Category: Community

Community kudos: Nate Frazier, Swell

Nate is always cheerleading for others, willing to help and dedicated to being a true ally. He will help if he can and connect if he can, with no strings ever attached. He and his wife are amazing people who live their values of love, compassion and service.

Patricia Raicht

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Community kudos: Ciara Pressler, PREGAME

Being part of PREGAME has given me the clarity and accountability I need to stay on track to hit my goals. I appreciate that she’s able to see my company vision when I’m lost in the weeds, suggests strategies and tactics to keep me moving towards goals, and is always willing to break into karaoke tunes!

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Community kudos: Mat Ellis, founder of Cloudability

Mat is a tireless supporter of startups in Portland. He has also been a great mentor and coach for myself and other leaders. He has a bottomless well of empathy for founders and the struggles of running a startup, managing investors, and working with employees.

Andrew Plato

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Community kudos: Amanda Oborne, OEN

Amanda’s efforts and leadership of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) over the past nine months have created incredible opportunities for Oregon-based startups. Her partnerships with Oregon Venture Fund (OVF), Business Oregon, and many other investor and mentor groups have revitalized the Portland startup scene in what has been a challenging year. She doesn’t do what she does for the money (though maybe she should) or the fame, and it shows. We’re all learning a lot from Amanda this year.

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Interested in building an online community that people will love?

Sarah Smith knows a thing or two about building online community. As the cofounder of Portland startup The Dyrt, she’s been part of creating a compelling online camping community since its earliest days. And now, as the term “community” continues to rise into frothy buzzword popularity, she took a few minutes to share her insights and tips on how she cultivated that community.

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Guest post: The Portland startup community is failing. Good.

Editor: Darius Monsef is a serial founder who has wrestled with the challenges of the Portland startup community, off and on, for nearing two decades. His first company, COLOURlovers, went through Y Combinator and merged with Creative Market before being acquired by Autodesk. He cofounded Sightbox which went on to be acquired by Johnson & Johnson. His latest pursuit is Brave Care, another Y Combinator alum that is rethinking the delivery of pediatric care.

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Loss (of a) leader: Startup community builder Joe Maruschak is leaving Eugene and Oregon

For some folks, this may come as a shock. For many of us in similar roles, we’re like “Yep. It was only a matter of time.” Joe Maruschak, who has been instrumental in mentoring, advising, and investing in startups in the Eugene, Oregon, and Lane County region, is leaving because the role he’s been serving is not effectively supported from a financial standpoint.

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