Tag: Startup

REMINDER: Startup of the Year 2020 applications are due today

While being a dubious moniker on any number of fronts, I keep hoping the year 2020 has at least one bright spot for you. And maybe this is it. Your startup could be Startup of the Year 2020. But you have to apply to make that happen.

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Portland startup Nexgarden featured in vertical farming documentary

While the pandemic has had any number of negative impacts on our society, like any irritant, it’s also created some positive stimulus. Like inspiration for rethinking our food systems. That’s why it’s a good time to think about Portland startups like Nexgarden, a company that is rethinking the way that retailers and restaurants participate in the food supply chain.

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Think launching one startup is hard? Try launching one a day.

Yeah. Some people shudder at the concept of launching a single startup. Some folks, like me, launch a few companies and are like yeah no. It’s hard to build a single company. Even when that’s your singular focus. But this whole crazy pandemic deal is causing folks to try some random stuff. So what would happen when a serial entrepreneur decided to launch a new company? Oh wait. I mean, every single day. For a whole month. Well that’s the concept that Portland’s Mark Grimes is chasing with 31 startups, this month.

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Using the new AngelList “rolling fund” model, a new Portland based early stage venture capital fund emerges

I can confidently say that there will never be enough accessible capital to adequately support entrepreneurs. So we’ll always have that to complain about. But that’s also a massive opportunity. Because there is also plenty of room for new players — and new models — to emerge. And another one just did. From Sahil Lavingia, founder of Gumroad.

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Startup accelerators are even more important than ever

I’m hearing from a lot of founders that can’t make the commitment to be part of a startup accelerator program. Because it seems like another thing on their plate. Another stressor. Another obligation. And I get it. People are dealing with a lot right now. More than a lot. And this fall is only going to get messier. So why take the chance of applying for a startup accelerator?

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Q&A about The Startup Community Way

In case you missed it, the new startup community book by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, The Startup Community Way, was released last week. The Portland startup community got a mention in it. Portland’s Stephen Green sat down with Ian to talk about the book and answer questions from the our community, ahead of its release. Brad makes a guest appearance, as well.

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Portland Seed Fund and Starve Ups alum 4-tell acquired

Over the last thirteen years, I’ve had the opportunity to write about a lot of Portland startups. A lot. And sometimes, despite my best intentions, those startups fall off of my RADAR. So it’s always nice to see them pop back up again with good news. Like Portland startup 4-tell. Which has been acquired by Searchspring.

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Portland startup MilkRun featured in Forbes

It’s always nice to see Portland startups getting the attention they deserve. Especially when those startups are working on solutions for signifiant problems. Like Portland startup MilkRun, a company that is rethinking the way food systems work to make them more sustainable, equitable, and healthy. Forbes recently took notice of these efforts.

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Does your startup need to work some things out… or maybe a workout? Founder Gym applications are due August 4

While any number of startup accelerators have been forced to go virtual, one in particular has been running a virtual program for its 999 days of existence. It’s Founder Gym. And by way of milestones, its applications are due on day 1000. Which is August 4, 2020.

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Apply to the Beaverton Startup Challenge

As we head into the fall, any number of accelerators and pitch competitions are seeking applicants for their programs. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track. Which is why I’m reminding you to check out the Beaverton Startup Challenge, a program that boasts the “highest rated mentoring in the state of Oregon.”

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