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Tag: Startup

Portland’s oldest mentor driven startup accelerator, PIE, extends application deadline

If you’ve ever applied for anything, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the “we’re extending the application deadline” effect. So it should come as little surprise to anyone — especially since they’ve “done it for practically every year” — that PIE is extending its application deadline. But what may be surprising is the reasoning behind the extension, this time around.

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What startups should be on everyone’s radar?

Any number of startups somehow wind up on people’s radars. But which companies should be on people’s radars? Great question from Portland’s Chris Cantino of Supermaker and Color on Twitter today. (And don’t be shy about nominating your own startup.)

REMINDER: Talking The Startup Community Way, today

Startup communities can be a bit chaotic and nebulous at times. But there are certain driving factors that can put a startup community on a path for potential success. For nearly a decade, one of the the leading books to document these factors has remained Startup Communities by Brad Feld. Tomorrow, the update to that book is being released. But today? Brad Feld’s coauthor, Ian Hathaway, will be joining Stephen Green today for a conversation about the book, startup communities, and more.

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Portland startup Edify begins beta testing its employee onboarding bot

For many fast growing tech companies, bringing on new employees — and ensuring they have the information they need — can be challenging. That’s why there are experts in “employee onboarding.” And that expertise has proven to be an incredibly effective way of ensure new folks feel welcome and engaged.

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INTRO from Indie.vc: Venture Capital isn’t the only way to finance a startup

It’s the prevailing myth with startups. You come up with a great idea. Pitch a few venture capitalists. Get millions of dollars in investment. Grow the company rapidly. Exit. Everybody wins. Later rinse repeat.

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Thinking about becoming a startup founder? Might want to read this first

I’ve heard it said that wanting to be a startup founder in this day and age is akin to wanting to be a rock star. It’s the kind thing that folks seem to perceive as exciting and fun. And so any number of folks wind up starting something only to find that it’s anything but fun. Exciting, yes. If you find anxiety exciting. But fun? No.

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REMINDER: Considering applying to a startup accelerator like PIE? This Q&A session is for you

Working on a new startup idea? Thinking about starting something? Maybe just stuck with your current business? Whatever the case, a startup accelerator might be just what you need. But then again, it might not. If you’ve got questions about that sort of thing, consider attending this question and answer session about PIE, one of the oldest startup accelerators in Portland. Well, actually anywhere.

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Working on a new idea, a startup, or just trying to figure out what to do next?

Deciding to start something can be exciting. And scary. And once you start, building a company can be challenging, frustrating, and lonely. But you don’t have to do it alone. There are any number of programs here in Portland designed to support entrepreneurs and founders like you. Where you can get help. And mentorship. And peer support. And if you’re in the market for some of that, you’re in luck. Because one of those programs, PIE, is currently accepting applications for its next class.

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How much should my SaaS startup be spending on marketing?

That’s easy. You want to spend just enough. But not too much. Oh. Were you looking for something more definitive? Well, I may have something for you then. What if figuring out your marketing spend for your Software as a Service (SaaS) startup was like one of those mortgage calculator things? Thanks to Convertiv, it is.

A familiar refrain from startup founders on early stage funding opportunities

“Risk averse. Conservative.… Out of touch.” They’re all complaints I’ve heard from Portland startup founders when describing the earliest stages of raising capital around these parts. But I always assumed that Seattle — with its extensive tech presence of major headquarters and massive regional offices — was a better environment. Apparently, it’s not. Those quoted comments are Seattle startup founders describing their Angel investment community.

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