Category: Portland

Founder and CEO of Gumroad now calls Portland home

While we have any number of inspiring folks here in Portland, we could always use a few more. And that’s why I try to keep tabs on who’s relocating to the Rose City. One of the most recent transplants I’ve been following is Sahil Lavingia, founder and CEO of Gumroad, who now calls the Portland startup community home.

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How did Portland and Oregon startups fundraising fare in 2019?

If you’re a regular reader of Silicon Florist, you probably have caught on to the fact that I tend to focus on more anecdotal evidence and word of mouth than research driven sorts of things. But I appreciate the researched stuff. And that’s why I am glad that there are real journalists who dig into these sorts of things. Like startup fundraising in Oregon in 2019.

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Revisiting an event that laid the groundwork for the Portland startup community today

Community doesn’t just happen. Ecosystems aren’t just built. In fact, some might say that building community is artificial. It takes effort. And consistency. And communication. And collaboration.

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REMINDER: Coffee w/ Co-Founders is Tuesday

It’s time for the first Coffee w/ Co-Founders of the year, this Tuesday. And this one is coming starting off the new year with a notable speaker, Jaime Schmidt of Schmidt’s Naturals.

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Struggling to get your startup idea off the ground? PSU Kickstart Weekend could help

Sometimes, the hardest part about starting something is, well, actually starting. That’s why I’ve always loved the Startup Weekend format of getting something off the ground. Right out of the box, you get a team, mentorship, collaboration, and a swift kick to actually start doing that thing you want to be doing. And the PSU Kickstart Weekend is a shorter version of that same sort of programming and support.

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Exploring psychological and emotional well being in the world of startups

In its latest collection, Supermaker focuses on mental and behavioral health for founders, remote workers, and freelancers.

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Doing more with data: Marshall Kirkpatrick chats with Dylan Boyd

It’s always nice to see Portland folks creating content together. But it’s even better when that content is presented on a larger platform. That’s why I was really happy to hear that Dylan Boyd of R/GA Ventures was going to chat with Marshall Kirkpatrick as part of The Sprinklr Coffee Club.

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Time flies: WeWork Labs celebrates its first anniversary

It seems like just yesterday that we were hearing about a new accelerator in town, WeWork Labs. Hard to believe that it’s already been a year. But even in that short amount of time the program has already impacted more than 60 founders. That alone is a reason to celebrate. And so they’re doing just that.

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Top stories from 2019: What you found interesting — or may have missed — on Silicon Florist

With some of the holiday season celebrations bisecting two weeks in a row, it’s been a bit of a slow end to 2019. And a couple of slow news weeks to boot. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to share some of the most popular Silicon Florist posts from the past year, if only to provide a reminder of what the community accomplished and to look forward to what’s in store for 2020.

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State of the Portland startup community: Prosper Portland Inclusive Business Resource Network reports on findings and progress

Used to be, the startup community made it a regular habit of showing up to Portland City Council meetings to show support for issues that were important to us. That’s why things like the Portland Seed Fund exist. It’s been awhile, but since the opportunity presented itself, a bunch of startup community folks showed up at City Council yesterday to hear the report from the Prosper Portland Inclusive Business Resource Network, a community of practice composed on numerous organizations in the Portland area who work to support entrepreneurs.

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