they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. Read More
Oh lookie there. While I’m busy whining about Portland startups not getting the respect they deserve, what happens? Well some them go out and actually get the respect they deserve. Go figure.
That’s right. Seems that two Portland startups garnered some love and attention, this week. Location service Geoloqi won the AppNation Best New App award and PHP Fog won the Audience Choice at Under the Radar. Read More