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NEXT Portland Fall 2012

Techstars Startup Programs

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

NEXT Portland Fall 2012

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Startup Weekend is joining forces with Steve Blank and Udacity to bring you some the world’s most effective experiential entrepreneurship curriculum - Steve’s Lean Launch Pad curriculum (as taught at Stanford, Berkley, and Columbia) - customized and packaged into a 3-week in-person follow-on course to Startup Weekend. 

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NEXT in Portland

Fresh off of another sucsessful Portland Startup Weekend, we're keeping the volume turned up here in Porland with one of the few NEXT class this November - one of a handful of cities to have one. We've reached out to the local incubators and accelerators to bring some of the best coaches in town to help you push your startup to the next level.

Our Facilitator

Shashi JainShashi Jain is a seasoned professional in the high-tech industry with 12+ years in Technical Marketing and Product Development and Architecture. He is an established entrepreneur, having successfully bootstrapped and operated a US-based Cosmeceuticals manufacturer. Shashi has many interests and is actively pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities through organizations such as TiE, OEN and Startup Weekend. He has an extensive network in the High Tech and Investment communities in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.

Our Coaches

Scott GroutScott Grout is an experienced leader of technology companies across a range of stages of development. Most recently (from 2002-2011) he was President and CEO of RadiSys (nasdaq: RSYS) where revenues were increased from $200M to $400M through significant strategic change and globalization. Prior to RadiSys, Scott joined Chorum Technologies as its seventh employee and its President and CEO. Chorum was an early-stage, venture-backed telecom startup where revenues grew from zero to over $100M. Scott began his career at AT&T/Lucent where he spent 15 years leading a number of businesses including as VP/GM of Lucent's multibillion dollar Optical Networking Group. Scott has a BS in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business.

Sanjay VankudreSanjay Vankudre is an Entrepreneur, Investor and experienced information technology professional with 20+ years experience in enterprise applications, Internet applications and B2B integration. He is a technology entrepreneur who has worked work with global software leaders like IBM in their enterprise consulting division and several other startups and medium sized companies in Health Care, Retail, Education and Transportation. He has co-founded start ups in training, customer software development and mobility. He has been active in promoting entrepreneurship thru several organizations like OEN and has extensive network in Pacific Northwest, Bay area and overseas in high tech and investor community.

Ravi SinhaRavi Sinha is an Entrepreneur, having started 4 companies, he has a proven track record of identifying market opportunities, engaging stellar talent required to start up entire operations and closing investments. Ravi’s career has been focused on developing high quality products and services while simultaneously providing unequalled customer satisfaction & delight. Ravi founded Choice Solar in 2008 a company that distributes simple solar solutions in India. In 2006 Ravi co-founded a Solar Electric Design and Installation business in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. He advised a privately funded thin films solar business, and in this capacity he was instrumental in the launch of the company in both the US and India. Ravi has been and engineer and marketing professional and new business developer at HP. He has closed capital for startups and been a CEO several times . He led and facilitated a highly successful turn-around of a publicly traded company which later was sold for $250 Million. Ravi is the founding Chair of Oregon’s TiE Clean Energy Special Interest Group and a mentor and coach for TiE Oregon, Cleantech Open, OEN, and Start-Up Weekend (Corvallis and Portland). Ravi teaches Entrepreneurship at the College of Business at Oregon State University. He received MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a cyclist, swimmer and enjoys hiking and traveling!

Nathan TaggartNathan Taggart is CEO of LaunchSide, a company that helps underwrite and develop new web-based product and businesses.  LaunchSide is a Portland Seed Fund company.

And more coaches on the way!


Attendees are expected to attend all 6 in person meetups, complete 15-20 hours of work outside of the “classroom” each week, conduct customer interviews (at least 10/wk), participate in mentor session (1 per week), and watch online videos (approx. three 30 min. videos per week).

The format for this program comes in 3 parts:

  1. Online Education: We have taken Steve Blank’s customer development curriculum which he has crafted at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Caltech and now the National Science Foundation and made it accessible to all via Udacity. Teams will be going through his curriculum week by week as homework and implementing it in their own customer development process throughout the 3 weeks.
  2. In person meetups: Throughout the 3 week program, the entire cohort will meet in person 6 times (twice/week every Wednesday and Saturday for a max. of 4 hrs each). The objective of these in person meetups is to share learnings from every teams customer development process in the field, receive critical feedback, and have collaborative discussions around the lecture content.
  3. Coaching: Each team should be paired up with a coach that will stick with them throughout the entire 3 weeks. The minimum ask is that each coach attends all the in person meetups and meets in person with their team at least once outside of the meetups.


All classes will be held at NedSpace in downtown Portland.  NedSpace is located at 1400 SW 5th Ave (between SW Columbia St and SW Clay St), 3rd Floor, Portland, OR.  All sessions will include lunch or dinner.

Pre-class Assignments:

Wednesday, November 28 from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Kick off event:

  • Objective: To set the expectations for the program and get to know the cohort
  • Agenda: Welcome and introductions, ice breakers, team pitches and initial assignments
  • Homework: 10+ Customer interviews and team presentation

Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Workshop #1:

  • Objective: Share key insights from initial customer interviews
  • Agenda: Team presentations, peer review, collaborative break out discussions and work time
  • Homework: 10+ Customer interviews, team presentation and watch lectures 4, 5, 6
Wednesday, December 5 from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Workshop #2:
  • Objective: Share key insights from initial customer interviews
  • Agenda: Team presentations, peer review, collaborative break out discussions and work time
  • Homework: 10+ Customer interviews and team presentation
Saturday, December 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Work Day:
  • No presentations but teams will work and collaborate on road blocks they are facing
  • Homework: 10+ Customer interviews, team presentation and watch lectures 7, 8, 9
Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Workshop #3:
  • Objective: Share key insights from initial customer interviews
  • Agenda: Team presentations, peer review, collaborative break out discussions and work time
  • Homework: 10+ Customer interviews and team presentation
Saturday, December 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Final Presentations / Demo Day:
  • Objective: Share their lessons learned from the entire experience

More Information

NEXT 3-week long, in-person course which provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a scalable company. This is not a class about how to write a business plan. It’s not an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom, or how well you use the research library to size markets. And the end result is not a PowerPoint slide deck for a VC presentation.

This is a practical class – essentially a lab, not a theory or “book” class - for teams of 2+ co-founders. Similar to Startup Weekend, NEXT creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup. Teams will be getting their hands dirty talking to customers, partners, competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a customer-driven startup actually works - all aimed towards answering the question of how to turn a great idea into a great company. Co-founders will learn how practically apply business modelling to their company, and customer development to get out of the classroom to effectively test whether/how customers would use your product.

NEXT takes a ‘flipped classroom’ style of learning, where teams are expected to watch lectures and complete assignments between classes, while classtime itself takes a Facilitator-driven approach to sharing learnings and questioning results. 

You do not need to have attended a Startup Weekend event to attend this course. You must, however, be part of a team of at least two people working on a startup or startup idea.

More info can be found at swnext.org.

Have questions about NEXT Portland Fall 2012? Contact Techstars Startup Programs

When & Where

1400 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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Techstars Startup Programs

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week. 


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