PIE Turns 10

How do you throw a birthday party for a well-known startup accelerator in Portland? If you’re the Portland Incubator Experiment, you do it in a new workspace and invite all of your friends and startups both past and present. For me, it was another chance at some startup photography capturing some great folks in the Portland scene, and fitting since I photographed the PIE kickoff event along with all of their demo days.

PIE Birthday Party Photography - Portland

You invite Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who drops by to say a few words about Portland’s startup scene, and of course PIE General Manager Rick Turoczy has some remarks as well.

Ted Wheeler and Rick Turoczy - Portland Startup Events

PIE General Manager Rick Turoczy

You hold the event in a cool new space – The Glass Lab – and find that it provides plenty of room for interesting conversations.

The Glass Lab Portland

Portland Startup Photography

You have some cool swag for folks to play with, making for some interesting opportunities for an event photographer.

Portland Event Photographer

You have the event catered with some great food including Fabo’s Tacos. People are happy, they have great conversations, business connections are made, and the event photographer walks away happy.

Fabo's Tacos Portland Catering

PIE 10th Birthday - Portland Startup Photography

Hosting a fun event such as this one? Whether it’s startup photography, another business event, or a charity, contact me and let’s make some great photos!

A Congratulations to Little Bird

It’s always fun for me when a client or former photography subject has a big success.

I’ve known Marshall Kirkpatrick for probably close to ten years now as part of the Portland tech community, and I had the pleasure of photographing him on stage at the 2012 Demo Day for the Portland Incubator Experiment.

Marshall Kirkpatrick pitching Little Bird

He was pitching Little Bird, a company he founded along with two cofounders. Today they announced they’d been acquired by Sprinklr which will help them grow their platform for influencer discovery in the enterprise space. In looking at my photo archives, turns out I captured the three of them sitting next to each other at another event in a candid audience shot.

Mikalina Kirkpatrick, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Tyler Gillies

Congratulations to Marshall, Mikalina, and Tyler.

Portland Incubator Experiment Demo Day 2014

The Portland Incubator Experiment recently wrapped up another class of startup business development, with company founders giving presentations to an audience of investors, mentors, and the public. Portland’s Gerding Theater at the Armory was filled with interested parties as each company shared its product, service, and story.

You can view the full set of images on Flickr; here are a selection of favorites.

Eric Holscher - Read the Docs - Gerding Theater

Julie Logan - Nutmeg - PIE Demo Day 2014

Before PIE Demo Day 2014 - Gerding Theater at the Armory Lobby

Megan Fisher - Shoptender - PIE Demo Day 2014

Kai practicing before the crowds arrived - Gerding Theater

PIE Demo Day 2014 - Everyone

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.

Portland Incubator Experiment Demo Day

A couple weeks ago, I photographed the Demo Day for the second class of startups that moved through the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) program. Six companies took the stage at the Gerding Theater at the Armory to share information about their companies and products to an audience of investors, media, and the public. Here are a few images from the event; there’s also a full set of photos on Flickr that are released under Creative Commons licensing.

PIE Demo Day Crowd
Some of the crowd in the theater

Kyle Banuelos introduces Stublisher
Kyle BaƱuelos discusses Stublisher

Michelle Rowley explains Code Scouts
Michelle Rowley explains Code Scouts

TechCrunch writer Alex Williams interviews Aaron Raddon of Lytics
TechCrunch writer Alex Williams interviews Aaron Raddon of Lytics

View the full set of photos on Flickr.