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August 29th, 2014

$13 million man: Coolest Cooler marks a turning point in Kickstarter history


$13 million man: Coolest Cooler marks a turning point in Kickstarter history

It kind of struck me when I heard someone talking about it on the radio, this morning. And the DJ didn’t really even mention Portland. And he had to explain what Kickstarter was. But he was highlighting how a project had just surpassed the all-time funding record for Kickstarter. And that it was a cooler. Not any cooler mind you. The Coolest Cooler.

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August 28th, 2014

Hacking for the greater good: HackPDX(schools) takes place August 30


Hacking for the greater good: HackPDX(schools) takes place August 30

It’s not secret. Portland likes its hacking. It’s often focused on specific languages or technologies. But every once in a while, there’s a great opportunity to do some hacking for the betterment of our schools and towns. Such is the case with HackPDX(schools), this Saturday.

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August 27th, 2014

Portland culture club: What cultural aspects make working at AppNexus a unique experience?


Portland culture club: What cultural aspects make working at AppNexus a unique experience?

[Editor: Given that "finding talent" is at the top of everyone's collective mind, I thought it might be helpful to give you some insights into the cultures of Portland's startups and regional offices. So they can show how they're unique. And you can decide where you want to work. This is going to be a running series. Written by employees. From their perspectives.]

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August 25th, 2014

Portland continues its quest to become the regional office capital of the world


Portland continues its quest to become the regional office capital of the world

Now, we all know the big names who have regional offices here. Well, the big name: Intel, whose campuses in Hillsboro contain the largest group of Intel employees, anywhere. And there’s HP and IBM and Synopsys. But a growing number of startup companies are setting up regional offices here, as well. And it shows no signs of slowing.

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August 25th, 2014

Keeping the dream of the 90s alive in Portland: RCRDBOX hearkens back to the music clubs of yesteryear


Keeping the dream of the 90s alive in Portland: RCRDBOX hearkens back to the music clubs of yesteryear

The box business model. Take a box. Shove some delightful thematically related stuff in it. And send it to subscribers once a month. There are any number of flavors of this sort of thing. But there’s still a ton of opportunity in the market. And Portland’s RCRDBOX is looking to carve out its own little part of that market.

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August 22nd, 2014

Formalizing your coffee consumption: Portland startups now have their own 1 Million Cups


Formalizing your coffee consumption: Portland startups now have their own 1 Million Cups

Like many tech outposts, the Portland startup scene is driven by a great deal of caffeine. Lots and lots of coffee. And meetings. And since that’s the idea that originally inspired the formation of 1 Million Cups, it only makes sense that that idea has finally managed to travel our way.

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August 22nd, 2014

It’s not just genius… SuperGenius and Clackamas Community College continue to collaborate on game developer academy


It’s not just genius… SuperGenius and Clackamas Community College continue to collaborate on game developer academy

It’s a common complaint. Folks need talent. But they also need talent that has applicable knowledge—not just a theoretical understanding. In order to gain that type of knowledge, however, they need opportunities to get hands on with technology. Which is what makes programs like SuperGenius Academy so awesome.

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August 21st, 2014

The weekend that was: A roundup of coverage from TechFestNW


The weekend that was: A roundup of coverage from TechFestNW

To be honest, it was kind of a blur. But a number of enterprising and perceptive journalists managed to capture chunks of TechFestNW—the annual tech event run in conjunction with MusicFestNW—highlighting some of the speakers and themes that pervaded the event, this year. I thought it might be helpful to round up some of the posts for you. All convenient like.

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August 19th, 2014

Seeing the potential: Vadio lands $2 million, fueling continued growth for its MTV-esque service


Seeing the potential: Vadio lands $2 million, fueling continued growth for its MTV-esque service

Maybe I’m dating myself here, but… MTV used to show music videos. No. I’m serious. Like all of the time. No reality shows. Just videos. Song after song after song. And it was pretty awesome. So forgive me if I get a little nostalgic with Portland startup Vadio, which is bringing that exact same kind of original MTV-esque magic to radio stations.

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August 13th, 2014

More than chump change: Portland startup PayRange continues to gain traction with customers and investors


More than chump change: Portland startup PayRange continues to gain traction with customers and investors

I don’t know if you know this but… word around the campfire is that this whole “payments” thing may be garnering a little bit of traction. So it’s nice to see that a Portland startup working on an interesting solution to the problem is gaining traction as well.

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August 12th, 2014

With a week to go, Ultra’s Violet approaches the halfway point on its Kickstarter goal


With a week to go, Ultra’s Violet approaches the halfway point on its Kickstarter goal

It’s no secret that Portland and the sun have an odd relationship. We love it and all. It just doesn’t show up that often. So when it does, it would be awesome to have a way of making the most of it—without overindulging. That’s the idea behind Ultra’s Violet, the first-ever wearable device that helps track your UV exposure and measure sun-generated vitamin D.

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August 8th, 2014

Because everyone could use a little more airhorn in their lives


Because everyone could use a little more airhorn in their lives

If there is one thing I love about Portland, it’s the fact that not every tech project needs to be about chasing funding or building a huge business. It doesn’t have to be about killing it or crushing it. Sometimes, we just do wacky shit. And that’s a good thing. Which brings me to Instant Rap Airhorn.

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August 7th, 2014

Golden birthday: It’s August 7 and Silicon Florist turned seven years old today


Golden birthday: It’s August 7 and Silicon Florist turned seven years old today

“WTF am I doing?” I often ask myself. Arrington had already long gotten out of TechCrunch at this point. And yet here I sit. Posting. Day after day. Just like I did at 2AM seven years ago. About Portland. About startups. And about what you’re doing.

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August 7th, 2014

Startup, startup. Who’s got the Portland startups? Startup PDX Challenge needs your help and PIE has new filling


Startup, startup. Who’s got the Portland startups? Startup PDX Challenge needs your help and PIE has new filling

Ah summer! Birds are singing. The sun is shining. People are out and about. And apparently the accelerators are pulling together a whole new crop of awesome startups from the Portland startup scene. This week, two startup reveals happened. PIE announced their current class. And the Startup PDX Challenge solicited your input on potential startups for their program—before Friday, August 8.

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August 6th, 2014

How science, machine learning, and augmented reality can improve your beer purchases: New Relic FutureTalk with Trace Smith


How science, machine learning, and augmented reality can improve your beer purchases: New Relic FutureTalk with Trace Smith

Now, I’m not one to overthink my beverages, adult or otherwise. But I am willing to admit that I could likely benefit from technology in that regard. I’m just not exactly sure how. Which is why I was intrigued by what Next Glass is doing: using science to recommend beer and wine to you.

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August 6th, 2014

Maybe they should call it TalentFestNW: TechFestNW holds inaugural Talent Fair


Maybe they should call it TalentFestNW: TechFestNW holds inaugural Talent Fair

Ask most startups around town about the challenges they’re experiencing and I can pretty much guarantee “finding talent” will be somewhere in the top 3. These days, it’s usually problem number one. And that’s why TechFestNW is working to help. By hosting a Talent Fair that helps Portland companies connect with local talent.

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