Mentors, News

Puppet partners with PIE

We’ve had the pleasure and privilege of partnering with any number of interesting companies throughout the ten-year history of PIE. From our founding partner Wieden+Kennedy to global brands like Coca-Cola and Google to our current partners Autodesk, Prosper Portland, and Stoel-Rives. We’ve even had the chance to partner with PIE alums like Uncorked Studios.

But we’ve never quite had an opportunity like this.

And that’s why we’re humbled to announce that we have officially signed Puppet as a partner for the next cohort of PIE and PIE Shop.

If you’re not familiar with Puppet, they’re one of the largest independent software companies in Portland. They have deep roots in the open source community. And they count among their customers any number of household names. In fact, more than 40,000 companies—including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100—use Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions.

But more importantly to PIE and to the Portland startup community, they recognize the importance of giving back, engaging with community, and paying it forward for the next generation of startups. They’ve grown up here, from startup to growth stage. They get it. They understand both the challenges and the opportunities that Portland has to offer. And they have any number of talented and amazing people who are willing to volunteer their time to ensure that their knowledge becomes knowledge that can help all of us.

So if you’ve been wondering how you scale a successful DevOps company or you’d simply like guidance on how to grow the next quintessential Portland company, we’ve officially got a whole bunch of new mentors who can help you get there.

But you’ve got to get your application submitted now. Like right now.

(And if you’d like to come help us celebrate this partnership, please feel free to swing by the PIE 10 year celebration, tonight. We’d love to see you.)

We’re truly thankful for all of our amazing partners over the years and are more than excited about welcoming Puppet to the PIE family.

For officialness’ sake, press release included below.

PIE ESTABLISHES FORMAL PARTNERSHIP WITH PUPPET
Startup accelerator launches new collaboration with leading software company for the benefit of the Portland startup community

August 15, 2019 — PORTLAND, Ore. — PIE (https://piepdx.com/), an ongoing experiment designed to support early stage startups in Portland, announced today that it has signed a formal partnership with Puppet (https://puppet.com/), the standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us and one of the largest privately held software companies headquartered in Portland, designed to explore opportunities for Puppet employees to more readily engage in mentoring early stage technology companies through both the PIE and PIE Shop programs.

PIE regularly collaborates with established organizations to pursue opportunities that benefit both the organizations and the Portland startup community. Most often, these collaborations take the form of mentorship opportunities to help support founders of early stage companies. Since its founding in 2009 in collaboration with the Portland headquarters of Wieden+Kennedy, PIE has had the opportunity to partner with a wide variety of entities, large and small, like Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Daimler, Google, Intel, Nike, Prosper Portland, the State of Oregon, Target, and Uncorked Studios, among others.

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with a handful of Puppet employees as PIE mentors for several years. So when the opportunity arose to formalize a relationship between our organizations, we jumped at the chance,” said Rick Turoczy, cofounder and general manager, PIE. “It’s especially exciting to partner with a fairly young company that still retains a great deal of its open source and startup culture. We’re looking forward to the chance to collaborate with a company that so closely aligns with the culture of PIE.”

As the two organizations work to flesh out the details of the partnership, PIE is accepting applications for new startups (https://piepdx.com/apply) until August 18, 2019, with the intent of bringing upwards of 20 startups into its PIE and PIE Shop programs, 10 for each program cohort, respectively. To date, more than 100 Portland companies have been helped by PIE.

“At Puppet, we’re dedicated to lowering the steep barriers to entry for the tech industry and fostering community within Portland’s burgeoning startup scene.” said Laura Nichols, Director of Global Workplace at Puppet. “We could not be more excited to partner with PIE, which has served as a central hub for the Portland startup community for a decade, to mentor, support and collaborate with the next generation of leaders in our community.”

About Puppet
Puppet is driving the movement to a world of unconstrained software change. Its revolutionary platform is the industry standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us. More than 40,000 companies—including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100—use Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions to adopt DevOps practices, achieve situational awareness and drive software change with confidence. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Puppet is a privately held company with more than 500 employees around the world. Learn more at puppet.com.

About PIE
Now in its 10th year, PIE is an ongoing experiment designed to enable established organizations — corporations, government, and educational institutions, among others — to collaborate with the Portland, Oregon, startup community in mutually beneficial ways. Throughout its history, PIE has served as a curated coworking space, a community event space, a startup accelerator, a flashpoint for corporate innovation, an accelerator for accelerators, and a home-away-from-home for startup types — and the startup curious — from around the world. PIE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization through its fiscal sponsor, Built Oregon. For more information, visit https://piepdx.com/.