Even in all of this weirdness, companies are still growing and hiring. And The Silicon Forest is working hard to be the go-to resource for those folks. Ensuring that everyone has easy access to all of the jobs that folks are looking to fill.Read More
Prior to the pandemic lockdown, Gumroad founder and Rolling Fund manager Sahil Lavingia mentioned he had relocated to the Portland area. Which, in my mind, immediately made Gumroad — an already interesting player in the creator community — an even more important startup for me to start tracking. Today, he posted about the work culture at Gumroad, which provides some valuable insights — and potentially inspiration — for folks who may be rethinking their work environments.Read More
In an instant, every company became a remote company. Regardless of culture. Regardless of market. Everyone who managed to survive the instantaneous and cataclysmic downturn was suddenly working from home. And juggling any number of duties in addition to their day job. And just as suddenly, things that used to require a personal touch simply couldn’t.Read More
There’s so much sneaker culture in Portland, one sneaker focused week won’t do. That’s why there’s Colorways, a celebration of streetwear culture and the sneaker community, taking place July 4-7, 2019. And like every other Portland celebration, it takes place at a bunch of different spots around town.
By now, you’ve likely encountered the lean business canvas. It’s single page worksheet that helps folks build a high level business plan for their startup. Alternatively, its’a quick and easy way figure out that your idea for a company has no chance of succeeding as a business. Either way, it’s a useful framework. So if you can use that formate to help understand your business, what if it a similar worksheet could help you understand the culture of your business? Enter The Praxis Department and the Startup Culture Canvas.
As much as I love Portland and our startup community, I’ve got to admit that it has some flaws. It happens. It can’t be perfect. It’s got foibles. And things that are downright broken. We’re actively working to fix some of those flaws. But there’s one particular flaw that I often fear is beyond repair. One that rears its head more often than any other—and creates a crazy amount of stress and heartache for every single local event organizer to whom I’ve spoken.
As startups move from their respective kitchen tables, coffeeshops into coworking spaces and private offices, figuring out what to do with the suddenly very personal work environment—and how that office reflects the intended culture of the startup—can be a challenge. So learning from those who have been there and done that can be super valuable. Read More
[Editor: Part of our ongoing series about company culture, written by employees of the company. AppNexus—who is building a regional office in Portland—kicked it off. Next up is Portland startup Switchboard. Sound like an awesome place to work? Switchboard is hiring.] Read More
[Editor: Given that “finding talent” is at the top of everyone’s collective mind, I thought it might be helpful to give you some insights into the cultures of Portland’s startups and regional offices. So they can show how they’re unique. And you can decide where you want to work. This is going to be a running series. Written by employees. From their perspectives.] Read More