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October 1st, 2014

New digs for OTBC means better access for startups


New digs for OTBC means better access for startups

One of the most well established coworking and mentoring programs in the Portland area has some shiny new office space. OTBC has moved nearby where they used to exist a few years back. The move increases their accessibility by putting them close to the MAX tracks.

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October 1st, 2014

Are you the mutant savior? The Church of Robotron needs you. Because 2084 will be here before you know it.


Are you the mutant savior? The Church of Robotron needs you. Because 2084 will be here before you know it.

Startups tend to revel in a world of procrastination. As if they didn’t have enough stress. So it’s always nice to see someone planning for the future. Even if it’s a distant—and likely apocalyptic—future. And that’s just what the Church of Robotron is doing.

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September 30th, 2014

New York state of mind: AppNexus and Squarespace both host Portland meet ups, tonight


New York state of mind: AppNexus and Squarespace both host Portland meet ups, tonight

[Editor: File under "Better late warning about upcoming events than never." Apologies.] It’s no secret that Portland is managing to attract its own fair share of regional offices. And while the bulk of those offices tend to outposts for our Bay Area friends, we’re also getting offices from other cities. Like New York.

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September 26th, 2014

Now it’s even easier for landlords and tenants to get Cozy. Because it’s free.


Now it’s even easier for landlords and tenants to get Cozy. Because it’s free.

When you’ve got a great product, it’s often difficult to figure out ways to make it more compelling to users. But there’s one sure fire way to get more people on board: make it free. And that’s just what Portland startup Cozy has been able to do.

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September 26th, 2014

Thinking of attending the Portland Startup Summit? Get the People’s Pass


Thinking of attending the Portland Startup Summit? Get the People’s Pass

You know me. I always like seeing more startup oriented events in Portland. So I was pretty psyched to see the Portland Startup Summit get off the ground. And now I’m even more excited because they just released a ticket that’s super affordable for startup types.

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September 23rd, 2014

Former Jive CEO’s new startup, RipFog, hosts inaugural meetup, Thursday, September 25


Former Jive CEO’s new startup, RipFog, hosts inaugural meetup, Thursday, September 25

When Dave Hersh stepped aside as the CEO of Jive, we all hoped—or maybe knew—that it would only be a matter of time before he got back into the startup game. And while we’ve heard rumors here and there about what his latest effort, RipFog, is up to, Thursday marks the first public event in which they’re engaging.

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September 22nd, 2014

How accessible is startup funding in Oregon? University of Oregon releases Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is Drawn


How accessible is startup funding in Oregon? University of Oregon releases Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is Drawn

Over the past few years, the chorus of Portland tech startups bemoaning a lack of access to capital has receded a bit. Because some of the problem that plagued startups of previous generations has been resolved with local funding resources. And a great deal more has been resolved by companies finding capital outside of the state. But what is the availability of capital in Oregon, these days? Is it improving? The Oregon Capital Scan aims to answer that question.

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September 19th, 2014

To and fro: Visualizing car2go migratory patterns in Portland


To and fro: Visualizing car2go migratory patterns in Portland

Because I am fairly sure that any idea I come up with has already been conceived and built, I mused out loud on Twitter that I would really love to see a time lapse of car2go vehicles and how they migrate through Portland on a daily basis. Of course, the Internet delivered.

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September 18th, 2014

Maybe it should be Forage? Forge launches accelerator designed to bolster local food startups


Maybe it should be Forage? Forge launches accelerator designed to bolster local food startups

You have to love Forge. The upstart coworking space is moving quickly, gaining traction, and working really hard to bring compelling programming to the community. And their latest venture opens up a whole new community for them. Forge has launched a food accelerator.

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September 16th, 2014

Blame it on the rain: Leave it to Oregon to have multiple types of startup focused RAIN efforts


Blame it on the rain: Leave it to Oregon to have multiple types of startup focused RAIN efforts

It’s been said that Eskimos have a variety of words for snow. So it would only stand to reason that we Oregonians would be equally drawn to our own favorite form of precipitation. And even use it as means of identification. Potentially even using it to as an acronym. To name startup accelerators. Or investment funds. Or something. Maybe. I’m saying “Maybe.”

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September 15th, 2014

A little help for a big help: Treehouse could use your vote to bolster Code Oregon


A little help for a big help: Treehouse could use your vote to bolster Code Oregon

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times—and you’ve had to listen to it every time I say it: finding development talent is the biggest problem holding back most startups, these days. And Oregon is no different. That’s why Portland’s Treehouse launched Code Oregon, a project designed to create 10,000 new developers. And now, Treehouse could use a little help of their own.

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September 15th, 2014

Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”


Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”

Portland’s affection for Internet of Things continues to grow. And there’s no better place to keep tabs on what’s happening than Thing Tuesday, Portland’s monthly IoT meet up. This month is no different, as September 16, Thing Tuesday brings a number of awesome speakers to the stage.

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September 12th, 2014

Portland culture club: FMYI uses its powers for good


Portland culture club: FMYI uses its powers for good

[Editor: We continue our series, hearing about what makes culture at Portland companies unique---directly from their employees. This time around it's one of Portland's leading B Corps, FMYI.]

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September 11th, 2014

Fast AND free? Instacart offers Portland folks free deliveries for a month


Fast AND free? Instacart offers Portland folks free deliveries for a month

As you may have heard, Instacart has opened up a Portland operation. The service allows you to order from a variety of local stores with delivery in an hour. And folks around here are eating it up. But if you haven’t had a chance to try Instacart yet, today might a good day to do .

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September 9th, 2014

Design Rocks: Ziggy played guitar. You can play a role in bringing him back from Mars


Design Rocks: Ziggy played guitar. You can play a role in bringing him back from Mars

It’s always nice to see people breaking down silos. And crossing over genres. And media. Portland needs more of that. That’s why I’m intrigued by a local Indiegogo project looking for raise funds for a “Rock ’n’ Roll Art & Design Gala from Mars” to be held during Design Week Portland.

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September 8th, 2014

And the award goes to… Startup PDX Challenge and Oregon Story Board both reveal companies


And the award goes to… Startup PDX Challenge and Oregon Story Board both reveal companies

Fall is always an exciting time in the world of Portland startups. Well okay. It’s always an exciting time. But go with me here. The summer vacations are wrapping up. And folks are desperately sprinting to complete efforts before the holiday slowdown hits. So it’s a good time to get a little help from the community, like the Startup PDX Challenge and Oregon Story Board. Both of whom announced new classes, last week.

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