In the world of startups, it’s common for founders to seek out the path that promises the most opportunity with the least resistance — even if that means leaving their hometown to find help. Startup accelerators are often one of these helpful resources. And no outside accelerator program has helped Portland startups more than Techstars. And that’s why it’s always nice when Techstars Seattle is in town looking for more folks to help.
For the past three years, I’ve organized Portland Startup Week at the beginning of each year. While it’s regularly attracted nearly a hundred events and hundreds of attendees, it still put folks in a bit of a crunch as they were recovering from the holidays. This year, we want to make the event even bigger and better, so we’re shifting some things up.
A lot of my discussions around the Portland tech community and its current momentum tend to concern companies and individuals exploring alternative realities—virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality. And that should come as a surprise to… absolutely no one. Like many new technologies, Portland’s early adopters have been mucking around with VR and AR for years.
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
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
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
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
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 stage…? It’s going to be post worthy. And GeekWire calling them out only makes it moreso. Meet Reflect. 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