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August 23rd, 2016

REMINDER: Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some amazing Portland startups at PitchBlack


REMINDER: Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some amazing Portland startups at PitchBlack

If Portland’s Stephen Green has said it once, he’s said it a million times: “If you can’t see it… you can’t be it.” It’s an incredibly succinct way of describing the need for role models with whom you can relate. And that’s why he’s making sure that Portland’s black founders get seen. With PitchBlack, a regular gathering that showcases Portland’s community of black entrepreneurs.

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August 19th, 2016

What the Portland startup community needs more of… and less of


What the Portland startup community needs more of… and less of

Editor’s note: Hanging out in the Portland Startup Slack, Kathryn Brown opined that many of the events and organizations trying to support founders in our community seemed a little misdirected. I asked her to elaborate if she could. What I got was a great list of things we should be doing more of… and things we should be doing less of. With her permission, I’m republishing her Slack posts, here.

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August 19th, 2016

Reluctantly crouched at the startup line? Maybe the Jaguar Land Rover Incubator can help


Reluctantly crouched at the startup line? Maybe the Jaguar Land Rover Incubator can help

Hey you. Yeah, you! I mean, what does this look like, some platform for rhetorical composition…? Ahem. Sorry. I got a little fired up there. But that happens. When applications are due. And there’s one looming: Jaguar Land Rover Incubator applications close this weekend.

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August 16th, 2016

Two for one: Awesome startup video by an awesome startup studio


Two for one: Awesome startup video by an awesome startup studio

You know me, I like people starting new things. That’s why I hang out with startups. And write about startups. And, well, start things. So you can imagine my joy when I get the chance to share something by a Portland startup for a Portland startup. It’s Joth Studio‘s video for Scopic.

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August 12th, 2016

Market like you’re Action Jackson: Customer.io Actions


Market like you’re Action Jackson: Customer.io Actions

Yes, yes. I know. We live in a world where there are any number of APIs. And that makes it far easier to do things, communicate, and solve problems. But sometimes—honestly most times—it’s not exactly easy trying to figure out how to string all of those APIs together in a way that makes for something effective. That’s what I love about Portland startup Customer.io and their new Actions.

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August 11th, 2016

Sonic and Terraria: Two local studios take on two major titles


Sonic and Terraria: Two local studios take on two major titles

Sometimes, even I need a reminder of all of the amazing work happening around here. So when I heard about two household name game titles that are being built here locally, I just had to share. So if you happen to like a speedy little blue hedgehog and digging through cavernous blog filled worlds, get ready to be happy—and full of some hometown pride.

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August 11th, 2016

Looking to test drive a few coworking spots? Workfrom these Portland spots


Looking to test drive a few coworking spots? Workfrom these Portland spots

We’re definitely having a coworking renaissance around here. More awesome places to work seem to be popping up every day. But decisions, decisions, decisions. That’s why Portland startup Workfrom gives you the chance to be indecisive for awhile.

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August 8th, 2016

Your presence is requested at “Creating Presence in Virtual & Mixed Reality”


Your presence is requested at “Creating Presence in Virtual & Mixed Reality”

Nothing like breaking in a new space. And the recently announced Instrument Cookie Shop is starting things off with a bang. By bringing Kent Bye of Voices of VR and Paul Reynolds formerly of Magic Leap to help launch the Cookie Shop, a popup VR space designed to explore interesting topics for the Portland tech community.

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August 8th, 2016

Nine years of nonsense: Silicon Florist completes another year of assaulting the English language


Nine years of nonsense: Silicon Florist completes another year of assaulting the English language

Well, will you lookie there? My how time flies. And any number of other platitudes. Silicon Florist has managed to make it another year. Thanks, of course, to all of you and that awesome stuff you’re doing. Day after day. In this amazing town. And this amazing state. Silicon Florist is now nine years old.

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August 6th, 2016

Easily the most overlooked and most successful content startup in Portland: Digital Trends turns 10


Easily the most overlooked and most successful content startup in Portland: Digital Trends turns 10

Every once in a while it comes up in conversation. “What’s the most overlooked company in town? Or the company that no one knows is here?” For a time, a good answer was Survey Monkey. Or MetaFilter. Or maybe deflecting with a regional office, like Pinterest or Yahoo! or Yieldbot. But time and time again, one of my favorite go to answers has been a homegrown startup here in town, Digital Trends. Yes, that Digital Trends.

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August 5th, 2016

Thinking about cranking out an app this weekend? Brightwork can help


Thinking about cranking out an app this weekend? Brightwork can help

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Everyone in Portland has a side project or three. So I know you’ve had that app idea for a while. You know the one. And you’ve likely said—for the past few months—”I’m totally going to work on that this weekend.” But you don’t. Because the complexity seems a little daunting.

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August 4th, 2016

Interested in talking shop with Dave Winer? He’ll be in Portland on August 19


Interested in talking shop with Dave Winer? He’ll be in Portland on August 19

Here you are. Reading stuff on the web. And listening to stuff on the Web. It’s like a thing. A thing people do. But it took a while to make it possible. And to make it discoverable. And consumable. And very few individuals have been thinking about this issue—this whole Web content thing—longer than Dave Winer.

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August 3rd, 2016

Want to light up our lives? Propose an installation for the Portland Winter Light Festival 2017


Want to light up our lives? Propose an installation for the Portland Winter Light Festival 2017

Earlier this year, the Portland Eastside Esplanade became a menagerie of strange and wonderful light filled contraptions. It was a moment in time when all of those awesome artists were given a canvas to bring a little more brightness into our dreary winter lives. And guess what? It’s happening again next year. And you can be part of it. Through the Portland Winter Light Festival.

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July 29th, 2016

I miss you


I miss you

Hey. How have you been? It’s been a while. You’re looking good. And that new thing that you’re working on…? Yeah. It’s awesome. Really. So cool that you’re doing that. But honestly, we’ve all been so busy I feel like we’ve lost touch. And as much as I enjoy being snarky with you on the Twitters, seeing your adventures on Instagram, and sharing Snapchat filters, it would actually be really really good to see you in person. You know, all IRL and shit.

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July 29th, 2016

It’s like summer camp for makers: Maker Land


It’s like summer camp for makers: Maker Land

People are always talking about how folks from Oregon love the outdoors. They’re also always talking about how folks around here love to make things, from hobbyist pursuits to full blown businesses. And there was a time when we had more camps per capita than any tech community. Camp camp campy camp. So why not combine all of those things? That’s exactly what Max Ogden is doing with Maker Land.

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July 29th, 2016

Calling all Python types: PyDX 2016 call for proposals ends this weekend


Calling all Python types: PyDX 2016 call for proposals ends this weekend

While PyDX 2016 is still a ways off, the call for proposals is almost ready to close. So if you’re part of the Python community and want to talk at the event, you better get it on it. Applications close July 31, 2016.

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