If there's one thing we've learned after nearly a decade of working with Portland startups — and startups that are attracted to Portland — it's that financial gain is often the last thing motivating and driving our founders. And even if there are financial motives, they do not often come with a "growth at any cost" … Continue reading Have fun chasing unicorns. We’ll be over here with our zebras.
How to find a mentor by not asking for one
I'm here to talk about building mentor relationships. I wish I could write a listicle or "how to" document. The truth is that building mentor relationships is complicated. There is nothing more personal or nuanced. I'm going to try to put into words how we over at Switchboard built our mentor relationships, and maybe parts will ring … Continue reading How to find a mentor by not asking for one
What’s it take to intern for a PIE startup?
A few of the PIE startups have spent the past month working with this year's fresh batch of Epicodus interns. Since they’re wrapping up their internship this week, I got them together to find out what their experience has been like. What’s crazy is that less than 6 months ago, this group had their hands in completely different fields than what they’re in … Continue reading What’s it take to intern for a PIE startup?
The Importance of Community
It's football season again, and while we don't know who will win it all, we do know one thing: successful teams take time to pause, reflect and review game film—every single week. There are poor plays that must never be repeated and there are great plays that should definitely be emphasized. So we're going to do just that. No, we're not … Continue reading The Importance of Community
Interns; if I had any right now, I’d make them write this for me
If you’re considering taking on interns, you should seriously take a moment to consider the pros and cons. Pros: Coffee delivery service * Work no one wants to do gets done They have no bad habits yet, so you can teach them yours You are directly responsible for teaching someone Cons: You are directly responsible … Continue reading Interns; if I had any right now, I’d make them write this for me