Thanks to an off-kilter sensibility and a very supportive economy, Portland startups have excelled in the fields of bio-pharm, fin tech, and specialty foods, and they’ve done so with and without financial support. Bootstrapping is big here, Knox told us. It’s a do-it-yourself kind of city that in many ways is still a small town.
Case in point: “I don’t lock my house – that’s how low the crime is,” Knox said.But if startups want the taste of a big city they’re just a few hours away from one. “We’re very much a northern suburb of Boston,” said Knox. Lots of folks take the two-hour drive down to Beantown to collaborate on projects and work with companies there.