Category: Startups

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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In my best Sally Struthers voice: Are you a founder who has had difficulty accessing capital in Oregon? Sure. We all have.

If you’ve been paying attention to politics, congratulations. There’s a lot to be tracking at the moment. A lot. Which is why I wanted to take the opportunity to remind folks that — even if you’ve been keeping tabs on what’s happening — you may have missed that the Oregon startup community has a time sensitive request for you.

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Meet some new Portland startups: PIE Demo Day 2020 is roughly six weeks away

Six weeks. In the world of startups, that might as well be an eternity. But, in reality, it will be here sooner than you think. And so, in many ways, PIE Demo Day 2020 is practically here. So if you’re even remotely interested in seeing some of the newest startups in Portland, it’s probably best that you grab a ticket soon. Like right now.

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Then there were four: Portland startup Caravel selected for Techstars Seattle

Last week, we heard that three Portland startups had been selected for Techstars programs. This week, we heard that a fourth Portland startup, Caravel, had been picked to participate in a third program, Techstars Seattle.

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REMINDER: Lunch and Learn with Portland startup Koan

Just a quick reminder that Portland startup Koan will be hosting a lunch and learn on Tuesday with the goal of chatting about Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). So if you’re interested in OKRs or just curious about the format, you should plan to attend.

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Curious about the reality of Silicon Valley? Hear from the author of Uncanny Valley

We all know the mythology. The magical land of unicorns. And billions in funding. And exponential growth. But what about the reality of the dynamics of Silicon Valley and the folks who are grinding out their existence there? I just picked up Anna Wiener’s memoir, Uncanny Valley, in an effort to get some of that unvarnished context. And as luck would have it, she’ll be here in Portland at Powell’s Hawthorne location next week to provide even more insights.

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Regional office region: Apple ups its Portland ante and Square takes out significant square footage

There’s an argument that headquarters define the viability of a business community. And Portland has done okay in that regard. But I always felt that we could adjust the conversation. To promote the viability of a community by the regional offices it hosted. I mean, one of our largest employers is a regional office. So it what if we focused on that? Playing to our strengthens, as it were.

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