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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Early Stage: Announcing the First Round of Interviewees

John Jay is the Global Executive Creative Director of Wieden + Kennedy. He helped open W+K’s Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and New Delhi offices. He also founded W+K Tokyo Lab (an independent DVD music label) and Studio J, a private creative consultancy in Portland’s Chinatown. He currently divides his time between W+K’s Portland and Tokyo offices.

Amber Case is co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi, a company bringing the future of location to the world. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, non-visual augmented reality, the future of location, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a platform for next generation location, out of a frustration with existing technologies.

Barb Stark is the Director of Culture at Cloudability. The self-proclaimed “Betty White” of the Portland startup scene, before joining Cloudability she had worked with SmartForest, Veriwave, and Urban Airship.

David Embree is the founder and CEO of Athletepath. Athletepath is the first complete race platform for amateur athletes. As a semi-competitive runner and triathlete, he lived the amateur athlete’s frustration of missing out on events, struggling to find where his achievements were published and connecting with fellow racers in an easy and meaningful way.

Robin Jones is the Chief Operations Officer at Geoloqi. She’s been a mentor for the Portland Incubator Experiment, an entrepreneur and previously worked as Investment Manager at Motorola Ventures.