Category: Startups

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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Managing well meaning but messy intentions: Discussing how to keep projects born in crisis on a path to success

I’ve mentioned this pattern a few times before. We see it repeating again in this new new normal. A crisis occurs. Collaborative communities — open source, startup, Portland — rush to the fore, eager to solve it. Immediate tactics have some meaningful but limited impact. And then the bigger problems reveal themselves. And things get real complicated real quickly.

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Concerned about keeping company culture in our new fully remote work world? Portland startup ChatFox wants to help

In an instant, every company became a remote company. Regardless of culture. Regardless of market. Everyone who managed to survive the instantaneous and cataclysmic downturn was suddenly working from home. And juggling any number of duties in addition to their day job. And just as suddenly, things that used to require a personal touch simply couldn’t.

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Having to step up that Instagram account or Web presence? Get some photography mentorship to help

For many folks, this whole situation threw them into world where their online presence suddenly became their only presence. And that lifeline to community — and ultimately revenue — was immediately way way more important than it had been, even days earlier. So PIE thought it might be valuable to give you the chance to chat with a professional photographer to provide some mentorship and tips on how best to do that. In the most affordable and expedient fashion. That’s why they set up a Q&A with Aaron Hockley of Tech Photo Guy.

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BYOC to your couch or desk: Coffee w/ Co-Founders, together, from the comfort of your own home

It’s great to see longstanding community events rapidly making the transition to online in the wake of this pandemic. Especially for startup founders. Because being a founder is lonely enough. Even under the best of circumstances. That’s why I’m really happy to see a virtual version of Coffee w/ Co-Founders.

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