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Dearest founders, please take care of your mental health

If you’re a founder, you know. For all of the veneer and hype, it’s incredibly draining to be the founder of a startup — or any company for that matter. It’s lonely. It’s grueling. It’s emotionally and mentally challenging. And it’s nearly impossible to manage everything you have to do.

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A startup founder talks about A Kids Company About

For those of you early risers who are looking to get back to in-person events featuring interesting startup content, look no further than the upcoming Portland Business Journal Power Breakfast featuring Jelani Memory, founder and CEO of Portland’s A Kids Company About.

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It’s like March Madness. But for startups.

I always knew that the Portland Business Journal had an ongoing case of the brackets. But to date, those brackets have really only handled a local beer competition. But now it’s time for startups to compete, tournament bracket style, as part of the Inno Madness competition.

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A new publication focused on Portland startups

Ask anybody. Portland can always use more folks talking about what’s being built here. And what founders are starting here. And that’s why it’s always great to see other publications focusing time and energy on telling the story of those startups in town. Especially, when they bring real journalists to bear on that storytelling.

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A Kids Book About CEO Jelani Memory among Portland Business Journal Executive of the Year honorees

Founding and leading a startup is hard. Incredibly hard. And lonely. And stressful. So when a startup founder gets recognition or an award, it’s always worth taking a moment to recognize that. Like today, when Jelani Memory, founder and CEO of A Kids Book About, was honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of their Executives of the Year.

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Tracking the impact of COVID-19 on entrepreneurs and small business: Portland Dreams Disrupted

Early in the onset of the our region’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portland Business Journal began capturing the stories of a number of local small businesses — tracking their journey through this life altering experience. Now, those stories have been amalgamated with stories from around the US in American Dreams Disrupted.

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REMINDER: PIE, Portland Business Journal, and XXcelerate Fund help celebrate the launch of WeWork Labs Portland, Thursday

Portland is nothing if not collaborative. So it would only make sense that a bunch of the Portland startup community would band together to help welcome the newest startup support organization in to town, WeWork Labs Portland. And what better way to show that support than to gather in celebration of the launch of the project.

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Beware the Ides of March, Portland startups… and maybe all of 2019

For all the optimism about the beginning of the new year, there’s also a fair amount of realism. And some well informed pessimism. Most notably, for the latter, surrounding the economic correction that we’ve all been anxiously awaiting as we watched the longest running bubble in startup history continue to gently waft along.

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Portland Business Journal writer Malia Spencer talks about why she got into journalism, Portland, and startups with the And Uhhh… podcast

In today’s world of rapid consumption, we often fail to take the time to learn the super interesting backstories of people in our community. And what motivates people to do what they do. This is especially difficult when those folks make their living telling other people’s stories. That’s why I was happy to hear that the And Uhhh… crew was grabbing some time with Malia Spencer of the Portland Business Journal.

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Think you’ve got an innovative startup? Portland Business Journal wants to hear about it

Part of the challenge of running a startup is making sure that people — potential customer, mentors, employees — now about it. And there’s no better way to put your company on the map than to win an award. Even if you nominate yourself. So why not take a few minutes to throw your hat in the ring for the Portland Business Journal Small Business Innovation Awards 2017?

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