Portland Incubator Experiment

Early Stage

Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
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?

Following the true story of a group of aspiring startups in the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), in the context of Portland’s creative and technology ecosystem, KS12 presents Early Stage, a Video Sprint in collaboration with PIE which starts a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

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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: 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!

    Introducing “Early Stage”

    On October 5, 2012, we will join the 2012 class of Wieden + Kennedy’s Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) in sharing our companies’ visions with investors, the media and the larger startup community at PIE Demo Day.

    In a uniquely self-reflexive moment, Demo Day will also mark the public launch of our new process Video Sprint.

    As participants in this year’s PIE class, we’ve had the chance to learn and grow alongside the other PIE companies. Our firsthand experience of the incubator has given us intimate access to the ups and downs of accelerating an early stage startup company. We’ve become embedded in the vibrant ecosystem of investors, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, mentors, advisors and community members which make up the Portland startup scene, and we’re excited to share the story.

    At the same time that we’ve become insiders at PIE, we’ve remained aliens in Portland. We’ve fallen in love with this city over the last couple months. The friendly people, tasty food, bike-friendly streets, well-designed signage, and direct access to nature – these have all been a welcome contrast to the day-to-day we’re used to in Berlin. While we’re looking forward to returning home in a couple weeks, we’ll be leaving a little piece of ourselves behind in Portland.

    Early Stage
    Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup? 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? Following the true story of a group of aspiring startups in the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), in the context of Portland’s creative and technology ecosystem, KS12 introduces Early Stage, a Video Sprint in collaboration with PIE which starts a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

    Participate on Quora
    We are working with questions from our interview process on Quora. You are invited to join the process by providing answers for these questions. We will be incorporating answers to these and other questions into the Video Sprint. Here are the questions:

  • Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
  • 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?
  • What can startups learn from an advertising agency about storytelling?
  • What can startup culture teach us about creativity?
  • How do crazy ideas grow into real businesses?
  • Participate on Twitter
    You can also participate by sharing your thoughts as the project progresses on Twitter using the hashtag #earlystage and make sure to follow @ks12 and @piepdx as the story continues.