Tag: PIE

Pitch Club: Skinny guys pitch ’til they’re burger

Oh you thought you got a summer break? Maybe a little time off during the Rose Festival? Wrong. If you’re going to pitch, you’re going to pitch. Day in, day out. No breaks. No tap outs.

So get ready. Because Thursday night you’ve got another opportunity to pitch. And get criticism on your pitch. Yep. That’s right. It’s Pitch Club time again. Read More

Find yourself geolocated in Portland for JSConf or NodeConf? Join GeoIQ for some hacking and geogeeking, this Sunday

You know how Portland loves the geogeeking. I mean, we’re always hearing about how folks are using geolocation to hack, build products, or simply determine how badass particular Portland neighborhoods may be.

But for all the local activity, it’s always nice when other folks who love geolocation data are in town, too. And that just so happens to be the case, what with JSConf and NodeConf coming up next week. Well, GeoIQ would like to take advantage of that serendipity. So they’re hosting a Portland GeoIQ JavaScript Hack Day at PIE, Sunday, May 1 beginning at noon. Read More

Code for a Better World: How Nike went from flirting with the idea of open data to creating a fellowship with Code for America

This is the story of Nike, open data, and Code for a Better World Fellowship. I’m telling it in hopes that more people—and hopefully better storytellers—will start talking about it.

Portland is an amazing place. A small town of sorts. Where interesting things manage to happen because of the connections, the openness, and the passion for collaboration that exists here. But that’s not always obvious. So I wanted to try to make it a little more obvious by sharing one such experience.

It’s a story about how some of the Portland tech community and sustainability community recently had the opportunity to collaborate with one of the largest businesses in the world and one of the most successful private advertising agencies in the world—all in the name of openness and open data. Read More

Want criticism and guidance on your elevator pitch? Pitch Club is Thursday night

Your pitch isn’t going to get any better if you don’t practice. And you’re not going to get the kind of critical feedback you need from friends and family. Because, let’s be honest. Your pitch is shaky at best. And it could use some work.

Go ahead, Cornelius. You can cry.

But once you’re finished weeping, pack up your stuff, gird your ego, and head on over to PIE for Pitch Club on Thursday night at 6 PM. You and your pitch will be better for it. Read More

Manic Monday: UX Tweetup, Open Source Bridge volunteer meeting, and Failures, Conjectures & Closure

Well, it must be spring. Because there are tech events cropping up all over. And this week is starting off with a bang. Problem being? Conflicts. You’ve got to pick and choose your activities for tonight.

Your choices? Well, tonight, you’ve got three big ones (and probably others I’ve missed). There’s a UX Tweetup at the Green Dragon with Whitney Hess, an Open Source Bridge volunteer meeting at Lucky Lab Overlook Tap Room, and Failures, Conjectures & Closure at PIE. Read More

Miss out on Darius Monsef’s fireside chat at PIE? Don Park captured it for you

As everyone knows, there are always a ton of tech events happening in Portland on any given day. And it’s difficult to make it to most of them. But luckily there are folks like Don Park who take the opportunity to capture the moment.

So if you missed the get together with Darius Monsef of COLOURlovers, last week at PIE, fear not. Don managed to capture a pretty good audio stream of the event—and some video. It’s well worth a listen.

Take a few minutes to hear Darius—and the entire COLOURlovers team—talk about Y Combinator, the Portland startup scene, and getting your ideas out there.
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Give your mirror and your pets a break. Practice your pitch at Pitch Club instead.

Pitching your startup. It ain’t easy. And it takes practice. But there are only so many times you can talk to yourself in the mirror. Or ask your cat to sit still and listen intently. Besides, let’s be honest. Your cat’s feedback? Suspect. At best.

That’s why there’s Pitch Club. So you can practice your pitch in front of other people who have been standing in front of the mirror a lot, too. Just head on over to PIE, this Thursday at 6:30 PM. Read More

Don’t just demo, Portland. Demolicious. (Your favorite tech demo night is back.)

If you’ve been around Portland for a while, you might recall Demolicious, a quarterly series of events hosted by Portland Web Innovators that allowed Portland startups and developers demo interesting projects on which they had been working. It was a great way to see all the random stuff happening in town.

If you’ve been around Portland for a while, you might recall Demolicious, a quarterly series of events hosted by Portland Web Innovators that allowed Portland startups and developers to demo interesting projects on which they had been working. It was a great way to see all the random stuff happening in town.

Well, as these sorts of things often do, Demolicious went on a bit of hiatus. But now? It’s back. A little bigger and a little better. Well, a little better, that is, if you apply to show Portland what you’ve been working on. Read More

Breaking out of your shell: Webtrends 101 offers an incubator space for Portland digital marketing startups

Now, Webtrends is helping small businesses by offering up an incubator of its own—Webtrends 101, a space designed specifically for fledgling Portland digital marketing companies.

[HTML2]As more and more Portland types begin to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, there has become a need for locations where small teams can work side by side—without it taking a great deal of investment to make it happen. To support this growing market, we’ve seen reasonably priced office space like the Leftbank Project and Olympic Mills, coworking locations like NedSpace and Souk, and hybrid workspaces like the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE).

Now, Webtrends is doing its part to help small businesses launch by offering up an incubator of its own—Webtrends 101, a space designed specifically for fledgling Portland digital marketing companies. Read More

One night only! The fabulous Portland Foursquare Day, Whiffies pies, and Strange Love Live swarm

For one night only, Portland, you’ll secure a new Foursquare badge for Foursquare Day, feast on Whiffies pies, and be part of Portland’s premier tech podcast, Strange Love Live.

[HTML3]You, on the motorcycle! You two girls! Tell your friends. For one night only, Portland, you’ll have the opportunity to secure a new Foursquare badge for Foursquare Day, feast on some tasty Whiffies pies, and be part of the live studio audience for Portland’s premier tech podcast, Strange Love Live.

How, praytell, do you partake in this once in a lifetime opportunity? Just show up at Whiffies around 10 PM tonight, April 16. Read More