Tag: Oregon

Accelerating and funding incredible women entrepreneurs in Oregon: XXcelerate Fund

The timing is impeccable. Following one of the most poignant, moving, and momentous protests in US history, it seems perfect that a group of women from the Portland startup and investment communities is launching a new organization designed to help women founders in Oregon build amazing companies—and find the funding they need. Meet the XXcelerate Fund. Read More

Rethinking rural in Independence, Oregon

What if you had access to an entire town with high speed fiber? What if it was a rural location that enabled you to work with technology and agriculture in ways that urban companies don’t often explore? Can you imagine what could you do with connected devices or Internet of Things or drones or…? Well, that place exists. Just down the road in Independence, Oregon. Read More

You've just retired from nearly 20 years of supporting Oregon's startups. What's next? Start a new company

People always say that once you’ve caught the startup bug, it’s hard to shake it. And I can’t think of any better example than Linda Weston. After 17 years of heading up the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, she decided to “retire.” But as any founder knows, “retire” is just a euphemism for “take time to see if any of my side projects have legs.” And Linda is no different. Read More

What did Silicon Florist 2016 look like?

Every year, as the year draws to a close, I like to go back and thumb through the stories that appeared on Silicon Florist. To take a look at everything from the companies mentions to the number of words I managed to shove into a mangled headline. As always, it’s an opportunity to visualize the year as an old school word cloud. Read More

If you're a startup founder, Oregon wants to help. What do you need?

Being a startup founder is difficult. Really really difficult. So I’m always happy when our community takes the opportunity to help founders. And I’m even happier when they ask those founders what they need. Instead of assuming they have the answers. That’s why I’m excited to see Oregon BEST asking startups founders—all Oregon startup founders—what kind of support they need. Read More

Hack away the weekend with Portland Science Hack Day and Hack Oregon

If there’s one thing that Portland’s never short of, it’s hacks. Hack Days, Hackathons, impromptu hacks… hack hack hackity hack. And this weekend is no different with two great ways to get together with other hack minded folks: Portland Science Hack Day and the Hack Oregon Project Season Kick Off. Read More

Like startups? Want to spend more time on the Oregon coast? RAIN has the gig for you

One of my favorite things about the ever increasing popularity of startups is the fact that they’re no longer beholden to any single location. You don’t have to be in the Valley. You don’t have to be in the city. You just have to start. Wherever you are. So it makes sense that organizations designed to support entrepreneurs are extending their resources to help. Read More

Teaming up on cleantech: Oregon and Washington organizations partner on Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator

As the world of accelerators continues to mature, we’ll see consolidation and partnering around shared areas of interest—to the benefit of the startups they support. Here in the Northwest, Oregon and Washington are combining forces to help cleantech startups with the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, a collaboration between Oregon BEST and the CleanTech Alliance of Washington. Read More

You might like Oregon…

Often, some of the simplest Web implementations are some of the most fun and compelling. And the latest effort from Travel Oregon is no different. While the piece is targeted at tourism, there’s absolutely no reason that you can’t repurpose it for your careers page to help with hiring. Hint, hint. Read More

A whole new crop of Oregon startups: Pitch Oregon

We’re starting to move into event season again. And there’s no better way to get that going than a pitch event. Startups telling their stories in the hopes of attracting investors, customers, and potentially fame. If you’re looking to be in the audience, here’s a great opportunity: Pitch Oregon. Read More

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