Writer and Editor in Portland, OR
Rick Turoczy has been working with startups in the Portland area for more than 25 years. Throughout that time, he has been more than mildly obsessed with connecting the dots that help form and strengthen community.
Rick has blogged about the Portland startup community on Silicon Florist for more than a decade -- even though numerous people have begged him to stop. That blog has randomly led to Rick speaking all over; writing for one of the top tech blogs in the world; judging startups for SXSW for more nearly a decade; being named to the Portland Business Journal’s "Forty under 40" and “2014 Small Business Advocate of the Year”; being elected to the boards of the Technology Association of Oregon and Oregon Entrepreneur Network; advising the City of Portland on startups; cofounding a startup accelerator with the help of Wieden+Kennedy; cofounding another accelerator with Oregon Film; cofounding an event which Fortune called "the next SXSW"; and nonprofit called Built Oregon. All of which led to writing an open source book on startup accelerators that enables anyone, anywhere, to start an accelerator of their own. Among other things.
All because of a blog. Weird.