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Working on starting something new? Get community, connections, and mentorship for your new startup

When times get bad, like they are now, it can be an ironically positive time for startups. With folks getting laid off and out of work, with the economy tanking, starting your own thing can often be the most reasonable path forward. And given that Oregon offers unemployment benefits to folks who are starting new things, it’s more even likely that laid off folks around here would be pursuing that path.

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Willamette Week chats with the entrepreneur author of A Kids Book About Racism

I’ve been intentionally quiet here. Because there are more important conversations to be had. Conversations about Black lives. And how those Black lives matter. And our systemically racist society. Admittedly uncomfortable conversations for many that require space and time for that discomfort. And more so than any other time, it feels to me that my babbling is just taking up space. Right now is not a time for me to take up any space.

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Chatting with the founder of Portland startup MilkRun about her journey

Any number of companies have been negatively impacted by this pandemic. But even these dark times can have bright spots. Like validating business models that local startups have been championing. Take Portland startup MilkRun, who was working to rethink the grocery supply chain long before folks were seeing the weaknesses of the large provider system.

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Word of mouth: Talking startups, marketing, Portland, and more with Saul Colt

If you haven’t had the chance to meet Saul Colt — or at least experienced his work — he’s an incredibly creative and engaging personality. And while he may not live here, he’s very much a Portland person at heart. So I’ll never pass up a chance to talk to him. And as luck would have it, I got two chances recently. Both of which were recorded.

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Questions about the Portland startup community? Please join the next PIE AMA / Q&A and ask them

So about a month ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with folks about their questions about the Portland startup community, finding cofounders, and the like. But we didn’t even scratch the surface of questions. So we’ve scheduled another session.

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The right questions get you to the right answers. Learn how to ask the right startup questions.

As a startup founder, you’re seemingly on the constant unending for answers. How do I do this? Where do I go for this? How does I… whatever? But getting to the right answers often takes asking the right questions. And that can be the most difficult thing to figure out. Which is why it’s nice to have a professional question asker like Leah Noble Davidson to help.

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Join PIE for a conversation with Shelly Bell of Black Girl Ventures

Community thrives on connections. Creating those connections can always be challenging. But they’re definitely something that can be even harder to come by these days. That’s why PIE has started a series of livestream conversations to keep the community connecting and conversing. Up next? PIE will be chatting with Shelly Bell of Black Girl Ventures.

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Chatting with Willamette Week about the current state of the Portland startup community

Strange times. I don’t have any better insights than you do. But I’m trying to make sense of it. Of this weirdness. Of this new abnormal. And trying to find threads or themes or paths that will help us move forward. That will give startups opportunities. And that will give all of us some strange semblance of a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Not your average startup founder Q&A — and yet somehow it seems like exactly what’s needed in these strange times

What if you had the opportunity to talk to an extroverted former professional musician, former startup founder, former startup accelerator manager, budding chef who happens to work in the world of VR? Pretty compelling right? That’s right. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Nick Lambert.

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Managing well meaning but messy intentions: Discussing how to keep projects born in crisis on a path to success

I’ve mentioned this pattern a few times before. We see it repeating again in this new new normal. A crisis occurs. Collaborative communities — open source, startup, Portland — rush to the fore, eager to solve it. Immediate tactics have some meaningful but limited impact. And then the bigger problems reveal themselves. And things get real complicated real quickly.

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