Tag: Startup

Portland Startup Poker 2.0: There are worse things than losing at cards

It’s summer. Which means good speakers are hard to come by. Luckily, there are still plenty of crappy speakers to go around. Like me. So I’ll be stepping up to say a few words before the cards are dealt and the chips fly at the next Portland Startup Poker 2.0.

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A little startup homework over the weekend: Bend Venture Conference opens applications

Every October, any number of investors descend upon Bend to take part in the largest cash prize startup competition in the Pacific Northwest, the Bend Venture Conference. It’s arguably the most valuable investor gathering in the state. But you know what? It’s only truly valuable if there are awesome startups there. That’s where you come in.

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Rekindling some of the Portland startup community magic: 1776 Challenge Cup Portland

There was a time in the Portland startup community, not so long ago, when we had any number of interesting events that brought the whole community together. Granted, we were a much smaller community then. But those opportunities to gather were meaningful—even beyond the event itself—and formed the connective tissue that made our community, well, a community. Read More

It’s been a rough week. Maybe you should be Barrel Bound…?

It’s Friday. It’s Portland. And it’s about that time. It’s been a long week. You’re super interested in supporting the local economy. And what better way to blow of some steam and support your fellow entrepreneurs than partaking in the tasting of local beverage or two? It’s like the perfect win-win situation. And luckily, you’ve got Barrel Bound to help.

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Saving grace: Portland startup Vault releases an elegant new way of saving for retirement

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Get your product into your customers’ hands as soon as possible. Sometimes, those users help define product. Sometimes, they reveal significant flaws. And sometimes, they help you realize the product that customers actually want to use.

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Getting the band back together: Rigado reunites a Portland startup rarity… serial entrepreneurs

Ever since I promised Bill Lynch that I would stop publishing pure “we got funded” sorts of stories, I’ve had a challenge. You see, people tend to drop press releases when they raise money. So it’s a good time to cover them. But if I chose to act on those releases, my posts couldn’t just be about the funding, I promised Bill. There had to be another angle.

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Please swallow that Portland aggressive humility and apply for these startup competitions. You know, if you want.

Dearest Portland startups, As much as I understand and sympathize with the rampant aggressive humility around here, I also recognize that you’re working on some incredibly cool stuff. And like it or not, you’re going to have find the wherewithal to tell other people about the amazing stuff you’re doing.

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Have you tried rebooting it? Startup Poker 2.0 and Startup PDX both reboot their community building events

Rebooting. It’s not just for devices and computers anymore. In fact, a couple of Portland events are in the midst or rebooting and changing their format, in the hopes of addressing some of the gaps in our community. And since they’ve both got events coming up in the near future, I thought I’d highlight them.

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Is your startup ready to change the world for the better? 1776 Challenge Cup Portland is your chance to prove it

Last time Portland hosted the 1776 Challenge Cup, local startup NoAppFee.com won here in town, which led to a win at the regional competition in the Bay Area, and culminated in the company being named the People’s Choice at the global finale.

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Gathering a crowd: Portland monitoring startup Sensu plans Sensu Summit 2017

Startups already have a ton of things to juggle. But you have to go with what your customers want. So even though Portland startup Sensu is only a few months old, they’re already planning their first gathering of users and partners. Why? Because folks asked Sensu to do it.

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