Category: Events

Another chance to meet folks in the Portland startup community

Not everyone — even in this all Zoom all of the time world — has the wherewithal to attend happy hours and evening events. Other commitments, family time, just not working… all take precedence. Which is why I’ve always liked Portland Lunch 2.0. Because it’s at a time where a broader group of folks are able to join and meet one another.

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Angel Oregon Tech announces TechfestNW pitch finalists

There’s a new wrinkle to TechfestNW, this year. No. It’s not the fact that they’ve gone virtual. This is the second year for that. It’s that they partnered with Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to bring Angel Oregon investors and educational opportunities to a wide variety of startups. From those participants, they selected ten finalists. And now we know who they are.

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GeekWire Awards 2021: A Portland CEO, a Portland Seed Fund investment, and a close Portland connection

Every year, when the GeekWire Awards are announced, I scour the nominees to see if there are any Portland folks on the list. Some years, there are none. Some years, there are a few. This year, there’s one. And a couple of tight Portland connections. But one thing is for certain: they would all appreciate your vote.

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Does your startup pitch deck have what it takes to land an investment?

Sure. There are tons of articles, posts, templates, and guidance on how to build the perfect pitch deck for your startup. But until you put that deck in front of an investor, you’re never really sure if it’s actually got what it takes. So every little bit of feedback helps. Like this upcoming event from OEN on “Investor Decks: Content and Design Strategies.”

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REMINDER: Virtual Portland Lunch 2.0, this Thursday

While the regularity of Portland Lunch 2.0 isn’t what it used to be, I’m hoping that the opportunity to connect with other folks in the Portland startup community is still a compelling reason to gather. That’s why I put another Portland Lunch 2.0 on the calendar for this week.

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Portland startups you heard on Twitter Spaces

Last night, a few brave startup souls — both speakers and attendees alike — gathered for a pitch event on Twitter Spaces, the audio only Clubhouse competitor. It was designed to be a beta test of a potential ongoing event format. And like any good beta test, I received a ton of feedback from folks.

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Interested in grabbing a super socially distanced lunch with the Portland startup community…?

Maybe it’s the change in the weather. Maybe it’s hearing from more and more folks who have been vaccinated. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve been in this “demented and sad… but social” event construct for more than a year at this point. Whatever the case, it seems like it might be a good time to gather the community for a good old fashioned — yet virtual — Portland Lunch 2.0.

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I would love to hear more about your startup. Literally.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to user Twitter Spaces, the audio only Clubhouse competitor. And an idea dawned on my that was basically an audio version of Silicon Florist. What if I held a Spaces event where founders got to pitch their startup or startup concept to an audience?

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Read any good startup books lately…?

For many of you, I’m assuming the answer to that question is no. Not because you don’t want to. Not because you don’t realize the value. But because you simply can’t seem to carve out the time in your busy schedule to get it done. Maybe some accountability and camaraderie would be helpful? Like a book club?

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Looking for a new take on virtual events? It might be Skittish

If I accomplished one thing during 2020, it was successfully test driving innumerable online meeting and collaboration platforms. I mean, what else was there to do, really? And throughout that time I kept thinking, “Trying to recreate the real world meeting or event dynamic online is only going to result in an uncomfortable and awkward Uncanny Valley situation.” The true winner of the new generation of virtual events, in my opinion, was going to have to come at the problem of gathering virtually in a new and creative way. And with that in mind, Skittish just might be on to something.

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