If you have spent any time with me talking through the story you’re telling when you’re pitching your startup, I’ve no doubt shared my “Books for Amazon” advice. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s let Jeff Bezos give you some context, circa 1997.Read More
As 2020 draws, thankfully, to a close, many of us are thinking about what 2021 will bring. And for some folks, a new year is the perfect opportunity for change. Like finding a different job. If you happen to fall into that camp of folks looking for work or looking to jump to something new, here’s a list of 40 job openings that may be of interest to you.Read More
Looking for a job with Portland tech or startup companies? Well, you’re in luck. Because there are a number of folks on the Silicon Florist job board who are looking for you. Like who? Well, let’s take a look.Read More
When it comes to assessing the health of an ecosystem, startup or otherwise, rather than focusing on the financial aspects — like venture capital or exits — I like to take a look at the metrics of the job market. A bunch of open jobs filling quickly? Healthy. Few jobs or jobs remaining open for long periods of time? Maybe not so healthy.
You have to love Public Market. They’re very much an atypical startup for the Portland area. They’re swinging for the fences as they work to build an ecommerce platform that’s designed to — wait for it — kill Amazon. Yes. That Amazon. And as if that’s not difficult enough? They decided to launch their platform to the public on Cyber Monday, the most server meltingest of days in ecommerce.
On any given day, there are a bunch of hardworking entrepreneurial folks doing their best to build a new life. Only they’re not in offices or coworking spaces. They’re not building storefronts or crafting products. They’re Street Roots vendors. And they’re braving the elements to bring you journalism that addresses poverty and houselessness.
If you haven’t talked to voice activated artificial intelligence by now, I’d be kinda surprised. You’ve got Siri, Alexa, Cortana… they’re all over the place. And always listening. But let’s be honest… they don’t always do what you want them to do. So if you’ve got an idea on how they could be better but you feel like you could use some guidance, you might be interested in Alexa Dev Day in Portland.
Setting aside any opinions you may have about Amazon or the way communities are falling all over themselves chasing the opportunity to be the second headquarters for them, you have to admit that this whole RFP process has been interesting to watch—and likely historic, in nature. That’s why Portland startup Reflect is working to make the content generated by Amazon HQ2 effort more accessible.