Insights from a founder who weathered the dotcom boom and bust and the mortgage crisis

Sometimes, the best way to navigate the future is to learn from the past. Because we’ve been through downturns before. Maybe not to this extent. But at least in some semblance. So learnings from a startup in the dotcom days — both boom and bust — and the mortgage crisis could provide some interesting insights for startups to survive the current pandemic — and what to expect when the market starts to correct.

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Working from home not working? Get guidance from these remote work veterans

It may have seemed exciting at first. Perhaps even fun. But with every mounting day, it’s becoming less and less so. And more and more stressful. You thought you’d be more productive. You didn’t realize you’d have so much to juggle. And you didn’t foresee the feelings of isolation and disconnectedness. Working from home is hard.

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Chatting with Willamette Week about the current state of the Portland startup community

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.

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Portland grassroots manufacturing heroes equip frontline healthcare heroes with PPE

If there’s a single bright point to what we’re experiencing, it is as simple as this. It’s humanity. At no single time has the entire globe been impacted by — and aligned against — something that so desperately reminded us all of our humanity, our commonality, and our need for one another. And that’s why stories like the Portland Maker Force story are both expected — and exceptional.

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Not your average startup founder Q&A — and yet somehow it seems like exactly what’s needed in these strange times

What if you had the opportunity to talk to an extroverted former professional musician, former startup founder, former startup accelerator manager, budding chef who happens to work in the world of VR? Pretty compelling right? That’s right. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Nick Lambert.

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Struggling with video content in this brave new world?

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.

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Managing well meaning but messy intentions: Discussing how to keep projects born in crisis on a path to success

I’ve mentioned this pattern a few times before. We see it repeating again in this new new normal. A crisis occurs. Collaborative communities — open source, startup, Portland — rush to the fore, eager to solve it. Immediate tactics have some meaningful but limited impact. And then the bigger problems reveal themselves. And things get real complicated real quickly.

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Concerned about keeping company culture in our new fully remote work world? Portland startup ChatFox wants to help

In an instant, every company became a remote company. Regardless of culture. Regardless of market. Everyone who managed to survive the instantaneous and cataclysmic downturn was suddenly working from home. And juggling any number of duties in addition to their day job. And just as suddenly, things that used to require a personal touch simply couldn’t.

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Having to step up that Instagram account or Web presence? Get some photography mentorship to help

For many folks, this whole situation threw them into world where their online presence suddenly became their only presence. And that lifeline to community — and ultimately revenue — was immediately way way more important than it had been, even days earlier. So PIE thought it might be valuable to give you the chance to chat with a professional photographer to provide some mentorship and tips on how best to do that. In the most affordable and expedient fashion. That’s why they set up a Q&A with Aaron Hockley of Tech Photo Guy.

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BYOC to your couch or desk: Coffee w/ Co-Founders, together, from the comfort of your own home

It’s great to see longstanding community events rapidly making the transition to online in the wake of this pandemic. Especially for startup founders. Because being a founder is lonely enough. Even under the best of circumstances. That’s why I’m really happy to see a virtual version of Coffee w/ Co-Founders.

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