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.Read More
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.Read More
It seems patently ridiculous that the so called “Land of Opportunity” would need a jumpstart for entrepreneurship. But that’s where we find ourselves. And once you peel back the veneer, there’s little surprise as to why. Rising cost of living, unaffordable healthcare, crushing student loan debt, lack of access to capital, lack of risk tolerance from investors… the list of negatives go on and on.Read More
In my experience, Portland founders are pretty good at giving back. Through volunteer work. Or donations. Or participating in organizations like Business for a Better Portland. But like so many things Portland, the measurement of that participation is largely anecdotal. That’s why it’s nice to see a survey working to capture more details and metrics on this behavior.
Conferences and events can be the bane of a startup’s existence — or the key to serendipity and success. But it’s always hard to tell which conferences are which. That’s why I’m really happy to see the Case Foundation’s list of inclusive entrepreneurship conferences for this year.
Being a startup founder is difficult. Really really difficult. So I’m always happy when our community takes the opportunity to help founders. And I’m even happier when they ask those founders what they need. Instead of assuming they have the answers. That’s why I’m excited to see Oregon BEST asking startups founders—all Oregon startup founders—what kind of support they need. Read More
Sometimes, even the most startuppy of us has a day job. But when you can combine that day job with the opportunity to teach others about entrepreneurship? Then you’ve got something good going. And no one does a better job of keeping a foot in both camps than our own Shashi Jain. And now, he’s getting the recognition he so richly deserves. Read More
Anyone who has chatted with me about “hurdles the Portland startup scene has yet to overcome” has heard me describe one of those problems as the dearth of serial founders in town. You know, the folks who founded companies or were early employees, built something, exited, and then started something else. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Well, a few recent news stories have me thinking that might be starting to happen with a little more consistency, finally. Read More