Portland Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Portland Startup Weekend

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

PSU Business Accelerator
2828 SW Corbett Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

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Portland Startup Weekend November 14-16 @ PSU Business Accelerator

The Portland Startup Weekend brings together people with different skill sets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Why should you attend?

  • Build your network
  • Co-founder dating
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get face time with thought leaders
  • Join a global community
  • Actually launch a business!
Details for next Portland Startup Weekend (Check schedule below for details):

  • Date:    November 14th-16th
  • Time:    Friday: 6 -10pm, Saturday: 9am -11pm, Sunday 9am -9pm
  • Place:   PSU Business Accelerator 2828 SW Corbett Ave. Portland, OR 97201 (Directions)
For those who want to know what Startup Weekend is all about, we offer a Bootcamp that will give you a better sense of what to expect at Startup Weekend, how to get the most out of it, and help you increase your chances of success during the weekend. Details for Bootcamp:

  • Date:    Saturday, November 8th
  • Time:   12pm-5pm
  • Place:   PDX Code Guild, 2626 SW Corbett Ave, Portland, OR 97201


Friday November 14th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 15th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 16th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

4:30 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Paige Hendrix Buckner
Co-Founder at Tique Box

Paige Hendrix Buckner is the co-founder and CEO of Tique Box, a company that features Portland artisans through a monthly subscription and gift box service. Paige is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship, education and technology.

A native of Missouri, Paige studied international relations and geography at the University of Missouri and co-founded Stop Traffic, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas to teach fourth and fifth grade as a Teach For America Corps Member. When she wasn’t teaching, she co-founded Not For Sale Nevada, an anti-human trafficking organization. Paige relocated to Portland in 2011 to be closer to her husband Darren Buckner.

While working as a policy advisor at Multnomah County, she attended her first Startup Weekend and was eager to pursue the startup path. In 2013, she launched Tique Box and decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship full time in April 2014. When she isn’t working, Paige loves practicing jiu jitsu, crocheting and adventures with friends.

Event Judges

Chris Sells
Sr. Product Manager at Google

Chris Sells has been a software engineer of one kind or another since he was 14 years old. He's worked at Intel and Microsoft, has started his own companies, has written a dozen books, given countless conference talks and has done everything from QA to developer, consultant to VP, technical support to CTO, chief architect to conference organizer. Currently, Chris is a Sr. Product Manager at Google focused on tools for cloud developers. 

You can read more about Chris on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/csells), Amazon (http://amazon.com/Chris-Sells/e/B001H6OL1K), Twitter (http://twitter.com/csells), Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Sells), and his own web site (http://sellsbrothers.com).

Mara Zepeda
Co-Founder at Switchboard

 Mara Zepeda is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard. Switchboard is like a private, non-creepy Craigslist. People ask for what they need and offer what they have to give within a community they trust. Anyone can start their own Switchboard. (Check out the one for Portland Startups: pdxstartups.switcboardhq.com). Switchboard was part of Portland Incubator Experiment 2013 class. Prior to co-founding Switchboard, Mara worked in higher-ed and organizations 15 years. She was also a radio reporter for National Public Radio. She has designed hundreds of calligraphy tattoos for clients through her studio, Neither Snow, the proceeds from which bootstrapped Switchboard.  

Rick Turoczy
Co-founder at PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment)

Rick Turoczy (@turoczy) has been working in high-tech marketing communications in the Portland area for nearly 20 years. As founder and editor of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for more than six years, even though numerous people have begged him to stop. That side project led Rick to cofound PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with global communications firm Wieden+Kennedy, creators of "Just Do It," the Old Spice Guy, and the agency of record for Facebook. Those efforts led him to cofound TechFestNW, a tech event run in collaboration with Willamette Week and MusicFestNW, which has been dubbed "the next SXSW" by Fortune magazine. His latest project is Oregon Story Board which he cofounded with Oregon Film. It's an accelerator designed to help digital storytellers like film makers and video game creators build scalable and sustainable business.

He's mentored for the Portland Seed Fund, Nike+ Accelerator, Straight Shot, and 9Mile Labs, to name a few.

Tim Haskins
Chief Creative & Experience Officer at COPIOUS

Tim Haskins is the founder of Copious, a leading digital agency in Portland — that, even after a decade, keeps its scrappy, startup mindset. Copious crafts thoughtful, intelligent experiences that both challenge norms and successfully delivers value for users and clients alike. With over 13 years in design and development, Tim’s passion continues to be in elevating the human experience. His drive for this passion has helped propel Copious as one of the leaders in ecommerce and digital in the Northwest. Outside of Copious, Tim spends time in the outdoors, volunteering with organizations, and spending time with his beautiful wife and three boys.

Kate Niedermeyer
Strategic Business Development Manager at Intel

Kate works business development and marketing in Intel’s New Business Initiatives, a group tasked with incubating new ventures to spur company growth. Her passions include lean methodologies, business model innovation, and Disruption. Prior to NBI, she held a variety of roles in finance and the arts. She has a BA from Reed College and an MBA from University of Oregon and is still thawing out from a childhood spent in Alaska.

Coaches and Mentors

Danielle Alexander
Incubator Manager at Jaguar Land Rover

Darren Buckner
Founder & CEO at Workfrom

Darren Buckner is currently the founder and CEO of Workfrom, Inc (workfrom.co). Darren has been a software developer, UI designer/engineer and business development professional for most of his career. He is passionate about building great things with a focus on simplicity, clean design and usability. His typical day includes writing software, developing business partnerships, crunching numbers and of course dreaming big. Darren has participated in 10+ Startup Weekends around the country and has been lucky enough to be on 5 winning teams. He is happy to help with anything and everything!

Don Webb
Independent Consultant

Grounded in consumer and industrial products, Don is a B2B & B2C strategist addressing all aspects of the value chain from product conception to end user – with emphasis on sales, merchandising, marketing, and operations. He served on the team assembled to develop the Ashley HomeStore business model which today is the nation’s #1 retailer of home furnishing & décor products, and has guided growth and diversification efforts that include channel partnerships with Amazon, Better Homes and Gardens, Wayfair, Costco, The Home Depot, and other notable companies within their respective competitive space. Don possesses an MBA from Marylhurst University with concentration in marketing and finance.

Gavin White
Co-Founder at Genius Engine

An accredited angel investor and a serial entrepreneur, Gavin has founded and folded a handful of businesses you've probably never heard of. He's learned along the way to focus on customer experience, befriend unforseen challenges, integrate new discoveries, and build on what's working. Now he applies all that to support entrepreneurs, executives, and fellow angels in creating companies that are great places to work and a delight for their customers and investors. Clients and colleagues appreciate his integrity, vision, creativity, insightful questions, and ability to synthesize big ideas into actionable tests. Gavin can help you unleash creativity, scale your culture, and build a genius organization that runs itself.

Passionate about games, dancing, food, and good decisions.
Investments and experience in tech, mobile, food, and cybernetics; primarily interested in how you and your team learn and operate together.

Jena Nesbitt
Trend Forecasting Specialist

Jena is a creative entrepreneur with an education in fashion design and professional experience in product development, trend forecasting, and textile design. Jena led team FreezePup at PDXSW in April 2013, winning two judging categories for a product line of vegan gluten-free desserts for people and their dogs. Inspired by the Lean Canvas for startups, she designed the Creative Canvas; a visual business model for artists, makers, and creatives.  Jena's next workshop "The Art of Pricing Your Work" is November 18th at PNCA Bridgelab, where she will give an overview of the Creative Canvas and dive deep into developing a process for pricing creative work. 

Jim Snowden
Mobile Software Architect/Engineer at Peer Labs

Android Architect/Engineer at Wai

Jim has been helping build technology companies in the Portland area since 1992 when he moved here to help the startup ProTools. He's been hooked on startups ever since... currently he is leading the Android effort at the PDX startup Wai. He recently lead Windows mobile app development for CBC / Claro Sports (with deltatre) for the Sochi Winter Olympics... his work has been used by millions and showcased in the Library of Congress, ACTD and Office.com... he thrives on the bleeding edge and loves to bring new technology to market.

Melea Seward
Strategy & Communications Consultant

Michael Gray
CTO at GlobeSherpa

Michael co-founded GlobeSherpa in 2010 and oversees the technical development and implementation of GlobeSherpa’s mobile ticketing platform. He works closely with customer IT teams and GlobeSherpa’s technical partners. Prior to GlobeSherpa Michael worked as a Software Consultant for Huron Consulting, providing custom applications for the healthcare sector, as well as for NPower, a non-profit IT firm. Michael also worked as an engineer for Bank of America and as a consultant for Accenture, where he was a principal architect for the redesign and coding of Marriot.com, and where he integrated several complex back-end management systems for Fortune 500 clients.  Michael holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Winthrop University and a Masters Degree in International Management from Portland State University. When not deep in code, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Glori and traveling.

Rebecca Campbell
Engineering Manager at New Relic

Rebecca Campbell said "hello world" to web development in the heady days of the .com boom and has been building increasingly complex web applications ever since. She was a key player in creating a web-based aircraft & crew scheduling system, SchedAero, from the ground up. Rebecca recently moved to New Relic, where she manages a team that provides the foundation for New Relic's high-traffic, high-availability web site. She enjoys the puzzle-solving aspects of software development.  Whether she's working with code, projects, or people, there is no shortage of puzzles to be solved! Outside the office, Rebecca enjoys writing fiction and renovating her home.

Steve Morris
Executive Director at OTBC

Entrepreneur (3 investor funded startups) as well as big-company experience (HP, Credence, Mentor Graphics); Executive Director of startup incubator OTBC;   LinkedIn

Robert Gallup
Founder at XOBXOB

Robert Gallup (@robertgallup) is the founder of XOBXOB, an internet of things company developing technology that enables personal experiences in a connected world. Spawned from a Startup Weekend in 2013, XOBXOB is currently part of the PIE 2014 incubator class. Prior to founding XOBXOB, Robert spent many years working at the intersection of People, Design, and Technology on projects ranging from computer games to in-car mobile computing to online education.

Claire Brown
Associate at Tonkon Torp LLP

Claire Brown is a lawyer in Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services group and Business Law department. She represents startup clients as well as established companies, with a particular focus on finance and securities issues. Claire is a regular speaker on crowdfunding regulations, general solicitation rules, and SEC requirements for companies seeking public or private financing. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned both a degree in law and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance. Claire enjoys living in Portland and being outdoors.

Jeffrey Woodcox
Associate at Tonkon Torp LLP

Jeff is the co-chair of Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group. He regularly advises established and start-up companies on corporate governance and general business issues. He has experience advising clients on entity formation, acquiring and disposing of businesses and assets, securities compliance, contract matters, and raising capital through private placements of equity and debt. Jeff is currently serving as the Corporate Secretary of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

Leigh Gill
Attorney at Immix Law Group PC

Leigh prepared for his career in software by studying biology and European history in college. Having too much time on his hands, he later studied intellectual property law as an evening student and is now in his second career as an attorney. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. Ideas are powerful, but only if you set them free. Using the law as a tool, Leigh helps entrepreneurs to keep command of what matters to them, while setting their ideas free to do the most good.

Charles Higgens

Charles is a well seasoned Entrepreneur that brings over 15 years experience with early stage companies. He has started, run and sold 7 of his own ventures. He has been a venture backed software CEO and has spent most of the last 8 years investing in and consulting with startups helping them to refine business models, raise funding rounds, build teams and more precisely define their markets and their go to market strategies. Since graduating from Berkeley with a double major his career has included working for Fortune 100’s to “back of the napkin” startups and Angel Investing. He enjoys finding “gold in dem der hills” and then figuring out the right combination of pick axes and shovels to mine it. He is currently VP of Marketing for Nouvola, an award winning Portland based startup the builds a Saas Cloud Performance Testing solution.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Portland Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Portland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Sheri
  • Travis
  • Dave
  • Jehn
  • Chris
  • Sarah
  • Jeffrey
  • Zoe
  • Dina
  • Cari
  • Vinay
  • Josh
  • Katie


Luz Bratcher

Luz is the senior designer UP Global where she tends to all things UX. Originally hailing from Phoenix, she fled the blistering heat of the desert for to work with startups in Seattle. On the side, she's probably showing you pictures of her cats.

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