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Welcome New Staff: Madeline White!

We’d like to welcome Madeline White, who is joining Portland Ten as our new Office Manager.

Madeline has previously worked for Portland Ten as a venture analyst, and has been a terrific addition to our staff, and invaluable in supporting the Portland Ten, Six Week Sprint, Skill Development, Checkups, Founders’ Coffee, and Field Trips programs.

You can read her bio below or on our Staff page.

Madeline White, Office Manager

Madeline is currently a full-time MBA candidate at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management with a focus in entrepreneurship and marketing.  She started working with Portland Ten in January, as a Junior Venture Analyst and is now working as office manager. 

Madeline graduated with honors from Montana State University, Bozeman with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theatre Arts.  Her focus was on documentary film making and producing.

Prior to starting graduate school and working with Portland Ten, Madeline worked as a licensed real estate assistant on a highly successful four-person sales team.  She worked as the listing agent, and was thus responsible for the managing, marketing, and maintaining her team’s listings.

We’d like to welcome Diane Fraiman, Voyager Capital, and Gerald Baugh, Portland Development Commission, into our advisor team at Portland Ten.

Diane and Gerald have been providing strategic advice and support to the Portland Ten for several months, and we look forward to their continued participation in our work with the entrepreneurial community. You can read more about them below, or on our Staff page.

Diane Fraiman, Advisor

Diane serves as a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in the enterprise software, Internet/Web 2.0, and security software industries throughout the West Coast.

Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC-backed startup providing Web application security software (acquired by Watchfire) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the database company Informix Software (acquired by IBM), both based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix (acquired by Danaher) in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer (acquired by IBM), both based in Oregon. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Diane graduated with a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France. Diane lives in Portland, Oregon.

Gerald Baugh, Advisor

Gerald is the Business & Industry Manager for Portland Development Commission, an agency created by Portland voters in 1958, which has played a major role in keeping Portland one of America’s most livable cities, by completing projects in waterfront redevelopment, small business loans, affordable housing, new retail opportunities, transit-oriented development, business recruitment and retention.

Previously, Gerald was the Manager of Business Development at City of Vancouver, Regional Coordinator at State of Oregon - Economic & Community Development Dept, Regional Coordinator at State of Oregon, and Commercial Property Casualty Broker at Wausau Insurance.

Portland Ten invites all entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers to participate in the Portland Startup Challenge, June 7-August 27.

Participants are encouraged to hit 6, 12, or 24 milestones (a complete list of milestones is available here) during the 12 week session, with a matching incentives program and community-wide awards ceremony on August 27th to celebrate and recognize participants for their achievements.

Committed Tracks

Portland Ten: Hit 24 milestones in 12 weeks, commit to $1MM in revenue within 18 months. 8 hours/week of advising/peer support, full access to 24 skill sessions, 3 Checkups. $3,000 enrollment, extended payment scholarships available. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

Six Week Sprint:  Hit 12 milestones in 6 weeks, no specific revenue commitment. 2 hours/week of advising/peer support, full access to 24 skill sessions, 2 Checkups. $975 enrollment, extended payment scholarships available. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

Community Tracks

Community Track: Hit 6 milestones in 12 weeks. 1 Checkup/month, 2 Skill sessions/month. $50/month membership. Eligible for Portland Startup Challenge incentives program.

DIY Track: Enjoy the do-it-yourself approach? Tackle milestones on your own throughout the summer, and drop by Founders Coffee or other Portland Ten events.

How to Apply

To apply for the Portland Startup Challenge, please fill out the online application at

About Portland Ten

Since launching in 2009, Portland Ten has seen successes including ShopIgniter’s $3MM venture capital funding, a $35,000 grant from Portland Development Commission, 12 alumni successfully completing the $1MM program, working with 100+ startups in the Checkups, Skill Development, and Six Week Sprint programs, and being featured in,, Oregon Business Magazine, and more.


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Welcome New Staff Jennie Kalberer!

We’d like to welcome Jennie Kalberer, who is joining Portland Ten as a Program Manager for the Winter 2010 Six Week Sprint.

Jennie has a background working with small & emerging businesses and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs be more successful in their ventures. We’re excited to have Jennie join the Portland Ten team!

Jennie Kalberer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2000 with a focus in Ceramics and Drawing. She worked as an interior designer before receiving her MBA in Finance from the University of Portland.

Jennie is a Founder and Director of Kahnaway Art & Ecology in the Columbia River Gorge, and she consults for start-ups and new venture projects. She also is the owner of Clean Like You Mean It, a natural cleaning products company.

She serves on the Board of OCAC, and volunteers at Chapman Elementary, her son’s grade school.

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the Winter 2010 Portland Ten and Six Week Sprint programs, which run January 25-April 18.

At this time, we are also launching our new Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund, a revolving scholarship program which provides extended tuition payment terms to selected founders who meet application criteria and commit to 24 hours of volunteer work.

In addition, we are offering expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs at all skill levels to strengthen their startup ventures through a diversified suite of programs: Portland Ten, Six Week Sprint, Skill Development, Startup Checkups, Founders’ Coffee, and Field Trips.

We’re excited to launch our fourth cycle of the Portland Ten, as well as continue supporting the 9 companies who have previously committed to the $1MM goal. We’re also thrilled about the new Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund, which will allow us to work with founders who are otherwise financially unable to participate, but are nonetheless willing to commit to build strong companies that can provide economic possibilities here in Portland.

"Coming from a technology background, Portland Ten has helped me dive into the realm of a business development founder and has become paramount to our strategy to become a million dollar company at or before the end of next year," says Alan Wizemann, founder of ShopIgniter and Portland Ten alum. "I highly recommend any new business to try to get into Portland Ten, you will be glad you did."

To apply for the Portland Ten, Six Week Sprint, or Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund, please visit, or

As preparation for our Winter 2010 cycle of Portland Ten programs, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with Portland Development Commission, which is providing $35,000 in grant funding to support staff & operational costs for the Winter 2010 cycle of entrepreneur programs, as well as Willamette University, where Professor Robert E. Wiltbank and Portland Ten Director Carolynn Duncan will co-instruct and train 10 MBA students as junior venture analysts to administer Startup Checkups with local companies.

"PDC supports Portland Ten as an innovative way to help potential high-growth companies to increase direct revenues, attract investment capital and create high wage jobs for the local workforce," says Bruce Warner, PDC Executive Director. "This results-oriented initiative will assist in the fulfillment of the city’s economic development strategy goal of entrepreneurial development for the region’s high-growth, small and emerging businesses in software, apparel, manufacturing and clean tech."

"I have seen Portland Ten mature in a very short time while it simultaneously catapulted an initial cohort of new technology companies to their next level of growth," says Robert E. Wiltbank, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at Willamette University. "I see the value of the initiative as a learning opportunity for my students, an accelerator for new businesses in Portland (and beyond), and a model initiative from which we - as educators, investors, and business and civic leaders - can learn."

These partners are joined by Portland Ten’s new Community Sponsors, including the Olsen Group, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Stephenson Group, Amy Winkelman Consulting, and Jim McConnell, CFO, who make financial and/or in-kind contributions to Portland Ten’s new Perpetual Entrepreneurship Fund and Skill Development workshops in sales, legal, public relations, product management, financial forecasting, and more, with a full schedule of workshops to be released January 25th.

We also look forward to continued partnerships with NedSpace, which provides collaborative coworking space for startups, innovative technology companies, non-profits, artists and social entrepreneurs, and FundingUniverse, which produces CrowdPitch, a quarterly pitching event for entrepreneurs.

At this time, we’d like to thank all of our partners & sponsors, as well as the Portland startup community for the warm and enthusiastic welcome since our launch in February 2009. The participation from Portland Development Commission, Willamette University, and our Community Sponsors shows a tremendous commitment from these organizations to supporting our local entrepreneurs.

We also remain committed to further strengthening the startup, tech, investment, and business communities in the Portland, Oregon region, and look forward to our portfolio companies’ continued success in 2010.

As we wrap up 2009, we hope you’ll be able to join us for our combined Portland Ten & NedSpace Christmas Potluck:

  • Thursday, December 17th, 6-8 pm
  • NedSpace Old Town (117 NW 5th)
  • Read more details or RSVP here.

We’ll be showing a slideshow of activities & events from the past year, enjoy food & beverage, and celebrate Portland entrepreneurship and everything we’ve all accomplished together.

If you have photos from NedSpace, Portland Ten, or general tech/startup community events you’d like to include in the slideshow, please email them to

Feel free to bring your co-founders, significant other, and other startup junkies!

Also, if you have photos from NedSpace, Portland Ten, or general tech/startup community events you’d like to include in the slideshow, please email them to

See you then!

We’d like to thank everyone in the Portland Ten community for a fantastic 2009! You’re all invited to our First Annual Christmas Potluck:

  • Thursday, December 17th, 6-8 pm
  • At NedSpace Old Town, 117 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
  • RSVP on Upcoming here

Join us as we celebrate both the holidays and wrapping up our first year of work with the Portland startup community.

We’ll take a few minutes to show a slideshow of photos of our founders & the community from our programs & events over this past year, and give you a sneak peak at what’s coming up in 2010.

Bring a dish and a bottle and let’s celebrate a great year!

Portland Ten Founders Coffee Every Tuesday

Come join us Tuesdays at 9am for an hour

Daily Cafe
902 NW 13th Ave at NW Kearney

Founder’s Coffee is a low-key, weekly get together for Portland entrepreneurs to connect with each other.  No speakers, no pitches, just business founders gathering together to visit for an hour.

The first month of founders coffee has produced valuable connection.  Come meet your fellow founders.


Portland Ten Founder’s Coffee


Come join us Tuesdays at 9am for an hour

Daily Cafe
902 NW 13th Ave at NW Kearney

Founder’s Coffee is a low-key, weekly get together for Portland entrepreneurs to connect with each other.  No speakers, no pitches, just business founders gathering together to visit for an hour.

The first couple weeks have been excellent.  We’ve filled the long table at the Daily Cafe and a lot of smart folks have shown up and met other smart folks.  Seems like a lot of folks are making it their business to find strategic partnerships and those conversations seem to be taking place at Founders Coffee.

RSVP on Upcoming: