It’s no secret that I love a good startup pitch event. And I love them even more when I’m introduced to amazing new companies. If you’re the same way, then you’re definitely going to want to grab a ticket for TiE Pitch Oregon the morning of December 7, 2017.
As a founder, you’re always looking for opportunities to promote your company. And locally, there are few opportunities as big as PitchfestNW, the pitch competition held as part of TechfestNW, Portland’s largest homegrown tech event. Plus, you get a free pass to the event.
Every October, any number of investors descend upon Bend to take part in the largest cash prize startup competition in the Pacific Northwest, the Bend Venture Conference. It’s arguably the most valuable investor gathering in the state. But you know what? It’s only truly valuable if there are awesome startups there. That’s where you come in.
It wasn’t so long ago when Portland was hungry for a homegrown tech conference that celebrated and showcased the wide variety of technology and startups that call the Rose City home. Over the last few years, TechfestNW has grown from beyond its humble beginnings to be exactly that sort of conference. But they’re not stopping there. Read More
Some folks love inaugural events. Me? I’m more a fan of watching the growth, maturation, and progression of events as they take place again and again. There’s something to the repetition. And the ongoing improvement over time. That’s why I’m really looking forward to attending the second iteration of Portland’s Pitch Black. Read More
There’s just something about a pitch. Be it a Demo Day or a Demolicious or a Startup Weekend or even just one-on-one, I love hearing startups tell their stories. So when the fine folks at 1776—an early stage startup accelerator from the DC area—reached out to PIE to see if we could help them with the 1776 Challenge Cup, I jumped at the chance. Because it’s good for Portland to get that kind of exposure. And because pitches. Read More
In the world of startups and accelerators and pitch competitions and whatnot, there are any number of opportunities to see folks ask you for money. Or tell you about their products. But what about hearing stories from folks who are storytellers by profession? What about hearing about why they built their company? That’s a different sort of demo day. And that’s what the Oregon Story Board accelerator is all about. Read More
Like Stephen Green says, “You’ve got to see it to be it.” Role models. They’re incredibly important. If you don’t have folks with whom you identify, it’s even more difficult to keep fighting the good fight. That’s why I love things like Portland xFounders and their upcoming xCite whiteboard pitch session. Because it’s specifically designed for to highlight those role models. Read More
Running a startup is a lesson in always defending what you’re doing. Always selling the concept. And always trying to get other people to appreciate the value and potential of your brilliance. You’re just always pitching. And refining that pitch. It’s not easy. And that’s why the Portland Seed Fund thinks your pitch is worth a beer. Read More