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November 30th, 2016

Hack for good with the Women Who Code Portland IoT Hackathon 2016: Sustainable Cities


Hack for good with the Women Who Code Portland IoT Hackathon 2016: Sustainable Cities

Portland is no stranger to hackathons. It’s long been a compelling way to leverage the culture of curiosity that drives a lot of the activity around here. But for all of the awesome hacking that happens around these parts, it’s always nice to see hackathons that focus on solving specific issues or conundrums—especially those that have applications beyond the world of technology.

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November 29th, 2016

Check that “Start a podcast” resolution off of your list with STREAM PDX


Check that “Start a podcast” resolution off of your list with STREAM PDX

Sure sure. I get it. You had every intention of starting that new podcast, this year. This was going to be the year. But still. There’s all the equipment and editing and promotion and… We’ve all been there. Trust me. The year is drawing quickly to a close and you’re starting to think that 2016 resolution might need to be moved to the 2017 list. Don’t lose faith. STREAM PDX has got your back. And your new podcast.

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November 29th, 2016

Looking to make an even bigger impact with your startup? Apply to be part of the Elevating Impact Summit Pitch Fest


Looking to make an even bigger impact with your startup? Apply to be part of the Elevating Impact Summit Pitch Fest

For every seemingly frivolous application of technology, there are an untold multitude of early stage companies seeking to apply technology and entrepreneurship to solving social and environmental problems. And no local event does a better job of shinging a light on those companies than the Elevating Impact Summit.

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November 17th, 2016

This Little Bird is going to fly away… to Sprinklr


This Little Bird is going to fly away… to Sprinklr

Portland does a great job of building acquirable companies. Because we have an incredible knack for finding gaps and building solutions that bridge those gaps. We’re Bridgetown. What would you expect? So when an awesome Portland company like Little Bird becomes that bridging component for a company like Sprinklr, it’s something to be celebrated.

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November 16th, 2016

Need a new podcast? Check out New School VR


Need a new podcast? Check out New School VR

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of what’s happening in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Portland. It seems to be the perfect mixture of Portland curiosity, creativity, and coding. The only thing holding it back at this point is more folks covering the space. That’s why I’m happy to see the New School VR podcast becoming, ahem, a reality.

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November 11th, 2016

Now is the time for the United Way #everyonein projects to have more of everyone in-volved


Now is the time for the United Way #everyonein projects to have more of everyone in-volved

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the culmination of #everyonein, a United Way collaboratory, that brought together folks from nonprofits, tech, and startups to work on addressing the problems of underserved communities. It was a great event. But like so many things in startups, this apparent finish line was, in reality, a starting line for the next phase of the project.

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November 7th, 2016

#everyonein: See how United Way is using startup thinking to address community issues


#everyonein: See how United Way is using startup thinking to address community issues

If there’s one consistent complaint about the world of tech startups, it’s that they sometimes focus on a problem that could be solved, rather than problems that should be solved. And that’s why I’m always happy to see folks using their powers for the greater good. Take #everyonein, a United Way collaboratory.

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November 6th, 2016

If you’re a startup founder, Oregon wants to help. What do you need?


If you’re a startup founder, Oregon wants to help. What do you need?

Being a startup founder is difficult. Really really difficult. So I’m always happy when our community takes the opportunity to help founders. And I’m even happier when they ask those founders what they need. Instead of assuming they have the answers. That’s why I’m excited to see Oregon BEST asking startups founders—all Oregon startup founders—what kind of support they need.

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November 4th, 2016

You’ve got an extra hour, this weekend. Why not use it to work on these looming accelerator applications?


You’ve got an extra hour, this weekend. Why not use it to work on these looming accelerator applications?

Regardless of your feelings about the modern day relevance of Daylight Saving Time, it’s over this weekend. Which means—unless you happen to be visiting Arizona or something—you sort of have an extra hour this weekend. So why don’t you use that hour to complete accelerator applications? I mean, really. It’s for your own good.

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November 3rd, 2016

How Heroku did it: On Building Great Products from Startup to Massive Scale


How Heroku did it: On Building Great Products from Startup to Massive Scale

Most all of us have heard of—and probably used—Heroku at some point. But what you may not know is that the company was founded, scaled to become the de facto solution, and got acquired in less that four years. Now Peter van Hardenberg, an early member of the Heroku team, is sharing that story with “On Building Great Products from Startup to Massive Scale.”

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November 1st, 2016

Now, figuring out where to Workfrom fits in the palm of your hand


Now, figuring out where to Workfrom fits in the palm of your hand

If you’re among the coffeeshop camping workforce in Portland, you’re probably well aware of Workfrom, the company that helps you figure out nearby places, wifi speeds and passwords, and the like. But what you may not know is that finding those great work spots just got a heck of a lot easier. With the Workfrom mobile app.

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October 27th, 2016

Branching out: 10 Branch looks to help the next generation of Portland startups


Branching out: 10 Branch looks to help the next generation of Portland startups

The virtuous cycle. We hear about it all the time. Someone starts a company, successfully exits that company, generates wealth for founders and employees, and then that group uses those new financial resources to reinvest in the community. Which leads to someone starting a company…

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October 25th, 2016

Get an early look at a new Virtual Reality experience from VectorSpace VR


Get an early look at a new Virtual Reality experience from VectorSpace VR

It’s no secret that Portland—the de facto hub of de facto hubs—is working its way toward landing another “de facto hub” title. With its pursuits in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. But sometimes, getting the chance to experience exactly what Portland is quietly building can be a challenge. That’s why I’m always happy when folks take time to demo what they’re doing.

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October 20th, 2016

Give your video content more Visionn


Give your video content more Visionn

In this day and age, we’ve all grown quite used to adding filters to our photos. Videos, though? Not so much. But that’s starting to change. And Portland based BeFunky has just released their own take on video filters—with Visionn, an app that allows folks to add filters to their videos in real time.

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October 18th, 2016

Exponentially more small business support: San Francisco based Townsquared ramps up in Portland


Exponentially more small business support: San Francisco based Townsquared ramps up in Portland

Portland is no stranger to regional offices. Or being an expansion market. We’ve had more than our fair share of companies picking the Rose City as one of their locations. And now, we’ve got another one. But it may very well be one of the most Portlandy ones of the bunch. Why? Because it’s a startup that’s designed to help small business be more successful. Meet Townsquared.

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October 13th, 2016

This is the song you’re looking for: Shazam partners with Portland’s Vadio to show you the song you’re seeking


This is the song you’re looking for: Shazam partners with Portland’s Vadio to show you the song you’re seeking

I don’t about you, but I can still remember the first time I used Shazam. At the time—in the days before Siri and Alexa and Cortana—it was one of the first times that I can remember technology effectively replicating something heretofore uniquely human: the ability to listen to—and recognize—a song. Shazam, indeed. And now, Portland startup Vadio is helping make that experience even more magical by not only identifying the song but also showing you the video associated with it.

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