I like to think of Portland as a philanthropic town. Lots of nonprofits. Lots of looking out for one another. And a few high net worth individuals and family offices giving back to causes they cherish. But what if you’re not ridiculously wealthy? What if you’re just an average company looking to do more for those around you…? For you, there’s Field Day.Read More
Still running, still giving back: 4K 4Charity Run shifts dates to honor the legacy of Sam Blackman
While I don’t run — I played keeper — I recognize that there are a lot of folks out there who do. Sometimes, even for fun. And while grokking that concept is completely beyond me, who am I to prevent you from running, having fun, and giving to a good cause? Because that’s exactly what the 4K 4Charity is designed to do.
REMINDER: 4K 4Charity Run takes place October 12, 2017
If my Instagram feed is any indication, a number of you just spent the last weekend running in the Portland Marathon. So this may be a little early to pound the pavement again. But trust that I’m only asking you to get back on the road because it’s for a good cause. It’s time for another 4K 4Charity Run. Read More
Remembering Sam Blackman
Sam Blackman was going to be the mayor of Portland. He might have even been governor of Oregon. And potentially a senator. But I was always convinced that he was going to be the mayor. He never told me that he wanted to be. I just knew that someday, he would be.
Rest in peace, Sam. You will be greatly missed.
I don’t really know what to say. And I hate that I may be the first one to share this news with you but I felt like you should know. Sam Blackman, cofounder and CEO of Elemental, has passed away. He was 41.
Branching out: 10 Branch looks to help the next generation of Portland startups
The virtuous cycle. We hear about it all the time. Someone starts a company, successfully exits that company, generates wealth for founders and employees, and then that group uses those new financial resources to reinvest in the community. Which leads to someone starting a company… Read More
Betting it's for more than 4K: Quintessential Portland startup Elemental acquired by Amazon Web Services
As long as I’ve been banging on a keyboard about this whole Portland startup scene thing, there’s been one company that has been referenced in any Portland startup conversation: Elemental. And now, it’s a startup no longer. Elemental Technologies is being acquired by Amazon Web Services. Read More
Navigating the high Cs: Puppet Labs, Elemental, and Urban Airship have all recently secured senior CFO talent
It’s always interesting to watch startups attract and secure senior talent. And when three of them secure CFOs in rapid succession, things are even more interesting. Which is exactly what’s happening around Portland these days where financial officers seem to be a hot commodity for startups. Read More
Portland's Elemental Technologies nominated for international awards
It’s always nice to see Portland startups getting recognition. Especially when it’s on the world stage. And such is the case with Portland’s Elemental Technologies, who has been nominated for awards at the IBC—arguably the most important tradeshow of the year for their industry. Read More
Put a little bit of Portland on stage in Seattle: Chirpify, Elemental, Urban Airship vie for GeekWire Awards
It’s no secret that I have a bit of a good natured rivalry with our friends at GeekWire. Emerald City vs Rose City, Sounders vs Timbers… you get the drift. And I can’t think of any better way to stir things up than to put a few Portland companies on stage during their GeekWire Awards ceremony, next week. Read More