Tag: Founder

Behind PitchBlack: Free Enterprise spends time with founder Stephen Green

Portland is lucky to be home to one of the most impactful and growing events for black entrepreneurs, PitchBlack, a pitch competition that has featured local black founders for the past three years and has now expanded to other cities. But where did the concept get its start? Free Enterprise sat down with founder Stephen Green to get the story.

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A Portland founder’s perspective on venture capital and its effects on companies

In the startup world, there are some prevailing assumptions about venture capital and building companies. But just because those assumptions are prevailing doesn’t mean they’re correct. That’s why I always like resources that help demystify the world of venture capital and its impact on companies. Like Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson.

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Portland startup founders collaborate to raise visibility of — and funds for — black founders and women founders

I love startup folks. They’re creative. And resilient. And optimistic. And when one path doesn’t pay off, they’ll quickly start right down another one. So it should come as no surprise that two Portland founders—both representing notoriously under funded demographics among the ranks of venture capital funded startups—would look for an opportunity to fund their companies in new way. Meet Fund a Founder.

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If you're a startup founder, Oregon wants to help. What do you need?

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

Lowering the barrier to entry: Founders Fund allows Portland founders to ante up for Portland Seed Fund II

One of the topics I didn’t cover in my round up of the most recent Portland Seed Fund demo day was an announcement made near the end of the show. Mostly because I wanted a chance to catch up with Portland serial entrepreneur Chris Logan, who is spearheading the effort. Read More

"Founders have a shelf life": ShopIgniter founder Alan Wizemann steps back from day-to-day operations

One of the most challenging things for any entrepreneur is recognizing his or her limitations. That’s one of the many reasons why entrepreneurs are so good at making mistakes. They simply can’t help it. So when a startup type does recognize those limitations? That’s often a very, very good read. Read More

Deperately seeking cofounder or desperately looking for an excuse to move to Portland? FounderDating can help… if you hurry

Portland recently unlocked the FounderDating program for our city. Now, it’s time to take the next step: registering to be a founder in the network. But you’ve got to hurry. The application deadline for the first round closes August 9. Read More

From the mouths of startup founders: Geoff Lewis of Founders Fund and Scott Kveton of Urban Airship share their knowledge

On any given day, you can peruse Hacker News and find tons of posts from startup founders. But it’s rare to get the chance to sit down with those founders and ask them questions, face to face. This Monday, however, you’ll get that chance. In fact, you’ll get two founders: Geoff Lewis of Founders Fund and Scott Kveton of Urban Airship. Read More

Find a corsage and a breath mint: Portland FounderDating applications due August 9

Sometimes, the most difficult part of starting a company can be finding the right cofounder. Someone who is passionate about the concept, is willing to put ridiculous energy into make it happen, and brings complementary skills and attitudes to the project. Read More

Bye bye to Beer and Blog founder, Justin Kistner

And so it goes. Times change. People move on. Beer and Blog is no different. And now, Justin Kistner—the founder of that seminal happy hour for Portland’s tech scene—is relocating to San Francisco. That’s right. I said “seminal.”

Given what a great contribution the weekly gathering has been to our tech scene, it only makes sense that Portland provides him with a little going away party—at Beer and Blog. Read More

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