If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I still like demo days. Maybe not as their initial incarnation for fundraising. That doesn’t really seem to work. But as a celebration of companies being built and a graduation ceremony for an accelerator program? Absolutely. That’s why I’m looking forward to watching a trio of Portland-area startups on stage at the Washington Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator demo day, this week.Read More
Ask anybody. Portland can always use more folks talking about what’s being built here. And what founders are starting here. And that’s why it’s always great to see other publications focusing time and energy on telling the story of those startups in town. Especially, when they bring real journalists to bear on that storytelling.Read More
While still striving to hold true to my promise to Jive cofounder Bill Lynch—that I would stop using Silicon Florist as a platform to celebrate fundraising announcements—I feel obligated to take a little tangential liberty to share a developing theme I’m seeing… Because this isn’t a typical. Portland companies have announced more than $51 million in venture capital, this year. And it’s not even a month old.
You know me, I’m always a fan of people who stop talking about doing something and actually start doing something. Even if other folks have tried to do that something before. So when a group of folks approached me with the idea of creating an online resource for startups in our community, what did I say?
If you’ve been monitoring the Portland startup scene for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed this particular quirk. While there seems to be tons of people and a lot of activity, you generally only hear about the same handful of startups. Or former startups. Again and again. Over and over and over. Read More
Ah summer! Birds are singing. The sun is shining. People are out and about. And apparently the accelerators are pulling together a whole new crop of awesome startups from the Portland startup scene. This week, two startup reveals happened. PIE announced their current class. And the Startup PDX Challenge solicited your input on potential startups for their program—before Friday, August 8. Read More
While it’s not nearly as common of a conversation as it once was—thanks in part to the performances of steadfastly Portland companies like Elemental Technologies, Puppet Labs, Urban Airship, Cloudability, and others—many Portland entrepreneurs have concerns—if not unmitigated fear—that remaining headquartered in Portland could curtail their ability to raise capital for their startups. New research from Tomasz Tunguz may provide a little peace of mind. Read More
While I tend to hate the overuse of the word, one of the things I most appreciate about the amazing Portland startup scene is that it’s, ahem, an “ecosystem.” I mean, our tech startups aren’t terribly likely to order cough up dough for a Domino’s Pizza or lunch on a Big Mac. They’re far more likely to support local efforts like food carts and brew pubs. And that support keeps dollars here and fuels the, sigh, ecosystem. Read More