Category: Startups

REMINDER: Indie.vc applications open — and close — this weekend

If your startup has been interested in the model of investing that Indie.vc has been pursuing — a model that focuses on investing in companies that are on the path to profitability — then you’ll want to make sure that you carve out some time this Saturday to apply for the next Indie.vc cohort. But you have to hurry. The application window is only open for 24 hours.

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Stock up: Portland startup Bumped readies for public release

One of the most promising young companies in recent Portland startup history — founded by a serial entrepreneur, funded by local investors, and securing a bunch of seasoned local talent — Bumped has been quietly chugging along in a closed beta. But all of that is changing soon. And so is the Bumped offering.

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Five Portland area startups graduate with latest Founder Gym cohort

While any number of startup accelerator programs have been struggling to convert to a virtual program during this time, always virtual programs — like Founder Gym — hasn’t missed a beat. Because they’ve always been virtual. Their latest class just graduated. And it included a number of Portland area participants.

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Workfrom only Oregon startup to garner investment from Google for Startups Black Founders Fund

It makes sense that I’m composing this post while sitting in a Workfrom cafe. I mean, it’s a virtual cafe. But still. More on that later. What’s top of mind right now is that Workfrom has received a $50,000 non dilutive investment from Google for Startups as part of the Black Founders Fund.

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Need my focused effort on your startup problem? I’m hoping this will help

Even though I’m a complete introvert, I do everything I can to muster the energy to meet with people. It’s my way of collecting and connecting dots. For the benefit of the startup community. Meeting with folks who want to get connected and putting them in touch with folks they need to meet.

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A new name and some new money to help introduce it: Meet DeepSurface (formerly Kanchil)

I’ve been tracking on a Portland startup called Kanchil for a bit. Mostly because they’ve posted opening to the Silicon Florist job board. It seemed pretty stealthy at the time, so I was reticent to post much about it. But now, they have a new name and some new funding. And other people are writing about it. So now I feel more comfortable encouraging you to take a look at DeepSurface.

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Who likes taking startup surveys? You do. So I got you two.

Surveys. They’re like a way to get information. That can be infuriating at times. Especially when they keep hitting you. Wave after wave. But I’ve got two that are well worth your time. If you’re interested in startups getting more support. And women founders. Or one. Or the other. Whatever the case, I’ve got something for you to do this weekend.

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Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood is now helping kids be more Brave

Speaking of Oregon Y Combinator alums… a recent YC alum is expanding their service area — and physical footprint — here in Portland by opening a second location for their pediatric care offerings. That’s right. Brave Care has a location in Sellwood, now.

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Which eight startups from Oregon are among the 1000+ Y Combinator alums?

What do you do when you have insomnia? Well, of course you… What’s that? Oh. Wait what? Oh yeah. That’s a good idea. Damn. But I meant that you could also… Huh? Oh. Oh man. Yeah. That’s super solid. Truly. Shoot. I totally should have thought of that. What I meant to say was — maybe I should rephrase — what do I do when I have insomnia? That’s right. I spend time sifting through the new Y Combinator alum database to figure out which Oregon companies have been through the most preeminent of startup accelerator programs. Duh.

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REMINDER: Startup of the Year 2020 applications are due today

While being a dubious moniker on any number of fronts, I keep hoping the year 2020 has at least one bright spot for you. And maybe this is it. Your startup could be Startup of the Year 2020. But you have to apply to make that happen.

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