Category: Startups

GeekWire Awards 2021: A Portland CEO, a Portland Seed Fund investment, and a close Portland connection

Every year, when the GeekWire Awards are announced, I scour the nominees to see if there are any Portland folks on the list. Some years, there are none. Some years, there are a few. This year, there’s one. And a couple of tight Portland connections. But one thing is for certain: they would all appreciate your vote.

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Does your startup pitch deck have what it takes to land an investment?

Sure. There are tons of articles, posts, templates, and guidance on how to build the perfect pitch deck for your startup. But until you put that deck in front of an investor, you’re never really sure if it’s actually got what it takes. So every little bit of feedback helps. Like this upcoming event from OEN on “Investor Decks: Content and Design Strategies.”

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Portland startup Brave Care expands to Austin, Beaverton, and North Carolina… not necessarily in that order

Portland seems to have a knack for rethinking healthcare. Back when I first started in startups around here, it was the concept of Electronic Medical Records. Then came concepts like Zoom Care. Now, Brave Care is rethinking pediatric care. And they’re thinking much bigger than simply Portland.

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TiE XL Boot Camp Hillsboro starts in May 2021

As we start to see signs of recovery, many folks are dusting off both pre-pandemic and pandemic-inspired startup ideas. If you’re one of those folks, there’s no better place to start getting the support you need than TiE XL Boot Camp. And as luck would have it, a new cohort is starting in May.

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Rest in peace, Sara Batterby [Updated]

I received some incredibly sad news this morning. I wanted folks to be aware. A memorial site has been created to remember Sara.

New free ebook: A Kids Book About Anti-Asian Hate

At the start of the pandemic, Portland startup A Kids Book About launched their first free ebook in an effort to help parents and kids talk about COVID-19. Now, they’ve released a new title as a free ebook in an effort to get conversations started about anti-Asian hate, written by Kim Pham.

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Eddie Bauer is into The Dyrt

I approach this with a touch of nostalgia as I admit that my dad owned the Eddie Bauer edition of the Ford Bronco II back in the day. But that aside, it’s super interesting news that Portland startup The Dyrt has landed Eddie Bauer as an exclusive national partner.

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ConductorOne is the newest local player in identity management and security

For a while, I thought fintech was going to be the dominant industry in the Portland startup community. Now, I’m beginning to think that it may be identity management. And news like the reveal of new Portland startup ConductorOne only strengthens that opinion.

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Why did you sign up for Portland Startups Slack?

A few years back, I launched the Portland Startups Slack with the hopes of providing another venue for folks in the community to connect and support one another. As traffic tends to ebb and flow, I thought it might be a good time to survey folks as to whether it was still meeting their needs and expectations.

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Workfrom founder and CEO Darren Buckner recognized as a top remote CEO

It’s always nice to see Portland startups and community members getting the recognition they deserve. This time, it’s Darren Buckner, founder and CEO of Workfrom who was recognized as one of the top 25 remote CEOs.

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