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July 30th, 2014

Not so terrible twos: Simple marks two year anniversary of banking service


Not so terrible twos: Simple marks two year anniversary of banking service

They grow up so fast. It seems like just a few months ago that we were all patiently waiting to be allowed behind the velvet rope that was a new kind of banking experience. Now Simple has been providing that service for two years—and now they’re letting everyone in.

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July 29th, 2014

Chatting with YIX: Cofounder Jenny Diggles on animated gifs, eliminating “dude bros” in tech, and working with Microsoft


Chatting with YIX: Cofounder Jenny Diggles on animated gifs, eliminating “dude bros” in tech, and working with Microsoft

Traditionally, Portland hasn’t been the strongest town for consumer facing apps. But one genre—games—has managed to buck that trend. One of the recent newcomers to the Portland gaming scene is YIX, the first game centered around animated gifs.

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July 28th, 2014

Can digital storytelling be accelerated? Only if you accelerate your Oregon Story Board application


Can digital storytelling be accelerated? Only if you accelerate your Oregon Story Board application

As we’ve been chatting with all the folks about the Oregon Story Board concept—a startup accelerator borrowing some of the concepts we’ve learned at PIE and apply them to the world of digital storytelling—one of the most interesting parts of the conversation has been how these creatives think about their projects and pursuits.

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July 24th, 2014

Hacking on hardware? Beaverton has a startup accelerator for that


Hacking on hardware? Beaverton has a startup accelerator for that

The Portland area has no shortage of startup accelerators. But the vast majority of them are focused on products that could be best described as ethereal. What about folks working in the physical world? Well, meet e1ectr0n, a Beaverton based accelerator designed to help folks working on hardware-based technology.

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July 22nd, 2014

Remembering Nike Chalkbot: Five years ago, a project for Tour de France had a lasting impact on the Portland startup scene


Remembering Nike Chalkbot: Five years ago, a project for Tour de France had a lasting impact on the Portland startup scene

We still talk about Chalkbot a lot. Sort of in a “remember when” kind of way. Not about the technology. Or how hard the project was. Or the incredibly inane logistics. We talk more about its legacy. About the people. And about those it continues to affect and inspire, even today.

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July 22nd, 2014

Portland startup GraphAlchemist celebrates OSCON week by open sourcing Alchemy.js


Portland startup GraphAlchemist celebrates OSCON week by open sourcing Alchemy.js

While Portland is always an open source focused town, OSCON is the annual reminder that we’re the de facto hub of open source. So what better time, thought local startup GraphAlchemist, to contribute something awesome to the world of open source. Introducing Alchemy.js.

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July 21st, 2014

An august August: TechFestNW 2014 draws a respected lineup of tech speakers from — and to — Portland


An august August: TechFestNW 2014 draws a respected lineup of tech speakers from — and to — Portland

There have been a number of changes for TechFestNW—the annual tech event run in conjunction with MusicFestNW—this year. The event has moved to August, the ticket price has dropped, and they’ve added a talent fair to help startups find the talent they need. But one thing hasn’t changed: the caliber of TFNW speakers.

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July 17th, 2014

It wouldn’t be OSCON week without a Ground Kontrol party


It wouldn’t be OSCON week without a Ground Kontrol party

Yes, it’s true. OSCON—O’Reilly’s annual open source convention—is back in town next week. So expect the town to be chock full of even more awesome techies than usual. And likely a few more gatherings and hacks and whatnot, too. Portland’s Orchestrate and our friends from Boulder, SendGrid, are hosting a shindig at Ground Kontrol.

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July 16th, 2014

Time to give back: Supporting an entrepreneur who has supported many of us, Shelley Gunton


Time to give back: Supporting an entrepreneur who has supported many of us, Shelley Gunton

There are so many people in the Portland startup scene who take time to help other folks out. It’s just kind of how we do things around here. Making connections, providing mentorship, and helping people navigate the community. Perhaps no one has been more helpful in this regard than Shelley Gunton. Now, she could use some help from us.

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July 16th, 2014

What’s your glitch? Glitch Lab, Portland-built image glitching at its finest


What’s your glitch? Glitch Lab, Portland-built image glitching at its finest

You know how there are awesome projects all over Portland that you either a) don’t know about because I do a poor job of telling you or b) don’t know about because I just found out about them? Well, I was just sitting down to chat with the folks from Mountain Machine Games, a local game studio that works on some awesome stuff. And then, “Hey, did I ever tell you about our glitch app?” happened.

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July 15th, 2014

Portland, home to the world’s first collectively owned, decentralized silent disco sound system — if this campaign funds


Portland, home to the world’s first collectively owned, decentralized silent disco sound system — if this campaign funds

What if you could attend an event where you got to hear a DJ spin at whatever volume you wanted but was completely silent to passers by? Technology can make that happen. And if you kick in to this campaign, you’ll soon be kicking it at silent discos in Portland.

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July 15th, 2014

An open source Bitcoin ATM? Of course it would happen in Portland


An open source Bitcoin ATM? Of course it would happen in Portland

Portland is known for rethinking banks. From startups like Simple to bigger banks and credit unions that are trying to do things differently. And of course we’re into open source. We’re the de facto hub of open source. Duh. But we’re also quite enamored of the cryptocurrency stuff. So it makes sense that we’d also be the home of rethinking banking and crytocurrency with an open source flare.

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July 11th, 2014

Bringing the developer community together: PDX Dev Week plans weeklong series of events, July 28


Bringing the developer community together: PDX Dev Week plans weeklong series of events, July 28

Portland has a great community of developers. And maybe, that’s something that we should do a little more to celebrate. That’s the idea behind PDX Dev Week, a week of amazing events for developer types, beginning July 28.

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July 11th, 2014

Rentin’, readin’, and returnin’: Portland’s iFlipd creates a platform for renting ebooks — and getting value out of recycling them


Rentin’, readin’, and returnin’: Portland’s iFlipd creates a platform for renting ebooks — and getting value out of recycling them

Leave it to Portland. I mean, when one of your landmarks is an entire city block crammed full of new and used books, you may have a thing or two to say about how we read—and share in the experience of the written word. And while ebooks may have changed that dynamic a bit, one Portland startup is working to rethink how we can be using that format more effectively.

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July 8th, 2014

If this doesn’t motivate you to submit your Oregon Story Board application by July 15, nothing will


If this doesn’t motivate you to submit your Oregon Story Board application by July 15, nothing will

Applications for Oregon Story Board—the accelerator focused on the digital storytelling industry—close next week. July 15, to be exact. And if you’re still on the fence as to whether you should apply or not, this might be just the thing you need to help motivate you.

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June 30th, 2014

Gif in the game: Portland’s YIX makes sharing animated gifs a bit more competitive


Gif in the game: Portland’s YIX makes sharing animated gifs a bit more competitive

Sharing animated gifs is an Internet mainstay. It’s practically why the Internet was created, it seems. And the growing prevalence of chat clients has only caused that use to increase. Just as common is the anecdotal oneupmanship that has always been an unspoken component practice. Now, a new Portland startup is jumping headlong into that aspect of the game. Literally.

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