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Dave Barcos

Advisor Portland, Oregon Area, US

Founder, Startup VanCo and Lead Organizer, 1 Million Cups Organizer.

Founder, Startup VanCo and Lead Organizer, 1 Million Cups Organizer.

18 vouches

Involved In


The Bridge Incubator
The Startup Brand
Startup VanCo


Founder The Bridge Incubator September 2014 - present
Founder / Startup Consultant The Startup Brand February 2014 - present
Founder Startup VanCo May 2015 - February 2016
Creative Director Remedy Design Group January 2005 - March 2015
Executive Creative Director Sq1 July 2013 - December 2013
Co-Counder/Creative Director My Shopping Community August 2002 - February 2005
Digital Asset Manager Adidas International November 2000 - February 2002
Owner/ Art Director Spare Change Productions November 1997 - November 2000
Junior Designer Elvis & Bonaparte Advertising October 1995 - November 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Media
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Events
  • • Food and Restaurants
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Dating
  • • Mobile
  • • Travel
  • • CPG

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Jim Newcomer, 4ma - preparing local entrepreneurs for funding via Community Public Offerings
Principle Business Adviser at 4ma and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business, Marylhurst University. Princeton grad., Stanford PhD
Dave works tirelessly for the whole startup community. He provides a weekly platform for presentations and never misses a beat - or the refr ... eshments. He is a reliable and creative contributor to the whole community.
Stephen Hall
We worked together  •  VP of Engineering, Cognition Technologies, Kimera Systems and CEO and Lead Engineer, BG Studios.
Dave is a very influential person to connect with in the Portland-Vancouver area. He has a wide area of knowledge, experience and connectio ... ns!
John Laine
We worked together  •  President (Dumbest Title Ever), Legacy Wealth Management, LLC. Previously Representative, Mutual of Omaha Insurance.
Dave works really well in a collaborative team environment. His strongest skill, is the envisioning of what is possible, and then making it ... happen.
Sam Rodriguez
We worked together  •  Technology Consultant, Zen Focus Tech and Technology Director, iUrban Teen.
Dave is a creative, outside the box thinker who can't help but see the bigger picture. He's got a passion for tech, startups and community.
Kevin Hiebert
We worked together  •  Kevin is a leadership development consultant, coach and facilitator., Resonate Consulting and Board Member, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.
Dave is great connector, idea persona and excellent at creating the brand you need to start, scale and grow.
Max Resnick
We worked together  •  Development Engineer, Boulevard Solutions. Previously Production Director, Socha Dev LLC.
Dave is a super helpful person, and well experienced in startups and big co practices so he's got a great insight. He's particularly very kn ... owledgeable on idea formation, creative processed, business model generation and various early stage activities as well as branding and creative strategies.
Matt Pierce
They're my friends  •  Embedded Firmware Engineer, Hewlett-Packard. Previously Software Engineer, Agilent Technologies/Hewlett Packard. Washington State grad.
Dave is very knowledgeable, straight forward, personable, connected, and honest. He imparts great wisdom, asks very pertinent questions tha ... t both aligns strategy and thinking, but that, once answered, gives the person questioned great insight into their motives and strategies. He connects very well both professionally and personally and is a joy and inspiration to be around. More than once I've had serious conversations with Dave where he exposed a better path and spun my thinking around to a more effective strategy (ex. MVP, advising for Startup Weekend, and others). In short, he's a great advisor.
Nathan McDonald
They're my friends  •  President of the UW Entrepreneurship Alumni Network, University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business.
Great entrepreneurial experience
Craig Higdon
We worked together  •  Account Director, Citizen, Inc.. Previously Professional Services Manager/Consultant, Craig Higdon Consulting.
Dave's extensive experience helps him quickly hone a start-ups messaging down to it's most effective point and implement it with the visual ... language needed to express it.
Ryan Cave
We worked together  •  VP of Business Development, Previously Director of Strategic Engagement, Cogeo, Inc.
Dave was there when I needed him. He was gracious with his time and helped me through a massive design gap with several of my projects. He h ... as an eye for talent, he's incredibly knowledgable, and I would work with him again in a heart beat.
Pete Fry
They're my friends  •  Owner, START LLC and Entrepreneur in Residence, Entrepreneurial Development Center.
Dave is an enthusiastic cheerleader for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. He has taken the lead in developing a business incubator. He is ... experienced in brand development. He is well connected in the community.
Angela Jackson
We worked together  •  Director, PSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Accelerator, Portland State University and Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund.
Building the startup ecosystem in Vancouver, WA.
Ryan Micheletti
We worked together  •  Account Executive, Mainz Brady Group and Director of Operations, Vet-Tech Startup Accelerator.
Dave is insightful, hardworking and has a positive energy that he adds to his teams.
Brett Noyes
Director of Partner Marketing, Hero City at Draper University. Previously Founder, Startup Weekend. Washington State grad.
I met Dave while working at Draper University. From my experience Dave is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and building community.
Matthew Bateman
We worked together  •  Business Analyst, VERSIV and Chief of Staff at BWR MDIO, Rotary International.
From Day One, Dave's goal has been to help people recognize how to help themselves achieve. I had the pleasure of working with Dave through ... a few partnerships, and saw the balance he struck between bringing his own extensive expertise and giving his advisees and partners room to grow. His no-nonsense attitude is an asset in a world plagued by jargon and miscommunication--Dave is the best remedy to that uncomfortable chaos inherent in the startup ecosystem.
Megan Lawrence, PhD
We worked together  •  Senior Research Associate, Cognito. University of Oregon grad.
Dave would be a great advisor because he is a creative thinker, excellent problem solver, and articulate speaker. He knows how to take zero ... in on problems and brainstorm solutions. He is extremely well connected in the community and excels at bringing the right people together.
Monica Borrell
They're my friends  •  Connector with a vision to enable non-technical subject experts in creating web applications. Former Process Specialist and Software CEO.
Dave cares about startups and does a ton for the local Portland startup community by hosing 1M cups, Startup weekend and his own incubator.
Peter Fraser
We worked together  •  Owner, Fraser Design. Oregon State grad.
Dave has a talent for developing and executing creative strategy in the service of well-defined marketing goals.

Oscar Font
They're my advisor  •  Owner & UX/UI, NIUTOUCH and Specialist, Apple Retail.
Oscar has a strong vision of what he wants to accomplish. He is driven to succeed.