Category: Startups

She flies with her own wings: Celebrating Oregon’s women leaders in consumer products for Women’s History Month

With headlines dominated by the global pandemic and people experiencing a strange new normal, a respite from all of that can be welcome. Which is why I’ve been actively tracking and retweeting the women leading consumer products companies in Oregon that Built Oregon has been sharing as part of Women’s History Month.

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Time to get meta: A list of lists for COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus resources for Portland startups (and anyone else)

One of my favorite things about Portland is its culture of craft and creativity. A close second is the culture of encouragement. When you combine those two things, you get the wackiness that is Portland. You get 200 different flavors of donuts, thousands of flavors of beer from hundreds of craft brewers. Food carts. Coffeeshops. It’s the combination of those cultures that truly makes Portland, Portland.

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Searching for some positive news? Meet a bunch of new Portland startups. All from the comfort of your Web browser.

Clearly, there’s a palpable amount of negativity floating around, these days. And with good reason. But the continued onslaught can get grating, if not completely debilitating. So if you’re looking for something more positive — and you’ve already binge watched all the Arthur and Zoboomafoo episodes you can stomach — maybe consider meeting some new Portland startups.

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Thinking about a startup that lessens the impact of this pandemic? WeFunder wants to help

Inspiration comes from the strangest places. So no matter how jarring, frustrating, or weird our new normal may be, I know that there are entrepreneurs inspired to create solutions that help us out of our current plight — and to help ensure this doesn’t happen again. And WeFunder wants to help those founders with the “Fight the Virus” challenge.

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An experiment in heartbreak: PIE Demo Day 2020 moves to online, only

I thought I was going to have to cancel the very first PIE Demo Day.

Not in one of those, you know, hollow-threat-coach-voice-yelling “If you startups don’t get your acts together, we’re going to have to cancel demo day!” kind of way. Not at all. I thought we were going to have to cancel it because of forces beyond our control.

I can remember it clearly.

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Portland startup AllGo, ZGF featured in Fast Company

People. Talented people. Talent. It’s one of the primary factors that makes or breaks companies. And it’s not only securing that talent. It’s managing to retain that talent, as well. And one of the most simple ways to help ensure folks feel welcome and appreciated is ensuring that they’re physically comfortable. That’s the message that Portland startup AllGo is sharing via Fast Company.

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Worth the read, given the trope about IPOs around Portland

If you’ve been part of the startup community for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard it. It comes up regularly. That bemoaning the dearth of initial public offerings (IPO) by local companies. And using that as a means of assessing the viability of startup activity in the Portland area—and potentially Oregon—as a whole.

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For a short session, this bill has come a long way. Consider supporting Oregon House Bill 4033 and entrepreneurs.

For those of you just tuning in, it’s a short session in the Oregon legislature, this year. Without getting into the particulars, suffice it to say that it’s traditionally very difficult to move legislation during these sessions because of the limited amount of time. So leave it to entrepreneurs to say “Really? We like those odds.” Which is what’s happening with Oregon House Bill 4033.

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REMINDER: XXcelerate Fund XXcelerator applications are due today

If you’re a more than part-time founder who identifies as a woman, has a business that’s more than a year old and is generating at least $25,000 a year, and are registered in Oregon, then you have the opportunity to secure additional mentorship and support through the XXcelerate Fund XXcelerator program. But you have to get your application in today.

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Curious about the differences among incubators, accelerators, and coworking?

In the startup world, people use a lot of buzzwords. And often assume that folks know what they’re talking about. But the problem with buzzwords is that it’s not entirely clear what they mean. Or how fairly similar offerings differ from one another. That’s why OEN is holding a PubTalk this Wednesday on coworking, incubators, and accelerators and how they differ.

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