Tag: Startups

Interested in joining a startup accelerator? PIE applications are now open

It’s that time of year. Time for the PIE startup accelerator to open its annual application period. And time for you, founder of a product-based startup, to decide if a startup accelerator could be beneficial for your company at this juncture.

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It’s like March Madness. But for startups.

I always knew that the Portland Business Journal had an ongoing case of the brackets. But to date, those brackets have really only handled a local beer competition. But now it’s time for startups to compete, tournament bracket style, as part of the Inno Madness competition.

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Need support building your startup in 2022? Apply to Startups for All EPIC!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Being a founder is hard. And lonely. And challenging on any number of fronts. So I’m always a huge fan of organizations that help founders feel empowered and connected. Like Startups for All and their EPIC! program.

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A new publication focused on Portland startups

Ask anybody. Portland can always use more folks talking about what’s being built here. And what founders are starting here. And that’s why it’s always great to see other publications focusing time and energy on telling the story of those startups in town. Especially, when they bring real journalists to bear on that storytelling.

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A little Spring cleaning over on the Portland Startups Slack

I’m the first to admit it. I let the Portland Startups Slack get a little messy over the years. Like that drawer. In the kitchen. You know the one. So recently, in a fit of wild inspiration born of Spring cleaning and some other Slack instances I frequent, I decided to do something about it.

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Using Portland startup Subfund to give you more context on Portland startups

I always believe that the best way to understand a startup’s product is to actually use the startup’s product. I know. Call me crazy. So ever since I became aware of Portland’s Subfund, I’ve been scratching my head for ways to put it into practice. And apparently all of that head scratching shook something loose. Because I just came up with a new experiment.

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Why did you sign up for Portland Startups Slack?

A few years back, I launched the Portland Startups Slack with the hopes of providing another venue for folks in the community to connect and support one another. As traffic tends to ebb and flow, I thought it might be a good time to survey folks as to whether it was still meeting their needs and expectations.

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Would you rather donate to a charity or invest in a startup?

Added another poll that might be of interest to you. We’re also discussing it on Portland startups Slack.

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What precludes you from investing in early stage startups?

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Portland startups you heard on Twitter Spaces

Last night, a few brave startup souls — both speakers and attendees alike — gathered for a pitch event on Twitter Spaces, the audio only Clubhouse competitor. It was designed to be a beta test of a potential ongoing event format. And like any good beta test, I received a ton of feedback from folks.

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