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Rick Turoczy (@turoczy) has been working in the Portland startup scene for more than 20 years. As founder and editor of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for nearly a decade — even though numerous people have begged him to stop. That side project led Rick to cofound PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with global creative agency Wieden+Kennedy. Those efforts led him to help start TechfestNW, a tech event run in collaboration with Willamette Week and MusicFestNW, which has been dubbed “the next SXSW” by Fortune magazine. Using what he learned at PIE, Rick cofounded Oregon Story Board, an accelerator designed to help digital storytellers like film makers and video game creators build scalable and sustainable business. And the amazing stories from all of the startups throughout the years led to him cofounding his latest project, Built Oregon, a digital magazine celebrating amazing entrepreneurs throughout Oregon.
All because of a blog. Weird.