Tag: Startup

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Portland VC deals down after historic 2021, but trend points up

Venture capital investors closed fewer deals in the Portland metro area in the first quarter of 2022 compared with last year. However, activity wasnโ€™t far off from the number closed in the first quarter of 2020 and was well above the number closed in the first quarter of 2019.

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Chris Chen joins Portland fintech startup Sila as CTO

I’m always saying that we have a super interesting fintech cluster here in town. Thanks, in part, to the diaspora from early challenger banks like Simple. And a recent hire โ€” by a company helmed by one of the cofounders of Simple โ€” lends credence to that assertion. You see, Chris Chen, formerly CTO of Wyre, has joined Sila as CTO.

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Kivo: Local serial entrepreneurs raise a $3 million round with local investors

You know what I always say. No. Not that. The other thing. The thing about serial founders. You know, the thing about how the Portland startup community needs to get to a point where it’s not burning out founders so much that they never start other projects. How we need more serial entrepreneurs and folks with startup experience starting new things. Again and again. That thing.

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Rocket science: Portland startup Kubos sells assets to Redmond-based Xplore

With the advent of the fully remote world brought on by the pandemic, it’s difficult to tell what even constitutes a “Portland startup” these days. But given that the CEO and cofounder of Kubos lives here in town, I’m counting it. Which is why I was happy to see that Xplore has announced they’re acquiring Kubos’ Major Tom mission and flight control software platform for satellites and other assets.

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A startup founder talks about A Kids Company About

For those of you early risers who are looking to get back to in-person events featuring interesting startup content, look no further than the upcoming Portland Business Journal Power Breakfast featuring Jelani Memory, founder and CEO of Portland’s A Kids Company About.

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Portland startup Knapsack launches Patterns retreat in Santa Fe

More signs of the world beginning to move back to in-person. Portland startup Knapsack which just recently announced a new $5.5 million round of funding has something else new they’ve been working on. Meet Patterns, a retreat focused on engineering, product, and design leaders in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Start More Stuff

Our national narrative places entrepreneurship out of reach for far too many of us at a time when itโ€™s easier than ever to be an entrepreneur. The U.S. was founded on a culture of starting stuff and we must get back to our entrepreneurial roots. Our economic future is an era of entrepreneurship. Calling all entrepreneurs. Letโ€™s start more stuff.

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How did the pandemic impact your startup? RAIN surveys Oregon startup community

Two years. It’s been rough. But many founders and startups have still managed to survive amidst the hardship. Not that any of it has been easy. But if you’re willing to share some details on how your resilience as a founder helped keep your business alive โ€” or what factors led to your shutting your startup down โ€” with RAIN, they’re compiling a report to better understand the current state of startups in Oregon.

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You have 10 seconds to pitch a startup via email

But before you can pitch to investors, you have to get them to take the meeting โ€” which means emailing your pitch deck to potential investors, and hoping itโ€™s enough to get them interested.

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A Kids Company About sprints to create free resource: A Kids Book About War

There are always discussions about how startups can be “more nimble.” But is that even possible in some industries? If you’re talking about books, it can be. If you’re Portland startup A Kids Company About. Taking inspiration from the tragic events in Ukraine, the company scrambled and sprinted to release A Kids Book About War, this week.

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