Category: Startups

It’s not really Portland Startup Week without your amazing event

If you know Portland, you know that the “P” in PDX stands for “procrastinate.” So I realize that planning ahead isn’t exactly in our DNA. But that’s what Portland Startup Week is going to ask you to do. Yes, it’s not until April 2020. But you should start thinking about what events you want to put together, right now.

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Helping parents approach challenging topics with A Kids Book About

In this day and age with the level of exposure and access to information, kids are often dealing with any number of topics far sooner than previous generations. And parents—who had a very different upbringing—are searching for ways to effectively support their kids. And that’s the opportunity that A Kids Book About is working to address. With books focused on kids that help parents discuss challenging topics.

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REMINDER: Portland Startup Week 2020 kickoff celebration is Friday

I know you’re juggling a lot. And planning ahead may not be in your vocabulary. That’s why I always like to give you reminders. Especially when they’re reminders about planning ahead. Like kicking off planning ahead for Portland Startup Week 2020.

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Upcoming startup accelerator events: Techstars at the beginning and Oregon Enterprise Blockchain Venture Studio at the end

I told you October is chock full of events… For startup founders, keeping track of all of the accelerator programs can be a challenge. So I wanted to make sure a couple of upcoming events were on your radar. One will help you decide on potential accelerators. Another will help you understand what participating in the culmination of an accelerator—affectionately referred to as “demo day”—is like.

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Doing things differently: Portland startup Brave Care balances tradition and innovation… on a variety of fronts

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Darius Monsef. And a lot of that is because I’ve been lucky to watch his efforts and growth over a dozen years or so. And with him now on the third Portland startup that he’s cofounded, I continue to be impressed with the maturity and perspective his significant startup experience — both within Portland and beyond — has wrought.

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Passing the torch: Portland Startup Week has a new lead organizer

A few years back, I started Portland Startup Week. And as the starter, I became its de facto lead organizer. Despite the fact that I wasn’t terribly good at it. And I kept doing it because I wanted Portland Startup Week to be a thing. Over time, a number folks have pitched in to help pull it together making it an incredible celebration of the Portland startup community with nearly 100 events, from free coworking to panels to hackathons.

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More than a third of the new Female Founders Alliance accelerator cohort are Oregon startups

It’s always heartening to see more Oregon founders getting more support. And when that support comes from outside the region? That’s only further proof that we’re building compelling startups that can compete on a bigger stage. So I was really happy to see three Oregon startups getting the nod from the Female Founders Alliance Ready, Set, Raise program.

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Coffee with cofounders… and the Mayor: A few of the topics Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler covered at WeWork Labs Portland

The Portland startup community got the chance to hear from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, this morning. Thanks to WeWork Labs Portland and its Manager Josh Carter — who also is the founder and lead organizer of Coffee w/ Co-Founders.

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A quick (and admittedly tardy) look back on PitchBlack 5

It’s been more than a week. I’m still processing. To be honest. It was the biggest PitchBlack I’d had the opportunity to attend. It had the most people pitching. It was sold out. And for all of the energy and love I’d felt at previous PitchBlacks, this one just seemed to be something special. I’m really really glad I got the chance to attend. But it’s taken me a while to take it all in.

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PitchBlack 2019: A few words of advice and inspiration from former PitchBlack Portland presenters

This Wednesday marks the fifth installment of PitchBlack, an event created by Stephen Green to showcase Black Portland founders that has grown into a national happening. Wednesday’s event will be the biggest PitchBlack Portland ever, held at Wieden+Kennedy’s headquarters in the Pearl. By all accounts, this is a big deal — and probably a little stressful for participants. That’s why Stephen reached out to former PitchBlack presenters to get some last minute words of advice and a bit of a pep talk.

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