Tag: Darius Monsef

Doing things differently: Portland startup Brave Care balances tradition and innovation… on a variety of fronts

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Darius Monsef. And a lot of that is because I’ve been lucky to watch his efforts and growth over a dozen years or so. And with him now on the third Portland startup that he’s cofounded, I continue to be impressed with the maturity and perspective his significant startup experience — both within Portland and beyond — has wrought.

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Urgent care for Portland kids is getting more Brave… and startuppy

While some startup communities seem obsessed with the random application of technology, I’ve always been impressed with the Portland startup community’s continued interest in applying technology in ways that make people’s lives better. One of those areas — for decades — has been healthcare. And now, there’s a new player in that realm, specifically around urgent care for kids. Meet Brave Care.

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As summer ends and school begins, you’ve no doubt got chores. Omni can help.

It’s that time of year. Where even though weather isn’t changing, the season is definitely changing. Kids are going back to school. Work is picking back up. And, as such, it’s highly likely that you’ve got a few extra chores on your to-do list. That probably involve cramming some stuff into storage. Granted, it’s no fun. But what if there was someone who as standing by to help you with that?

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Friends with benefits: Omni’s new Portland GM has a Lightning McQueen replica he’s looking to put to good use

The original Internet Astronaut returns home to launch into his next adventure

Back a dozen years or so, before I started this blog, I happened upon COLOURlovers, a Portland founded startup that was unlike anything I had seen to date. It wasn’t a business to business site. It wasn’t software. It was consumer focused. And social.

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No more (startup) tears: Johnson & Johnson acquires Portland startup Sightbox

I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about broadening the spectrum of Silicon Florist coverage. To cover more than just tech. Because there is all kinds of interesting stuff going on around here. And some recent news seemed like the perfect excuse to start doing that. You see, Portland Seed Fund and Starve Ups alum Sightbox has been acquired by Johnson & Johnson.

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Portland and Social Entrepreneurship: A conversation with Darius Monsef of COLOURlovers and All Hands

[Editor: Dale Davidson of TrekDek shares another guest post with us.]

I recently sat down with Darius Monsef IV aka Bubs, the founder of COLOURlovers. Though much of the tech world is focused on the recent $1 million dollar funding they recently received, I thought I would try to get his perspective on the world of social entrepreneurship and Portland’s role in it. Considering that Darius is a co-founder and an active member of the non-profit All Hands, a disaster relief group, he is extremely knowledgeable about the subject. Read More

Miss out on Darius Monsef’s fireside chat at PIE? Don Park captured it for you

As everyone knows, there are always a ton of tech events happening in Portland on any given day. And it’s difficult to make it to most of them. But luckily there are folks like Don Park who take the opportunity to capture the moment.

So if you missed the get together with Darius Monsef of COLOURlovers, last week at PIE, fear not. Don managed to capture a pretty good audio stream of the event—and some video. It’s well worth a listen.

Take a few minutes to hear Darius—and the entire COLOURlovers team—talk about Y Combinator, the Portland startup scene, and getting your ideas out there.
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Why I broke up with Portland to build my startup… and why we’re back together

[Editor: It’s been a while since we’ve had a guest post from Darius Monsef, founder of COLOURlovers (one of the first Portland Web startups I started following here on Silicon Florist). Want to hear more from Darius? Swing by PIE on Tuesday afternoon.]

She was a dream city with everything I hoped for. I was willing to work long hours and scrape by on the leanest of incomes to make things work. I tried again and again… but ended up having to abandon her to find real opportunities in new cities. On my journey I travelled to the mystical land of Startups. I saw over the wall into the secret garden and I’ve returned home to share what I’ve learned… and to be happily together with PDX again. Read More

Internet Astronauts launches

I can’t say that Portland, Oregon, immediately jumps to mind when someone utters the word “astronaut.”

But if Darius Monsef—the creator of COLOURlovers, an incredibly popular community site centered on the discussion of (you guessed it) color—has his way, Portland will soon be known as the home of Internet Astronauts, his latest venture.

Internet Astronauts

Apart from a strangely compelling name, what is Internet Astronauts?

Internet Astronauts is a resource for bootstrapping startups and internet entrepreneurs who are ready to ignite their rockets and launch. The blog is the central resource in our initial launch of the IA site, but soon profiles, community tools and more resources will be added.

Yes, but why astronauts?

I use the astronaut theme because it implies the risk and dedication it takes to get a startup off the ground. It can take tons of hard work, early days and late nights… and laying it all on the line. Also, Astronauts are not in their careers only because it pays well… the high-risk isn’t worth the money. They do it because they love it. I’d like to think think I’m in this business for the chance to go somewhere new, more than the chance to make a lot of money. (Although that is a great possible benefit of being an internet entrepreneur.)

If you’ve had the chance to read the guest posts that Darius has written for Silicon Florist—“Community: The Secret Sauce of a Successful Internet Startup” and “Here’s the Deadliest Catch: Hiring an Agency to Build Your Startup“—you’re already familiar with his voice and some of his opinions.

He’s definitely a force with which to be reckoned.

And that’s why I recommend you take a few moments to swing by Internet Astronauts. Or just go ahead a dive right in by subscribing to the Internet Astronauts feed.

I’m looking forward to hearing Darius’ voice, opinions, and passion as he chimes in on the startup scene.

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