Pinky Gonzales


  1. Name: Pinky Gonzales
  2. Complete the sentence “I Market…”: Startups, small businesses and the Statue of Liberty
  3. One word that describes you: Uncommon
  4. First job? Sears Robuck, selling paint
  5. Current job? Founder, Upriver Solutions
  6. Favorite part of current job? People people people
  7. Favorite AMA Event? This will be a first!
  8. What should the MAX Awards give away instead of trophies? Money
  9. Did you pick Portland, or did it pick you? I picked Portland
  10. Favorite thing about living here? Nature
  11. Favorite happy hour spot? Deschutes
  12. Where can we find you on the weekend? Fly Fishing
  13. Favorite website? LinkedIn
  14. Facebook or Twitter? Yes.
  15. East side or West side? Live in NE, work in NW
  16. Beer, wine, or coffee? Totally
  17. Car, bike or TriMet? Car. Bikes tried to kill me.
  18. Where can we find you online?,

Pinky Gonzales lead a decade of innovation in Nashville, TN as a partner of echomusic, a company of 80 that designed and managed websites for a generation of artists, including Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Keith Urban, Korn, Bon Jovi, and many others, along with Fortune 500 companies like GM, Hershey’s and Kingsford Charcoal. After selling the business to Ticketmaster in 2007, he began teaching at Belmont University, where he was named the Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2010. Now the Founder of Portland-based Upriver Solutions and Mentor in Residence at the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), Gonzales continues his legacy as a marketing strategist, entrepreneur and educator.

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