[Updated] How to hire for cultural fit.

Company culture is all the rage in PDX startup land. It’s incorporated into hiring processes and strategic planning meetings. There are even full time jobs dedicated to ensuring the success of a company’s culture. When you’ve got an intimate staff size that’s in the single or double digits, every new employee makes a difference, shifts … Continue reading [Updated] How to hire for cultural fit.

Startup Storytelling: Get Started with Digital Media

Startups in 2014 have a great opportunity to tell their story… not just the story of their product or service, but the story of their company. The internet has enabled easier publishing and distribution of words, images, and video, and savvy founders will use these tools to their advantage in building the reach and reputation … Continue reading Startup Storytelling: Get Started with Digital Media

Top 10 Countdown of Things a Start-Up Company Should Not do Without (A humorous look at our all too often serious offices)

10. Big Screen TV – I have no freaking idea why the first thing that every startup buys is a big screen Samsung 55” TV, but its kind of a thing. Video games, Olympics, Hockey, World cup and the occasional video-conference, I’m hoping someone enlightens me on my deathbed. 9. Plants – These things provide atmosphere, … Continue reading Top 10 Countdown of Things a Start-Up Company Should Not do Without (A humorous look at our all too often serious offices)

Once a Mentor, Now I’ve Joined Orchestrate Full-time

Like many PIE mentors, I have been looking for ways to be more helpful to the companies and alumni. When class is in session, I spend a half day most weeks co-working alongside the founders. This casual approach has worked well, because I get to know the teams in a different way than if I … Continue reading Once a Mentor, Now I’ve Joined Orchestrate Full-time