It’s starting to get exciting now. As we draw closer to the beginning of Portland Startup Week, I always get a bunch of inbound requests from amazing Portland folks who are interested in doing something. Which is awesome. What’s not awesome is when folks are stressed about what to do. Sometimes they’re struggling to come up with a concept or event that works. Sometimes they believe that it’s more difficult to participate than it is. Sometimes they’re not even clear on what the options are. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to provide some examples of what other folks are doing.
It used to be that Portland was the land of the Camps. BarCamp, ProductCamp, WordCamp. Camp camp campity camp. These days, we seem to be more into the Weeks. Design Week, Maker Week, Sneaker Week, Startup Week… Clearly, our week game is strong. (Ahem.) So it makes perfect sense that WeWork Portland is leveraging International Women’s Day—March 8—into a whole week of activities for women. Meet She Leads PDX.
While it seems like the year has just begun, in reality, the first week in April isn’t that far off. But it’s a lot farther off than Portland Startup Week has been in the past. (We’ve traditionally organized the weeklong celebration of startups during the first week in February.) So given that we’ve got more time than we’re used to, it seems like a really good opportunity to make Techstars Startup Week Portland 2018 even more awesome than ever, right? Right. So let’s get on that. Like now.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: one of my favorite things about Portland Startup Week is getting the chance to revisit some of the classic events that made the Portland startup community, well, the Portland startup community. And while I knew Portland Lunch 2.0 and Beer and Blog were on the docket, I got an awesome surprise blast from the past today. Read More
In times like these, one of the most heartening things about helping run Portland Startup Week, every year, is the opportunity to see all of the amazing events that people want to host—and honestly, do host, week after week in town. Most rewarding though? Seeing the events that focus on getting more and more folks involved in the community. Read More
As much as I love all of the amazing educational and social opportunities that happen during Portland Startup Week, I also appreciate that folks have work to do. And need some time—and space—to get that work done. So it’s always nice to have local coworking spaces opening up their doors to the community—for free. Read More
It’s almost time for another Portland Startup Week. And while it’s great to see all of the startup focused events taking place around Portland, it would be totally remiss to ignore the equally awesome see stuff that’s happening outside of the city limits, as well. Most notably, in Beaverton and Vancouver, WA. Read More
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2017—and continuing the awesome momentum of the Portland startup community. Why? Because there’s no rest for startups. That’s why. Only hustle. So whether you’re a startup, a company interested in helping startups, or one of the many organizations that support startups in the Rose City, there’s no better way to showcase what you’re doing than Portland Startup Week. Read More
For many startups, “changing the world” has very little to do with “getting rich quick.” But those messages are often lost in our unicorn chasing startup existence. That’s why it’s great to see events like the PSU Elevating Impact Summit highlighting those founders who are using their entrepreneurial drive to champion efforts with social impact. Read More