Category: Startups

Portland startup Nexgarden featured in vertical farming documentary

While the pandemic has had any number of negative impacts on our society, like any irritant, it’s also created some positive stimulus. Like inspiration for rethinking our food systems. That’s why it’s a good time to think about Portland startups like Nexgarden, a company that is rethinking the way that retailers and restaurants participate in the food supply chain.

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And so the 31 startups reveals draw to a close. But we’re still 90 days away from the end.

Every finish line is actually just a starting line for the next phase of the journey. Sure, Mark Grimes took on the experiment of launching one startup a day for the 31 days. And that was crazy enough. But we’re far from through. That’s because he also took on the challenge of trying to get each of those startups to cash flow positive in 90 days. You know, like a real business. And that 90 day countdown starts on September 1, 2020.

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Progress check: 31 startups continues cranking out ideas

You’ve no doubt heard it said that getting started is easy. It’s the ability to keep going that’s difficult. Which makes the continued activity around 31 startups admirable. Even if none of these companies hit their goal of being cashflow positive in 90 days.

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Big ideas in small packages: Day 14 of 31 startups

What if you could have a book of inspiration and ideas that didn’t have to sit on a shelf. One that, instead, traveled with you in your pocket. That’s the idea behind day 14 of 31 startups: Tiny Book Publishing.

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Need help talking finances with the family? That’s the startup idea for day 13 of 31 startups

For any number of reasons, discussing money and finances can be difficult. Even for family members. You’re all in it together but money just makes thingsā€¦ well, awkward. And so a little help might be in order. Which is what Mark Grimes is thinking for day 13 of 31 startups.

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As a founder, could you use a curated swag bag of inspiring stuff?

Curated subscription boxes come in all sorts of flavors these days. But what about a subscription box for founders that’s inspirational and compelling? That’s the idea behind day 12 of 31 startups.

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Think launching one startup is hard? Try launching one a day.

Yeah. Some people shudder at the concept of launching a single startup. Some folks, like me, launch a few companies and are like yeah no. It’s hard to build a single company. Even when that’s your singular focus. But this whole crazy pandemic deal is causing folks to try some random stuff. So what would happen when a serial entrepreneur decided to launch a new company? Oh wait. I mean, every single day. For a whole month. Well that’s the concept that Portland’s Mark Grimes is chasing with 31 startups, this month.

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How are you holding up? XXcelerate checks in on Oregon womxn entrepreneurs

While everyone is being negatively impacted by this worldwide pandemic, folks who identify as women are often disproportionately affected by what’s happening. That’s why XXcelerate wanted to check on Oregon womxn entrepreneurs to see how they’re doing.

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Startup accelerators are even more important than ever

I’m hearing from a lot of founders that can’t make the commitment to be part of a startup accelerator program. Because it seems like another thing on their plate. Another stressor. Another obligation. And I get it. People are dealing with a lot right now. More than a lot. And this fall is only going to get messier. So why take the chance of applying for a startup accelerator?

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Q&A about The Startup Community Way

In case you missed it, the new startup community book by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, The Startup Community Way, was released last week. The Portland startup community got a mention in it. Portland’s Stephen Green sat down with Ian to talk about the book and answer questions from the our community, ahead of its release. Brad makes a guest appearance, as well.

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