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.Read More
The long running membership organization, OEN, has announced a new board of directors to guide the organization. Six of the board members are returning and nine have been added.Read More
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.Read More
While everyone is being negatively impacted by this worldwide pandemic, folks who identify as women are often disproportionately affected by what’s happening. That’s why XXcelerate wanted to check on Oregon womxn entrepreneurs to see how they’re doing.Read More
For those of you just tuning in, it’s a short session in the Oregon legislature, this year. Without getting into the particulars, suffice it to say that it’s traditionally very difficult to move legislation during these sessions because of the limited amount of time. So leave it to entrepreneurs to say “Really? We like those odds.” Which is what’s happening with Oregon House Bill 4033.Read More
This post was originally supposed to be about an upcoming OEN Pub Talk panel I was going to be part of. But unfortunately, it’s turned now, instead, into post about OEN, itself. And the dire straits in which the organization has suddenly and unexpectedly become embroiled.Read More
There was a time, not so long ago, when all of the news about startups focused on — and emanated from — the Bay Area. But gradually, folks across the US and abroad started telling the stories about what they were seeing in their startup communities. And it’s my belief that it is often through that storytelling that any number of startup communities became self aware. So it’s always nice to see a roundup of those publications and the folks who create the content for them. Like this recent piece from Ecosystem Builder Hub.Read More
Hopefully, you’ve all been tuning in to Stephen Green’s tweets highlighting some amazing black entrepreneurs in Portland. It’s become a tradition designed to help celebrate Black History Month. This year, however, the celebration isn’t just virtual. On the last day of the month, there will be two in person opportunities to celebrate Black History Month and the black entrepreneurs in our community.
Portland makes its way on to any number of lists. Some good, some not so good. So it’s really nice to see that a recent report by LendingTree has Portland ranking #6 — just behind Seattle at #5 — for successful entrepreneurs of color. And that’s even more relevant when you take into account that four of the top ten cities are in California.