Now, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Indie.vc. The way they’re rethinking traditional venture capital is right in line with the way companies are built around here. And their focus on generating revenue and founders retaining control has an appeal as well. So just imagine how much more of a fan I became when I heard that someone from Portland and someone who used to live in Portland were selected to help invest some Indie.vc capital.Read More
It’s the prevailing myth with startups. You come up with a great idea. Pitch a few venture capitalists. Get millions of dollars in investment. Grow the company rapidly. Exit. Everybody wins. Later rinse repeat.Read More
In my opinion, one of the most promising threads in the Portland startup community as of late has been the whole conversation about financing startups. Because not every startup is right for an equity based investment from venture capital. And even if they are, VC brings with it some pressures that can be less than positive for many companies and founders.
There are few things I enjoy and appreciate more than people who figure out how to make a living doing what they love to do. That’s what’s so appealing about indie game developers. And that’s what’s equally appealing about the scrappy Portland organization that supports them, PIGSquad, Portland Indie Game Squad. But making ends meet for an organization can be challenging. And that’s why PIGSquad has taken to Patreon to raise funds. Read More
One of the most interesting things about running Kickstarter campaigns, in my opinion, is the validation—or lack thereof—of an idea. Obviously, the funding is helpful. But the realization that other folks believe in what you’re doing and believe that you should keep doing it? That’s the real magic. And now, a new Portland indie video game, has gotten both the validation and the funding it needs. Meet XO. Read More
Portland’s indie gaming scene continues to grow and flourish, fueled in part by the wealth of game experience throughout the region. But building games as an independent can sometimes be a very solitary existence. So it’s nice to get out once in awhile. So why not hit a movie? About indie gamers. Okay. Even if you’re not a game developer you should check out GameLoading: Rise of the Indies. Read More
One of the benefits of greater access to technology is that practically anyone can build anything. One of the downsides of greater access to technology is that practically anyone can build anything. Read More