Local Startup Ecosystems
Rick Turoczy (@turoczy) has been working in, on, and around the Portland, Oregon, startup community for more than 25 years. He is the cofounder and general manager of PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment), an ongoing experiment exploring how established entities — like corporations, educational institutions, and government — can collaborate with startup communities for mutual benefit. Based on that experience, he authored the PIE Cookbook, an open-source guide for starting startup accelerators. Rick also started Built Oregon, Portland Startup Week, Oregon Story Board, Silicon Florist, and TechfestNW. He regularly advises, consults, and speaks on the topics of community development, startups, and accelerators — in addition to mentoring for a variety of startup programs — around the world.
For more on his thoughts on community, see his TEDxPortland talk here