Curious about the differences among incubators, accelerators, and coworking?

In the startup world, people use a lot of buzzwords. And often assume that folks know what they’re talking about. But the problem with buzzwords is that it’s not entirely clear what they mean. Or how fairly similar offerings differ from one another. That’s why OEN is holding a PubTalk this Wednesday on coworking, incubators, and accelerators and how they differ.

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In my best Sally Struthers voice: Are you a founder who has had difficulty accessing capital in Oregon? Sure. We all have.

If you’ve been paying attention to politics, congratulations. There’s a lot to be tracking at the moment. A lot. Which is why I wanted to take the opportunity to remind folks that — even if you’ve been keeping tabs on what’s happening — you may have missed that the Oregon startup community has a time sensitive request for you.

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Meet some new Portland startups: PIE Demo Day 2020 is roughly six weeks away

Six weeks. In the world of startups, that might as well be an eternity. But, in reality, it will be here sooner than you think. And so, in many ways, PIE Demo Day 2020 is practically here. So if you’re even remotely interested in seeing some of the newest startups in Portland, it’s probably best that you grab a ticket soon. Like right now.

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This was originally going to be a self promotional post about an upcoming Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) event

This post was originally supposed to be about an upcoming OEN Pub Talk panel I was going to be part of. But unfortunately, it’s turned now, instead, into post about OEN, itself. And the dire straits in which the organization has suddenly and unexpectedly become embroiled.

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Then there were four: Portland startup Caravel selected for Techstars Seattle

Last week, we heard that three Portland startups had been selected for Techstars programs. This week, we heard that a fourth Portland startup, Caravel, had been picked to participate in a third program, Techstars Seattle.

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REMINDER: Lunch and Learn with Portland startup Koan

Just a quick reminder that Portland startup Koan will be hosting a lunch and learn on Tuesday with the goal of chatting about Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). So if you’re interested in OKRs or just curious about the format, you should plan to attend.

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Minor milestone: More than 1000 different company profiles created on the Silicon Florist job board

I mean, there aren’t a thousand different companies on the board right now. At this moment. But since I rebooted the Silicon Florist job board in 2017, more than 1000 companies have created profiles on the platform.

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Curious about the reality of Silicon Valley? Hear from the author of Uncanny Valley

We all know the mythology. The magical land of unicorns. And billions in funding. And exponential growth. But what about the reality of the dynamics of Silicon Valley and the folks who are grinding out their existence there? I just picked up Anna Wiener’s memoir, Uncanny Valley, in an effort to get some of that unvarnished context. And as luck would have it, she’ll be here in Portland at Powell’s Hawthorne location next week to provide even more insights.

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Two Techstars take three Portland startups

Okay okay okay. Maybe I’m still a bit sore that Techstars passed Portland up to make Seattle its Northwest presence. (Admittedly, they made the right decision.) Or maybe it’s the fact that we were only home to a Techstars for a brief shining three months thanks to the inaugural “powered by” program.

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Procrastinator public service announcement: Your TechfestNW PitchfestNW application is due

Look. I get it. You’re running a startup. You’re juggling a lot of stuff. But here’s the thing. This is a free thing you’re going to miss out on if you don’t act quickly. And who like free stuff? That’s right. Founders who have no money like free stuff. So maybe consider submitting your application to pitch at TechfestNW. For free. But you have to act quickly.

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