Not a day goes by that Oregon doesn’t bemoan its perceived inability to grow the type of talent that builds billion dollar companies. But fact of the matter is we do create that kind of talent. Retention is more of the issue. And sometimes, even if we lose the founders, their impact is still felt locally. Cases in point, AppNexus and WeWork. Whose founders met in high school. In Eugene. Read More
Thinking "Beyond the Valley"
When I first started this blog—way back in the dark ages of this current generation of Portland startups—it seemed that time and time again the prevailing wisdom was “move to the Valley.” And that left a bit of a mark on me. So I can’t help but be lifted every time someone provides a counter argument to that thinking, especially when it has an eye toward the future. Like this TechCrunch piece by Eugene’s Pat McCarthy. Read More
New York state of mind: AppNexus and Squarespace both host Portland meet ups, tonight
[Editor: File under “Better late warning about upcoming events than never.” Apologies.] It’s no secret that Portland is managing to attract its own fair share of regional offices. And while the bulk of those offices tend to outposts for our Bay Area friends, we’re also getting offices from other cities. Like New York. Read More
Portland culture club: What cultural aspects make working at AppNexus a unique experience?
[Editor: Given that “finding talent” is at the top of everyone’s collective mind, I thought it might be helpful to give you some insights into the cultures of Portland’s startups and regional offices. So they can show how they’re unique. And you can decide where you want to work. This is going to be a running series. Written by employees. From their perspectives.] Read More