Tag: Community

Clouds rolling back in: Portland’s Cloudability returns to the Pearl District

While I don’t generally cover real estate sort of things, this one motivated me to post. Because it continues the long line of startups in Portland occupying the same space at the corner of NW 11th and NW Flanders in the Pearl. This time, the company filling the space will be Cloudability. Read More

Starting a conversation about early stage investment in the Portland startup community

As Randy Fernando of Vault closed, “Let’s start a conversation.” No doubt, this is going to be a topic of conversation for weeks to come. From my vantage, it’s not an isolated story. And Randy’s post serves as an eloquent recounting of a personal experience—one that reflects numerous other fundraising stories circulating around Portland for early stage startups—and a plea for all of us to work to change it. Read More

Following a successful beta test, Built Oregon, CENTRL Office, and PIE are making Community Hour[s] a thing

I know that there are plenty of meet ups in town. Plenty. But one thing I’ve noticed is that they still tend to be fairly siloed. Either by skills. Or by industry. Or by platform. Or by something I can’t think of right now. So when Mitch Daugherty, my fellow cofounder at Built Oregon, suggested something that broke down those silos? I was super interested. Read More

What the Portland startup community needs more of… and less of

Editor’s note: Hanging out in the Portland Startup Slack, Kathryn Brown opined that many of the events and organizations trying to support founders in our community seemed a little misdirected. I asked her to elaborate if she could. What I got was a great list of things we should be doing more of… and things we should be doing less of. With her permission, I’m republishing her Slack posts, here. Read More

Chatting with Output PDX about the Portland startup community

Remember that new video interview series, I mentioned? Well, I got the chance to sit down with them to record an interview, recently. And now it’s available. If you’ve already eaten lunch, you may want to hold off. I don’t want to be responsible for you dozing off at work. Read More

That escalated quickly: Join the free Portland community job fair on June 1 at the Falcon Building

The Portland startup community—and honestly the Portland community at large—never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, I posted a quickly penned request for the community to consider rallying support for those nearly 800 local folks affected by the Intel layoffs. I expected that a handful of us might be able to throw something useful together. Suffice it to say that I never expected we’d be where we are today. With nearly 200 companies supporting this effort and a free job fair planned for June 1, 2016. Read More

Intel outside: Let's figure out how to help those in our community affected by the Intel layoffs

In case you haven’t heard, Intel is in the midst of reducing its global workforce. It’s a change that affects thousands of employees worldwide. And given that the Portland area is home to more Intel folks than anywhere on earth, it’s going to have significant impact here locally, as well. Like to the tune of nearly 800 people in the Portland area losing their jobs. Read More

Experimenting with open source, community, Kickstarter… and a glut of cooking metaphors

I really enjoy highlighting projects other folks are creating. Really really. Conversely, I always hate highlighting my own projects. That’s not why I started this blog. This is always weird. Still, I wanted to let folks know that PIE—the ongoing experiment between the Portland startup community and Wieden+Kennedy that I helped cofound and continue to run—is changing what it’s doing. And that may impact you. Read More

Got something to say to the broader startup community? There's still (barely) time to pitch a talk for SXSW 2016

Whenever I’m talking to the amazing startup and tech folks in Portland, there is one thing I always, always, always encourage people to do: get outside of Portland. Because for as collaborative and collegial as our community is, it’s still a microcosm of what’s actually happening out there. Learning what other communities are doing and sharing—more broadly—what you’re building can be key drivers to your success. And one of the best places to do this? SXSW. Read More

A bigger slice of the PIE Demo Day: eBay Community Lounge volunteers to host simulcast

When we started PIE five years ago, we were very much focused on trying to enrich the Portland startup community. So when we converted from a coworking space to an accelerator, we decided to remain true to those roots. Part of that was making our Demo Days a little different. Instead of making it purely an investor invent, we wanted it to be a community event. Read More

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