While I’ve never had the chance to visit, I’ve heard a great deal about Medellin, Colombia. And how they have an incredible startup scene. And tons of government support. That’s why it’s no surprise that they’ve been called the Most Innovative City in the World. And now, representatives of that Innovative City are visiting the Rose City. And you’re invited to come chat with them.
Portland was pretty early on the coworking bandwagon. The lean and collegial environments—with little required in terms of financial commitment—seemed to work well with our disparate workforce and pervading startup culture. And folks flocked to them even in the doldrums of the last decade. Read More
When it comes to running a startup in Portland, one of the most common misconceptions has to be the “it’s impossible to raise money in Portland” one. Now, it’s not easy. But it’s not impossible.
How do I know? Well, because people have been raising money. Even in this economy. And on Tuesday, Starveups is going to let some of those money raising folks share their stories. What’s more, they’d like you to come hear them. Read More
[HTML2]As more and more Portland types begin to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, there has become a need for locations where small teams can work side by side—without it taking a great deal of investment to make it happen. To support this growing market, we’ve seen reasonably priced office space like the Leftbank Project and Olympic Mills, coworking locations like NedSpace and Souk, and hybrid workspaces like the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE).
Now, Webtrends is doing its part to help small businesses launch by offering up an incubator of its own—Webtrends 101, a space designed specifically for fledgling Portland digital marketing companies. Read More
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times (at least): Portland loves the open source. Loves it. From user groups to committing to code to supporting all things open, it’s part of the very makeup of our tech community. And no single event proves that love for open source more than Open Source Bridge, an entirely volunteer-run event that focuses on what it takes to be a good open source citizen.
Yes, you read that right. It’s entirely volunteer run. So if you’ve got a few extra cycles and have an interest in open source, I highly suggest you swing by NedSpace Old Town to help the Open Source Bridge folks plan Open Source Bridge 2010, tonight. Read More
Pitching makes perfect. Or practicing pitching makes perfect. Or pitching perfectly… Um. Whatever the case, if you’re a startup you can always use more practice pitching. And there’s no better place to practice that pitch than in front of a crowd—or being part of the crowd watching someone else pitch.
Where has the week gone? It seems like just yesterday that we were regaling in the exploits of the Portland tech scene. Well, like it or not, it’s Thursday. And that means you get a new episode of memePDX. It’s like fruitcake. Only less edible.
Last summer, many people rejoiced in the fact that the City of Portland had chosen to adopt the Portland Economic Development Strategy. Those of us around here were especially happy that a portion of that Strategy contained the recognition of coworking spaces as a crucial and viable part of Portland’s startup culture.
Among those named in the Strategy, was none other than relative newcomer NedSpace, a coworking space that developed a rapid—and perhaps even rabid—following with the startup crowd. Now, true to form, NedSpace is continuing that momentum, striking up a partnership with industry organizations OEN, SAO, and TechAmerica. Read More
When I first posted on the “Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes” discussion at NedSpace Old Town—which is being held tonight starting at 4:30—it sparked an interesting conversation in the comments.
Well, as much as I love the blog comments, I’m hoping that a fruitful conversation can occur in person, as well. That’s why I’m encouraging you to attend the talk tonight, regardless of your stance on the subject. Read More