Meet Skittish, a new online event platform that takes a quirky approach

Any number of online event platforms try varying degrees of approximating an event environment, virtually. But most, at best, create an uncanny valley of “almost but not quite.” So what if you took a completely different approach? Like, I don’t know… riffing on the incredibly popular Animal Crossing as an event environment? That’s about the most accurate description of Skittish.

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Oregon Community Foundation launches $580,000 Thriving Entrepreneurs Fund

Oregon Community Foundation focuses on improving the lives of all Oregonians through philanthropic efforts. But today, they focused on a very particular group of Oregonians: entrepreneurs. And they did so by donating $580,000 to a variety fo entrepreneur support groups.

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Vancouver startup Suggestion Ox selected for TinySeed Accelerator

Over the history of startup accelerators, any number of models for accelerators and the startups they support have emerged. Among them, the TinySeed Accelerator stands out as a leader in the accelerating bootstrapped startups. And now, another local startup — Suggestion Ox — is taking advantage of that program.

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Woman founded Portland startup GoCamp acquired by Storyteller Overland

If you’ve ever seen those rentable custom Sprinter vans in your forays into the outdoors, you’ve like encountered GoCamp, the Portland startup that’s like “Airbnb for camper vans.” Well it was a Portland startup at least. Until it got acquired by Storyteller Overland, last week.

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I’m not dead yet! I’m feeling better: Koan finds a new home for its product

Earlier in the week, we got news that Koan, the startup founded by former Jive Software cofounder Matt Tucker, was preparing to wind down. But in the world of startups, apparently it ain’t over til it’s over. Because we just learned today that the Koan product has a new lease on life. Thanks to Gtmhub.

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Oregon Sports Angels replay: Investing in BIPOC Founders

If you missed the Oregon Sports Angels webinar this week on “Investing in BIPOC Founder-led Companies,” they have posted the replay.

Community kudos: Danish Aziz

Helped make some intros for a biz dev person!

— Devin Gaffney

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Exploring the challenges of sustainable startup community building

While I greatly miss having Joe Maruschak as an example of how and why to work on startup communities — like he had in Eugene, Oregon, for so long, I’m incredibly happy to see him gaining the perspective and distance to be able to analyze and inform other community stewards who are still struggling to do the work and realize the opportunities.

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REMINDER: Investing in BIPOC Founders, November 10 at 4:30PM

Oregon Sports Angels hosts a virtual gathering to discuss investing in BIPOC founders, Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 4:30PM via Zoom.

A Crypto focused fund and a Blockchain focused fund of funds are distributing funds

A couple of interesting fund announcements for founders building Crypto and Blockchain solutions. One direct, and one more indirect. But both with local ties to the Oregon startup community.

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