Category: Seed

Growing local: Coast to Crest Fund established to provide seed funding for Lane County

While raising capital is never easy, it’s a lot more difficult when you don’t have any local resources on which to lean. That’s what a couple of Eugene entrepreneurs are hoping to fix with the Coast to Crest Fund, a new $3 million seed fund focused on Lane County startups.

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Portland Seed Fund: Talking with fund manager Angela Jackson of Bridge City Ventures

So instead of just sitting around and bitching about the Portland Seed Fund and talking about what its not, I took the opportunity to reach out to Angela Jackson of Bridge City Ventures

You may have read—or even participated in—the discussion that ensued after Mike Rogoway’s article on the Portland Seed Fund, a new program designed to help fund early stage startups in the Portland area.

I’m happy to see another funding resource for early stage startups around here, but there were some statements in Mike’s article which, admittedly, stuck in my craw. And I may have bitched a little about such. Read More

Portland Seed Fund: Y Combinator, it’s not. (Unconstitutional, it may be.)

Portland Seed Fund claims to be loosely based on Y Combinator. I think they may be using the term “loosely” loosely. And it may be unconstitutional in Oregon.

[HTML1]There comes a time—not often mind you—but there comes a time when even I—admittedly often naively optimistic in my cheerleading of the Portland startup scene—have to admit that something just isn’t right. This is one of those times.

Over the weekend, Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian published an overview piece on the new Portland Seed Fund, a project designed to help provide funding for bootstrapping startups to get their legs under them. It’s not Mike’s piece with which I have trouble. I was happy to see it. That with which I have trouble is the Portland Seed Fund comparing its program to Y Combinator, an incubator and mentoring program for tech startups. Read More

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