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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Goodbye, Goat Simulator. Hello, goose simulator.

Maybe you’ve heard of Goat Simulator. Maybe you’ve even played it. Well, if it’s lost its luster for you, I think you need to get ready to be happy. Because I’ve got a new simulator for you. Only now, you’re a goose. And a horrible one, at that.

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GlobeSherpa cofounder Nat Parker joins Elevate Capital as entrepreneur in residence

This morning, The Oregonian is reporting that Nat Parker, cofounder of Portland startup GlobeSherpa which was acquired by Daimler, is joining Elevate Capital as an entrepreneur in residence. [UPDATE: And I just caught Malia’s post on it, too.] But there’s eine kleine twist.

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Big news from Beaverton startup Bigleaf Networks

When I started in Portland area startups, way back when, a lot of us were located way out in Hillsboro. And then the momentum started to shift to Beaverton. And then suddenly all of the activity seemed to be in Portland proper. But there may be a shift in that momentum with Bigleaf Networks.

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Three takes on behavioral and mental health in startups

It’s still difficult to talk about. Even with the growing conversation around the stresses of being a startup founder. There’s still a stigma. About talking about founder struggles. Or revealing things that have been historically categorized as a weakness. But I sincerely hope that being more open about founder behavioral and mental health is better for all of us. And that’s why I wanted to share these three pieces that wound up crossing my desk at roughly the same time.

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Portland is home to the inaugural Black Women in STEM 2.0 Summit

If you’re looking to hear more about the impact and potential of black women in science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, and math, then you’re going to want to be in Portland in October. When the Rose City is home to the inaugural Black Women in STEM 2.0 Summit.

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REMINDER: What’s it like to be a Latinx founder in Portland? Find out Thursday

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month / National Latinx Heritage Month which makes it the ideal time for Latinx entrepreneurs to share their experience and learnings about the Portland startup community.

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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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It’s like Portland startups Slack IRL: Sip and Slack

Back in the early days of this generation of the Portland startup community, we used to have a weekly happy hour every Friday. Its origins stemmed from a small group of folks providing peer support for their self hosted WordPress installations in local watering holes. So it was called “Beer and Blog.”

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Dutchie Bros: Bend-based ecommerce company finds success in solving problem for cannabis dispensaries

Sorry. The headline just jumped to mind so I had to write this up really quickly. If only to take credit for the bad pun — but distinctly Oregon — headline. (And with all due respect to Dutch Bros.) Anyway… according to Techcrunch, Bend based and brother founded Dutchie just raised a Series A round for their ecommerce platform designed to serve cannabis dispensaries.

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