Early stage investing has definitely changed. Huge seed rounds. Challenging pre-seed rounds. Organized angel groups that behave more like institutional investors. It can be confusing for the uninitiated. That’s why it’s always good to hear from folks who are in the thick of it. Like Shane Johnson, an early stage investor from Eugene, Oregon.
Ah Portland… The most snow in decades. Threats of freezing rain. And all of the weather hysteria you can stomach. But that’s not the only thing to be stressing about. Nope. You’ve got a startup. And you’re always looking for ways to get that startup in front of more people. So if you happen to still be iced in—and perhaps even more productive than you usually are—there are a few looming deadlines you may want to consider. Read More
It’s been nice to see the entrepreneurial spirit of Oregonians taking root in other towns. And where startups emerge, capital is wont to follow. Portland has been home to OEN’s Angel Oregon. Eugene has the Willamette Angel Conference. The Columbia Gorge has Gorge Bootcamp. Even Roseburg has its own group of angels. And now Bend—already home to things like the Bend Venture Conference—has upped the ante with the launch of Cascade Angels. Read More
It’s that time of year again. Time for startups to gather and pitch their ideas to the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s (OEN) Angel Oregon selection committee. With the hopes of standing on stage to pitch investors. Read More
While we love meeting startups one-on-one, we never pass up a chance to meet startups, en masse. And OEN Angel Oregon 2012 seemed to be the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Take a look back at the competition and the startups who made it an event to remember. Read More
Another Angel Oregon—the Oregon Entrepreneur Network’s (OEN) annual competition for Angel investment—has come and gone. And when the dust cleared? One of the few tech companies in the running landed in second place.
More and more, Oregon is seeing its share of noteworthy startup speakers making the rounds. Just last week, Michael Jones, former CEO of MySpace (and an Oregon alum) was here in town to speak at the New Venture Championship.
Now I realize that I’ve developed—even perhaps cultivated—this persona of being a “rah rah” cheerleader for all things startup in Portland and Oregon. I realize that—at times—I’ve been so Pollyanna saccharine-sweet about the potential for entrepreneurs in our area that it’s made people cringe. I get that. Read More