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!

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.

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!