Founders & friends: we are excited to announce that PortlandTen is now powered by TenX.org.
 
Meet TenX.org
TenX.org is an open source, business frameworks education company, that provides content, events, conferences & learning programs to generate growth & acceleration for high potential organizations & individuals.

Revenue & Results, Baby
At TenX.org, we take the approach that when founders of new organizations start and grow with revenue and results in mind, capacity & outcomes improve significantly. Why not build a company or a nonprofit from the ground up, targeting and executing on specific milestones along the way?

High Impact, Revenue-Based Mentorship Programs
TenX’s Sprint and Marathon programs are structured to support founders and business leaders in tackling developmental milestones starting from $0-$100K, and accelerating to $100K-$1MM+. Alumni of the Portland TenXprogram have generated more than $20MM in revenues and funding! We are currently running Sprints and Marathons inPortland, OR, and Sprints in Seattle, WA.

Open Enrollment Events & Unconferences
In addition, TenX offers Open Enrollment workshops, Individual Advising services, and co-branded events through our local Community Partners. We are currently running Open Enrollment workshops in Portland, OR and through online webinars, more info at tenxopenenrollment.eventbrite.com. We also co-host the Social Venture Society’s Hacking Social Impact unconference in cities around the US: join us this year in Portland and Seattle!

Started in Portland, Now in Seattle
The original Portland TenX accelerator, and TenX.org’s headquarters, are based in Portland, OR, alongside Community Partners & Sponsors including Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Stephenson Group, NedSpace, Technology Association of Oregon, and Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. This spring, we launched Seattle TenX, alongside Community Partners including Seattle Startup Poker 2.0, and SURF Incubator.

Bring TenX to Your City
Interested in bringing TenX events, conferences & programs to your area? Let us know! Visit tenx.org/licensing to learn more.

Questions?

Visit www.tenx.org for more information, or contact us atinfo@tenx.org.

Portland Ten is excited to announce Open Enrollment Classes, starting tomorrow night. Borrowing curriculum from our signature Sprint program, the Open Enrollment Classes are an invitation to you to honestly assess your performance and take the first step towards high growth.

They are also a taste of the rigorous Portland Ten programs that work with companies to run past the $100K and $1MM revenue marks. If you are attracted to the accountability structure of the programs, this is an excellent starting point.

When? 
Tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 19th, 5:30 pm at Nedspace, 1400 SW 5th Ave Suite 300 Portland OR.

What do I need to do? 
1. Register online
2. Show up tomorrow night at 5:30 pm, bring a member of your team, at 1400 SW 5th Ave, 3rd floor.

More details, please. 
One hour class on one topic, preregister for $25. All classes are held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm at Nedspace: 1400 SW 5th Ave Suite 300 Portland OR. We will rotate through topics on a bi-weekly basis.Registration is now open for the Feb 19th class.

Currently on rotation:
Team Development: Feb 19th
Startup Milestones: Mar 6th
16 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs: Mar 20th

Who should attend? 
Business owners, managers, and startup founders who are at an inflection point with the business, and entrepreneurs who are looking for a strong foundation in best business practice.

Questions?
Visit http://portlandten.eventbrite.com/ for more.
Contact us at info@portlandten.com.

See you tomorrow night!

Below is a list of our community partner events through June. However, please check back with us for updates as we jump into a busy Spring: 

3/11
 Portland Ten Alumni Gathering
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm @ Davis Wright Tremaine
1300 SW 5th Ave Suite 2300 Portland, OR 97201

3/21 VOIS Member Meeting
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm @ Nedspace
1400 SW 5th Ave Suite 300 Portland, OR 97201

4/8 Portland Ten Alumni Gathering
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm @ Davis Wright Tremaine

4/23 TAO Tech10 Event
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ Davis Wright Tremaine

5/13 Portland Ten Alumni Gathering
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm @ Davis Wright Tremaine

6/6 OEN Entrepreneur Summit
9:00 pm to 6:00 pm @ Mercy Corps
45 SW Ankeny St Portland, OR 97204

6/10 Portland Ten Alumni Gathering
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm @ Davis Wright Tremaine

For inquiries on community partner events, please contact info@portlandten.com.

Portland Ten is happy to announce Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as the new Premiere Sponsor of the Sprint and Marathon programs:

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a full-service law firm serving clients across the United States and around the world. Our startups and emerging company lawyers advise entrepreneurs and founders from company conception through public offering or sale. We are involved in all stages of the company’s life cycle, starting with choice of entity and founder arrangements, as well as seed, angel and venture financing. We also typically serve as outside general counsel, advising our emerging company clients on the various legal issues they confront.

We routinely advise our emerging company clients with respect to: choice of entity; founders’ and shareholders’ agreements; equity financings, including structuring of angel and venture capital financings; intellectual property issues, including patent, copyright and trademark protection and inbound and outbound licensing agreements; employment law counseling; employee benefits matters; and litigation strategy and execution.

Our startups and emerging company team supports emerging and early-stage companies across the technology spectrum including Internet, software, cleantech, biotech, game companies, medical devices and health care. We provide our clients a cross-practice spectrum of experience, including tax, employment, real estate, hospitality, media and entertainment, energy and other industry-specific experience to the table to best understand your industry from the inside out.

Happy New Year – we hope 2013 is your best year yet!

2012 was awesome for the P10 community – we celebrated 3 more of our Marathon companies exceeding the $1MM milestone (The Good, Night & Day Studios, and Architectural Applications), participated at the White House Business Council, and saw our companies total revenues & funding exceed the $20MM mark. 

Also, Portland Ten’s success with entrepreneurs was featured by Starto TV, Sustainable Business Oregon, Portland State Impact Entrepreneurs, Northwest Innovation, Sock It To Me, and GeekChic – read more here: www.portlandten.com/about.

We are now gearing up to start the Winter 2013 Mentorship programs – Individual Advising, Sprint, and Marathon. We’d love to work with you to tackle milestones and growth plans for your business.

Benefits of Participating

Increase focus & execution through accomplishing milestones
Peer support from practicing entrepreneurs
Increase revenues
Create realistic financial projections
Land funding (alumni have raised amounts in the $10K-$8MM range!)
Add a cofounder, advisors, team members
Develop & launch products
Access to Portland Ten’s network, community, and special deals & events at our partner organizations (NedSpace, OEN, TAO)

About the Programs

Individual Advising

Flexible, hourly-rate based advising, targeted on topics (sales, fundraising, finding a co-founder, etc.) you need the most assistance with. Meet with a seasoned advisor during times convenient for your schedule 1-on-1 with a seasoned advisor. $125/hr for business development, $175/hr for fundraising or team advising.

Sprint

6 week peer-mentoring program focused on sales, finance, team development, stress management, market validation, and time management. Meet weekly with a seasoned advisor and with a peer group of founders committed to taking the business to the next level. Alumni include Plexus Engine, Wineslingr, Black Tonic, Silvania, OmgFriends, and many more. $1,500 program tuition

Marathon

12 week, 18 month commitment to get the business to the $1MM in revenue capacity level. Focus on developing a company roadmap, 12 month financials, sales pipeline, pitch, fundraising plan, operations & organizational planning, entrepreneurial and investment thinking, and more. Alumni include ShopIgniter, Orchestra Team, Night & Day Studios, The Good, Alma Chocolate, and more. $3,000 program tuition up front, $12,000 deferred tuition to if/when you reach $1MM.

Next Steps

If interested, let us know which program sounds like a good fit and the milestones you’d like to accomplish while working with us. Look forward to working with you!

Portland Technology Milestone: Night & Day Studios Completes Portland Ten Business Mentorship Program

Community Invited for Hosted Reception August 13th, 6-8pm at Bunk Bar

Portland, OR (August 2, 2012) — Night & Day Studios and Portland Ten have announced the successful graduation of Night & Day founders Nat Sims and Erin Rackelman from the Portland Ten’s Marathon, the region’s premiere business mentorship program. Night & Day Studios, an application design company serving the children’s market, met critical Marathon performance objectives, including earning $1 million or more in revenues within 18 months.

To celebrate the studio and Portland Ten’s success, the community is invited to a reception Monday, August 13th, 6-8pm at popular Bunk Bar, located at 1028 SE Water Ave in Portland. Details and RSVPs can be found here: http://bit.ly/OBZTUb

Night & Day Studios Performance Win

Night & Day Studios is owned by Erin Rackelman and Nat Sims. Within the six months of participation in the Portland Ten’s Marathon program, the company doubled its annual revenues and direct sales, entered three new platform markets, and brought aboard investors and a senior management team. The studios last 12 app releases were featured by Apple, its products has earned national media coverage from USA Today, The New York Times, Wired, and MSNBC.

About Portland Ten & The Marathon Program

Portland Ten is an education and training company serving the startup community. The Marathon program focuses on improving every critical aspect of running a business, from organizational structure to sales and finance, and culminates with a challenge to exceed $1MM or more in revenue within 18 months.

“We are happy to see Portland Ten’s mission of entrepreneurial success through training and mentorship help a dynamic company such as Night & Day Studios accomplish such great traction,” said Carolynn Duncan, Portland Ten founder and CEO. “We’re proud of the team at Night & Day Studios for a successful range of achievements over the prior year, from speaking at O’Reilly Media conferences in New York City and Bologna, Italy, to exceeding the $1MM milestone in such a short period of time, and to have them join alumni including ShopIgniter, Orchestra Team, The Good, and Architectural Applications in successfully completing the program and exceeding milestones challenges along the way.”

Night & Day now works with major publishers and studios including Nickelodeon, HarperCollins, and McGraw-Hill. They have licensed two of the top three children’s authors in the world, and PBS’ top program. Its apps are sold through in global markets through this brand network, and are available in six languages. The company is best known for is its ongoing success story with the popular Peekaboo Barn.

“The company’s first successful app was a labor of love. Nat was inspired to make a game for his one-year-old daughter, ” says Rackelman, “and the whole team pulled together behind it.” Peekaboo Barn was one of the first apps for toddlers on the market, and one of the first to be marketed directly to parents and mommy bloggers. It has been a bestseller ever since, and helped paved the way for Night & Day Studios to grow into a world-renowned kids’ app publisher. Peekaboo Barn is currently the number 1 educational app on Amazon and will have its third sequel launched later this month.

Night & Day Studios credits the P10 program with helping them raise their sights from building apps to building a sustainable, flexible company—a company that can keep up with the relentlessly competitive and exponentially growing market for children’s apps.

For more information, see www.nightanddaystudios.com and www.portlandten.com.

Portland Digital Agency Redefines The Measure of Success

The Good, serving Nike, Oregon Lottery & others, completes Portland Ten Program 

Portland, OR (April 18, 2012) — The Good, a research and strategy-based digital agency, is celebrating their third anniversary in business with an extra perk — the successful completion of the Portland Ten entrepreneur incubator program. The P10 program focuses on improving every critical aspect of running a business, from structure to sales, and culminates with a challenge to exceed 1MM or more in revenue within 18 months.

The Good is owned by Jon MacDonald and Shaun Tinney, who after leaving the traditional agency world set out to re-think the way digital projects are approached. “We believe in getting results, not building features”, said Jon. “Too many projects begin with a list of components; we work to understand the business goals as a whole, then build, test, and evaluate performance.” The shift may seem subtle, but it’s had a major impact for some high profile clients including Nike, Riddell, and The Oregon Lottery.

“We are happy to see Portland Ten’s mission of entrepreneurial success through training and mentorship help a dynamic agency such as The Good earn additional growth,” said Carolynn Duncan, Portland Ten founder and CEO. “We’re proud of the team at The Good for their success and achievement, and to have them join alumni including ShopIgniter and Orchestra Team in successfully completing the program and having exceeded the revenue and milestones challenges along the way.”

Building on a solid foundation of strategy and user research, The Good judges their success by how well their sites and applications perform in accomplishing business and user goals, favoring long term strategic partnerships over quick turn project work.

Shaun summed up their attitude and approach simply, “We don’t have all the answers, but we know how to find them.”  

The Good credits the P10 program with helping them build momentum and restructure as they crafted their service offerings.

For more information, see thegood.com/welcome

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Community Event Announcement:

To celebrate the successful completion of the Portland Ten entrepreneur incubator program, The Good is hosting an event on May 1st from 6pm-8pm at their new office in the north Pearl District. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided by Elephants Catering.

The Good is located at 1626 NW 15th Avenue, between NW 14th/NW 15th and NW Raleigh/NW Savier. A Google Maps street view can be found at:http://g.co/maps/y4mbt

Portland Ten alumni, Sponsors, community members, and staff will be on hand to meet and mingle with. Please feel free to bring cofounders or significant others as well. Hope to see all of you there!

Information and RSVP: http://bit.ly/HZ7vx5

Contact: 

Shaun Tinney
The Good + 1626 NW 15th Avenue Portland, OR 97209
503 488 5935 + 503 488 5935 + thegood.com + @thegood + @shauntinney

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About Portland Ten

Portland Ten is a premiere regional incubator in the Northwest which runs two high-intensity business mentoring programs, the Sprint and Marathon, for early stage companies in the $0-$100K and $100K-$1MM revenue range. Started in early 2009, Portland Ten alumni have generated nearly $20MM in revenues and funding and had successes including ShopIgniter’s $11MM venture capital funding, alumni who have doubled or tripled revenues (Orchestra Team, The Good, Night & Day Studios, ShopIgniter) or reached $1MM within 6-18 months of graduating (ShopIgniter, Orchestra Team,  The Good) and several others in progress.  

Grant funding for Portland Ten has come from a $35,000 grant from Portland Development Commission. Alumni have been featured in the New York Times, The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, SiliconFlorist, and presented at the White House, O’Reilly Media conferences, Mashable, and more. Portland Ten screens 300 companies/year and works with 50+ startups in the Sprint, Marathon, and Individual Advising programs. We have partnered with NedSpace, Mercy Corps Northwest, Willamette University MBA, City of Portland, and have been featured in Entrepreneur.com, SiliconFlorist.com, Oregon Business Magazine, and more.

For more information, please contact:

Pam Abrahamsson
www.portlandten.com
503.298.9749 + pabrahamsson@portlandten.com + @portlandten + @Pam_A

2nd P10 Company to $1MM: Orchestra

Portland Ten is excited to announce that Orchestra, led by CEO Brad Windecker, and one of the summer 2010 Portland Ten companies, has recently exceeded the $1MM milestone, and set a new record for accomplishing this goal– within 6 months of graduating.

We’re proud of Brad & his team & their success in reaching this milestone, and appreciate the support from all of the Sponsors, community partners & community members who have assisted in their progress.

To celebrate, we invite you to join us on Monday, March 28, 5:30-7 pm, at ShopIgniter’s offices at 411 NW Park Ave. Please RSVP on Upcoming here.

Portland Ten alumni, Sponsors, partners, and staff will be attending, and please feel free to bring cofounders or significant others as well.

Portland Ten Expands Programs Nationally, Restructures Local Initiatives

Portland, OR (January 20, 2011) Portland, OR – Portland Ten, the region’s leading entrepreneur development organization, is expanding in response to regional and national requests to license the Portland Ten brand and program models for developing high-performance entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems, and is restructuring local programming to accommodate this demand. Pilot programs are currently in development with other cities in the Northwest and will be announced in the coming months.

Changes to Local Programs & Initiatives

At this time, Portland Ten is continuing to offer services to individual entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Greater Portland region, while limiting engagement in community initiatives and startup ecosystem development in Portland. Currently existing community programs in Portland are being phased out, and the Portland Ten staff is working with the team and community to make a smooth transition.

For Portland Ten alumni who are in the 15-months post-program phase, there will be no changes. The monthly alumni group will continue to meet and the alumni internal mailing list and network will also continue to be available.

The following community programs and partnerships will no longer be available in Portland at this time:

  • Founders’ Coffee
  • Founders’ Guide
  • Skill Development Workshops
  • Sponsorship Program
  • Scholarship Program
  • Community Socials
  • Community Partnerships

Portland Ten will re-evaluate the feasibility of re-engaging community initiatives and ecosystem development within the Greater Portland region after completing this transition, later in 2011.

The Sprint and Portland Ten programs are continuing to be offered by P10 staff on an individual and group advising basis, with the next groups beginning on January 24th. Limited space is available in these 2 mentoring groups, with a pre-training Winter Bootcamp on Saturday, January 22nd, 1-4:30 pm at the Portland Ten office, 215 NW Park Ave. For more information, please contact Jennie Kalberer, jkalberer@portlandten.com.

Alumni Results

The Portland Ten programs and alumni have earned early success, with more than $6 million in revenue and funding to the Greater Portland region over the past 2 years. Program alumni and ShopIgniter.com founder Alan Wizemann secured a $3 million round of funding for his social media/eCommerce startup, and has surpassed the $1MM in 18 months goal within 12 months of graduating. Two additional Portland Ten companies are hitting the $1MM in revenue milestone in the upcoming months.

Alumni have also been featured at OEN’s Tom Holce Awards, Venture Northwest, Portland Business Journal, New York Times, and CNN Headline News. Numerous other participants, from tech startups, nonprofits, consulting firms, interactive agencies, and small businesses, have generated revenue, secured new clients, added cofounders, and accelerated their growth through participation in the programs.

“The Portland Ten experience was rigorous, highly-customized and result-producing,” said ShopIgniter.com founder and Portland Ten alumni Alan Wizemann. “The individual attention and expert advice were key to ShopIgniter securing market success and funding.”

“From our overall product management strategy to how we manage our email and calendars, Portland Ten has played a role in almost every area of growth and change at Orchestra. I have dual degrees in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, and I still learned more about how to "run" a growing business in 12 weeks of Portland Ten,” said Orchestra Team founder Brad Windecker.

“Since finishing Portland Ten, Orchestra has hired multiple employees in Portland and has seen exponential growth in revenue and profit. Orchestra would not be the high-growth software company we are today, without the influence of the team at Portland Ten.”

Portland Community Celebration: Thursday, January 27, 5:30—7:30 pm

Portland Ten is excited about this growth and the opportunities ahead, and thanks all who have been a part of the Portland Ten team and community for the continued support. Community members are encouraged to attend a special event to celebrate accomplishments from the first 2 years of operations, on the evening of Thursday, January 27, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Portland Ten office, 215 NW Park Avenue, Portland, OR.

About Portland Ten

Portland Ten is an entrepreneurial development organization which develops and deploys programming designed to create business success for both individual entrepreneurs and regional startup ecosystems. Since its founding in 2009 by Director Carolynn Duncan, Portland Ten has seen successes including ShopIgniter’s exceeding $1MM within 18 months and $3MM venture capital funding, a $35,000 grant and pilot project with Portland Development Commission, 40+ alumni successfully completing the Portland Ten and Sprint programs, working with 100+ startups in the Checkups, and Skill Development programs, and being featured in Entrepreneur.com, SiliconFlorist.com, Oregon Business Magazine, Portland Monthly Magazine, TEDx Portland, and more.

Portland Ten can be followed on Twitter: @PortlandTen, and its website: www.portlandten.com.

Great interview with P10 alum Ben Parzybok and David Mays on StartupWeekly, with a shout out for Portland Ten.

 

Ben was one of the first 4 founders to complete the Portland Ten program, 2 years ago when we first launched. Great to see the company’s progress– nice work guys!