We've been a staple in every inaugural Startup Week scene starting in 2010 with Boulder Startup Week (any coincidence that Quick Left was founded in the same year?). When Denver Startup Week kicked off two years ago, you bet we were involved as a sponsor, speaker and event host. Now in its first year (along with several other cities nationally and globally), Portland is hosting its first Startup Week, and coincidentally we just opened our new office in the heart of downtown. And, yep, you guessed it - we'll be there in Quick Left style February 2-6 because we can't miss a party.
"The only constant in life is change." Presciently written 2500 years ago by Heraclitus, change is a way of life in technology. We're drawn to the field because of the innovative nature of it. However, when it affects us directly, change implies uncertainty and with it anxiety.
As a tech marketer you're expected to know content marketing, SEM, SEO, marketing automation tools, creative production, event marketing, lead qualification for sales, social media programs, email marketing campaigns, lead nurturing, branding and increasingly more as the latest and greatest tools hit the market. As marketers, do we focus on supporting internal sales efforts or the external perception of our brand? Or both? How on earth do you know where to focus your efforts and develop the right marketing strategy to execute without pulling your hair out?
If you haven't heard about our Adopt a Startup program yet from here, here or here, that's ok. Because there's been an addition (literally)! As most of you know, Quick Left is very much embedded in the startup community and upon launching our Adopt a Startup program, we honestly didn't know how it would be received. Well, Colorado and Oregon have spoken, and so did startup communities across the US (and outside the US). So we've decided to add an additional pair of developers and an additional market - the Bay Area - to the docket.
As most of you know, Quick Left is very much embedded in the startup community. We understand the challenges entrepreneurs experience with regard to technological innovation, fundraising, expediting product launches, and hiring exceptional technical talent. Having worked with Techstars grads and Foundry Group-backed startups as well as established companies like Ping Identity, Red Robin and Photobucket, we decided it would be nice to give back to the startup community which has provided the support for us to grow and expand our offices, tech talent, and offerings.
Enter the Adopt a Startup competition hosted by Quick Left. This accelerator-esque startup competition offers pre-Series A companies the chance to apply to win a month ($64,000 value) of custom software development with a pair of our expert full-stack developers in exchange for value equivalent convertible notes. We’re accepting applications now through December 15 for work to begin January 5th.