PIE Demo Day – Gerding Theater at the Armory

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to photograph the Demo Day for the third class of startups to “graduate” from the Portland Incubator Experiment program. At Demo Day, company founders have several minutes onstage to tell the story of their company and their product, pitching it to an audience that includes potential investors, tech press, and the public. The stakes are high and it’s always an interesting event to see the stories told (I previously photographed the first and second PIE Demo Days as well).

Rick Turoczy, Kirsten Golden, and Renny Gleeson hosted the event
PIE Demo Day 2013 - Rick, Kirsten, and Renny

Matt Heitzenroder of Orchestrate
Matt Heitzenroder of Orchestrate - PIE Demo Day 2013

Mara Zepeda of Switchboard
Mara Zepeda of Switchboard - PIE Demo Day 2013

The entire class of PIE startups
PIE Demo Day 2013

Startup founders, mentors, and investors stick around for a post-event reception
PIE Demo Day 2013 - Post-event reception

View all of the PIE Demo Day 2013 photos on Flickr – and of course contact me if you have an upcoming event that could use some great imagery.

Three Years Ago: OpenStack Launches

In mid-2010, OpenStack was launched as a partnership between Rackspace and NASA. Wikipedia notes that:

OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing project that is free open source software released under the terms of the Apache License.

OpenStack Launch Party - Banner

I was honored to capture the OpenStack launch event with event photography at Portland’s Gerding Theater at the Armory. Featuring executive leadership from Rackspace and NASA as well as OpenStack developers, it was a neat event.

Three years later, I’m excited to photograph the OpenStack Summit this week in Portland. Some of the players will be the same; some will be different, but I look forward to seeing the increased crowd, excitement, and buzz around OpenStack and the people, products, and companies involved.

Gerding Theater at the Armory - Event Photography