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

Five questions with Duncan Davidson, Bullpen Capital

Duncan Davidson, Managing Director at Bullpen Capital, visited PIE today and shared valuable advice to all of us in the space. While all the startups asked him questions related to their specific businesses, I simply wanted to learn more of what it's like to be on his side of the table. I didn't pitch him, but … Continue reading Five questions with Duncan Davidson, Bullpen Capital

[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.

What’s in Your Bag? With PIE startups

Every startup has a bag of go-to tricks and tools, and the new “What’s in your Bag” series is dedicated to unveiling some of PIE community’s favorites. This series is a compilation of essential tools for team communication, analytics, engineering, and—in general—successful startup life. Here’s a look at the top two favorite tools for communication. … Continue reading What’s in Your Bag? With PIE startups

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers – Some FAQs About PIE

Below are some of the frequently asked questions that PIE + co has been getting regarding Portland, the PIE experience, our partnership with Wieden+Kennedy, and a few other things for good measure. What sort of companies do you work with and what stages? Our area of expertise tends to be technology companies, specifically platforms and … Continue reading You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers – Some FAQs About PIE

Include. Innovate. Invest – A Look at I3PDX with the PDC

I consider myself very fortunate to have folks like Rick and Kirsten from PIE as allies and colleagues when it comes to making Portland an even better city for startups.  Not only do they support the ecosystem in many ways but are also advocates on the topic of inclusion in the startup space. In 2013 … Continue reading Include. Innovate. Invest – A Look at I3PDX with the PDC