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July 2nd, 2015

REMINDER: Hack Oregon and Innovate Oregon gather to reveal projects and form teams, tonight


REMINDER: Hack Oregon and Innovate Oregon gather to reveal projects and form teams, tonight

Interested in doing a little good with all of that awesome development knowledge you have? Well, you’re in luck. Hack Oregon is beginning on another set of projects. And now, they’ve teamed up with Innovate Oregon to make it even more awesome. What are they working on this season? Well, you can get more details tonight at Tabor Space.

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July 1st, 2015

It’s like setting a tee time. But for Destiny. With less gaudy attire. Maybe.


It’s like setting a tee time. But for Destiny. With less gaudy attire. Maybe.

The world of gaming has moved from that of a largely solitary basement dwelling existence to that of having practically every aspect of the experience happening in a social setting. With other gamers. And interactions. And shared environments. From competitive leaderboards to collaborating and competing with other gamers around the world.

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June 30th, 2015

Golden ticket: Portland mobile ticketing startup GlobeSherpa acquired by RideScout


Golden ticket: Portland mobile ticketing startup GlobeSherpa acquired by RideScout

Portland startup GlobeSherpa—perhaps best known locally as the technology behind the TriMet mobile ticketing app—announced today that they have been acquired by Austin based RideScout.

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June 25th, 2015

Second story: Join Story Board for happy hour to celebrate the second accelerator class


Second story: Join Story Board for happy hour to celebrate the second accelerator class

It’s no secret. Portland’s startup scene is hot. White hot. No, I mean literally. Like high temperature. It’s going to be like 1200 Kelvin, this weekend. So what better way to beat the heat than to hang out in a cool space with some cool storytellers… with air conditioning? None, I say. Absolutely none. Which is why you should swing by the new Story Board space on Friday.

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June 25th, 2015

Portland continues to improve upon the Startup Weekend model with Portland Startup Weekend Latino


Portland continues to improve upon the Startup Weekend model with Portland Startup Weekend Latino

We were pretty early adopters of the—now Techstars owned—Startup Weekend model. It didn’t hurt that the creator of the concept, Andrew Hyde, was an Oregon native. But still, it struck a chord. We got it. It matched our collaborative and collegial spirit. And it just seemed to work. But there was still room for improvement. So we kept mucking with it.

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June 25th, 2015

Revving up: Portland Jaguar Land Rover incubator gains momentum with PDC, Drive Oregon


Revving up: Portland Jaguar Land Rover incubator gains momentum with PDC, Drive Oregon

While Portland has a bunch of awesome organizations designed to incubate and accelerate startup activity, we haven’t seen a consumer brand backed accelerator on the scene for nearly three years, since the Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars. That’s why I’ve been monitoring the progress on the Jaguar Land Rover incubator with bated breath. And I’m happy to report, they’re continuing to gain momentum.

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June 24th, 2015

Think Oregon startups need more angel and seed funding activity? Oregon lawmakers don’t


Think Oregon startups need more angel and seed funding activity? Oregon lawmakers don’t

It’s a well known fact that, far and away, the vast majority of jobs in the United States are created by small business. Oregon is no different. And an important part of the ecosystem that makes that growth possible—at least in the world of tech startups—is early stage angels and seed capital. Well, maybe not this year or next year or the next. Because there will be less of that early stage capital to go around, thanks to the Oregon legislature cutting $2 million from its budget.

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June 24th, 2015

Portland startup Treehouse makes the case for the 32 hour work week


Portland startup Treehouse makes the case for the 32 hour work week

So many folks in the startup scene—Portland or otherwise—are locked into a mindset that the more you work the greater your chance of your success. That the hours you plow into work on any given work translate directly into the success of your company. Well, I hate to burst your bubble. But Portland startup Treehouse is turning that overworked concept on its head.

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June 23rd, 2015

Red Hat Women in Open Source Award recognizes Portland’s Sarah Sharp


Red Hat Women in Open Source Award recognizes Portland’s Sarah Sharp

As we work to create a more welcoming and diverse startup and tech scene, it’s important to recognize that there are any number of individuals who have already spent untold hours on this effort over the years. Making inroads without a great deal of support. Laying the foundational groundwork that will enable a more diverse community. And championing the effort tirelessly.

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June 17th, 2015

Not the same old story: Story Board selects next class of startups for accelerator program


Not the same old story: Story Board selects next class of startups for accelerator program

Here in Portland, we love our accelerators. So many great ideas. So many startups. So many great organizations supporting those startups looking to make it. And that’s why I’m always happy when one of those accelerators introduces a bunch of new startups to the startup community. And that’s exactly what Story Board did today when they announced their latest accelerator class.

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June 17th, 2015

Building a better startup scene: Techtown Portland companies take a diversity pledge


Building a better startup scene: Techtown Portland companies take a diversity pledge

Every startup community that is not Silicon Valley goes through a phase of wanting to be “the next Silicon Valley.” It’s akin to adolescence. Where you idolize someone whom you have little potential of emulating. (I, for example, was going to be Hunter S. Thompson.) Portland, thankfully, is through that phase. We’ve moved beyond those teenage years of wanting to be the next Bay Area and are focused, instead, on becoming the next great Portland.

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June 16th, 2015

Learning how to sell can be a challenge. Figure out your startup #SalesStack.


Learning how to sell can be a challenge. Figure out your startup #SalesStack.

For many startups, selling is a big challenge. You’ve worked hard to build something. You’re super proud of what you’ve created. And it clearly solves a problem. Why won’t people just buy it? Why do you have to sell them on it? Well, sooner or later, you’re going to need to sell. And PDX Startup Sales Acceleration is looking to help. With PDX #SalesStack.

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June 10th, 2015

Do or do not. There is no try. Craft your own artisanal lightsaber.


Do or do not. There is no try. Craft your own artisanal lightsaber.

Oh sure. You claim to be a Jedi. You may know the ways of the force. But can you build your own lightsaber, smarty pants? “I can’t find the right crystals,” you say. “I don’t know how to forge the hilt components.” Blah blah blah. Quit your whining. Now, you can build your own artisanal handcrafted lightsaber like any self respecting Portland Jedi should.

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June 9th, 2015

Downside? Next week’s Monitorama is sold out. Upside? There will tons of interesting folks in town


Downside? Next week’s Monitorama is sold out. Upside? There will tons of interesting folks in town

Event season is in full swing. Next week marks the second year where Portland serves as host for Monitorama, an open source monitoring conference and hackathon. Unfortunately, it’s already sold out. But let’s not dwell on that half empty glass. There will be a bunch of interesting folks in Portland speaking and attending the event.

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June 4th, 2015

A whole lot more to love: XOXO awesomeness is now available year round in a collaborative space


A whole lot more to love: XOXO awesomeness is now available year round in a collaborative space

It only makes sense. I mean, a couple of folks who rethought the whole event experience can rethink other things. Like not only how we collaborate in short formats but how we collaborate with colleagues day after day. How we extend an ethos into a culture. How we work together. And how we support one another. And that’s why I’m incredibly excited and inspired by the new XOXO collaborative workspace in Portland.

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June 3rd, 2015

Hitting a little close to home: HBO’s Silicon Valley has a tinge of Portlandia as local startup types advise Pied Piper


Hitting a little close to home: HBO’s Silicon Valley has a tinge of Portlandia as local startup types advise Pied Piper

If you’re in the startup scene, you’ve probably happened across the HBO series Silicon Valley, a Mike Judge vehicle that does a great job of capturing the inanity of the startup world. For many of us, it’s a cringe inducing slice of life that is sometimes more torture than entertainment. But Series 2 episode 4 may be a little more bearable—because Portlanders contributed to it.

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