The startup world is often seen as one of constant change. And that’s because it generally is. But every once in a while, there’s an entity that manages to stay the course. Remaining consistent. And ideally, solvent. And those few and far between, steadfast entities are critical. Because it’s those elements of a startup ecosystem that provide the tentpole-esque support that ensures the ever changing elements can do what they do. And that the community will survive. From my perspective, that’s what Founders’ Co-op has done over the last 15 years for startups throughout the Pacific Northwest.Read More
REMINDER: Investing in BIPOC Founders, November 10 at 4:30PM
Oregon Sports Angels hosts a virtual gathering to discuss investing in BIPOC founders, Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 4:30PM via Zoom.
Women founders: Deadline for TiE Oregon Women’s Pitch Competition is Friday
I know I’ve been throwing a lot of deadlines at you lately. But tis the season. And here’s another interesting opportunity for women founders to pitch their companies in front of local folks. It’s the TiE Oregon Women’s Pitch Competition. And the deadline for applications is this Friday, August 20, 2021.Read More
REMINDER: Founders Live Portland reboots, this Thursday
Even the most well attended events need a refresh every once in a while. Something to shake things up. Be it format or hosts or content. And that’s what’s happening with the Portland chapter of Founders Live, which is now under new management.Read More
Read any good startup books lately…?
For many of you, I’m assuming the answer to that question is no. Not because you don’t want to. Not because you don’t realize the value. But because you simply can’t seem to carve out the time in your busy schedule to get it done. Maybe some accountability and camaraderie would be helpful? Like a book club?Read More
Two Portland startup founders among latest Founder Gym graduates
In a day and age where every startup program is a virtual program, those programs that have been virtual since day one rise to the top. One of those programs — which counts any number of PIE alums — is Founder Gym, which just graduated two more Portland companies among its latest cohort.Read More
Who likes taking startup surveys? You do. So I got you two.
Surveys. They’re like a way to get information. That can be infuriating at times. Especially when they keep hitting you. Wave after wave. But I’ve got two that are well worth your time. If you’re interested in startups getting more support. And women founders. Or one. Or the other. Whatever the case, I’ve got something for you to do this weekend.Read More
Black Founders Matter cuts first check for A Kids Book About
Speaking of new venture capital funds in Portland… Granted everything is pretty grim right now. And energy is hard to come by. Let alone optimism. So when there is a glimmer of something hopeful in the Portland startup community, that seems like something to celebrate. Like Portland’s Black Founders Matter fund making its first investment. In a Black founded Portland startup. And then that news making it into TechCrunch.Read More
Making it better together: Behind the scenes with Jaime Schmidt and Chris Cantino of Supermaker
Early stage startups can always use more support. And founders can always use more resources for mentorship and capital. That’s why I was so excited to hear about the launch Supermaker and Color, two efforts from Jaime Schmidt and Chris Cantino. Here’s a recent video sharing more on what they’re building and how they’re looking to support early stage founders — including details on the Entrepreneurial Dream Project.Read More
Willamette Week chats with Portland startup founders at MilkRun and Kamber
As the pandemic and lockdown linger on, so does the opportunity for online interviews with interesting folks. And Willamette Week has been doing a great job of chatting with a cross-section of people — including folks for the Portland startup community.Read More