Eight Portland Startups: One Demo Day

A couple weeks ago I photographed the first Demo Day event on behalf of the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). Each of the eight startups that comprise PIE’s inaugural class took to the stage at Portland’s Bagdad Theater, explaining their company, product, and vision. With my full set of images having been delivered to the client over a week ago, I wanted to post a few of my favorites and offer a few additional selections.

Paresh Patel of VendScreen.  At the PIE Demo Day on 1/17/2012 in Portland's Bagdad Theater

Dr. Paresh Patel of VendScreen speaks about his company’s device (shown to the right) which aims to add smart capabilities to vending machines. VendScreen has been getting some press from little publications like USA Today.

But wait, there’s more!

Almost Pitch Time for PIE

Over the past few months, eight startups have been growing as part of the Portland Incubator Experiment in one corner of Weiden + Kennedy’s building in Portland’s Pearl District. Next week, founders will deliver demonstrations and pitch their companies as worthwhile investments for continued funding and growth. Here’s a photo of JR Storment delivering a practice version of his talk about Cloudability, a Portland startup focusing on helping businesses manage cloud-based services.
JR Storment talks Cloudability
I’ve enjoyed photographing the various founders and activities at PIE as the companies have evolved. I look forward to photographing the PIE Demo Day next week and continuing to follow these businesses into the future. If you’re interested in having me help capture the people, events, and products that make your business interesting, please contact me.

Scott Kveton and Sam Adams at PIE Launch: 2011 in Five

I’m sharing five memorable images from 2011 this week. Here’s the third of the series.

Urban Airship's Scott Kveton & Portland Mayor Sam Adams

September marked the public launch event for the Portland Incubator Experiment, a startup incubator being operated by Weiden & Kennedy. As the event began, I noticed Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton and Portland Mayor Sam Adams standing to one side of the stage just before the ribbon-cutting festivities. In addition to the PIE launch event, I’ve been making images over the past several months of the various startups operating in the PIE space as part of a personal project. I look forward to sharing the results of that effort early in 2012.

Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson Talk Venture Capital at Urban Airship

Last week I had the opportunity to photography Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, two of four directors in the Foundry Group, a Boulder-based venture capital firm. While in Portland, they led a talk and panel discussion on various topics related to funding, founding, and legal topics for entrepreneurs. The event was in the big open space at Urban Airship, who just happened to announce a big funding round this week. Here are a few photos from the evening.

Venture Capital is Serious Business
Venture Capital is Serious Business

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