We've said it before, but Oregon is a truly unique place for startups. In Portland, accelerators and startups tend to favor collaboration over competition – and it's lead to an explosively successful startup scene. It's reasons like this, and many more, that we love Oregon. And so we couldn't be more pumped to help support organizations like Techlandia and the new Moregon Project, that want to help foster this entrepreneur environment right here in Oregon. If you're not familiar with it yet, the Moregon Project aims to bring local entrepreneurs together to collectively make Oregon the best state to start and sell startups.
Steve Case knows a thing or two about buying and selling startups in up-and-coming tech ecosystems. He found his own success in helping to build a startup ecosystem in Northern Virginia, and he recently wrote a guest post for The Wall Street Journal's Accelerators Blog about how this is the "dawn of a new era for U.S. entrepreneurship." Up until recently, startup entrepreneurs were basically required to be in Silicon Valley – but Case describes how times have changed. Startups can now be successful outside of the Valley, and are bringing innovation, job opportunities and economic growth to many other cities.
Portland is certainly in that boat. Tech entrepreneurs like Rick Turoczy and Skip Newberry have been carrying the tech startup torch here for years. They are truly the backbone behind Portland's startup ecosystem momentum. And now, Moregon is bringing entrepreneurs, investors and advisors together to build an even stronger foundation; one that hopes to replicate the success of places like Northern Virginia, Austin, and Boulder in fostering new companies.
Major props to Beth Lutz, the executive Director at Starve Ups, and Mitch Daugherty, Chair of OEN Board of Directors, and all the other incredible folks who are involved in Moregon. And stay tuned for more about this new project in the coming months. We're positive that it will make a significant impact here, and we're honored to be involved.