Category: Portland

Big ideas in small packages: Day 14 of 31 startups

What if you could have a book of inspiration and ideas that didn’t have to sit on a shelf. One that, instead, traveled with you in your pocket. That’s the idea behind day 14 of 31 startups: Tiny Book Publishing.

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Need help talking finances with the family? That’s the startup idea for day 13 of 31 startups

For any number of reasons, discussing money and finances can be difficult. Even for family members. You’re all in it together but money just makes things… well, awkward. And so a little help might be in order. Which is what Mark Grimes is thinking for day 13 of 31 startups.

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As a founder, could you use a curated swag bag of inspiring stuff?

Curated subscription boxes come in all sorts of flavors these days. But what about a subscription box for founders that’s inspirational and compelling? That’s the idea behind day 12 of 31 startups.

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Were you affected by the Mozilla layoffs? Here’s your #mozillalifeboat

The pandemic is affecting any number of companies, big and small. And as such, it’s not surprising — depressing but not surprising — to see layoffs happening as part of this downturn. If you’ve been affected by those layoffs there are a number of local resources that can help, and if you’re someone who was affected by the Mozilla layoffs, you’ve also got the #mozillalifeboat.

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Think launching one startup is hard? Try launching one a day.

Yeah. Some people shudder at the concept of launching a single startup. Some folks, like me, launch a few companies and are like yeah no. It’s hard to build a single company. Even when that’s your singular focus. But this whole crazy pandemic deal is causing folks to try some random stuff. So what would happen when a serial entrepreneur decided to launch a new company? Oh wait. I mean, every single day. For a whole month. Well that’s the concept that Portland’s Mark Grimes is chasing with 31 startups, this month.

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Not sure how this affects the Portland office yet, but Mozilla is laying off 250 employees

I don’t have much detail beyond the Mozilla blog post announcing the layoffs, but given that Mozilla has a substantial Portland footprint — they only mention closing an operation in Taipei, Taiwan, specifically — I’m concerned this will affect the office here and the Portland startup community. So I wanted to give you a heads up.

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Suddenly one Portlander — and one former Portlander — have a potential $50k startup investment burning a hole in their pockets

Now, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Indie.vc. The way they’re rethinking traditional venture capital is right in line with the way companies are built around here. And their focus on generating revenue and founders retaining control has an appeal as well. So just imagine how much more of a fan I became when I heard that someone from Portland and someone who used to live in Portland were selected to help invest some Indie.vc capital.

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Officially a teenager: Silicon Florist turns 13 years old

In some ways, what’s happening right now is somewhat familiar. The economic downturn. Companies going through layoffs. New forms of inspiration that have folks with creative and entrepreneurial minds pondering new ideas and solutions. Making the best of a bad situation.

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If you’re building a software, hardware, or consumer product startup, PIE would like you to apply. Like right now.

If surviving during this pandemic includes your working on something new — or keeping a new startup alive — then you might consider applying for the PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) startup accelerator. They’re currently accepting applications for Software (SaaS, Web, Mobile), Hardware (Internet of Things, Connected devices, Electronics), and Consumer Product (Food, Beverage, Apparel, Beauty) startups. But you have to act fast. Applications close August 9, 2020.

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Black Founders Matter cuts first check for A Kids Book About

Speaking of new venture capital funds in Portland… Granted everything is pretty grim right now. And energy is hard to come by. Let alone optimism. So when there is a glimmer of something hopeful in the Portland startup community, that seems like something to celebrate. Like Portland’s Black Founders Matter fund making its first investment. In a Black founded Portland startup. And then that news making it into TechCrunch.

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