Tonight the Portland Seed Fund announced they were open for business. It was an uplifting event for everyone in Portland who have startup dreams, and the speakers brought some pragmatic advice to those in attendance. It was held at the Urban Airship space in the Pearl. The usual Portland suspects were in attendance, Rick Turoczy has posted video of the speakers.
I guess the biggest take-away for us was that it is definitely a great time for folks looking to start something, and that it behooves us to think of Portland and the Bay Area as a partnership. CarWoo and CloudKick represented and, although they went looking for more capital in Silicon Valley, they still have high hopes for Portland.
Just like them, we feel that there are good things to come from Portland. On top of that, Portland could be a great resource for Bay Area startups in terms of engineers and other hires.
If you have an idea that needs funding, check out the Portland Seed Fund. If you need tech resources to help with your idea, give us a call.