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October 28th, 2014

Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man


Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man

We like our weird in Portland. It’s true. We’re so weird, in fact, that we stole our “Keep Portland Weird” slogan from Austin, Texas. That’s how weird we are. So when a guy decides to sell shares in himself and allow shareholders to decide his fate, we’re like “Yeah. That happened.” But when Jason Bateman enters the picture, we have to take pause. Because, yeah. Shit just got weird.

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October 28th, 2014

Want to show your startup off at SXSW? It’s not too late to apply for the SXSW Accelerator


Want to show your startup off at SXSW? It’s not too late to apply for the SXSW Accelerator

With the return of typical damp and gloomy Portland weather, I wouldn’t be surprised if your thoughts were turning to more sunny and warm climes. Well, buck up. You’ve got the chance to get out of here in March and head down to Austin. Where it won’t be any drier, but it will be warmer. That’s right. It’s time to apply to the SXSW Accelerator for 2015.

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October 28th, 2014

Miss PIE Demo Day 2014? No worries. Here’s all of the awesomeness without all of the chit chat.


Miss PIE Demo Day 2014? No worries. Here’s all of the awesomeness without all of the chit chat.

While we always try to make PIE Demo Day an event for the community, it’s not always easy to break away from work to watch startup pitches. We get it. That’s why we livestream the whole thing. And one of the benefits of livestreaming is the fact that we can record all of the content at the same time. So if you thought you missed the event this year, you didn’t. Here are all of the pitches from PIE Demo Day 2014.

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October 23rd, 2014

Whatcha doing this weekend? That’s right. Hacking at Product Hunt Hackathon Portland.


Whatcha doing this weekend? That’s right. Hacking at Product Hunt Hackathon Portland.

Portland loves its hackathons. Hack hack hackity hack. So it’s always nice to see new ones springing up to provide a great excuse to get together and get creative with your peers. That’s why I’m happy to share that Portland folks will be hosting a hackathon this weekend to coincide with other Product Hunt—the new hotness for finding interesting new products—hackathons happening all over.

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October 22nd, 2014

Doubling down: Existing Urban Airship investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital participate in $12.1 million Series D


Doubling down: Existing Urban Airship investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital participate in $12.1 million Series D

It was nearly a $20 million day for investments in Portland startups. Earlier in the day, Lytics announced a $7 million Series A led by Comcast Ventures. And soon thereafter, Urban Airship announced that they had closed a $12 million Series D, with participation by existing investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital.

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October 22nd, 2014

Funding is only one of the impressive things about the Lytics announcement today


Funding is only one of the impressive things about the Lytics announcement today

If you haven’t caught the news, Lytics announced that they have raised a $7 million Series A led by Comcast Ventures, bringing their total funding to over $9 million. And while that’s headline worthy, there are a number of other things about this announcement that pique my interest—probably even more so than the cash.

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October 21st, 2014

Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections


Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections

I don’t think it’s any secret that Portland knows its beverages. With a thriving brewing and distilling scene, we’re lucky to have a wealth of knowledge within arms reach. And any number of bartenders and mixologist who are willing to help us with those decisions. But sometimes, you could use a little help. Like Lush, the drink making app.

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October 21st, 2014

PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device


PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device

Like any startup accelerator, PIE likes to make its demo days as accessible as it possibly can. We always host it in a big theater. But that sold out quickly, this year. So we added a simulcast venue thanks to our friends at eBay Portland. But now both of those venues are standing room only. So in order to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience the event, we’re going to be livestreaming PIE Demo Day again.

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October 21st, 2014

Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school


Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school

It makes sense. As the cry of “We need more talent!” gets louder and louder, many groups are stepping up to fill that gap. And to help teach people to code. The latest addition to Portland is Code Fellows, a coding school headquartered in Seattle that has recently expanded to the Rose City.

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October 21st, 2014

Recurring billing with Bitcoin: Paydici partners with BitPay to simplify Bitcoin payments for businesses


Recurring billing with Bitcoin: Paydici partners with BitPay to simplify Bitcoin payments for businesses

Portland likes its Bitcoin. There’s little doubt. With any number of folks in town exploring Bitcoin—in typical Portland hobbyist fashion. And now a number of those efforts are translating into mature solutions. With interesting business potential. Portland’s Paydici revealed one such experiment today with recurring Bitcoin payments.

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October 17th, 2014

A bigger slice of the PIE Demo Day: eBay Community Lounge volunteers to host simulcast


A bigger slice of the PIE Demo Day: eBay Community Lounge volunteers to host simulcast

When we started PIE five years ago, we were very much focused on trying to enrich the Portland startup community. So when we converted from a coworking space to an accelerator, we decided to remain true to those roots. Part of that was making our Demo Days a little different. Instead of making it purely an investor invent, we wanted it to be a community event.

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October 17th, 2014

Couldn’t make the trip to Bend? No worries. They’re livestreaming the Bend Venture Conference this year.


Couldn’t make the trip to Bend? No worries. They’re livestreaming the Bend Venture Conference this year.

One of the best and longest running venture capital events in the state is the Bend Venture Conference. But for some of us—be it pending demo days or simply overbooked schedules—it can be hard to tear away from work to visit central Oregon. That’s why I’m happy to see that BVC is livestreaming their event this year.

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October 15th, 2014

Training partner: Athletepath partners with Under Armour’s MapMyFitness to help racers train from race to race


Training partner: Athletepath partners with Under Armour’s MapMyFitness to help racers train from race to race

Portland startup Athletepath has become the go to source for amateur competitive athletes to track their progress and share their results from race to race. But what about all of that training time in between? Well, get ready to be happy. Athletepath has partnered with MapMyFitness to make sure you’re covered.

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October 14th, 2014

Portland Startup Week: It’s like Design Week Portland but with even more startup awesomeness


Portland Startup Week: It’s like Design Week Portland but with even more startup awesomeness

It’s no secret that Portland loves its Startup Weekends. (In fact, there’s another one coming up November 14-16.) But sometimes, a weekend is a little too short. Okay. Who am I kidding? Weekends are always too short. That’s why I’m happy to announce that we’ve been working behind the scenes to put together Portland Startup Week.

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October 10th, 2014

Now that dismissive wave of your hand can do more than express your opinion of the song, it can change the tune


Now that dismissive wave of your hand can do more than express your opinion of the song, it can change the tune

Local startup OnTheGo Platforms knows gestures. They spend all day, every day, thinking about gestures. And how waving your hands, pointing at things, and making motions can help you interact with devices around you. Their latest effort ensures that you can dismiss that song playing through your car stereo with the greatest of ease.

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October 10th, 2014

Finding something else on which to chew: Meatspaces creator Edna Piranha hands off gif chat project


Finding something else on which to chew: Meatspaces creator Edna Piranha hands off gif chat project

Portland is pretty in tune with the experimental uses of technology. It’s our hobbyist culture. We like to muck with stuff. And technology, for many of us, is just another brush with which to paint. Which is what I found so compelling about Meatspaces, a chat environment created by Portland’s Edna Piranha, that mixes in short form gifs snapped by your laptop camera.

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