As regulations around investing in startups continue to be refined, the ability to raise equity based financing from the crowd — or Reg CF for shorthand — has become a new opportunity for startups to find the funding they’re seeking by tapping both accredited and unaccredited investors, legally. Today, Portland’s Customer.io tested the Reg CF waters and it looks like that water is just fine. They’re currently more than 7000% over their target and are closing in on $2 million raised on a SAFE.Read More
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or how awesome it is. Funding is difficult. That’s why I’m always intrigued by folks finding different ways to raise capital to bring their dreams to life. So I was super excited to see my favorite kids’ science show—The Fab Lab with Crazy Aunt Lindsey—looking to our community to help support the next season of production.
There are any number of efforts in Portland focused on improving the gender ratios in tech. Some gather folks who are already in the workforce with peers and mentors to provide support and insights. Some seek to recruit and train current professionals in different technologies. Still others, like App Camp for Girls, are working to inspire the next generation of developers and coders. And in order to do that, they could use your help.
It’s a phrase that has become almost platitudinal in early stage startup circles—especially when it comes to investors. “We don’t invest in companies. We invest in people.” But just because it’s overused doesn’t prevent it from being true. And today, with the launch of Chroma.fund, the team at Chroma proved why. Read More
As Oregon startups continue to search for ways to secure capital, the State of Oregon is proposing a rule to cover the concept of “equity crowdfunding,” the idea that small chunks of equity can be sold to potential investors outside of traditional fundraising or venture capital methods. The proposed rule caps the amount of capital raised with this sort of process at $250,000 and caps individual investments at $2500. The State is seeking public comment on the proposed rule. Read More
I’m not saying any of you would do this, but there’s always that one house on the block. That one that leaves its holiday lights up all year round. Not that they turn them on, mind you. But they’re up. Read More
[HTML2]Andy Baio is perhaps best known on the Web for three things: starting the Star Wars Kid meme, creating Upcoming (which he later sold to Yahoo!), and sharing interesting tidbits via Waxy.org. Not necessarily in that order.
What’s not as well known? He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Now, Andy will likely be known for something else entirely: helping lead a new “crowdfunding” startup called Kickstarter. Read More