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Chatting with Willamette Week about the current state of the Portland startup community

Strange times. I don’t have any better insights than you do. But I’m trying to make sense of it. Of this weirdness. Of this new abnormal. And trying to find threads or themes or paths that will help us move forward. That will give startups opportunities. And that will give all of us some strange semblance of a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Portland grassroots manufacturing heroes equip frontline healthcare heroes with PPE

If there’s a single bright point to what we’re experiencing, it is as simple as this. It’s humanity. At no single time has the entire globe been impacted by — and aligned against — something that so desperately reminded us all of our humanity, our commonality, and our need for one another. And that’s why stories like the Portland Maker Force story are both expected — and exceptional.

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Community in the time of COVID-19 Coronavirus: Talking remote community management with Cami Kaos

When the pandemic isolation began, many tried and true ways of building connection and community — most notably, meeting face to face with people — disappeared, instantaneously. But the need for community didn’t. If anything, in fact, that need increased. Exponentially. But how are we to maintain and strengthen community in this new normal of self distancing?

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If you’ve been looking for ways to help, MakerForce could be for you

A few weeks ago, many of us were scrambling into action. Trying to think of simple but meaningful things we could do to help the community. Now, as the situation continues and folks are becoming more thoughtful and strategic about these efforts, we’re seeing some collaboration that could have lasting positive effects, even beyond the current situation. Like MakerForce.

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What Your Banker Wants You To Know: Stimulus package options for consumer product startups

In an effort to curb the detrimental business impacts of this global pandemic, any number of politicians and government entities are working to provide reparations and grants at every level — local, regional, state, federal, global. And for all the potential benefit, the options can often cause more confusion than they solve. That’s why Built Oregon is putting together a series of online sessions to help decrypt these offerings for consumer product startups and the retailers who support them.

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Time to get meta: A list of lists for COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus resources for Portland startups (and anyone else)

One of my favorite things about Portland is its culture of craft and creativity. A close second is the culture of encouragement. When you combine those two things, you get the wackiness that is Portland. You get 200 different flavors of donuts, thousands of flavors of beer from hundreds of craft brewers. Food carts. Coffeeshops. It’s the combination of those cultures that truly makes Portland, Portland.

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Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus on Oregon small business

You know those times when you’re ridiculously busy — you mean everyday? says every entrepreneur — and you’ve convinced yourself that that thing you forgot to do was actually done. But it wasn’t. Yeah. That. I meant to share the details of a survey Built Oregon and our partners recently completed to help give folks a better understanding of the impact of this whole COVID-19 situation on local business. But I didn’t. So I am now.

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Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare professionals: Local startup community fundraising campaigns

I’ve tried to get away from promoting active campaigns on fundraising platforms, because I could honestly cover that all day every day. But in this weird new normal, I’m willing to shake it up a bit. Especially because these campaigns are working to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) into the hands of healthcare professionals. And that’s desperately needed.

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It seemed too soon for a punny hacking virus headline: COVID-19 Global Hackathon

Used to be, Portland had tons of hackathon opportunities. So many, that we kind of hacked ourselves out. And people found other ways to stimulate their creativity and occupy their time. But we have this latent hackathon potential. And a whole bunch of new folks in the ecosystem. So this seems like a really interesting and meaningful way to test the waters. There’s a COVID-19 Global Hackathon.

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Thinking about a startup that lessens the impact of this pandemic? WeFunder wants to help

Inspiration comes from the strangest places. So no matter how jarring, frustrating, or weird our new normal may be, I know that there are entrepreneurs inspired to create solutions that help us out of our current plight — and to help ensure this doesn’t happen again. And WeFunder wants to help those founders with the “Fight the Virus” challenge.

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