Tag: Entrepreneur

Student loan forgiveness may unlock — or at least unburden — entrepreneurs

We see stuff talked about in the news all of the time. And on social. And amidst a 24-hour news cycle. And despite our best efforts, it tends to make us less and less receptive to the messages being conveyed. Which is why when one of these topics hits close to home, it seems to make it more tangible. Like student loan relief and Portland startup Nexgarden.

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Missouri legislation calls for Office of Entrepreneurship and startup tax breaks

Given that the Oregon 10 year Innovation Plan is top of my mind, I’ve been poking around to see what other states are doing in support of innovation and entrepreneurship. And this proposed legislation for Missouri was interesting for a number of reasons.

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State of Oregon releases plan to guide innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment efforts over the next decade

Oregon now has a strategy for guiding the future of innovation in the state. The nearly 100 page document, created by TEConomy Partners from Ohio based on the insights from a number of interviews from around the state and months of guidance from the Oregon Innovation Council Futures Commission, provides strategic direction on recommended activities that will enable Oregon to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment over the next 10 years.

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Portland startup Tan Tan Foods featured in Entrepreneur

For all of the interesting startup activity in the tech sector, there’s exponentially more variety — and a bunch of equally interesting stories — in the consumer product startup community in Oregon. Like the story of Lisa Tran and Tan Tan Foods, a collection of Vietnamese sauces inspired by family recipes.

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Puppet founder Luke Kanies reveals more about his next venture, Clickety

It’s always nice to see successful Portland founders moving from being one-time entrepreneurs to serial entrepreneurs. And so I’ve been watching with interest as Luke Kanies, the founder of Portland’s Puppet, chase his next pursuit, Clickety.

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Which second tier startup communities are effectively promoting entrepreneurship?

If a startup community grows and there’s no one around to tell the story of that community, is it really a viable startup community? Stories are important. As is promotion. So it’s always nice to see second tier startup cities taking the time to highlight all of the amazing entrepreneurial activity in their midst.

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REMINDER: Westside Early-Stage Entrepreneur Peer Support happens F2F IRL Thursday

Leave it to entrepreneurs to begin testing that whole “meeting in person” concept. Westside Early-Stage Entrepreneur Peer Support Meetup tomorrow will be the first in person gathering I’ve heard about in months.

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Willamette Week chats with the entrepreneur author of A Kids Book About Racism

I’ve been intentionally quiet here. Because there are more important conversations to be had. Conversations about Black lives. And how those Black lives matter. And our systemically racist society. Admittedly uncomfortable conversations for many that require space and time for that discomfort. And more so than any other time, it feels to me that my babbling is just taking up space. Right now is not a time for me to take up any space.

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Tracking the impact of COVID-19 on entrepreneurs and small business: Portland Dreams Disrupted

Early in the onset of the our region’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portland Business Journal began capturing the stories of a number of local small businesses — tracking their journey through this life altering experience. Now, those stories have been amalgamated with stories from around the US in American Dreams Disrupted.

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The Hidden Founders Project: Highlighting amazing entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley

Naithan Jones of Andreesen Horowitz is starting a new research project that’s going to be of interest to most — if not all — founders around these parts. He’s calling it “The Hidden Founders Project.” And it’s an effort to highlight amazing entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley.

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