I’m always encouraging founders to celebrate small wins. And to take pride in the progress they’re making. So for once, I’m going to follow my own advice and take a moment to celebrate. PIE, the startup accelerator that I helped cofound and continue to run as general manager, is turning 10 years old in August. So let’s celebrate.
You may have heard of a little company called WeWork. (Actually, the company is called We Company, now, but bear with me…) They’ve got a few spaces where folks can, you know, work. They even have a few of those spaces here in Portland. But what you may not know is that they’ve recently launched an accelerator program for startups called WeWork Labs. And we’re getting one of those here, too.
I knew it was happening, but I didn’t realize that it was coming together this quickly. So my sincere apologies for the tardy reminder. But better late than never. CyborgCamp — one of the defining events of the Portland startup community nearly a decade ago — is back. And it’s taking place November 3, 2018.
When it comes to Portland coworking, it’s a story of constant growth. And new players entering the game. But you have to take notice when the leading company in coworking, worldwide, continues to invest in Portland. So if you’re a startup looking for a workspace and you want to check out the newest WeWork, I’ve got some good news.
Yes, it’s true. OSCON—O’Reilly’s annual open source convention—is back in town next week. So expect the town to be chock full of even more awesome techies than usual. And likely a few more gatherings and hacks and whatnot, too. Portland’s Orchestrate and our friends from Boulder, SendGrid, are hosting a shindig at Ground Kontrol. Read More
While many demo days are closed to the public, the folks at Portland Seed Fund always want to include the community however they can. And what better way than throwing a little shindig for the community once PSF demo day is over? Read More
Sometimes, I complain that Portland’s aggressive humility prevents the startup scene from pausing, reflecting, and celebrating a little bit. It’s really something I believe we could do more often.
Remember that one time—at rec league soccer—when you megged a middie and then pulled a rainbow kick into a miraculous bicycle kick, all to score the buzzer-beater game winning goal? Yeah, well we don’t. Because we never saw it. So we just nod sadly as you begin retelling the tale.