If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. The “P” in PDX stands for “procrastination.” And as I’m as guilty as any for that sort of behavior, I always like to give folks a few last minute nudges to get stuff done. Like applying to be part of the SXSW Pitch competition.
For more than a decade, the annual gathering of tech folks at SXSW Interactive has been a concentrated audience looking for the next big thing. As such, any number of startups have used the event as a means of launching and promoting their products. Recognizing this, SXSW created the SXSW Accelerator program to help make that happen. And this year, three Portland startups have been selected to participate.
Think your startup belongs on a global stage? Of course you do. But it’s highly likely that other folks do as well. That’s why it makes sense to apply to competitions that let you take the stage and share your story. With that in mind, I’d like to remind you that the deadline for SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event applications is rapidly approaching.
Regardless of your feelings about the modern day relevance of Daylight Saving Time, it’s over this weekend. Which means—unless you happen to be visiting Arizona or something—you sort of have an extra hour this weekend. So why don’t you use that hour to complete accelerator applications? I mean, really. It’s for your own good. Read More
It’s supposed to be a rainy and chilly—in other words, beautiful—fall weekend. And what better way to spend it than making your startup better? Well, okay, you’re right. Coming up with an idea for a new startup is pretty cool, too. But guess what? Grab your blankie and hot chocolate and get to work. Because this weekend could be your great opportunity to make progress on both of those fronts. Read More
Yes, we’re in the final hours of TFNW. But it’s not too early to think about SXSW. And one of the best things about SXSW is that it’s one of the few massive technology conferences that allows the crowd to provide input on speakers and panels. They do it through the SXSW PanelPicker. And it’s always nice to see some Portland types in the running for a spot. Read More
Whenever I’m talking to the amazing startup and tech folks in Portland, there is one thing I always, always, always encourage people to do: get outside of Portland. Because for as collaborative and collegial as our community is, it’s still a microcosm of what’s actually happening out there. Learning what other communities are doing and sharing—more broadly—what you’re building can be key drivers to your success. And one of the best places to do this? SXSW. Read More
I know, I know. You’ve got a lot on your startup plate. You’re building. You’re hustling. You’re hustling your build. And you’re building your hustle. But you’ve got to pick your head up from time to time and realize that’s a whole wide world out there placing unrealistic demands on you—perhaps even more unrealistic than those you place upon yourself. Read More
If you’re in the startup scene, you’re already likely aware that there is an annual event that takes place in March in Austin, Texas, called SXSW. It’s kind of a big deal. But did you know there is a second smaller SXSW that takes place in Las Vegas? It’s true. It’s called SXSW V2V and it’s all about startups. And you could go. If you apply to take part in the SXSW V2Venture Showcase. Read More
With this oddly unseasonal good weather, a weekend imminent, and spring break rapidly approaching, I know any number of us are catching ourselves daydreaming about a road trip or two. And one Portland startup, Cargo, is embracing that muse by taking a massive road trip. From Portland to Austin for SXSW. And you can follow the journey—in real time. Read More