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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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?
It’s no secret that Portland likes its shiny new technology. We’re among the earliest of adopters and the most curious of hobbyists with all sorts of newfangled stuff. And that means that once a technology enters the popular lexicon, we tend to be fairly well phrased in its applications and potential. So when it comes to technology like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence, folks in Portland have a great deal to say. And they’ll be doing exactly that during the next Portland Business Journal Power Breakfast.
There was a time in the Portland business world when the Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 provided an impressive list of young and talented service providers—lawyers, accountants, realtors, agencies—in the area. But very few of the folks selected—if any—were from the startup scene. I’m happy to say, that’s been changing. Gradually. But the latest list? Whoa. It’s chock full of tech talent. Read More
We’ve all got a lot to do. Surfing around to Web sites or paying attention to social sometimes falls by the wayside. That’s why I always love seeing new newsletters—because I basically live and die by email. If you’re the same, have I got a treat for you. The Portland Business Journal just launched a newsletter focused purely on startup tech. Read More
It’s no secret, we’ve had some half-assed coverage of Portland startups for a long, long time. I do a crappy job. Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian has to cover everything from gigantic corporations to the smallest startups. As do any number of other journalists at other outlets around town who have a ton on their plates. Big tech blogs only check in from time to time. But that all changes now. Meet Malia Spencer. Read More