While it’s still a rarity, it’s always interesting to see Portland companies acquiring other companies. Especially when they’re other companies in town. We’ve seen it before with Cloudability acquiring RipFog. And now, we’re seeing Jama make a similar move in acquiring Notion.
I know I can be a bit of a broken record, what with my rosy outlook on the Portland startup community and all. So I always like to reference others who recognize the awesome people we have in our midst. Like when the folks behind the Zebra movement are recognized among the 30 women engaged in world changing efforts.
As much as I love Portland, I have to admit that, generally, we do a fairly poor job of tracking metrics or outcomes. I mean, we talk. A lot. And we have tons of anecdotal evidence. Or the feeling that stuff is happening. But metrics? Not so much. That’s why it’s really nice to see Cozy providing some insights into what they accomplished in 2017.
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.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the opportunity to submit a “Hello, Portland startup community” profile, a community driven effort to introduce one person per day to everyone in Portland. It’s great to see so many members of the community take the time to share their stories with the rest of us. And hopefully, it’s helping folks get connected a little more easily.
Much like the city of Portland itself, we’re starting to see Portland startups becoming more attractive to executive talent. Both folks from outside the region and folks who happen to live in Portland and work elsewhere (and I am happy to bend your ear with a hypothesis on the latter, anytime). What’s that? Have we cured the “it’s hard to find executive talent” refrain from startups in town? No. But we’re definitely chipping away at it. Take for example Lytics, who just named a new CMO.