Wieden + Kennedy

Early Stage

Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?

Following the true story of a group of aspiring startups in the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), in the context of Portland’s creative and technology ecosystem, KS12 presents Early Stage, a Video Sprint in collaboration with PIE which starts a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

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A New Video Sprint: Introducing “Early Stage”

On October 5, 2012, we will join the 2012 class of Wieden + Kennedy’s Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) in sharing our companies’ visions with investors, the media and the larger startup community at PIE Demo Day.

In a uniquely self-reflexive moment, Demo Day will also mark the public launch of our new process Video Sprint.

As participants in this year’s PIE class, we’ve had the chance to learn and grow alongside the other PIE companies. Our firsthand experience of the incubator has given us intimate access to the ups and downs of accelerating an early stage startup company. We’ve become embedded in the vibrant ecosystem of investors, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, mentors, advisors and community members which make up the Portland startup scene, and we’re excited to share the story.

At the same time that we’ve become insiders at PIE, we’ve remained aliens in Portland. We’ve fallen in love with this city over the last couple months. The friendly people, tasty food, bike-friendly streets, well-designed signage, and direct access to nature – these have all been a welcome contrast to the day-to-day we’re used to in Berlin. While we’re looking forward to returning home in a couple weeks, we’ll be leaving a little piece of ourselves behind in Portland.

Early Stage

Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup? How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class? What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise? Following the true story of a group of aspiring startups in the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), in the context of Portland’s creative and technology ecosystem, KS12 introduces Early Stage, a Video Sprint in collaboration with PIE which starts a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

Participate on Quora

We are working with questions from our interview process on Quora. You are invited to join the process by providing answers for these questions. We will be incorporating answers to these and other questions into the Video Sprint. Here are the questions:

Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?
What can startups learn from an advertising agency about storytelling?
What can startup culture teach us about creativity?
How do crazy ideas grow into real businesses?

Participate on Twitter

You can also participate by sharing your thoughts as the project progresses on Twitter using the hashtag #earlystage and make sure to follow @ks12 and @piepdx as the story continues. We’ll be blogging the project here: www.earlystage.videosprint.net.

Internship Opportunity: Story Labs Production Assistant

We promise you that your internship with KS12 will be more rewarding than Hannah Horvath's unpaid internship with a literary magazine.

We are looking for an awesome intern to be our production assistant while we’re at PIE. This is a very special opportunity to dive into a wild range of challenging and exciting projects as we jumpstart KS12 Story Labs.

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KS12 + You = More Awesome



 

After our first week at PIE we’re ready to turn up the volume a bit. We came out to Portland to take the chance to grow KS12 into something bigger, and given the stage we’re at with our experience and portfolio, that means finding new partners to join our company.

We’re looking for a fellow adventurer to join our team as a producer.

You’re a risk-taker and a born entrepreneur. You enjoy making bold moves even when that means you might fail. You possess an infectious optimism and determination that energizes the people around you. You love big ideas and have the skills to execute them. You’re a tough negotiator and a sharp strategist. Numbers are your friends, whether its writing budgets, negotiating deals or calculating profits – and you possess exacting communication skills. You get the details right while staying conscious of the big picture.

But most importantly: you share our unyielding passion for telling authentic stories in the digital age.

We know that finding the right producer to join our team isn’t just a matter of reviewing your CV for qualifications and scheduling an interview. We’ll need to share creative chemistry and work together on a project or two. So here’s what we have in mind:

Introducing KS12 Story Labs

We love experimenting with new ways for telling stories: we call the frameworks for these experiments Story Labs.

During our time at PIE we will conduct a series of Story Labs, building on our existing approaches (Video Sprints, Design Fiction, etc.) as well as developing all-new methods. It’s our intention to use these Story Labs as an audition process for producers because we believe strongly in the power of hands-on collaboration to build or break working relationships.

We’re ready to share the responsibilities and the rewards of making KS12 a cutting edge creative studio. If you’re up for the challenge of building a relationship with us, we’d love to hear from you and learn how you intend to make KS12 more awesome!