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Friday, February 3

6:00pm PST

Portland Winter Light Festival
The 2nd Annual Portland Winter Light Festival takes place on the evenings of February 1st through the 4th, 2017, and features creative installations from a number of startups around town. For the complete schedule, visit the Portland Winter Light Festival schedule.

Friday February 3, 2017 6:00pm - Saturday February 4, 2017 11:00pm PST
Tuesday, February 7

8:00am PST

Creating a viable concept in about an hour

Wake-up and get your creative juices flowing!  Join us on Tuesday, February 7th as Shashi Jain takes us through an interactive workshop where you will create a viable concept in about one hour!

Shashi will walk us through a couple of creative strategies designers utilize during the process of invention. This is your opportunity to match your “bugs” with your “passions” and turn it into a viable concept that you can take with you to expand on.


NOTE: There is a cost to attend this session. 

Tuesday February 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am PST
CENTRL Office Pearl 1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

11:45am PST

Entrepreneurial Innovation in Oregon and How to Fund It

Our February meeting will focus on Entrepreneurial Innovation in Oregon and How to Fund It. We will have featured speakers panel of Maggie Finnerty, President and CEO of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to discuss some of the trends one entrepreneurs in Oregon and Jon Maroney of the Oregon Angel Fund to discuss how Angel Investing in Oregon are funding many of these trends. Quests that will be addressed by this panel include: What are the areas prime for entrepreneurs? What resources are available to innovators? What policies could be enacted locally, regionally and statewide to encourage entrepreneurship and investing? What will be the next big thing both in innovation and in funding innovation? 

They will also be discussing Angel Oregon 2017 where Early Stage or Concept Stage businesses have an opportunity to compete for cash awards (not loans, not equity, all cash) of up to $15,000 and a loan program of up to $250,000 not to mention hundreds of thoughts of dollars in in Angel Investing. Register today. 


Tuesday February 7, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
Fairview City Hall 1300 NE Village St. Fairview, OR 97024

1:30pm PST

Building activism and community service into your culture

Join Cole Reed of greenHAUS gallery and NXT Industries for a discussion on inspiring and supporting people who are interested in building activism and community service into their brand identity and business culture. 

Tuesday February 7, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
NXT Industries 1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97214

5:45pm PST

Portland Travel Massive: Let's talk collaboration
Portland Travel Massive is back! We are excited to kick off our 2017 event with the topic of "collaboration opportunities in our Travel Massive network." Our speakers Daniel and Shyla Bare of Wild Spirit Travel will discuss how they successfully partnered with Vacasa, Travel Oregon, and ex-officio because of connections within our community. There will be discussion questions and time to network with members about how we can help each other. Anyone with a collaboration success story is welcome to share! 

As usual we will be giving away a FREE vacation stay in Oregon (sponsored by Vacasa). 


Tuesday February 7, 2017 5:45pm - 8:00pm PST
Vacasa 926 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

6:00pm PST

Portland Ruby Brigade
The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm PST
New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2900, Portland, OR
Wednesday, February 8

8:30am PST

Portland 1 Million Cups

Every week we have a new local entrepreneur building an amazing company here in Portland. They give a short presentation followed up with a great Q&A session where you get to ask questions and ask about the real challenges and triumphs behind the business. 

As always we welcome everyone interested in startups and founders building great companies here in Portland.

Come and check it out and bring a friend. 

NOTE: Event location is on the second floor 


Wednesday February 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am PST
Regus Pearl District 1455 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209

9:00am PST

Women in Startups: Negotiating for yourself

In today’s startups and emerging tech companies, we are asked to do more with less, be available 24/7, and act as “team players” as the company finds its market. Within these fast-paced, often male-dominated, environments — with few policies and often unclear reporting hierarchies — our ability to negotiate what we need to be successful is more important than ever.  

Join Elizabeth Robillard, local Portland startup leader and VP of Partnerships & Operations at Lytics, for practical advice on how to manage your own career and how to negotiate for yourself more effectively.

Whether you are looking for new opportunities such as a promotion, better work/life balance, buy-in on a new project, more support, or credit for your work, this talk will offer concrete strategies on how to reach your goals.

NOTE: Men are welcome to attend, as well. 

Coffee and bagels will be provided.  

Wednesday February 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Lytics 720 NW Davis St #400, Portland, OR

5:30pm PST

Nailing Your People Ops From the Start
You’ve got your idea - maybe you’ve even built it already. You might have hired on employee #2, or #20. Wherever you are in your startup’s journey, your journey is powered by your people. Great people build amazing products, and amazing products build world-class companies. However, there’s a catch: great people aren’t just going to show up, and they’re certainly not going to stay without the right ecosystem. Come learn about setting up your people operations and human resource functions early on the right way (it’s not all about compliance and salaries!) If you’ve ever hired someone for your company or you will be soon - no matter the size of your startup - this event is for you!


Wednesday February 8, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm PST
Jaguar Land Rover Technology Incubator 1450 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR

6:00pm PST

Write The Docs PDX

The Write The Docs NA conference returns to Portland in May, and the deadline for proposals is February 10 (midnight PST).

For the third year, we'll give people who want to propose a chance to test things out, either by speaking briefly, or by brainstorming their proposals.

FYI, O'Reilly has an excellent guide to creating conference proposals, "Propose, Prepare, Present". If you navigate to http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920027096.do, you can get the eBook version for free.

We'll start with a brief networking session from 6-6:30.

At 6:30, I'll make a few announcements. Anyone who wants to try out a "preview" of a conference talk (5-10 min), or just present their draft proposal for comments, can speak to the group (or ask questions) after that.


Wednesday February 8, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST
New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2900, Portland, OR
Thursday, February 9

4:30pm PST

Nike Tech Talks

Join Nike Digital for the next event in our Nike Tech Talks series on Thursday, February 9th from 4:30-6:30pm!

The Shape of Revolutions: How Things Change Ellen Friedman | MapR Consultant, Author, and Apache Software Foundation Committer @ellen_friedman

There’s a revolution underway in how people work with data. For one thing, streaming data is no longer seen as a special use case – and that’s a good thing because streaming is a better fit to the way life happens. Stream-first architectures are useful even beyond real-time processing. Another big idea has to do with where data lives: the big data revolution showed us that data structures spanning more than one machine are a good thing. But a new revolution involves data structures that span more than one continent (geo-distribution) and that go from on-premise to cloud.

In this talk, Ellen will tell a few stories that show how innovation with real impact can happen, including the shift in thinking and in engineering culture that underlie successful change. We’ll look at emerging technologies and how best to use them, new designs in architecture, and flexible practices such as a microservices style that have huge implications in IoT and other large-scale analytical workflows.

RSVP: https://niketechtalksfeb2017.splashthat.com

Thursday February 9, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm PST
Nike Decathlon Club Cafe 15350 SW Koll Parkway Beaverton, Or 97006

5:30pm PST

Pitch Club PDX: Part 10 Exit & Ask

During the 10th installment of “The Perfect Pitch,” Tom Kingsley will cover the final installment – Exit and Ask

The Exit and Ask will consist of: How you expect to cash investors out, recent comparable examples, basic ask terms, the amount, form of investment, bullet points on use of funds.

Pitch Club is an ongoing series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and business plan. Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment to deeply understand what the investors are looking for and role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs.

There is no need to have attended the other installments to attend this one – we look forward to seeing you there!


NOTE: There is a cost to attend this event.

Thursday February 9, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm PST
CENTRL Office Pearl 1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
Friday, February 10

2:00pm PST

Cofounder Communication: How to Communicate More Effectively with Your Cofounder, Coworkers, and Other Colleagues
Limited Capacity seats available

Startups provide plenty of opportunities for high stress situations and miscommunication. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is the only way to cut through confusion. During Jessica Macklin’s Cofounder Communication workshop, you’ll learn communication techniques you can blend into your daily emails, chats, and calls.

Jessica Macklin, MA, CADCI, LPC is a therapist specializing in counseling for non-traditional lifestyles. You can contact Jessica at OffbeatTherapy.com


Friday February 10, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Central Library 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Or