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May 24th, 2016

That escalated quickly: Join the free Portland community job fair on June 1 at the Falcon Building


That escalated quickly: Join the free Portland community job fair on June 1 at the Falcon Building

The Portland startup community—and honestly the Portland community at large—never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, I posted a quickly penned request for the community to consider rallying support for those nearly 800 local folks affected by the Intel layoffs. I expected that a handful of us might be able to throw something useful together. Suffice it to say that I never expected we’d be where we are today. With nearly 200 companies supporting this effort and a free job fair planned for June 1, 2016.

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May 24th, 2016

Founders of AppNexus and WeWork went to high school together… in Eugene


Founders of AppNexus and WeWork went to high school together… in Eugene

Not a day goes by that Oregon doesn’t bemoan its perceived inability to grow the type of talent that builds billion dollar companies. But fact of the matter is we do create that kind of talent. Retention is more of the issue. And sometimes, even if we lose the founders, their impact is still felt locally. Cases in point, AppNexus and WeWork. Whose founders met in high school. In Eugene.

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May 20th, 2016

GeekWire names Portland’s Reflect one of the best pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day


GeekWire names Portland’s Reflect one of the best pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day

You know me. I love a good Demo Day. And I love it even more when there are awesome Portland companies on stage. So wouldn’t you know it, when Techstars Seattle holds a Demo Day and there’s a Portland company on stage…? It’s going to be post worthy. And GeekWire calling them out only makes it moreso. Meet Reflect.

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May 20th, 2016

Thinking “Beyond the Valley”


Thinking “Beyond the Valley”

When I first started this blog—way back in the dark ages of this current generation of Portland startups—it seemed that time and time again the prevailing wisdom was “move to the Valley.” And that left a bit of a mark on me. So I can’t help but be lifted every time someone provides a counter argument to that thinking, especially when it has an eye toward the future. Like this TechCrunch piece by Eugene’s Pat McCarthy.

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May 17th, 2016

How healthy would wearing wearables be if wearing wearable were healthy?


How healthy would wearing wearables be if wearing wearable were healthy?

Portland’s culture of curiosity had us among the early adopters of the whole “quantified self” thing. But for whatever reason—even though we’ve got a ton of apparel companies in town—that never translated into much in the way of wearable technology. But that doesn’t stop us from wearing those devices. Apple Watches, Fuel Bands, Ups, Fitbits, Misfits. You see them everywhere in the startup community. But what are they doing for us?

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May 12th, 2016

Halfway there: Portland sits at #13 among the top 25 startup cities chasing “Innovation that Matters”


Halfway there: Portland sits at #13 among the top 25 startup cities chasing “Innovation that Matters”

A few years back, I would have a hard time even fathoming that Portland would even appear on a list of startup cities. So let’s just start there. It’s awesome to see Portland listed among the top 25 startup cities pursuing “Innovation that Matters.” But now that we’re on there… c’mon Portland. We can do better than this.

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May 12th, 2016

Be part of the welcome wagon for the StartupBus as it travels through Portland


Be part of the welcome wagon for the StartupBus as it travels through Portland

If there’s one word that I hear everyone use to describe Portland, it’s “welcoming.” Almost, at times, to a fault. But here’s an opportunity to use that collegial hospitality in the best possible way: to welcome a bunch of folks to our awesome town who you know full well are leaving in a couple of hours. Because they’re on the StartupBus.

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May 12th, 2016

Tired of reading about unicorns? Cool. Let’s talk about piggies. And the reality of startup life.


Tired of reading about unicorns? Cool. Let’s talk about piggies. And the reality of startup life.

Back in the old days of Silicon Florist, I used to highlight other blog posts that were awesome. Mostly, because a lot more people used to blog back then. And I am lazy. Well, guess what? Even though fewer people seem to be doing the blogging thing like they used, I am still categorically lazy. Plus this piece by Oscar Godson was great. So I’m sharing it.

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May 12th, 2016

Robots have needs, too: Meet Needybot


Robots have needs, too: Meet Needybot

What if you turned the world of robots upside-down? No. I don’t mean like making a T-800-esque Schwarzenegger stand on his head. (Although that’s a good idea, too.) I mean, what if, instead of building armies of autonomous beings who do nothing but serve our every whim, we instead built robots who needed us. Like a lot. That’s what Wieden+Kennedy’s creative technologists at W+K Lodge have done with Needybot.

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May 10th, 2016

Exact change: Help the wheels on the Beaverton School District #FutureBus go round and round


Exact change: Help the wheels on the Beaverton School District #FutureBus go round and round

We’ve all been there. You’ve had this moment of inspiration. You’ve chased that inspiration from concept to prototype. Now, you’ve got a working example of your vision. And all you need is just a little capital to take it to the next level. Well, that’s exactly where the Beaverton School District finds themselves with their #FutureBus project, a mobile maker space that encourages kids to make stuff and break stuff. But this time, you get to play the role of investor.

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May 8th, 2016

Talking unikernels with Docker at the New Relic FutureTalk


Talking unikernels with Docker at the New Relic FutureTalk

One of the things I love most about Portland is its culture of curiosity. We want to try the new stuff. To take risks with early technology. And to figure out how we can make use of the latest and greatest. It’s what keeps our tech community at the creative edge. So it’s highly likely that a number are well phrased in the concept of unikernels.

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May 3rd, 2016

Intel outside: Let’s figure out how to help those in our community affected by the Intel layoffs


Intel outside: Let’s figure out how to help those in our community affected by the Intel layoffs

In case you haven’t heard, Intel is in the midst of reducing its global workforce. It’s a change that affects thousands of employees worldwide. And given that the Portland area is home to more Intel folks than anywhere on earth, it’s going to have significant impact here locally, as well. Like to the tune of nearly 800 people in the Portland area losing their jobs.

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April 29th, 2016

Gather all of the coins: PIGSquad to host a video game marathon livestream fundraiser


Gather all of the coins: PIGSquad to host a video game marathon livestream fundraiser

There are few things I enjoy and appreciate more than people who figure out how to make a living doing what they love to do. That’s what’s so appealing about indie game developers. And that’s what’s equally appealing about the scrappy Portland organization that supports them, PIGSquad, Portland Indie Game Squad. But making ends meet for an organization can be challenging. And that’s why PIGSquad has taken to Patreon to raise funds.

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April 28th, 2016

Coming into its own: Over the past five years Portland’s TechFestNW has grown into a destination tech event


Coming into its own: Over the past five years Portland’s TechFestNW has grown into a destination tech event

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we held the first TechFestNW. Back then, we called it the Portland Digital eXperience or PDX, and it hosted a small contingent of tech faithful at both the Leftbank and Ziba Design, late in the summer of 2012. This week, a bigger, better—and independent of MusicFestNW—TFNW filled the Armory in Portland with activity, energy, and a view into our tech future.

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April 21st, 2016

REMINDER: Act now if you want to get in on ACT-W Portland


REMINDER: Act now if you want to get in on ACT-W Portland

We all know that if you want to build products that are useful to a wide variety of people, it’s incredibly important that you have a wide variety of people building those products. It just makes sense. That’s why I’m always happy to see events that help get more and more diverse groups feeling welcomed and comfortable within the Portland tech community. Like ACT-W Portland.

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April 20th, 2016

Spring fever musings from the world of science startups


Spring fever musings from the world of science startups

In my first post, I made a mild dig at my former hometown (Silicon Valley) for perhaps becoming a bit soft(ware) and distant from the science and tech base it started from. That’s not the whole story, of course, and in any event the home of Apple and Google (great software companies that ended up doing their own great hardware) doesn’t need my help to philosophize on this topic.

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