To better accelerate Zebra startups, we need to better understand Zebra startups

Here at PIE, we've been following the Zebra Movement with great interest. And it's not just because a PIE alum is among the cofounders of the effort. (Although, we're super proud of that.) It's because the model they're proposing — which counters the prevailing "Unicorn" startup thinking — seems to both resonate and reflect a … Continue reading To better accelerate Zebra startups, we need to better understand Zebra startups

Our newest experiment: Introducing the consumer products accelerator inaugural class

It's no secret that PIE takes the "E" in our acronym very seriously. (The "E" stands for "experiment.") As such, we're always excited when someone approaches us with a new concept. And that's why when Built Oregon approached us with the idea of a consumer products accelerator, we jumped at the chance to work on … Continue reading Our newest experiment: Introducing the consumer products accelerator inaugural class

Indie.vc v3 Winter Tour stops by Portland

If you've been keeping tabs on the changing world of venture capital, you've no doubt come across Indie.vc, one of the premier funds experimenting with new ways of financing businesses — without killing the business in the process. We wanted a path that gave founders time to deeply understand the levers of their business and … Continue reading Indie.vc v3 Winter Tour stops by Portland

Please join us — when else? — Pi Day for PIE Demo Day 2019

It's hard to believe that it's been a little more than four years since the last PIE Demo Day. Time, as they tend to say, does indeed fly. During that hiatus, we've managed to accomplish quite a bit. Quietly, mind you. Out of the limelight of the stage. But we've still been hard at work. … Continue reading Please join us — when else? — Pi Day for PIE Demo Day 2019

Beta testing PIE Shop, application deadline announced

While PIE has amassed nearly a decade of experience in assisting and accelerating early stage startups, the bulk of that experimentation has been with software companies. So when we embarked on a new project to apply PIE's startup accelerator methodology to companies that manufacture physical objects, we wanted to be sure we knew how those … Continue reading Beta testing PIE Shop, application deadline announced

Longing for a startup pitch event like PIE Demo Day? Get ready to be happy

It's been a while since we've had a PIE Demo Day. We've helped host pitch competitions, sure. But we haven't had a Demo Day. And Demo Days are different. Attending, you get that feeling that everyone is in it together, that everyone in the audience is there to help everyone on stage, and that every … Continue reading Longing for a startup pitch event like PIE Demo Day? Get ready to be happy

Not just tech, anymore: PIE explores support for consumer products companies

Historically, we've focused on tech companies with PIE — and more explicitly SaaS and mobile companies. Usually with a B2B bent. But that hasn't prevented hundreds of consumer products companies with compelling concepts from reaching out to us. From clothing to mead to protein bars to box subscriptions, we've had the pleasure of comparing notes … Continue reading Not just tech, anymore: PIE explores support for consumer products companies