I’ve been intentionally quiet here. Because there are more important conversations to be had. Conversations about Black lives. And how those Black lives matter. And our systemically racist society. Admittedly uncomfortable conversations for many that require space and time for that discomfort. And more so than any other time, it feels to me that my babbling is just taking up space. Right now is not a time for me to take up any space.Read More
Early stage startups can always use more support. And founders can always use more resources for mentorship and capital. That’s why I was so excited to hear about the launch Supermaker and Color, two efforts from Jaime Schmidt and Chris Cantino. Here’s a recent video sharing more on what they’re building and how they’re looking to support early stage founders — including details on the Entrepreneurial Dream Project.Read More
So during this whole pandemic thing, people are starting new things. And I’ve talked to quite a few folks who have been inspired to start new startups. But given that finding cofounders, team members, funding, and practically anything that doesn’t involve just you is exceptionally difficult while we’re all in isolation, starting a startup can be even more difficult than it used to be.Read More
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.Read More
Strange times. I don’t have any better insights than you do. But I’m trying to make sense of it. Of this weirdness. Of this new abnormal. And trying to find threads or themes or paths that will help us move forward. That will give startups opportunities. And that will give all of us some strange semblance of a light at the end of the tunnel.Read More
I totally get it. I hate video. But apparently the kids these days love that sort of content. So it only makes sense that we should all learn how to use it. Be it Instagram or YouTube or Facebook Live or Tik Tok or whatver. But the learning curve? It can be steep. That’s why we’re luckily to get some time with Sylvia Salazar of Tono Latino, who’s has worked with this format long enough to give all of us some helpful tips.Read More
Sometimes, I come across things that have nothing to do with startups or entrepreneurship. But they are compelling. And they showcase the Rose City in interesting ways. This is one of those occasions. (Also, this post is so short, I don’t even have to do a page break.)
We’re approaching the end of another Women’s History Month, which means you can be expecting a recap of Built Oregon’s month long effort to feature Oregon consumer product companies led by women. But ahead of that, I thought it might be nice to highlight women founders from the Portland startup community who presented at PIE Demo Days.