There was a time when Portland was at the forefront of access to civic data. Then we lost some ground. Maybe a great deal of ground. But we’re having a renaissance of sorts. With the Smart City PDX effort. And with Hack Oregon’s announcement of the new Civic platform.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of people starting stuff. And it’s not just companies. I like it when people start podcasts, blogs, events, meetups… you name it. Start start start. That’s why I was really happy to see that the inaugural Latinx Tech PDX was so successful that it’s starting to be a thing. They’re doing it again, this Thursday.
Last night, the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) held their annual Oregon Tech Awards celebration gala, their biggest event of the year. (Coincidentally, GeekWire held their big Seattle tech awards last night, too.) And the Portland startup community was well represented.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: PDX Women in Tech is the best thing going in the Portland tech community right now. From startups to established corporations, the organization continues to provide an impressive—and ever growing—center of gravity for our community. And now, they’re formalizing the leadership of the organization with the hiring of their first executive director, Elizabeth Stock.
Of the many things I love about the Portland startup community, one of my favorite things is how we’re more than willing to try models that have worked in other places. But if that model doesn’t work for us? We’ll switch it up. Which is exactly what’s happening with 1 Million Cups Portland.
If there’s one thing that modern day startup existence continues to hammer home for founders, it’s this: talk to customers. Potential customers. Current customers. Past customers. They’re all treasure troves of what’s working and what’s not. But once you’ve heard their feedback, what then? Well, that’s what an upcoming ProductStack PDX gathering is hoping to illuminate.
I know. I know. I’m a little tardy with the reminder. But let’s face it. You probably would have put off submitting an application until now anyway. So let’s just call it even. Fine. Agree to disagree. But rather than arguing with me, you should probably get to work on your DevOpsDays PDX talk proposal.
It’s a common occurrence. You manage to make your way through another week at your current gig. But whether you’re at a code school or working on a side project or daydreaming about something more challenging, you’re thinking you may be ready for something new. So when the weekend rolls around, you’re already preparing to see what else is out there. Read More
There’s a lot to like about the Portland Maker community. And a lot that reminds me of the Portland startup community ten years ago. Amazing people. Awesome creativity. And some really really interesting projects. That’s why it’s been an honor to get to participate in PDX Maker Week to celebrate that awesomeness. Read More