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Startup Grind Portland Hosts Michelle Rowley (Code Scouts; Cultivate & CO.)

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Michelle Rowley, Code Scouts; Cultivate & CO.

Google for Entrepreneurs is providing program assistance and $1,000,000 in funding to 40 partner organizations that are increasing the representation of women entrepreneurs in their startup communities. As one of their partners we are featuring female speakers that are making an impact in their city in all of our 85+ chapters in over 25 countries. For our Portland launch we couldn't be more proud to have Michelle Rowley, recently named one of the seven most powerful women to watch in 2014 by Entrepreneur Magazine,, come out and share her story.

Michelle is a P.I.E., Portland Incubator Experiment (, graduate and now serves as a mentor to new classes. She is the founder and Executive Director of Code Scouts (, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to learn software development.

She also recently founded an organizational culture consultancy called Cultivate & Co. ( aimed at helping tech companies build healthy cultures.

A member of the Python Software Foundation ( and organizer of the Portland Python User Group (, she also speaks and writes about the importance of diversity in the tech scene and tech literacy for everyone.


6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By Christopher Richards, Chapter Director

Chris Richards is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and business. He was the Founder and Chapter Director for the Atlanta Startup Grind before relocating back to Oregon to launch a new chapter of the Startup Grind here in Portland. He's currently running Cellar Door, a digital marketing consulting company, and the Social Media Manager for ChooseATL, a campaign from Nebo Agency and the city to represent Atlanta as a creative and digital epicenter. When not finding new clients for a growing digital agency he has a passion for everything digital and pretty much anything that gets him outside from snowboarding to kayaking.
Email: | Twitter: @Digitalkinfolk (

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Local Partners

Tillamook Station is nestled within the old Triangle Milling building and built in 1932 when the railroad ran right up to its back doors. Located now in what is called Industrial Alley, it neighbors a variety of artists, makers and craftspeople. The Station is close to 3,000 sf and cloaked in a canvas of white walls with hanger-style ceilings, exposed beams, and a large bright yellow roll up door. Owners Nathan Emerson and Yvonne Perez Emerson set up shop Dec. 1st, 2013 (read more about that here.). Yvonne’s studio, The Study is one of four creative businesses housed within The Station, and referred to as The Collective. The Gallery will be a place to gather, with workshops, lectures, gallery shows, and pop-ups planned throughout the year.

Taco Pedaler is proud to serve authentic Mexican styled street tacos on a hand pressed corn tortilla. We make the tortillas right there on the trikes, and you will taste this in each bite! Our meats are all natural and our produce purchased locally. We pedal our trikes to each location, set up shop & serve each taco w/ love and then break it all down and pedal off leaving no trace behind. It is important to us to serve our food on compostable and biodegradable paper products and try and leave as little to no footprint when we leave each location. Taco Pedaler sets up daily and posts on both Facebook and Twitter. We also love getting invites to events and catering is one of our specialties! Please invite us to your area of work, residence or hire us for any of your catering needs.

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit ( or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (