Category: Events

Alexa, how can I learn more about developing solutions for you?

If you haven’t talked to voice activated artificial intelligence by now, I’d be kinda surprised. You’ve got Siri, Alexa, Cortana… they’re all over the place. And always listening. But let’s be honest… they don’t always do what you want them to do. So if you’ve got an idea on how they could be better but you feel like you could use some guidance, you might be interested in Alexa Dev Day in Portland.

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Talking transportation: Why Portland businesses of all sizes need to be involved in the conversation

You’ve noticed it. It’s difficult not to. As Portland has grown in popularity and population, congestion, traffic, and even crowded public transit are becoming more the norm than the exception in the City of Roses. It impacts everyone. And rising housing costs only exacerbate the problem, as the distance between work and home continues to expand. If you run a business, you’re seeing the impact from a variety of angles, from consumers to employees—especially when one of the primary hiring promises has been Portland’s “livability.”

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Startupping the year off right: Techstars Startup Weekend Eugene is January 26-28, 2018

Whenever folks ask me for ways to test drive an idea or find cofounders, one of the programs that is always at the top of my list is Techstars Startup Weekend. Why? Because it’s a 54-hour sprint that gives you a ton of insights into what it takes to test an idea, recruit a team, and build a product—even if you’ve done it before. Your next opportunity to get that experience is Techstars Startup Weekend Eugene.

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TiE Oregon Pitch Oregon 2017: And the winners are…

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the TiE Oregon Pitch Oregon 2017 event, this year. But luckily for you, Malia Spencer, who covers startups for the Portland Business Journal, was there to hear the 10 companies pitch the panel of judges and audience—and to reveal the winners.

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REMINDER: Attend TiE Pitch Oregon 2017 on December 7

It’s no secret that I love a good startup pitch event. And I love them even more when I’m introduced to amazing new companies. If you’re the same way, then you’re definitely going to want to grab a ticket for TiE Pitch Oregon the morning of December 7, 2017.

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It’s not too early to think about 2018: TechfestNW PitchfestNW applications due January 9

As a founder, you’re always looking for opportunities to promote your company. And locally, there are few opportunities as big as PitchfestNW, the pitch competition held as part of TechfestNW, Portland’s largest homegrown tech event. Plus, you get a free pass to the event.

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Curious about AutoDesk? Join them — and a bunch of partners — at OMSI on November 30, 2017

So by now, you’ve all likely heard the news that AutoDesk is moving their Lake Oswego office to the Burnside Bridgehead in the Central Eastside Industrial District. That has prompted any number of folks to say to me, “Wait. AutoDesk has a Lake Oswego office?” But it also has a lot of folks asking for more details about AutoDesk and what they do. And now there’s an event to help answer some of those questions.

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Behind PitchBlack: Free Enterprise spends time with founder Stephen Green

Portland is lucky to be home to one of the most impactful and growing events for black entrepreneurs, PitchBlack, a pitch competition that has featured local black founders for the past three years and has now expanded to other cities. But where did the concept get its start? Free Enterprise sat down with founder Stephen Green to get the story.

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REMINDER: SXSW Accelerator applications are due Friday, November 10, 2017

Think your startup belongs on a global stage? Of course you do. But it’s highly likely that other folks do as well. That’s why it makes sense to apply to competitions that let you take the stage and share your story. With that in mind, I’d like to remind you that the deadline for SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event applications is rapidly approaching.

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Switching it up: 1 Million Cups Portland changes format to better serve community

Of the many things I love about the Portland startup community, one of my favorite things is how we’re more than willing to try models that have worked in other places. But if that model doesn’t work for us? We’ll switch it up. Which is exactly what’s happening with 1 Million Cups Portland.

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