Portland Startup Weekend B2B

    Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Portland Startup Weekend B2B

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

1355 NW Everett
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97209

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Startup Weekend (The B2B Remix)

Portland has become something of a B2B tech hub. Elemental, Urban Airship, Puppet, Jama, Smarsh, Janrain, and so many other great Portland companies share a common trait… they serve other companies. We believe this uniquely positions Portland as a community well suited to helping aspiring entrepreneurs found the next wave of great B2B companies.

For this spring’s Portland Startup Weekend (May 1-3, 2015), we were challenged to do something unique, while maintaining the culture, experience and purpose of the event. We chose to focus exclusively on B2B entrepreneurship for three key reasons.

Culture:  Too many young “companies” are doing what Paul Graham refers to as “playing house.” They are mimicking everything they see successful companies doing on the outside, like getting an office, making slick business cards, handing out T-shirts and stickers, building slide decks and websites… but they aren’t doing the one thing that is often hidden from view, calling on clients with real problems and real budgets, asking how they can serve them.  That is hard work, its not always fun or glamorous… but it is what separates inventors from entrepreneurs.

Revenue: Funding that never has to be paid back. There are very few individuals who will pay hundreds of dollars a month for any service, so building consumer focused businesses often means borrowing massive sums of money. However there are millions of businesses that will pay real money, to solve real problems, right now.

Diversity: While many people reading this have the relationships and experience to raise money, many early entrepreneurs do not. We believe this lack of access is a contributor to a disparity in the ethnic, age, race and gender makeup of our industry, as compared to the communities we serve. While others strive to improve that system of early stage fundraising, we want to show aspiring entrepreneurs how to build a business that can sustain itself without any outside funding or permission from the establishment.

We believe Entrepreneurship should be more focused on building a real business rather than the pursuit of funding. We believe that encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to target B2B opportunities gives them many important advantages that provide an alternative to traditional fundraising, and we’re doing something about it... we hope you’ll join us!


Friday May 1st

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 May 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:50 am
Pre-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

12:00 pm

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

6:30 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 May 3rd

9:00 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
VIP Reception

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jim Huston
Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund

Catherine Nikolovski
Executive Director, Hack Oregon

Catherine is deeply involved in Portland area tech, design, and public policy communities. She is the executive director of Hack Oregon, a non-profit organization focused on civic data visualization. She has extensive experience in community organizing, and her work at Portland Code School is focused on strengthening relationships between Portland Code School students and the community of prospective employers. Catherine created the Coders With Kids program at Portland Code School. She is passionate about civic data projects, growing the tech economy in Portland, and high-fantasy period dramas.

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.

Daine Fraiman
Partner, Voyager Capital

Diane serves as a Partner with Voyager and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in the enterprise software, Internet/mobile/social, and security software industries throughout the West Coast.

Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC-backed startup providing Web application security software (acquired by Watchfire) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the database company Informix Software (acquired by IBM), both based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix (acquired by Danaher) in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer (acquired by IBM), both based in Oregon. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. 

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Dylan Boyd
Director, New Programs Development, R/GA Ventures

Dylan works with both early stage companies and global brands looking to new markets and technologies to be more agile and innovative.

He has created and built strategic revenue generating partnerships in mobile with Enterprise SaaS and global telecom/mobile carriers. Built innovation programs bringing start ups to corporate partnerships with Nike, Barclays, Disney, Sprint, Kaplan and others.

He is currently working for R/GA the leading global digital agency on new venture products and investments in sports entertainment, connected retail, IoT, Hospitality and Smart Cities.

Gina Rau
Marketing Consultant and Strategist, Mighty Big Impact

Discovering the connections in stories, people and new ideas for mighty big impact is the magic Gina brings to situations and people that cross her path. As a supporter of brilliant people with big dreams, she mentors, coaches and works with entrepreneurial types to help them achieve the unbelievable and have fun along the way.

Her expertise comes from 20+ years of building big brands, developing business-changing campaigns, telling compelling stories and creating brand passion for organizations like McDonald's, JCPenney, Opal, Janrain, Taco Bell, Haggen and more. She often works with local startups to define who they are, who they serve and why so they can better tell their own story with their ideal customers and watch the needle move. 

Matt Hixson
Co-Founder and CEO, Tellagence

The son of an entrepreneur, Matt hails from Joplin, Missouri and has always been one to question the way we do things. His questioning nature and high-energy may have gotten him kicked out of kindergarten, but it gave him all the right tools for becoming a great team builder and coach

A veteran of enterprise software, Matt has been leading new initiatives and social strategies for the past ten years. One of these projects was an initiative to create a new startup within Tripwire - taking an idea to market in only nine months. After pioneering two social strategies for two separate brands within Tripwire with great success, Matt saw the need for something more in social media - not just a new software tool, but a revolution in the world of social.

Patrick Lightbody
Vice President of Product Management, New Relic

Patrick came to New Relic after founding several startups, most recently BrowserMob (acquired by Neustar), a cloud load testing and monitoring service. Previously he’s held management and engineering roles at Jive Software, Gomez (acquired by Compuware) and Cisco Systems.Patrick is an avid open source contributor, most notably helping launch the Selenium browser automation project and Apache Struts 2.0. He’s also published two books on open source development. Patrick holds a BS in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego.

Jon Summers
Partner, White Summers Caffee & James, LLP

Jon is an attorney and CPA who represents technology and emerging growth companies with respect to the formation, financing, governance, and transactional matters. He counsels clients on venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology licensing, commercial agreements and general business matters. Jon is experienced in stock option plans, executive compensation, corporate reorganizations and spinouts, securities offerings, and the formation of investment funds. Notable clients include Portland Seed Fund, GlobeSherpa, Giftango (sold to Incomm), Exterro, Sol Republic, Treehouse Island, Nouvola, Schoolhouse Electric, Black Rock Coffee Bar, and Ruby Receptionists. Jon speaks frequently on the subjects of startups, financings, and mergers & acquisitions. Jon teaches an Entrepreneurship seminar at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to his legal career, Jon worked for four years for Arthur Andersen & Co., an international public accounting firm, as a financial statement auditor where he earned his certified public accounting license in 1989.

Ranjit Pandit
Entrepreneur and Technologist

Ranjit Pandit is a technologist by passion and an entrepreneur at heart. He loves to build and be involved with early stage startups.

Ranjit founded his first company RNA Networks in 2006 which was acquired by Dell Inc in 2012. RNA Networks builds innovative high performance storage solutions targeted for large enterprise customers. Previous to RNA Networks, Ranjit spent 4 years each at a networking startup and Intel. Ranjit is an author of numerous Patents, holds a M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and is a Charter Member of TiE Oregon a non profit which helps foster entrepreneurship. He is currently back to the drawing board working on and experimenting with some new ideas.

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!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Portland Startup Weekend B2B team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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Travis Cannon

Technology Consultant & Advisor | Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Travis Cannon is an engineer with an MBA and a passion for startups. With over eight years experience in software development, he has a unique blend of business and technical savvy. He is currently a Technology Consultant and Developer for various startups and small companies, Facilitator and Organizer for Startup Weekend, and Curator of Portland Startup Digest.

Juan Barraza

Entrepreneur & Telehealth enthusiast. CEO + founder @vdointerpreters - We are building a better platform and redesigning the language interpretation experience.

Sarah Nanbu

Sarah Nanbu currently coordinates social media efforts for a small company. She's interested in entrepreneurship, but hasn't yet found the right idea to take the leap into the startup world. She participated in her first startup weekend last November and couldn't get enough.

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