Tag: Startup

Portland’s first week of December is chock full of startup pitches

Apparently, Portland didn’t get the memo about startup stuff quieting down during the holidays. Because the beginning of December has two major pitch events taking place Pitch Oregon and TechfestNW Pitchfest. And that may be just the thing you need to shake yourself out of your tryptophan induced stupor.

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A virtual Portland Lunch 2.0 to make some real Portland startup community connections

While the pandemic has caused any number of hardships and hassles for folks, there are a handful of things that have become a bit easier in this fully remote world. Like throwing together virtual versions of events that often require far more logistics to pull off in person. With that in mind — and with so many folks expressing feelings of disconnectedness — I thought it might be a good idea to revive Portland Lunch 2.0 one more time before the end of the year.

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Portland’s Paige Hendrix Buckner named COO of Founder Gym

It’s always nice to see other organizations recognizing the depth of talent we have in our midst here in the Portland startup community. And being part of that community, it’s highly likely that you’ve had the opportunity to encounter Paige Hendrix Buckner. She was a serial Portland startup founder, cofounder of XXcelerate Fund, instrumental with the development of the TiE youth entrepreneur program TYE, cohosted TechfestNW, and — as if that weren’t enough — has been a tireless mentor to any number of founders in town. So seeing the news today that Paige has been named the COO of global startup accelerator program Founder Gym? It just made sense.

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Pontificating on trust within the startup community

I know that most of the stuff I vomit onto the Internet on a regular basis is, at best, pithy. And, at worst, is just the worst. And that a great deal of that regurgitation is replicating something that someone else has written. Or directing you to someone else’s thoughts. And that’s by design. But I do actually think about stuff. From time to time. No really. And every once in a while, I write something that contains actual thought. Or at least some semblance thereof.

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Need help figuring out the first steps of your startup? TiE XL Bootcamp can help

Sometimes, the hardest part of a startup can be just knowing where to begin. And that’s why I’m so happy that there are local programs like TiE XL Bootcamp, a program designed to help folks figure out the early stages of their early stage companies. And as luck would have it, applications for their next class are still open. But you have to hurry. They close soon.

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Workfrom only Oregon startup to garner investment from Google for Startups Black Founders Fund

It makes sense that I’m composing this post while sitting in a Workfrom cafe. I mean, it’s a virtual cafe. But still. More on that later. What’s top of mind right now is that Workfrom has received a $50,000 non dilutive investment from Google for Startups as part of the Black Founders Fund.

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Need my focused effort on your startup problem? I’m hoping this will help

Even though I’m a complete introvert, I do everything I can to muster the energy to meet with people. It’s my way of collecting and connecting dots. For the benefit of the startup community. Meeting with folks who want to get connected and putting them in touch with folks they need to meet.

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Who likes taking startup surveys? You do. So I got you two.

Surveys. They’re like a way to get information. That can be infuriating at times. Especially when they keep hitting you. Wave after wave. But I’ve got two that are well worth your time. If you’re interested in startups getting more support. And women founders. Or one. Or the other. Whatever the case, I’ve got something for you to do this weekend.

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Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood is now helping kids be more Brave

Speaking of Oregon Y Combinator alums… a recent YC alum is expanding their service area — and physical footprint — here in Portland by opening a second location for their pediatric care offerings. That’s right. Brave Care has a location in Sellwood, now.

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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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