Founders Investing in Founders: A Fishbowl Conversation

Founders Investing in Founders: A Fishbowl Conversation

The Technology Association of Oregon kicked off Founders Investing In Founders programming with four of the inaugural founders answering questions in our "fishbowl" every founder asks.

The hour-long interactive event started with questions such as:

  • How did you pursue funding?
  • How many times did you hear “no”?
  • What drove you to persist through the failures?
  • Can you describe the pivots you made along the way?



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Mat Ellis, Founder & CEO  

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Monica Enand, Founder & CEO  

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Jim Gochee, Founder  

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Ivo Lukas, Founder & CEO  

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Cara Turano, Chief Operations Officer

Technology Association of Oregon


The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Founders Investing in Founders (FIIF) program evolved during 2020 from the desire to increase gender and racial representation in TAO’s executive engagement programming for early-stage companies. Founders Investing in Founders’ inaugural investing business leaders committed to an initial pilot program supporting early-stage startups for up to three years. Founders will invest time, money, and resources to support the success of participating entrepreneurs. That may include mentorship, business counsel and strategy, as well as access to sources of funding. Participating entrepreneurs will also enjoy free TAO membership, with quarterly events and networking opportunities throughout the year.

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