Tag: PIE

An experiment in heartbreak: PIE Demo Day 2020 moves to online, only

I thought I was going to have to cancel the very first PIE Demo Day.

Not in one of those, you know, hollow-threat-coach-voice-yelling “If you startups don’t get your acts together, we’re going to have to cancel demo day!” kind of way. Not at all. I thought we were going to have to cancel it because of forces beyond our control.

I can remember it clearly.

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Building a consumer product startup? Built Oregon wants to help. But you have to apply.

Being a founder is hard. Really hard. And lonely. And nowhere have I seen that more evident than consumer product startups. With tech startups, at least we’re online most of the day. On email. Or Slack. Or Twitter. It doesn’t make being a founder any less difficult. But at least you feel connected.

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Meet some new Portland startups: PIE Demo Day 2020 is roughly six weeks away

Six weeks. In the world of startups, that might as well be an eternity. But, in reality, it will be here sooner than you think. And so, in many ways, PIE Demo Day 2020 is practically here. So if you’re even remotely interested in seeing some of the newest startups in Portland, it’s probably best that you grab a ticket soon. Like right now.

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Two Techstars take three Portland startups

Okay okay okay. Maybe I’m still a bit sore that Techstars passed Portland up to make Seattle its Northwest presence. (Admittedly, they made the right decision.) Or maybe it’s the fact that we were only home to a Techstars for a brief shining three months thanks to the inaugural “powered by” program.

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Learning about Portland through a visitor’s experiences

There’s a running joke among some of the startup community that the best opportunity to get to spend quality time with folks from Portland is to wind up together in another town for an event or some such. Now, I’m happily realizing that sometimes the best way to learn something new about our community is to have someone from outside of town tell you about it. This was recently the case with Anika Horn. And something similar just happened with Anthony Ware, who spent a couple of weeks in Portland, recently.

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Puppet now has an active hand in supporting the next wave of Portland startups

Earlier this week, Puppet announced that they would be serving as the workspace for more than two dozen early stage Portland startups. For some, this might seem like a surprising move. But in actuality, it’s core to the culture of the company. And has been a hallmark of its existence, ever since Reductive Labs relocated to Portland.

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Helping parents approach challenging topics with A Kids Book About

In this day and age with the level of exposure and access to information, kids are often dealing with any number of topics far sooner than previous generations. And parents—who had a very different upbringing—are searching for ways to effectively support their kids. And that’s the opportunity that A Kids Book About is working to address. With books focused on kids that help parents discuss challenging topics.

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Doing things differently: Portland startup Brave Care balances tradition and innovation… on a variety of fronts

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Darius Monsef. And a lot of that is because I’ve been lucky to watch his efforts and growth over a dozen years or so. And with him now on the third Portland startup that he’s cofounded, I continue to be impressed with the maturity and perspective his significant startup experience — both within Portland and beyond — has wrought.

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A little help for a Portland startup family? All it takes is a swab

You probably haven’t met Kat and Asa Miller. They’re very private folks. So it wouldn’t surprise me if their names don’t ring any bells. I was lucky enough to meet Asa early in the days of mobile in Portland. Back when PIE was still a coworking space and community event space. He was unassuming. And ridiculously talented. Like many Portland folks.

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