If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Everyone in Portland has a side project or three. So I know there are a bunch of you out there who have been mucking around with LED lights or 3D printing or Raspberry Pi. Truth be told, it’s likely you’ve formulated some Frankensteinian concoction of all of the above. Well, now it’s time for you to show that creation off.
Every once in a while, there is a moment. Where something strikes a chord. When it taps into an unspoken need. Crystallizes a not-yet-codified opinion. Becomes a rallying cry. And rarely—but magnificently—sometimes that moment gains momentum of its own. And becomes a movement.
Dearest Portland startups, As much as I understand and sympathize with the rampant aggressive humility around here, I also recognize that you’re working on some incredibly cool stuff. And like it or not, you’re going to have find the wherewithal to tell other people about the amazing stuff you’re doing.
And you thought that holiday wishes only started after turkey day. Well, consider this an early holiday present. You’ve got an awesome startup. You want to tell people about it. Because it’s awesome. But you totally spaced the deadline for the 1776 Challenge Cup local competition. No worries, my friend. You’ve got more time. But you better get on it. Read More
Well, would you look at that. You waited. And you waited. And you waited. You thought about it. You almost started it. And then you got sidetracked. Or you got timid. Why should I apply? Is my idea good enough? What if I’m not what they’re looking for? So you put it off. With the hopes that you would—oopie—miss the application period all together. Nice try. Oregon Story Board applications have been extended until May 17, 2015. Read More
When it comes to the world of tech startups, there are any number of startup accelerators from which to choose. But what about other types of creative industries? Where are the accelerators for those startups? Well, here in Oregon, we’re working to do our part to help those other industries. With Oregon Story Board. Read More
In general, I try to keep my PIE world separate from the Silicon Florist world. Because we all know you have to put up with me blathering about PIE enough without me doing it here, too. But PIE has encountered a technical issue with the application platform used for the latest round of applications, so we’re trying to get the word out however we can. Read More
Ah spring! Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming. And the stress levels are about to rise significantly as you start to weigh your options for startup accelerators—and whether that model is even right for your company. Portland Seed Fund is already well underway. And now, local startup accelerator PIE has opened applications for its next class. Read More
It’s funny. These days, folks seem to look forward to holidays and breaks so that they can do more work. Focused work. Without interruption. And like it or not, I’ve got something awesome like that for your winter break task list. The Portland Seed Fund has successfully closed their second fund. And as such, they’ve opened applications for their next class. Read More
Okay, you’ve had your fun. But let’s be honest, we’re almost to Epiphany and twelve drummers drumming in a Portland drum circle or whatever. Time to get out of the laying-low mode and back into full production. Read More