Struggling to get your startup idea off the ground? PSU Kickstart Weekend could help

Sometimes, the hardest part about starting something is, well, actually starting. That’s why I’ve always loved the Startup Weekend format of getting something off the ground. Right out of the box, you get a team, mentorship, collaboration, and a swift kick to actually start doing that thing you want to be doing. And the PSU Kickstart Weekend is a shorter version of that same sort of programming and support.

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Exploring psychological and emotional well being in the world of startups

In its latest collection, Supermaker focuses on mental and behavioral health for founders, remote workers, and freelancers.

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Doing more with data: Marshall Kirkpatrick chats with Dylan Boyd

It’s always nice to see Portland folks creating content together. But it’s even better when that content is presented on a larger platform. That’s why I was really happy to hear that Dylan Boyd of R/GA Ventures was going to chat with Marshall Kirkpatrick as part of The Sprinklr Coffee Club.

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Time flies: WeWork Labs celebrates its first anniversary

It seems like just yesterday that we were hearing about a new accelerator in town, WeWork Labs. Hard to believe that it’s already been a year. But even in that short amount of time the program has already impacted more than 60 founders. That alone is a reason to celebrate. And so they’re doing just that.

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Top stories from 2019: What you found interesting — or may have missed — on Silicon Florist

With some of the holiday season celebrations bisecting two weeks in a row, it’s been a bit of a slow end to 2019. And a couple of slow news weeks to boot. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to share some of the most popular Silicon Florist posts from the past year, if only to provide a reminder of what the community accomplished and to look forward to what’s in store for 2020.

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State of the Portland startup community: Prosper Portland Inclusive Business Resource Network reports on findings and progress

Used to be, the startup community made it a regular habit of showing up to Portland City Council meetings to show support for issues that were important to us. That’s why things like the Portland Seed Fund exist. It’s been awhile, but since the opportunity presented itself, a bunch of startup community folks showed up at City Council yesterday to hear the report from the Prosper Portland Inclusive Business Resource Network, a community of practice composed on numerous organizations in the Portland area who work to support entrepreneurs.

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What is the current state of the startup world? Early stage venture capital firm First Round shares findings

While I spend the vast majority of my time heads down focused inwardly on the Portland startup community, I do realize that, from time to time, it makes sense to pick my head up and see what’s going on elsewhere. That’s why I was happy to see the First Round State of Startups 2019 making the, ahem, rounds.

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An investment from Elevate Capital results in a new Beaverton startup

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A company manages to land early stage capital and, in so doing, decides to move their headquarters from their founding city to a city closer to their investor. Of course you’ve heard it. It’s something that regularly happened to Portland companies not so long ago. But today, there’s a new twist. Instead of companies leaving town, folks are starting to relocate those headquarters to Portland. And this time, at least part of that decision was thanks to a local investor.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Cowen Partners announces new non-tech early stage venture fund

Apparently, it just takes a little while for an idea to gain traction. After years of founders bemoaning a lack of early stage funding, a new crop of early stage venture funds are taking shape here in Portland. First, 1859 Ventures launched a new early stage venture fund. Now Cowen Partners Venture Fund has launched.

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Envisioning a startup exit strategy that results in more winners and more sustained value

When folks are talking about startup activity, there are generally a few topics that jump to the fore: starting companies, funding companies, and liquidity events, the euphemism for that point in time when founders, investors, and ideally employees generate wealth from their efforts. But what if that last event — that exit — could also benefit the folks who find the most value in what that company was providing? That’s the concept with Exit to Community.

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