Category: Startups

What precludes you from investing in early stage startups?

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Portland startups you heard on Twitter Spaces

Last night, a few brave startup souls — both speakers and attendees alike — gathered for a pitch event on Twitter Spaces, the audio only Clubhouse competitor. It was designed to be a beta test of a potential ongoing event format. And like any good beta test, I received a ton of feedback from folks.

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Interested in grabbing a super socially distanced lunch with the Portland startup community…?

Maybe it’s the change in the weather. Maybe it’s hearing from more and more folks who have been vaccinated. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve been in this “demented and sad… but social” event construct for more than a year at this point. Whatever the case, it seems like it might be a good time to gather the community for a good old fashioned — yet virtual — Portland Lunch 2.0.

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Forget sliding into DMs. Subfund has you subscribing into DMs.

For someone who has been creating free Internet content for more than 30 years, this whole creator economy wave of products is super interesting. And when it’s a Portland company, I’m even more interested. Like Subfund.

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Have you heard about this startup…?

As I mentioned, I was looking for an excuse to use Twitter Spaces, the Clubhouse competitor. And startups promoting what they’re working on seemed on brand. It’s not a competition. It’s just an opportunity to share more about your company. And the beta test of what may become an ongoing event will take place Thursday, March 25, 2021, starting at 4:00PM.

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PIE Demo Day 2021 will be held June 28 at 3:14PM

Like it or not, we’ve all learned a lot during this whole global pandemic. Some good, some bad. But whatever the case, it’s been a learning experience for every single person on the planet. And PIE is no different. But based on those learnings, PIE is rebooting — or in bad PIE pun lingo “reheating” — its current class of startups.

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High valuation: Bend has a unicorn in dutchie

Sometimes funding rounds are put together to fund acquisitions. And that seems to be the case with Bend startup dutchie, which just announced a $200 million Series C and the acquisition of two partners. All of that equates to one thing. There’s a unicorn in Oregon with a valuation of $1.7 billion.

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I would love to hear more about your startup. Literally.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to user Twitter Spaces, the audio only Clubhouse competitor. And an idea dawned on my that was basically an audio version of Silicon Florist. What if I held a Spaces event where founders got to pitch their startup or startup concept to an audience?

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A Kids Book About recognized among Fast Company most innovative companies

Portland startup A Kids Book About has been recognized by Fast Company for its innovative work with content for kids as part of FC’s ongoing recognition of innovative companies. It shares the honor with nine other companies on the inaugural 2021 list for North America.

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Portland startup SheerID works to ensure extra COVID-19 vaccines don’t go to waste

One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is the shelf life of some of the vaccines — and that effective doses can go to waste if they’re not used in a timely manner. In an effort to streamline the process and to help ensure that more doses make it to more people, Portland startup SheerID has partnered with Force4Good to create a vaccine notifier.

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