Back in the early days of this generation of the Portland startup community, we used to have a weekly happy hour every Friday. Its origins stemmed from a small group of folks providing peer support for their self hosted WordPress installations in local watering holes. So it was called “Beer and Blog.”Read More
Sorry. The headline just jumped to mind so I had to write this up really quickly. If only to take credit for the bad pun — but distinctly Oregon — headline. (And with all due respect to Dutch Bros.) Anyway… according to Techcrunch, Bend based and brother founded Dutchie just raised a Series A round for their ecommerce platform designed to serve cannabis dispensaries.Read More
You know how we love our weeks here in Portland. Sneaker Week. Design Week. Burger Week. Startup Week. Week week weekity week. Sometimes, these weeks try to pretend they’re not actually weeks by not putting “week” in their name. But don’t be fooled. They’re weeks. And if you’re into consumer products — like food, beverage, apparel, and beauty — well then have I got the week for you. Built Festival is back and bigger than ever.Read More
Fundraising is difficult. Even more so if you go into it uninformed. That’s why I’m always happy to see sessions that help educate founders on the challenges and opportunities around accessing capital, locally or otherwise. Like the upcoming session of Coffee w/ Co-Founders on early stage fundraising.Read More
While it may seem like the Portland startup community is growing in population, I’m not sure that it’s growing in the number of startup companies we’re seeing. And even if that anecdotal assumption is somewhat misplaced locally, broader demographics across the US tend to indicate that it’s probably more true than false. Entrepreneurship has never recovered from the days of the mortgage crisis.Read More
A few years back, I started Portland Startup Week. And as the starter, I became its de facto lead organizer. Despite the fact that I wasn’t terribly good at it. And I kept doing it because I wanted Portland Startup Week to be a thing. Over time, a number folks have pitched in to help pull it together making it an incredible celebration of the Portland startup community with nearly 100 events, from free coworking to panels to hackathons.Read More
You probably haven’t met Kat and Asa Miller. They’re very private folks. So it wouldn’t surprise me if their names don’t ring any bells. I was lucky enough to meet Asa early in the days of mobile in Portland. Back when PIE was still a coworking space and community event space. He was unassuming. And ridiculously talented. Like many Portland folks.Read More
Now, you likely know I’m not the biggest fan of pitch competitions. But every once in a while, an opportunity comes along for a Portland startup founder that involves a pitch competition. And it just makes sense. Like AllGo getting the opportunity to pitch at Lesbians Who Tech. There’s only one problem: It’s in New York. And that’s across the country.