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April 29th, 2016

Gather all of the coins: PIGSquad to host a video game marathon livestream fundraiser


Gather all of the coins: PIGSquad to host a video game marathon livestream fundraiser

There are few things I enjoy and appreciate more than people who figure out how to make a living doing what they love to do. That’s what’s so appealing about indie game developers. And that’s what’s equally appealing about the scrappy Portland organization that supports them, PIGSquad, Portland Indie Game Squad. But making ends meet for an organization can be challenging. And that’s why PIGSquad has taken to Patreon to raise funds.

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April 28th, 2016

Coming into its own: Over the past five years Portland’s TechFestNW has grown into a destination tech event


Coming into its own: Over the past five years Portland’s TechFestNW has grown into a destination tech event

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we held the first TechFestNW. Back then, we called it the Portland Digital eXperience or PDX, and it hosted a small contingent of tech faithful at both the Leftbank and Ziba Design, late in the summer of 2012. This week, a bigger, better—and independent of MusicFestNW—TFNW filled the Armory in Portland with activity, energy, and a view into our tech future.

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April 21st, 2016

REMINDER: Act now if you want to get in on ACT-W Portland


REMINDER: Act now if you want to get in on ACT-W Portland

We all know that if you want to build products that are useful to a wide variety of people, it’s incredibly important that you have a wide variety of people building those products. It just makes sense. That’s why I’m always happy to see events that help get more and more diverse groups feeling welcomed and comfortable within the Portland tech community. Like ACT-W Portland.

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April 20th, 2016

Spring fever musings from the world of science startups


Spring fever musings from the world of science startups

In my first post, I made a mild dig at my former hometown (Silicon Valley) for perhaps becoming a bit soft(ware) and distant from the science and tech base it started from. That’s not the whole story, of course, and in any event the home of Apple and Google (great software companies that ended up doing their own great hardware) doesn’t need my help to philosophize on this topic.

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April 20th, 2016

We may not actually have Google Fiber, but at least you’ve got a shot at a Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellowship


We may not actually have Google Fiber, but at least you’ve got a shot at a Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellowship

Portland’s never-ending dance with Google around Google Fiber continues with no end—positive or negative—in sight. But that’s not stopping Google from applying needed resources to the Portland community. Like their Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellowship.

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April 19th, 2016

Rethinking reselling: Portland’s Rezella streamlines the whole person-to-person, buying and selling thing


Rethinking reselling: Portland’s Rezella streamlines the whole person-to-person, buying and selling thing

It happens all of the time. As more and more people start using a service, it begins to shift away from the reasons we were attracted to the service in the first place. It’s a natural sort of entropy. But it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. But sometimes that frustration turns into inspiration. And maybe it’s just me, but here in Portland? It seems like Craigslist is often the source of that frustration and inspiration.

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April 19th, 2016

Get going faster on GoPro development thanks to local Internet of Things startup Rigado


Get going faster on GoPro development thanks to local Internet of Things startup Rigado

It’s always interesting when companies move from single solution thinking to platform thinking. GoPro is in the midst of that very transition as it rethinks and retools its business. And local startup Rigado is right in the thick of it.

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April 18th, 2016

Toward more engaging learning: OpenSesame wants to rethink organizational development through a Training Jam


Toward more engaging learning: OpenSesame wants to rethink organizational development through a Training Jam

We’ve all sat through them—or at least seen them made fun of—the dreaded corporate on-boarding, training, and organizational development curricula. But what if those learning experiences were more, well, fun? What if we actually enjoyed them? I mean, without the snark. Call them optimistic, but Portland startup OpenSesame thinks that there’s an opportunity there. To reinvent the medium. That’s why they’re throwing a Training Jam.

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April 18th, 2016

It’s no flying car, but it can carry us into the future: Meet the Beaverton School District mobile maker space #FutureBus


It’s no flying car, but it can carry us into the future: Meet the Beaverton School District mobile maker space #FutureBus

The day and age of schools having shop class are, sadly, a thing of the past. So what is the next generation of would-be makers to do when they need space to muck around with tech or production equipment? The Beaverton School District is proposing one solution. It’s a mobile maker space housed within an old school bus. Meet the #FutureBus.

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April 13th, 2016

You’ve got some meetin’ to do: Design Week Portland, ACT-W Portland, TechFestNW imminent


You’ve got some meetin’ to do: Design Week Portland, ACT-W Portland, TechFestNW imminent

We’re barely into Spring and those crazy Portland event planners are already overloading us with awesome events. And trust me, there’s even more in store for us as the year progresses. So you might as well get used to that feeling of being overbooked and overcommitted, right now. Maybe just think of this as Spring Training for your Summer event season. In the immediate future, we’ve got Design Week Portland, ACT-W Portland, and TechFestNW all happening in rapid succession. So get registered and get ready to attend.

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April 12th, 2016

It’s Wednesday! Seems like a good excuse for a Happy Data Hour with Keen IO


It’s Wednesday! Seems like a good excuse for a Happy Data Hour with Keen IO

As a community, we don’t get together as much as we used to. Back in the old days. And I’d like to work on changing that. Because I miss you. Here’s a good excuse. Our friends from Keen IO are in town. And they remember when we used to get the Portland startup community together too. So they’re inviting you all out for a happy hour. A Happy Data Hour.

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April 12th, 2016

Portland startup Vacasa quietly raises a healthy amount of venture capital


Portland startup Vacasa quietly raises a healthy amount of venture capital

While I tend to refrain from covering funding announcements, this one seemed like it would be of particular interest to folks. If only as a signal that we should be including a new name when rattling off the impressive startups in our community. You see, Portland’s Vacasa just announced that they have raised $35 million in Series A financing. And that’s the largest round any Portland company has raised in two years.

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April 11th, 2016

REMINDER: New Relic FutureTalk with Hideshi Hamaguchi, tonight


REMINDER: New Relic FutureTalk with Hideshi Hamaguchi, tonight

Back in the early days of Silicon Florist, one of the first startups I began covering regularly was a Portland startup called LUNARR. And while that venture didn’t achieve the stratospheric heights we all hoped it would, it did bring an incredibly thoughtful and interesting cofounder to the fore in Hideshi Hamaguchi. Now, fast forward nearly a decade and Hideshi is speaking at New Relic’s FutureTalk, this evening.

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April 7th, 2016

Big day for Puppet. Yeah, it’s just Puppet.


Big day for Puppet. Yeah, it’s just Puppet.

It only stands to reason that a company that started its life as Reductive Labs would wind up reducing the complexity of their name. But that’s one of the many things that Puppet—yeah, it’s just Puppet now—announced today.

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April 6th, 2016

Remember when the City of Portland was a shining example of open data? It can be again


Remember when the City of Portland was a shining example of open data? It can be again

There was a time—not so long ago—when the City of Portland was at the forefront of making civic data transparent and open. And while Portland has stumbled a bit in terms of leading the charge, we now have a very real opportunity to pick our open selves up, dust our data off, and get back in the running.

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April 5th, 2016

Not so great: A 30 second review of the Intel reality show, America’s Greatest Makers


Not so great: A 30 second review of the Intel reality show, America’s Greatest Makers

Given that Intel PR reached out to me a ton of times to get me to cover their new, Survivor producer backed reality show, America’s Greatest Makers, I felt that it was only appropriate for me to provide a quick review of the premiere of the first episode.

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