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January 18th, 2017

Rethinking rural in Independence, Oregon


Rethinking rural in Independence, Oregon

What if you had access to an entire town with high speed fiber? What if it was a rural location that enabled you to work with technology and agriculture in ways that urban companies don’t often explore? Can you imagine what could you do with connected devices or Internet of Things or drones or…? Well, that place exists. Just down the road in Independence, Oregon.

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January 17th, 2017

Some upcoming deadlines to consider while your startup is waiting for the snow to melt


Some upcoming deadlines to consider while your startup is waiting for the snow to melt

Ah Portland… The most snow in decades. Threats of freezing rain. And all of the weather hysteria you can stomach. But that’s not the only thing to be stressing about. Nope. You’ve got a startup. And you’re always looking for ways to get that startup in front of more people. So if you happen to still be iced in—and perhaps even more productive than you usually are—there are a few looming deadlines you may want to consider.

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January 17th, 2017

Oldies but goodies: Portland Startup Week to feature Startup Weekend, Lunch 2.0, and Beer and Blog


Oldies but goodies: Portland Startup Week to feature Startup Weekend, Lunch 2.0, and Beer and Blog

One of my favorite things about Portland Startup Week is that it gives our whole community the chance to revisit some of the amazing events that helped many of us get connected in the first place—even though some of those events have fallen by the wayside. This year is no different.

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January 17th, 2017

Can’t make the Women’s March on Washington? Your voice — and thousands of others — can still be heard


Can’t make the Women’s March on Washington? Your voice — and thousands of others — can still be heard

We hear it all of the time. About technology’s ability to connect. About it being a platform for expression. About how it can bridge distances. Now, a collaboration among Portland based businesses Wildfang, Uncorked Studios, and Ziba is using technology to provide a platform for the voices of women in our nation—and they’re encouraging every woman to participate.

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January 13th, 2017

Two slices of PIE: What happened in 2016 and what may happen in 2017


Two slices of PIE: What happened in 2016 and what may happen in 2017

It’s that time of year. In fact, it happens around this time, every year. As we ring in new year, we’re always drawn to look back at what we accomplished in the previous year and what we hope to accomplish in the forthcoming year. And that’s why PIE—the ongoing experiment between Wieden+Kennedy and the Portland startup community—is doing the whole “what we did in 2016″ vs “what we’re hoping to do in 2017″ thing.

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January 12th, 2017

You’ve just retired from nearly 20 years of supporting Oregon’s startups. What’s next? Start a new company


You’ve just retired from nearly 20 years of supporting Oregon’s startups. What’s next? Start a new company

People always say that once you’ve caught the startup bug, it’s hard to shake it. And I can’t think of any better example than Linda Weston. After 17 years of heading up the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, she decided to “retire.” But as any founder knows, “retire” is just a euphemism for “take time to see if any of my side projects have legs.” And Linda is no different.

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January 11th, 2017

Time to Cozy up for some good founder stories. Plus a few bad ones. And maybe an ugly one or two.


Time to Cozy up for some good founder stories. Plus a few bad ones. And maybe an ugly one or two.

More often than not, startup stories fail to be tales of overnight success. Quite the contrary. Founders have any number of trials and tribulations, tests, and failures. So founders recounting their journeys are often tales of perseverance and survival. But those stories need to be shared. That’s why Portland startup Cozy is providing a stage for that to happen. With Conversations at Cozy.

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January 6th, 2017

[UPDATED] Have questions about the Portland tech and/or startup communities?


[UPDATED] Have questions about the Portland tech and/or startup communities?

You’ve done your homework. You’ve thumbed through “How to Portland startup scene.” You scan Calagator on a regular basis. You attend any number of events. You pop into the Portland Startup Slack every now and again. And you’ve both asked and offered on Portland Startups Switchboard. But still. You’ve still got a few questions about the Portland startup community.

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January 6th, 2017

Planning on thumbing through the job boards, this weekend? PDX Pipeline wants to help


Planning on thumbing through the job boards, this weekend? PDX Pipeline wants to help

It’s a common occurrence. You manage to make your way through another week at your current gig. But whether you’re at a code school or working on a side project or daydreaming about something more challenging, you’re thinking you may be ready for something new. So when the weekend rolls around, you’re already preparing to see what else is out there.

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January 6th, 2017

Getting back to the roots of “story” with Google BrandLab and Uncorked Studios


Getting back to the roots of “story” with Google BrandLab and Uncorked Studios

Many folks are lucky to get to work in awe inspiring environments. Here in Portland, there’s no shortage of amazing office spaces—and more are joining the fray every day. But lest we forget, a lot of those amazing environments are the result of hours of creative work by folks behind the scenes.

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January 6th, 2017

Simply secure: Portland startup BrightWork releases user authentication features


Simply secure: Portland startup BrightWork releases user authentication features

Those times when you’re struck by that moment of inspiration. That “What if…?” sort of epiphany. Those times that cause you to scramble for a notebook or a keyboard to start roughing out that perfect app. At those times, unless you’re among a very select group of folks, I’d venture a guess that one of the last things on your mind is “I wonder what the particular security and privacy implications of this concept are?”

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January 5th, 2017

It’s like a Kodak moment, only from within a VR environment


It’s like a Kodak moment, only from within a VR environment

Okay. Bear with me. Because I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. Suffice it to say, it’s cool. Whether I understand it or not. So here it goes… Portland’s dotdotdash—formerly known as Stublisher—has worked with HTC Vive to create a camera that allows you to take photos from within a virtual reality experience.

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January 5th, 2017

Bringing folks together in Portland, under the analogy of Comma,Separated,Values


Bringing folks together in Portland, under the analogy of Comma,Separated,Values

Companies aren’t the only entities that relocate to Portland on a regular basis. We get our fair share of conferences and events doing exactly that same thing. Especially if they’re open source or tech oriented sorts of conferences. So I guess it only stands that, after two years in Berlin, the CSV Conference is changing it’s locale to the Rose City.

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January 5th, 2017

Attracting growth stage talent: Cozy hires Twitter and Medium alum as VP of Product


Attracting growth stage talent: Cozy hires Twitter and Medium alum as VP of Product

One of the consistent complaints among startups in Portland—aside from ever present gripes about capital—is the lack of talent. Often, it’s a lament that while there is a ton of early stage experience in town, we’re lacking in growth stage talent or later stage talent. But that’s starting to change. As is evidenced by the latest hire at Cozy, a veteran of both Twitter and Medium.

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January 4th, 2017

Keeping your New Year’s visualizations: Reflect allows you to reflect upon your 2016 Github efforts


Keeping your New Year’s visualizations: Reflect allows you to reflect upon your 2016 Github efforts

It stands to reason that a company called Reflect would have something for you this time of year. You know, to reflect. On where you’ve been. And what you did. And for the tech crowd, what better dataset upon which to reflect than your performance on Github over the last year? Introducing your Github Report Card.

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January 3rd, 2017

How Senator Ron Wyden helped lay the groundwork for the Internet we know today


How Senator Ron Wyden helped lay the groundwork for the Internet we know today

It’s no secret that Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is a staunch proponent for a free and accessible Internet. His efforts around keeping the platform as open as possible are well known. But did you realize that he was also part of crafting the legislation that laid the foundation for the way we’re able to communicate online, today?

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