Tag: portland seed fund

Should your startup be seeking funding? Is funding an option? Are you even fundable?

Wow. That’s a lot of questions for a Friday, isn’t it? But given that funding questions likely keep you up all night, every night, now is as good of a time as any to ask. And while questions are great and all… what about answers? And why the heck did I talk about answers within another question? Read More

New to Portland: Perspective on the Portland Seed Fund launch

[Editor: So, the Portland Seed Fund is now open. Providing a new funding mechanism for fledgling Portland startups. And we here, who have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the fund, are excited about this endeavor, it makes me wonder how people outside of Portland are receiving it.

Well, enter Dale Davidson, a recent Portland transplant who attended the launch. Here’s his guest post on the event and some of his thoughts on the fund.] Read More

Watch Y Combinator grads CarWoo and Cloudkick and the Portland Seed Fund launch from the comfort of your browser

When you have a line up with two successful Y Combinator companies like CarWoo and Cloudkick and the launch of the Portland Seed Fund, the venue can fill up pretty quickly. And that’s exactly what happened with tonight’s event.

But anyone who knows Portland knows that we’re all about making sure everyone gets a chance to participate. So even if you can’t get in or if you’re out of town or whatever, you’ll be able to tune in to the Portland Seed Fund launch party—all from the comfort of your Web browser. Read More

Oregon Y Combinator companies CarWoo and Cloudkick to help launch Portland Seed Fund

Since its inception, the Portland Seed Fund has held with it the promise to fill a much need role in the Portland startup scene—the ability to provide small amounts of capital to burgeoning young startups that might not yet be ready for larger rounds. And while I’ve been critical of the some of the original positioning around the Fund, I’ve eagerly awaited and supported the Portland Seed Fund team as they’ve worked to put the program together.

Now, the Portland Seed Fund has reached the point that they’re ready to accept applications. And to open with a bang, they’ve brought a couple of former Oregon companies—who also happen to be Y Combinator alums—to help celebrate the milestone. Read More

Portland Seed Fund: Talking with fund manager Angela Jackson of Bridge City Ventures

So instead of just sitting around and bitching about the Portland Seed Fund and talking about what its not, I took the opportunity to reach out to Angela Jackson of Bridge City Ventures

You may have read—or even participated in—the discussion that ensued after Mike Rogoway’s article on the Portland Seed Fund, a new program designed to help fund early stage startups in the Portland area.

I’m happy to see another funding resource for early stage startups around here, but there were some statements in Mike’s article which, admittedly, stuck in my craw. And I may have bitched a little about such. Read More

Portland Seed Fund: Y Combinator, it’s not. (Unconstitutional, it may be.)

Portland Seed Fund claims to be loosely based on Y Combinator. I think they may be using the term “loosely” loosely. And it may be unconstitutional in Oregon.

[HTML1]There comes a time—not often mind you—but there comes a time when even I—admittedly often naively optimistic in my cheerleading of the Portland startup scene—have to admit that something just isn’t right. This is one of those times.

Over the weekend, Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian published an overview piece on the new Portland Seed Fund, a project designed to help provide funding for bootstrapping startups to get their legs under them. It’s not Mike’s piece with which I have trouble. I was happy to see it. That with which I have trouble is the Portland Seed Fund comparing its program to Y Combinator, an incubator and mentoring program for tech startups. Read More

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