Portland ranks 5th in nation for women entrepreneurs


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I've had the pleasure of advising a handful of women-run tech startups in Portland, including Favery (Anne Nichols) and Presto Box (Elicia Putnam and Sara Conte). These two are part of an entrepreneurial renaissance in Portland that has just landed us at No. 5 on the list of top cities for women entrepreneurs

I am closely watching several other women in the newest class of Portland startups – including Paola Moretto and Paola Rossaro at Cloudy Days, Emma McIlroy and Julia Parsley at Wildfang and Kristine Akins at Bikecop. I also like nothing more than advising and investing alongside women like Angela Jackson of Portland Seed Fund and the Portland State University Business Accelerator, Diane Fraiman of Voyager Capital, and Shelley Gunton, now of Chez Marie.

I am hard-pressed to come up with an industry that hasn't been dramatically improved by the addition of women in large numbers – tech startups will be no exception.


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