interviews

Interview: Michael Richardson

An interview with Michael Richardson, Co-Founder and Technical Product Manager of Urban Airship for our newest Video Sprint Early Stage.

You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What is an early stage company?
  • How does Portland’s local culture influence the startup scene?
  • Is Portland taken seriously by the investment community?
  • What makes Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) unique in the world of startup incubators?
  • What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • What can startups learn from an advertising agency about storytelling?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers on Quora and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: Dave Yewman

    An interview with Dave Yewman, President of Elevator Speech for the Video Sprint “Early Stage”.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?
  • Why is self confidence important when pitching to investors?
  • Why is rehearsing for a performance important?
  • What does the phrase “fake it til you make it” mean to you?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers on Quora and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: Renny Gleeson

    An interview with Renny Gleeson, Global Director of Interactive Strategies, Wieden + Kennedy for Early Stage – a Video Sprint.

    Participate on Quora:

  • Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
  • How does Portland’s local culture influence the startup scene?
  • What makes a venture-fundable company?
  • What makes Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) unique in the world of startup incubators?
  • What can startup culture teach us about creativity?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers on Quora and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: Andy Baio

    An interview with Andy Baio, Organizer of the XOXO Festival for Early Stage – a Video Sprint.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
  • What is the difference between Kickstarter and VC funding?
  • What makes Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) unique in the world of startup incubators?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers on Quora and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: Brad Feld

    Brad Feld, an early stage investor and entrepreneur (Co-Founder and Managing Director of Foundry Group) gave us some impressions via Skype on the following questions for Early Stage.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What makes a startup ecosystem thrive?
  • Is Portland taken seriously by the investment community?
  • What makes a venture-fundable company?
  • What is an early stage company?
  • How is a CEO like an actor?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers on Quora and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Early Stage: Announcing the Second Round of Interviewees

    Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner. His new book Startup Communities takes a look at what it takes to build an entrepreneurial community in any city.

    Andy Baio is a writer and tech entrepreneur in Portland, OR. He blogs at Waxy.org, writes for Wired and helped build Kickstarter. He launched Upcoming.org, a collaborative event calendar which was acquired by Yahoo. He recently organized the XOXO festival in Portland – an arts and technology festival celebrating disruptive creativity.

    Renny Gleeson is a geek who’s worked in the startup and interactive marketing space since 1994 and as a founder and mentor for startups and tech accelerators. Since 2007, Renny is the Global Director of Interactive Strategies of Wieden+Kennedy. He is the co-founder and leader of W+K’s Portland Incubator Experiment (or PIE), a tech business accelerator at the intersection of startups and brands. In four years, PIE has touched hundreds of startups, become an integral part of the Northwest startup ecosystem, and attracted startups from all over the world.

    Dave Yewman is the president of Elevator Speech and the author of On Getting to The Point. He’s a presentation coach who, according to his son: teaches people how not to say “um”. He’s worked with an array of Fortune 500 companies and CEO’s to perfect their pitches.

    Michael Richardson is a cofounder and technical product manager at Urban Airship, which powers push notifications and in app purchase for some of the most successful mobile applications. In addition to working for Urban Airship, he works with the Portland technology and entrepeneurial community as a resource for early stage startup advice, building products, and mobile application strategy. He was also a co-founder of a startup that sells bacon online.

    Interview: Robin Jones

    Robin Jones, COO of Geoloqi gave us some impressions on the following questions for the Video Sprint “Early Stage”.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What advantages does Portland offer an early stage startup in comparison to Seattle or San Francisco?
  • Is Portland taken seriously by the investment community?
  • Why are investors interested in seeing startup pitches, despite knowing they are carefully rehearsed performances?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • What makes a venture-fundable company?
  • Why is self confidence important when pitching to investors?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: David Embree

    An interview with David Embree, CEO of Athletepath for the Video Sprint “Early Stage”.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What can startups learn from an advertising agency about storytelling?
  • How does Portland’s spirit of resourcefulness influence the local startup scene?
  • What’s it like preparing to pitch at Demo Day?
  • Why are investors interested in seeing startup pitches, despite knowing they are carefully rehearsed performances?
  • How is a CEO like an actor?
  • What does the phrase “fake it til you make it” mean to you?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • What makes Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) unique in the world of startup incubators?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: Amber Case

    Amber Case, Co-Founder & CEO of Geoloqi gave us some impressions on the following questions for the Video Sprint “Early Stage”.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • How do crazy ideas grow into real businesses?
  • What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?
  • Why are investors interested in seeing startup pitches, despite knowing they are carefully rehearsed performances?
  • How does Portland’s local culture influence the startup scene?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • What can startup culture teach us about creativity?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers and transforming them into dramatic monologues!

    Interview: Barb Stark

    An interview with Barb Stark, Director of Culture at Cloudability.

    You can answer these questions too on Quora:

  • What advantages does Portland offer an early stage startup in comparison to Seattle or San Francisco?
  • What positive effects does the local startup scene have on Portland, culturally and economically?
  • What makes Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) unique in the world of startup incubators?
  • How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
  • What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?
  • Why are investors interested in seeing startup pitches, despite knowing they are carefully rehearsed performances?
  • We will be taking the most interesting answers and transforming them into dramatic monologues!