While it may seem like a negative, I always see competing events as a positive thing for the community. In very much a “the more, the merrier” kind of way. And it’s always nice to see folks choosing different times than “after work” for getting folks together. So you can only imagine my joy at noticing that we have two competing Portland startup community coffee break meetups on Wednesday.Read More
Kickoff 2023 with some coffee and some other founders
One of the few consistent morning startup events in town, Coffee w/ Co-Founders, is kicking off another year of connecting the community. And if you’re a founder — no matter what the stage of your startup — you’re invited to join the group to meet other folks who are building something new.Read More
Hoping for a hardware-focused happy hour? Huzzah! Your hopes have been handled, honorably.
I don’t want to get my hopes up. Or our collective hopes up. But there’s something about a new happy hour popping up on Meetup that makes me think that things may be changing for the better. Especially when it’s a gathering that brings together a community of folks who could use more happy hours. Like the local hardware community. Meet Hardware Happy Hour (3H) Portland.Read More
Have you heard about this startup…?
As I mentioned, I was looking for an excuse to use Twitter Spaces, the Clubhouse competitor. And startups promoting what they’re working on seemed on brand. It’s not a competition. It’s just an opportunity to share more about your company. And the beta test of what may become an ongoing event will take place Thursday, March 25, 2021, starting at 4:00PM.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
Calling all Oregon Angels
If you’re an Angel investor in Oregon, Josh Carter — who has recently landed a new gig as the Program Director of Blue Ventures/Maritime Innovation Accelerator at Washington Maritime Blue — has started a new meetup for you to meet your peers, Coffee with Angel Investors.Read More
REMINDER: Westside Early-Stage Entrepreneur Peer Support happens F2F IRL Thursday
Leave it to entrepreneurs to begin testing that whole “meeting in person” concept. Westside Early-Stage Entrepreneur Peer Support Meetup tomorrow will be the first in person gathering I’ve heard about in months.Read More
Questions about the Portland startup community? Please join the next PIE AMA / Q&A and ask them
So about a month ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with folks about their questions about the Portland startup community, finding cofounders, and the like. But we didn’t even scratch the surface of questions. So we’ve scheduled another session.Read More
Envisioning a startup exit strategy that results in more winners and more sustained value
When folks are talking about startup activity, there are generally a few topics that jump to the fore: starting companies, funding companies, and liquidity events, the euphemism for that point in time when founders, investors, and ideally employees generate wealth from their efforts. But what if that last event — that exit — could also benefit the folks who find the most value in what that company was providing? That’s the concept with Exit to Community.Read More
Future of 1 Million Cups Portland, A resignation and apology
[Editor: Meetup groups shut down all of the time. That’s not newsworthy. What’s worth your time is reading about why the Portland 1 Million Cups Meetup is shutting down. And then decide what we can do to prevent this from happening again. The following was sent to the group by lead organizer, Dayna Reed. Reposted with permission.]