Tag: techstars

I don’t always recommend Shark Tank, but when I do, there’s a Portland company on it

I know you’ve probably got a jam-packed Friday night. But just in case you don’t have something already planned, I wanted to give you something to do: watch a Portland company compete on Shark Tank.

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Portland should be feeling more Validated lately

Remember the good old days when you used to park in a parking garage, do some shopping at a nearby retailer, and then—as if by magic—get that parking for free by having the merchant validate your parking? Well, now that you’re Ubering or car2going or using mass transit, that freebie system all seems like the distant past right? Not anymore. Thanks to Validated. Read More

Accelerating with our neighbors to the north: Curious about Techstars Seattle?

As the early stage accelerator scene in Portland has cooled a bit, many of our companies have been looking to resources outside of the Rose City to help them during their formative stages. It probably comes as no surprise that Y Combinator and Techstars are shouldering the bulk of the load. But, there’s one Techstars program, in particular, that has been incredibly supportive of Portland startups and accelerators since way back in the day: Techstars Seattle. Read More

Thinking about cranking out an app this weekend? Brightwork can help

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Everyone in Portland has a side project or three. So I know you’ve had that app idea for a while. You know the one. And you’ve likely said—for the past few months—“I’m totally going to work on that this weekend.” But you don’t. Because the complexity seems a little daunting. Read More

Summer road trips: Two Portland startups accepted to two different Techstars programs

Ah summer. The best time of year to be in Portland. But startups have to be opportunistic. And do whatever they can to succeed. Even if that means leaving the Rose City during the best time to be here. And that’s exactly what Portland startups Brightwork and Chroma are doing. Read More

GeekWire names Portland's Reflect one of the best pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day

You know me. I love a good Demo Day. And I love it even more when there are awesome Portland companies on stage. So wouldn’t you know it, when Techstars Seattle holds a Demo Day and there’s a Portland company on stageā€¦? It’s going to be post worthy. And GeekWire calling them out only makes it moreso. Meet Reflect. Read More

Fall into awesomeness: Got a startup? Three looming deadlines for helping it. Want a startup? Three imminent opportunities to start it.

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

Thinking Techstars? Join Portland's Techstars alums and Techstars Seattle to get your questions answered

While Portland doesn’t have a Techstars program of its own anymore, we do have our fair share of alums from Techstars accelerators. What’s more, we have close friends who run a Techstars program not too terribly far away at Techstars Seattle. And those friends will be in town next week to answer all of your questions about the Techstars program. Read More

This is why you bet on people: Chroma now enables any Oregonian to be an investor through Chroma.fund

It’s a phrase that has become almost platitudinal in early stage startup circles—especially when it comes to investors. “We don’t invest in companies. We invest in people.” But just because it’s overused doesn’t prevent it from being true. And today, with the launch of Chroma.fund, the team at Chroma proved why. Read More

Building a startup not stressful enough for you? Good. Here are looming accelerator deadlines.

Whether it’s the first time you’ve built a company or the fifth, every early stage founder wants to take every advantage available. And for some folks, accelerators and incubators can be a beneficial means of getting that much needed help in a very concentrated format. But you can’t get in if you don’t apply, so maybe consider these looming accelerator deadlines. Read More

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