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Portland Business Alliance Looks at PDX as a Startup Hub on Wednesday

Monday, March 14, 2016


The Emerging Professionals of Portland program of Portland Business Alliance is looking at the how the city is emerging as a startup hub in a program on Wednesday. 

"Portland is rapidly becoming the next tech hub on the West Coast. Come hear from leaders of Portland high-tech companies about why they planted their seed in Silicon Forest, how the industry is creating jobs locally and what the future holds for the startup scene," said Portland Business Alliance.

The program is Wednesday, March 16 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The panel discussion will feature three of Portland's hottest start-up companies:

  • Mark Baker, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Urban Airship
  • Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder of Metal Toad
  • Holly Files, Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Puppet Labs

The EPOP Exclusive event series is geared toward connecting emerging civic and business leaders with established civic and business leaders in the Portland region. EPOP Exclusives feature a moderated yet informal Q & A session with the featured guests as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals.

For additional information, please contact Liza Dossick at 503-552-6772.

Complimentary appetizers and wine and beer.


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