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April 23rd, 2015

New tales to tell? Digital storytelling accelerator Oregon Story Board opens applications for next class


New tales to tell? Digital storytelling accelerator Oregon Story Board opens applications for next class

When it comes to the world of tech startups, there are any number of startup accelerators from which to choose. But what about other types of creative industries? Where are the accelerators for those startups? Well, here in Oregon, we’re working to do our part to help those other industries. With Oregon Story Board.

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April 22nd, 2015

There is another Skywalk… err SXSW and you and a friend could go: Apply to SXSW V2V


There is another Skywalk… err SXSW and you and a friend could go: Apply to SXSW V2V

If you’re in the startup scene, you’re already likely aware that there is an annual event that takes place in March in Austin, Texas, called SXSW. It’s kind of a big deal. But did you know there is a second smaller SXSW that takes place in Las Vegas? It’s true. It’s called SXSW V2V and it’s all about startups. And you could go. If you apply to take part in the SXSW V2Venture Showcase.

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April 22nd, 2015

Longing for the days of Geocities? You’re going to love Neocities


Longing for the days of Geocities? You’re going to love Neocities

There was a time before blogs and social media and all of that, when the democratization of the Web was far more simple. And ugly. But everyone has to start somewhere. And many folks started out on Geocities, a platform that enabled you to build your own home on the Web without setting up a server. Well, that magic is back. In a new and prettier way. With Neocities.

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April 21st, 2015

They’re playing our song: CenturyLink acquires Portland startup Orchestrate to deliver next generation data services


They’re playing our song: CenturyLink acquires Portland startup Orchestrate to deliver next generation data services

For many startups, the promise of substantially growing their businesses comes with strong partnerships. And often, those partnerships quickly become something much more significant. Such was the case, yesterday, when it was revealed that leading connectivity provider CenturyLink had acquired database-as-a-service startup Orchestrate to augment its CenturyLink Cloud offering.

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April 14th, 2015

More saplings than seeds: Portland Seed Fund reveals their latest investments


More saplings than seeds: Portland Seed Fund reveals their latest investments

It’s always nice to see startups getting the support they need from local resources. And that’s why I’m always pleased to see a whole new crop of startups graduating from the Portland Seed Fund. This latest class—the sixth class for the program—presented to a group a local investors, yesterday.

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April 14th, 2015

A Startup Weekend that reflects Portland’s successes: Portland Startup Weekend B2B


A Startup Weekend that reflects Portland’s successes: Portland Startup Weekend B2B

It’s no secret. Portland is a behind the scenes, business to business kind of town. Our most successful startups tend to be the names bandied about developer break rooms and user groups rather than household names. But that’s just fine. We’re good at that. And it fits our culture. And now, we have a Startup Weekend to reflect that strength: Portland Startup Weekend B2B.

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April 7th, 2015

ACT-W Portland: A conference to advance the careers of tech women


ACT-W Portland: A conference to advance the careers of tech women

If you want to build products that are used by a wide variety of people, it’s incredibly important that you have a wide variety of people building those products. That’s why I’m always happy to see events that help diversify the Portland tech and startup scene. Like ACT-W Portland, which is coming up this weekend.

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April 7th, 2015

A shared future: TechfestNW hosts a conversation about the sharing economy


A shared future: TechfestNW hosts a conversation about the sharing economy

The Portland startup scene has always been collaborative and collegial. So it would stand to reason that the impact of the sharing economy—both positive and negative—would be a topic of conversation within our community. Now, TechfestNW—an annual startup event—is working to bring that conversation to the forefront with a special one day event entitled “A Shared Future.”

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April 7th, 2015

Gesturing makes speakers more interesting. Now it makes the presentation more interesting too.


Gesturing makes speakers more interesting. Now it makes the presentation more interesting too.

It’s a well known fact that gesticulating and gesturing makes speakers appear more engaging than those that just stand there stiffly—even if those two presenters say the exact same thing. It’s also a well known fact that fumbling with the clicker makes even the best presenter seem subpar. So what if those gestures could make you more interesting and could control your presentation? Now they can. With Swoosh from Portland’s OnTheGo Platforms.

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April 3rd, 2015

Catch GameLoading: Rise of the Indies in Portland next week


Catch GameLoading: Rise of the Indies in Portland next week

Portland’s indie gaming scene continues to grow and flourish, fueled in part by the wealth of game experience throughout the region. But building games as an independent can sometimes be a very solitary existence. So it’s nice to get out once in awhile. So why not hit a movie? About indie gamers. Okay. Even if you’re not a game developer you should check out GameLoading: Rise of the Indies.

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April 2nd, 2015

Hear from the people who write the docs you should be reading: Write the Docs 2015 speakers announced


Hear from the people who write the docs you should be reading: Write the Docs 2015 speakers announced

I may not be able to write. But I know good documentation when I see it. And I can always use a little more learning on how to be better at documenting things. If you’re in the same boat, you’re not going to want to miss this year’s Write the Docs 2015 event in Portland, this May. Because it’s bringing some awesome folks to the stage.

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March 31st, 2015

Design is not a department: Simple on the value of design for startups


Design is not a department: Simple on the value of design for startups

With a wealth of startups and a rich community of creatives and agencies—digital and otherwise—it should come as no surprise that Portland has the potential to be a hub of design driven startups. But as a startup, how do you approach the problem of embracing design and thinking about it wholistically? Simple has some thoughts on the matter. And they’ll be sharing them at a Designspeaks event on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

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March 26th, 2015

Mr. Recordon goes to Washington: Portland native named Director of IT for the White House


Mr. Recordon goes to Washington: Portland native named Director of IT for the White House

File under “We knew him when…” It’s always nice when someone from the Portland tech scene makes a splash on a bigger stage. And this time, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Former Portlander David Recordon—known to many of us by his online moniker daveman692—has been named the Director of IT for the White House.

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March 19th, 2015

Codifying and extending Portland startups’ collaborative nature: Portland Startups Switchboard is a year old


Codifying and extending Portland startups’ collaborative nature: Portland Startups Switchboard is a year old

I didn’t really know what to expect. I mean, I knew that Portland boasted an extremely tightly knit and collaborative community. I knew that I was—more often than not—creating bottlenecks and logjams than I was solving by inefficiently connecting people. And I knew that I had an amazing local startup that had a platform for solving these very issues. What the hell, I thought. It just might work.

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March 19th, 2015

Acquired in a jiffy: Animated gif app Nutmeg acquired by Giphy


Acquired in a jiffy: Animated gif app Nutmeg acquired by Giphy

Well that was fast. Almost as fast as an animated gif. Regardless of how you pronounce it. Nutmeg, an alum of PIE class of 2014, has been acquired by the leading presence in animated gifs, Giphy, which had recently raised $17 million. This marks the first PIE accelerator alum to be acquired. To date, only members of the PIE coworking space had been acquired—with Geoloqi, Glider, and Paleo Plan, and Simple being the most prominent acquisitions.

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March 18th, 2015

… and I thought playing video games on the OMSI Omnimax screen was epic. Meet CTRL ALT PDX.


… and I thought playing video games on the OMSI Omnimax screen was epic. Meet CTRL ALT PDX.

Okay. Admittedly, playing games on the OMSI Omnimax screen is still absolutely epic. But, playing them on the side of a building? That ain’t half bad either. And that’s exactly what’s happening this Friday at 7:30PM—and for the next month or so after sundown—as part of CTRL ALT PDX.

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