Like it or not, we live in a time of constant change. The past couple of years, perhaps more so than other times in our lives, have brought that fact into sharp relief. But surviving this state of being is very different from thriving in this mode of existence. Which is why I’ve really appreciated the work of Portland’s April Rinne, who has captured some of her thinking in Flux: 8 superpowers for thriving in constant change.Read More
REMINDER: Need something more to “Do”?
A few weeks ago, Stephen Green launched a new grassroots movement designed to leverage the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and empower individuals to help change the trajectory of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Portland business community, startups among them. It called upon folks to “Do. Do more. Do better.” And it’s grown to several hundred folks in Portland who are committed to doing the work.Read More
Chat with the coauthor of The Startup Community Way, the follow up to Brad Feld’s Startup Communities
I don’t know about you, but I have a number of books that I revisit on a regular basis. And every time I do, I take away something new and different. One of those books is Startup Communities by Brad Feld, in which he describes his “Boulder Thesis” around how startup communities are built. I reread it about every six months or so. And now, there’s a new book from Brad that will likely get added to the reread list: The Startup Community Way.Read More
REMINDER: Considering applying to a startup accelerator like PIE? This Q&A session is for you
Working on a new startup idea? Thinking about starting something? Maybe just stuck with your current business? Whatever the case, a startup accelerator might be just what you need. But then again, it might not. If you’ve got questions about that sort of thing, consider attending this question and answer session about PIE, one of the oldest startup accelerators in Portland. Well, actually anywhere.Read More
How do you get started on your startup without a cofounder, a team, or funding?
So during this whole pandemic thing, people are starting new things. And I’ve talked to quite a few folks who have been inspired to start new startups. But given that finding cofounders, team members, funding, and practically anything that doesn’t involve just you is exceptionally difficult while we’re all in isolation, starting a startup can be even more difficult than it used to be.Read More
Chatting with the founder of Portland startup MilkRun about her journey
Any number of companies have been negatively impacted by this pandemic. But even these dark times can have bright spots. Like validating business models that local startups have been championing. Take Portland startup MilkRun, who was working to rethink the grocery supply chain long before folks were seeing the weaknesses of the large provider system.Read More
Word of mouth: Talking startups, marketing, Portland, and more with Saul Colt
If you haven’t had the chance to meet Saul Colt — or at least experienced his work — he’s an incredibly creative and engaging personality. And while he may not live here, he’s very much a Portland person at heart. So I’ll never pass up a chance to talk to him. And as luck would have it, I got two chances recently. Both of which were recorded.Read More
Questions about the Portland startup community? Please join the next PIE AMA / Q&A and ask them
So about a month ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with folks about their questions about the Portland startup community, finding cofounders, and the like. But we didn’t even scratch the surface of questions. So we’ve scheduled another session.Read More
The right questions get you to the right answers. Learn how to ask the right startup questions.
As a startup founder, you’re seemingly on the constant unending for answers. How do I do this? Where do I go for this? How does I… whatever? But getting to the right answers often takes asking the right questions. And that can be the most difficult thing to figure out. Which is why it’s nice to have a professional question asker like Leah Noble Davidson to help.Read More
Join PIE for a conversation with Shelly Bell of Black Girl Ventures
Community thrives on connections. Creating those connections can always be challenging. But they’re definitely something that can be even harder to come by these days. That’s why PIE has started a series of livestream conversations to keep the community connecting and conversing. Up next? PIE will be chatting with Shelly Bell of Black Girl Ventures.Read More