I love startup founders. One day they’re winning pitch competitions. The next day, without taking a breath, they’re onto something new. Take Damola Omotosho, founder of CardCraft. Last night, he took second place at PitchBlack. Today? He’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the next stage of growth for the company.Read More
Having a hard time getting stuff done? Maybe you need a little Momentum
This time of year, we’re all trying to be better versions of ourselves. Okay, honestly? Statistics show that most of us have given up on that by this time of year. But if you’re one of the hardy few who continues to try to make yourself better — first off, congrats — this Kickstarter project may interest you. It’s called Momentum.Read More
Toward more inclusive and realistic images
You’ve all seen it. The stock imagery. It’s the high fiving white dudes. Or the oddly tokenized board room shot. But what if available stock photography wasn’t so cheesy? And what if it represented a broader range of the folks we work with day in and day out? That’s what Disabled and Here is hoping to accomplish. And they could use your help.
Portland startup AllGo has a Kickstarter that you should all go back
Last year, it was Madorra. They seemed to be everywhere. Winning pitch competitions. And gathering accolades. And with good reason. This year, as they continue to grow their company, Madorra seems to have handed off those reins to a new early stage startup. And, like Madorra, they seem to be well on their way to garnering a ton of attention and winning any number of pitch competitions. Meet AllGo.
Struggling with personal finance? Maybe more cats will help…?
When you’re a founder, dealing with your money—or lack thereof—can be yet another added stressor in your already overly stressful existence. And let’s be honest. Most of the issue—again, like many other issues of being a founder—is due to ignorance and naivety. If only there were a way to simplify your understanding of personal finance… and if only it had cats.
Sounds like a unique product: Audibility approaches the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign
Maybe it’s just me, but my in-ear headphones? They spend more time out-of-ear. As in falling out of my ear. No matter how beautifully designed. They just fall out. A lot. That’s why I’m looking forward to the end of this successful Kickstarter campaign from Portland startup Audibility. So that I can finally have some headphones that stay in. Read More
Experimenting with open source, community, Kickstarter… and a glut of cooking metaphors
I really enjoy highlighting projects other folks are creating. Really really. Conversely, I always hate highlighting my own projects. That’s not why I started this blog. This is always weird. Still, I wanted to let folks know that PIE—the ongoing experiment between the Portland startup community and Wieden+Kennedy that I helped cofound and continue to run—is changing what it’s doing. And that may impact you. Read More
Portland trifecta: Kickstarter, WordPress, and geeking combine for a successful campaign
Portland loves its Kickstarter. And it adores its WordPress. And geeking out? Well that goes without saying. So it makes perfect sense that a Kickstarter project for a geeky project for WordPress would find success here. And that’s exactly what happened. Read More
Creating cool kids from scratch: Get in on "The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code"
Really, if there’s one thing Portland is good at, it’s DIY. But DIY doesn’t have to be all about homemade leather suspenders or knit bombing telephone poles… When two local women needed a cool kid’s book about code for a gift to their new-to-fatherdom friend, they couldn’t find one. And this being Portland, they decided, "That’s a shame. Let’s make one." And so they have. Read More
Portland indie video game XO finds fans … and the funding needed to bring it to reality
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