The goal of Portland Ten is to facilitate the creation of ten new $1M companies in Portland by October 2010. We select Portland entrepreneurs to undergo a 12-week experience that trains them to build and manage a company at the $1M/revenue/year (or more) level.
We think it’s backwards for entrepreneurs to look for funding first; rather, by concentrating on generating revenue through providing value to customers, and on getting things done in a focused, strategic way, entrepreneurs are able to grow the business on their own and attract the necessary resources or funding as they go.
Our current session runs March 2- May 22, 2009.
Carolynn Duncan, Program Director
Carolynn Duncan is a microentrepreneur (founder of the Hundred Dollar Business, CoffeeWithAnExpert.com, Seattle Startup Wiki) and subject matter expert in venture capital/angel investing.
She works in the hi-tech startup & angel/venture capital networks in Seattle, Portland, and Salt Lake City. In the NorthWest, she has been affiliated with FundingUniverse and EPIC Ventures.
Prior, she helped launch the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center, strengthening access to capital, VC, and technology transfer in the state of Idaho. Partners included Idaho National Laboratory, EPIC Ventures, The Development Company, BYU-Idaho, and local angel investors.
Before the E Center, Carolynn worked for four startup companies in marketing & web-based technology, and ran five “Hundred Dollar Business” micro-businesses.
Mark Grimes, Advisor
Mark Grimes is a serial entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, and angel investor who has started each of his businesses with cash on hand, no business plan and all have been profitable within 90 days.
Past founder of eyescream interactive an advertising agency with clients such as P&G, Nextel, Disney, and Outpost.com. eyescream was one of the top 20 interactive advertising agencies according to Adweek magazine, 40 staff members and annual billings over 7.2 million dollars. Currently focusing on developing social purpose enterprises and helping other social entrepreneurs develop their business models.
As an angel with a somewhat iffy track record, angel investments include: TechTracker (ACQUIRED), SnapNames (ACQUIRED), Measurecast (ACQUIRED), Printbind (ACQUIRED), CashPile/Merchandising Avenue (DOA), Online Response (DOA), Seminar Source (DOA), helped these companies launch Dogpile(ACQUIRED), MP3.com (PUBLIC).
Current investments & businesses include Better World Media Network (http://www.bw-mn.com), a socially responsible online advertising network; NedSpace (http://www.nedspace.com) co-working for startups, innovative tech companies, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. Ned.com (http://www.ned.com) a member-governed network taking action locally, nationally & globally, in order to make the world a better place.
Josh Friedman, Advisor
Josh Friedman is a serial entrepreneur (founder of Eleven Wireless, StarveUps).