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October 21st, 2014

Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections


Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections

I don’t think it’s any secret that Portland knows its beverages. With a thriving brewing and distilling scene, we’re lucky to have a wealth of knowledge within arms reach. And any number of bartenders and mixologist who are willing to help us with those decisions. But sometimes, you could use a little help. Like Lush, the drink making app.

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October 21st, 2014

PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device


PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device

Like any startup accelerator, PIE likes to make its demo days as accessible as it possibly can. We always host it in a big theater. But that sold out quickly, this year. So we added a simulcast venue thanks to our friends at eBay Portland. But now both of those venues are standing room only. So in order to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience the event, we’re going to be livestreaming PIE Demo Day again.

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October 21st, 2014

Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school


Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school

It makes sense. As the cry of “We need more talent!” gets louder and louder, many groups are stepping up to fill that gap. And to help teach people to code. The latest addition to Portland is Code Fellows, a coding school headquartered in Seattle that has recently expanded to the Rose City.

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October 21st, 2014

Recurring billing with Bitcoin: Paydici partners with BitPay to simplify Bitcoin payments for businesses


Recurring billing with Bitcoin: Paydici partners with BitPay to simplify Bitcoin payments for businesses

Portland likes its Bitcoin. There’s little doubt. With any number of folks in town exploring Bitcoin—in typical Portland hobbyist fashion. And now a number of those efforts are translating into mature solutions. With interesting business potential. Portland’s Paydici revealed one such experiment today with recurring Bitcoin payments.

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October 17th, 2014

A bigger slice of the PIE Demo Day: eBay Community Lounge volunteers to host simulcast


A bigger slice of the PIE Demo Day: eBay Community Lounge volunteers to host simulcast

When we started PIE five years ago, we were very much focused on trying to enrich the Portland startup community. So when we converted from a coworking space to an accelerator, we decided to remain true to those roots. Part of that was making our Demo Days a little different. Instead of making it purely an investor invent, we wanted it to be a community event.

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October 17th, 2014

Couldn’t make the trip to Bend? No worries. They’re livestreaming the Bend Venture Conference this year.


Couldn’t make the trip to Bend? No worries. They’re livestreaming the Bend Venture Conference this year.

One of the best and longest running venture capital events in the state is the Bend Venture Conference. But for some of us—be it pending demo days or simply overbooked schedules—it can be hard to tear away from work to visit central Oregon. That’s why I’m happy to see that BVC is livestreaming their event this year.

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October 15th, 2014

Training partner: Athletepath partners with Under Armour’s MapMyFitness to help racers train from race to race


Training partner: Athletepath partners with Under Armour’s MapMyFitness to help racers train from race to race

Portland startup Athletepath has become the go to source for amateur competitive athletes to track their progress and share their results from race to race. But what about all of that training time in between? Well, get ready to be happy. Athletepath has partnered with MapMyFitness to make sure you’re covered.

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October 14th, 2014

Portland Startup Week: It’s like Design Week Portland but with even more startup awesomeness


Portland Startup Week: It’s like Design Week Portland but with even more startup awesomeness

It’s no secret that Portland loves its Startup Weekends. (In fact, there’s another one coming up November 14-16.) But sometimes, a weekend is a little too short. Okay. Who am I kidding? Weekends are always too short. That’s why I’m happy to announce that we’ve been working behind the scenes to put together Portland Startup Week.

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October 10th, 2014

Now that dismissive wave of your hand can do more than express your opinion of the song, it can change the tune


Now that dismissive wave of your hand can do more than express your opinion of the song, it can change the tune

Local startup OnTheGo Platforms knows gestures. They spend all day, every day, thinking about gestures. And how waving your hands, pointing at things, and making motions can help you interact with devices around you. Their latest effort ensures that you can dismiss that song playing through your car stereo with the greatest of ease.

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October 10th, 2014

Finding something else on which to chew: Meatspaces creator Edna Piranha hands off gif chat project


Finding something else on which to chew: Meatspaces creator Edna Piranha hands off gif chat project

Portland is pretty in tune with the experimental uses of technology. It’s our hobbyist culture. We like to muck with stuff. And technology, for many of us, is just another brush with which to paint. Which is what I found so compelling about Meatspaces, a chat environment created by Portland’s Edna Piranha, that mixes in short form gifs snapped by your laptop camera.

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October 9th, 2014

Pining for Pinterest? Take the chance to visit their Portland office as part of Design Week Portland


Pining for Pinterest? Take the chance to visit their Portland office as part of Design Week Portland

People are often surprised to hear how many awesome companies have a Portland presence. Mostly because they don’t tend to make a lot of noise about it. So it’s always nice to take opportunities to recognize them when they do. That’s why I’m excited that the Portland office of Pinterest is hosting an open house, tonight, as part of Design Week Portland.

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October 9th, 2014

Brett Caine named CEO of Urban Airship


Brett Caine named CEO of Urban Airship

One of the most visible and successful Portland startups of this generation has a new leader steering the ship. Today, Urban Airship announced that Brett Caine, most recently of Citrix Online, has been hired as CEO and taken a seat on the company board. And in so doing, brings more seasoned executive talent to the company.

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October 8th, 2014

Explore the Mortality of Design during Design Week Portland


Explore the Mortality of Design during Design Week Portland

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: the lines which once divided the worlds of design and technology are at best gray. In reality, they’re nonexistent. Which is why Design Week Portland—the amazing week long series of design events that graces the city every year—is as important an event for tech folks as it is designers.

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October 7th, 2014

How do you get your kid interested in programming, robotics, and engineering? New Relic FutureTalk with Arun Gupta


How do you get your kid interested in programming, robotics, and engineering? New Relic FutureTalk with Arun Gupta

It’s no secret. There is a a dearth of technical talent plaguing many startups. Yes, I said “dearth.” One way to begin to solve the problem is simple: give kids the chance to explore technical topics. But how do you go about doing that? Well, Arun Gupta from Red Hat has a few ideas. And he’ll be sharing them at the next New Relic FutureTalk on Monday, October 13.

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October 3rd, 2014

No longer a gem in the rough: Opal hits their stride and raises $8 million


No longer a gem in the rough: Opal hits their stride and raises $8 million

I’ve been following the Opal crew for quite some time. It’s been an interesting journey to say the least. With any number of hurdles. And any number of changes. But they’ve continued pushing and persevering. And while I’m not touting funding as much as I used to, this seems like one of those times where it’s warranted. Opal just raised $8 million in a round led by Madrona.

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October 2nd, 2014

PIE five: See the new crop of startups at PIE Demo Day 2014 … and look back at Portland over the five years of PIE


PIE five: See the new crop of startups at PIE Demo Day 2014 … and look back at Portland over the five years of PIE

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning. The days are getting shorter. Temperatures are dropping. People are thinking about baked goods and whatnot. It’s the perfect time of year for PIE. Well, and to shove a whole new crop of Portland startups out into the cold cruel world. Which is why PIE Demo Day 2014 is happening on October 24.

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