Category: Startups

How do you get started on your startup without a cofounder, a team, or funding?

So during this whole pandemic thing, people are starting new things. And I’ve talked to quite a few folks who have been inspired to start new startups. But given that finding cofounders, team members, funding, and practically anything that doesn’t involve just you is exceptionally difficult while we’re all in isolation, starting a startup can be even more difficult than it used to be.

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Chatting with the founder of Portland startup MilkRun about her journey

Any number of companies have been negatively impacted by this pandemic. But even these dark times can have bright spots. Like validating business models that local startups have been championing. Take Portland startup MilkRun, who was working to rethink the grocery supply chain long before folks were seeing the weaknesses of the large provider system.

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Got questions about the Portland startup community? I might have answers…? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As this pandemic wears on, so does our disconnectedness. In an effort to derail that, I’ve been working on holding events, recording conversations with folks, and editing them down to podcast episodes for your ears. I’ve even done a couple of extremely awkward Q&A sessions. But most all of these efforts have been long form. Which got me to thinking…

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Willamette Week chats with Portland startup founders at MilkRun and Kamber

As the pandemic and lockdown linger on, so does the opportunity for online interviews with interesting folks. And Willamette Week has been doing a great job of chatting with a cross-section of people — including folks for the Portland startup community.

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Word of mouth: Talking startups, marketing, Portland, and more with Saul Colt

If you haven’t had the chance to meet Saul Colt — or at least experienced his work — he’s an incredibly creative and engaging personality. And while he may not live here, he’s very much a Portland person at heart. So I’ll never pass up a chance to talk to him. And as luck would have it, I got two chances recently. Both of which were recorded.

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Accelerating entrepreneurship: Supermaker launches $100,000 grant fund and mentorship program

While this pandemic may be slowing startups down, it’s not stopping them. Supermaker recognizes this and they’re doing something to help those startups get back up to speed. By providing mentorship and funding to keep those companies going. Introducing the Entrepreneurial Dream Project.

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Questions about the Portland startup community? Please join the next PIE AMA / Q&A and ask them

So about a month ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with folks about their questions about the Portland startup community, finding cofounders, and the like. But we didn’t even scratch the surface of questions. So we’ve scheduled another session.

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The right questions get you to the right answers. Learn how to ask the right startup questions.

As a startup founder, you’re seemingly on the constant unending for answers. How do I do this? Where do I go for this? How does I… whatever? But getting to the right answers often takes asking the right questions. And that can be the most difficult thing to figure out. Which is why it’s nice to have a professional question asker like Leah Noble Davidson to help.

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Insights from startup ecosystem builders around the world

Near the beginning of the shelter in place order — what seems like years ago at this point — one of the first virtual events in which I had the honor of participating was the Skoll World Forum, an annual global gathering that had pivoted into a virtual event. During our panel, I had the opportunity to learn from startup ecosystem builders around the world. Here are some of the insights on how startup communities were dealing with COVID-19 at the time.

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Insights from a founder who weathered the dotcom boom and bust and the mortgage crisis

Sometimes, the best way to navigate the future is to learn from the past. Because we’ve been through downturns before. Maybe not to this extent. But at least in some semblance. So learnings from a startup in the dotcom days — both boom and bust — and the mortgage crisis could provide some interesting insights for startups to survive the current pandemic — and what to expect when the market starts to correct.

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