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David Abramowski

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We all know that getting a business off the ground is expensive and time consuming. It’s difficult to be a part time entrepreneur and being full time means you have $100k of your own money in the bank to pay the mortgage & expenses. Unfortunately that’s not the case for most entrepre...
As a companion to the posting “Funding & revenue: chicken and egg” here is a brief summary of some of the research performed and the results: SBA Small Business Loan – I visited US Bank and talked to them about a potential SBA loan to kick start a brand new busine...
In today’s Oregonian, Mike Rogoway’s article “Tech entrepreneurs defy recession“ quotes me as being able to build the first version of MioWorks.com for $5,000. Well this is very true but may be a little misleading so let me explain how this can be. The team behind MioWorks is not jus...
Last night I attended the Big Idea Bash hosted by the Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund.  According to the web site for the event The Big Idea Bash is a social gathering created to connect entrepreneurs to the organizations that can help them flourish. This year the event will featu...
Don’t underestimate the power of beta testing to a wide range of people. Consider it collaborative development. Open your software to a broad range of people inside and outside of your target market and you’ll be amazed at what you get back from them.
Today I attended the preamble to the InnoTech conference in Portland, OR called the eMarketing Summit. The day was filled with energetic and passionate speakers that made the $149 fee well worth the price. The topics varied by speaker but there was a common theme - there is much more ...
Everyone loves a free event.  We take up space and kibitz with our friends, colleagues & associates.  We eat the free food.  We drink the free coffee or adult beverages.  When it comes to the time of the day where the sponsors get their 10 minutes, we turn off. We quickly pull out ...
Kicking things off was Benjamin Stover & Jason Grlicky with I need to read this They sum up their application with a rather easy to remember phrase - bookmarks meet to do lists. The problem they are solving revolves around the multitude of information that we read every day on the Int...
A quick alert about my current project called www.mioworks.com.  We just entered the public beta phase for the solution.  There is a brand new web site with videos and information to help you better understand what the application is all about. Posted in Sofware Startup
You have two minutes to describe your business and your start-up dream.  You are handed a microphone. What are you going to do?  Pontificate about how much you need the money or how fast you can spend it…or tell a story that inspires people to get behind your next $100million dol...
Last night over a hundred entrepreneurs crowded into Ned Space to help kick off an effort to develop funding for start-ups in Oregon. The message was clear.  The state should take a small portion of investment dollars and funnel them not into one time projects, but into entrepreneurs t...
Last night I attended my first Startup Exchange meetup organized by the Software Association of Oregon.  The meeting was held at the offices of Chime Software hidden away in Portland’s East side warehouse district.  The Startup Exchange is for entrepreneurs only, no service provi...
If you don't know how to fly a plane, would you try to solo? Of course not, yet every day we hear cloud failure stories. Learn from those who have mastered the cloud and you'll see the true value of this tremendous tool. Learn how to use monitoring to enhance the uptime and quality ...