After a blistering January of blogging, it’s gotten a little quiet around these parts. I apologize. But rest assured, it’s not you, Portland. It’s me. I’ve been heads down working with the PIE and PIE Shop startups on their PIE Demo Day 2019 pitches. And I’ve been working with my Startup Champions Network peers on the Startup Champions Summit. And, of course, working on Portland Startup Week 2019. All of which has made it super quiet around here. Mea culpa.
Like the return of spring, it’s always nice to see the return of activity to the Portland startup community. As we shake off the slow down of the holidays, quickly lose that new year smell, and get back to full speed ahead. And this year, it may just be me, but March and April seem pleasantly even more crowded than usual.
There was a time that there were nearly a dozen startup accelerators in Portland. All with demo days of various flavors. Some were targeted at investors. Some at corporations. Some at community. But what they all had in common was celebration. Celebrating a group of founders and the companies they were building.
Every year, as the holidays roll around, I am reminded of a time when we—as a scrappy startup scene—all pulled together as a group to do something amazing. It was truly a first. And it was a fortifying moment for what the Portland startup scene and its friends could accomplish when we put our minds—and hearts—to it. This year, it’s the five year anniversary of that event. It was called 30 Hour Day. Read More
Like any startup accelerator, PIE likes to make its demo days as accessible as it possibly can. We always host it in a big theater. But that sold out quickly, this year. So we added a simulcast venue thanks to our friends at eBay Portland. But now both of those venues are standing room only. So in order to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience the event, we’re going to be livestreaming PIE Demo Day again. Read More
One of the best and longest running venture capital events in the state is the Bend Venture Conference. But for some of us—be it pending demo days or simply overbooked schedules—it can be hard to tear away from work to visit central Oregon. That’s why I’m happy to see that BVC is livestreaming their event this year. Read More
[Full disclosure: I work for PIE.] The wait is almost over. We’re about 24 hours away from a whole new crop of PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) startups taking the stage. And even though the event has been sold out for weeks, they’d like to invite you to attend—from the comfort of your own Web browser. Read More
It’s no secret that Portland doesn’t have a ton of big consumer brands here in town. So when one of our local startups lands a deal with a household name—especially when it’s literally a household name—that’s a pretty big deal.