Whenever folks ask me for ways to test drive an idea or find cofounders, one of the programs that is always at the top of my list is Techstars Startup Weekend. Why? Because it’s a 54-hour sprint that gives you a ton of insights into what it takes to test an idea, recruit a team, and build a product—even if you’ve done it before. Your next opportunity to get that experience is Techstars Startup Weekend Eugene.
Used to be that Portland had a regular cadence around Startup Weekend. And while that cadence seems to have slowed, we still have our fair share of amazing opportunities for would-be founders to engage with a host of mentors in an effort to test their startup concepts. In fact, there’s exactly that opportunity this weekend with Portland Startup Weekend Latino.
Much to its credit, Portland is really good at starting things. At trying new stuff. And at leveraging its culture of curiosity and experimentation in ways that result in really interesting concepts. What it’s not often good at is doing something for a second time. And that’s why it’s awesome to see Portland Startup Weekend Latino capitalizing on its momentum from last year to run the for a second year. Read More
It’s supposed to be a rainy and chilly—in other words, beautiful—fall weekend. And what better way to spend it than making your startup better? Well, okay, you’re right. Coming up with an idea for a new startup is pretty cool, too. But guess what? Grab your blankie and hot chocolate and get to work. Because this weekend could be your great opportunity to make progress on both of those fronts. Read More
While the team, the execution, and the initial idea are important, the success or failure of most startups comes down to one thing: timing. Forcing something at the wrong time is almost worse than not doing it at all. And that’s why I’m happy to see the Startup Weekend Vancouver (Washington) team adjusting their timing. Read More
Ah, summer camp. That time to get away from the house. To make new friends. And to spend a few moments immersed in activities that made you the person you are today. Yes, summer camp was great. But as an adult, similar opportunities are few and far between. Except when it comes to Startup Weekends. Read More
We were pretty early adopters of the—now Techstars owned—Startup Weekend model. It didn’t hurt that the creator of the concept, Andrew Hyde, was an Oregon native. But still, it struck a chord. We got it. It matched our collaborative and collegial spirit. And it just seemed to work. But there was still room for improvement. So we kept mucking with it. Read More
It’s no secret. Portland is a behind the scenes, business to business kind of town. Our most successful startups tend to be the names bandied about developer break rooms and user groups rather than household names. But that’s just fine. We’re good at that. And it fits our culture. And now, we have a Startup Weekend to reflect that strength: Portland Startup Weekend B2B. Read More
One of the longest running—and arguably most successful—events in the Portland startup scene is Portland Startup Weekend, an event that regularly brings together everyone from people with ideas to the technologists at some of the largest tech companies in town. All in the name of building something awesome over a 54 hour period. And the next one is coming up November 14-16. Read More