Sometimes, the best way to navigate the future is to learn from the past. Because we’ve been through downturns before. Maybe not to this extent. But at least in some semblance. So learnings from a startup in the dotcom days — both boom and bust — and the mortgage crisis could provide some interesting insights for startups to survive the current pandemic — and what to expect when the market starts to correct.Read More
Working from home not working? Get guidance from these remote work veterans
It may have seemed exciting at first. Perhaps even fun. But with every mounting day, it’s becoming less and less so. And more and more stressful. You thought you’d be more productive. You didn’t realize you’d have so much to juggle. And you didn’t foresee the feelings of isolation and disconnectedness. Working from home is hard.Read More
Not your average startup founder Q&A — and yet somehow it seems like exactly what’s needed in these strange times
What if you had the opportunity to talk to an extroverted former professional musician, former startup founder, former startup accelerator manager, budding chef who happens to work in the world of VR? Pretty compelling right? That’s right. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Nick Lambert.Read More
Struggling with video content in this brave new world?
I totally get it. I hate video. But apparently the kids these days love that sort of content. So it only makes sense that we should all learn how to use it. Be it Instagram or YouTube or Facebook Live or Tik Tok or whatver. But the learning curve? It can be steep. That’s why we’re luckily to get some time with Sylvia Salazar of Tono Latino, who’s has worked with this format long enough to give all of us some helpful tips.Read More
Managing well meaning but messy intentions: Discussing how to keep projects born in crisis on a path to success
I’ve mentioned this pattern a few times before. We see it repeating again in this new new normal. A crisis occurs. Collaborative communities — open source, startup, Portland — rush to the fore, eager to solve it. Immediate tactics have some meaningful but limited impact. And then the bigger problems reveal themselves. And things get real complicated real quickly.Read More
Having to step up that Instagram account or Web presence? Get some photography mentorship to help
For many folks, this whole situation threw them into world where their online presence suddenly became their only presence. And that lifeline to community — and ultimately revenue — was immediately way way more important than it had been, even days earlier. So PIE thought it might be valuable to give you the chance to chat with a professional photographer to provide some mentorship and tips on how best to do that. In the most affordable and expedient fashion. That’s why they set up a Q&A with Aaron Hockley of Tech Photo Guy.Read More
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?Read More
Questions about the Portland startup community? Join Stephen Green for an AMA
As we move into another week of quarantine, the folks at PIE are working to get you informed — and hopefully entertained — with an ongoing series of conversations with PIE mentors and founders. Next up? PIE mentor Stephen Green, who will be sitting down for an “ask me anything” session.Read More
Questions about startup marketing and sales?
For startups, figuring out marketing and sales in the best of times can be difficult. So this situation is putting additional pressure on companies — and making it even more challenging to figure out what to do. In an effort to alleviate some of that stress, PIE has invited mentor in residence Kasey Jones to the PIE Crowdcast channel get your questions answered.Read More
Questions about the Portland startup community or startup accelerators like PIE?
Maybe you just moved to Portland. Maybe you’ve recently decided — or have been forced — to consider starting a company of your own and you’re curious about the benefits of startup accelerators. Or maybe you’re just interested in getting more connected to the Portland startup community. Whatever the case, it can often be difficult figuring out where to start or where to go — even during the best of times. Let alone now.Read More