.

Kickoff 2023 with some coffee and some other founders

One of the few consistent morning startup events in town, Coffee w/ Co-Founders, is kicking off another year of connecting the community. And if you’re a founder — no matter what the stage of your startup — you’re invited to join the group to meet other folks who are building something new.

Read More

If you’re reading this before 9AM PST on January 12, 2023, you have the opportunity to be helpful

If there’s one truism that gets repeated more than any other in the world of early stage startups, it is this: Go talk to potential customers. It doesn’t matter how great your idea is. It doesn’t matter how needed and obvious it seems to be. It doesn’t matter that you’re an expert in the field. If customers don’t see the need for your product, all you’ve got is a hobby.

Read More

Considering starting a podcast in 2023?

New year, new goals. And seemingly, a time to start new things. Even if you don’t have the best track record of sticking with them. And if “Starting a podcast” is on your list for 2023, then some peer support may be the key to making sure you follow through, which is why Pat Cheung of PodInbox is providing you with that support.

Read More

Silicon Florist is 15 years old… so I’m taking a sabbatical from it. It’s old enough to stay by itself for a bit.

It’s hard to believe but I’ve now been writing Silicon Florist for 15 years. That’s weird. I mean, really. I’ve somehow managed to write consistently from one downturn right into another. For nearly a third of my life. So at least that’s something. And now, I’ve got this celebratory tweet to show for it.

Read More

Cat got your… startup? Bend’s Shape.io acquired by NinjaCat

While it wasn’t a key part of my coverage area when I started this blog, these days I try to make it a regular habit of paying attention to Bend, Oregon. Because it seems more often than not, there are as many interesting startup stories coming out of Central Oregon as the metro region, as of late. Like this one: Bend’s Shape, an advertising management platform, has been acquired by digital marketing management company NinjaCat.

Read More

Portland startup Caravel acquired by community management solution Commsor

Part of the ebb and flow of the Portland startup community — or any startup community for that matter — is a regular cadence of companies being founded, funded, and acquired. We’ve seen a great deal of the founding and funding over the past few years. And now, there’s another acquisition in our midst. PIE and Techstars Seattle alum Caravel has been acquired by Commsor.

Read More

Think digital health startups have potential in Oregon?

I may have mentioned a time or ten that my first experience in Portland startups was with a digital healthcare company that was building some wacky new thing called Electronic Medical Records for physicians near the end of the last century. And while it’s been a couple of decades since I was active in that realm, I still think that digital health startups have potential around here.

Read More