It may seem weird now, but coworking wasn’t always a thing. And it really didn’t get traction in Portland until the mortgage crisis. When a couple of spaces were testing the appetite for shared space environments. Only one of those original trendsetters survived and flourished over the last decade: NedSpace. And now, NedSpace is moving on to its next chapter with new owner Jorge Guzman, founder and CEO of Vive Northwest and Hispanicpros.Read More
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.