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February 10th, 2016

And then, Portland’s mayoral race suddenly got exponentially more important for Portland startups


And then, Portland’s mayoral race suddenly got exponentially more important for Portland startups

Let me preface this with the statement that I don’t even like politics. Mostly because I don’t get it. I come from a long line of coal miners and blue collar workers. You don’t politick. You just work. That being said, even a political n00b like me can see the writing on the wall. And so, here I sit. Writing my second politically fueled post of the day. Because I wanted to bring your attention to the Portland mayoral race. Because it just got way more important for every startup in Portland.

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February 10th, 2016

Why Chris Harder’s move from the Portland Development Commission to head up Business Oregon is good for startups and inclusion


Why Chris Harder’s move from the Portland Development Commission to head up Business Oregon is good for startups and inclusion

We’ve seen a lot during this last decade of the Portland startup scene. A great deal of it has to do with the hard work of founders, investors, and startups, striving every day to make Portland a better place to build, sustain, and exit from companies. But there, waiting in the wings for the last five years, has been another presence that’s helped orchestrate key measures and activities that have pushed our startup scene forward.

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February 9th, 2016

Here we are now going to the eastside: CENTRL Eastside coworking space in the works


Here we are now going to the eastside: CENTRL Eastside coworking space in the works

Portland is experiencing a bit of a coworking renaissance. We were early to the coworking game. That population faded a bit. And now it’s coming back. In a big way. Major players like WeWork and DeskHub now call Portland home. New players like XOXO are entering the mix. And other homegrown efforts—like CENTRL Office—are expanding their footprint.

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February 8th, 2016

It’s like XOXO year ’round: XOXO Outpost begins taking applications for private, collaborative workspace


It’s like XOXO year ’round: XOXO Outpost begins taking applications for private, collaborative workspace

If you’ve followed the XOXO festival from year to year, you’ve seen it grow and change and experiment. But there’s an even bigger experiment underway now, 365 days a year. Well, 366 days, this year. But you get my point. The XOXO Outpost looks to create a home for the collaborative creative community that attends the XOXO festival, throughout the year. And they’re taking applications for members.

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February 5th, 2016

Portland’s NoAppFee.com wins the 1776 Challenge Cup Regional in San Francisco


Portland’s NoAppFee.com wins the 1776 Challenge Cup Regional in San Francisco

I don’t want to say “I told you so” but Portland has some super compelling companies here. Take NoAppFee.com which—besides having an amazing founder story—has a super compelling business model to boot. And we’re not the only ones who think so. The 1776 Challenge Cup crew does too.

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February 5th, 2016

Love building games? Cartoon Network wants to be your Portland game building Valentine


Love building games? Cartoon Network wants to be your Portland game building Valentine

I don’t know about you, but for me, games and cartoons seem like a perfect match. Creative, fantastical worlds. The ability to live outside of the confines of earthly physics. It’s really a blank slate. So combining the two? It could be amazing. That’s why I’m so excited to see what comes out of the Cartoon Network Game Jam, happening Valentine’s Day weekend.

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February 4th, 2016

Want to grab a beer? Let’s gather for Beer and Blog as Portland Startup Week draws to a close


Want to grab a beer? Let’s gather for Beer and Blog as Portland Startup Week draws to a close

The folklore is true. There used to be an event—back in the day—that would draw hundreds of folks from the Portland startup and tech scene together, every Friday. It was how many of us met one another, shared ideas, schemed, and discovered ways to connect and build the amazing community we have today.

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February 4th, 2016

Snowden recommended: Portland’s Crowd Supply hosts successful campaign for “The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen”


Snowden recommended: Portland’s Crowd Supply hosts successful campaign for “The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen”

It’s no secret that Portland loves its crowdfunding campaigns. We love it so much, we even build platforms for facilitating it. And those platforms wind up hosting any number of interesting projects. Like the campaign currently running on Portland based Crowd Supply, The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen.

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February 1st, 2016

Just like old times: Nice to have KGW swing by Portland Startup Week


Just like old times: Nice to have KGW swing by Portland Startup Week

Remember back in the day? When KGW used to hang out with the Portland startup scene more regularly? Well, it’s been a while. But it was great to have Cassidy Quinn swing by for a segment on Portland Startup Week during the Built Oregon panel. (I’d recommend watching it on mute, because I’m babbling like an idiot.)

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January 29th, 2016

Decisions, decisions: One Portland Startup Week event. That’s all we ask.


Decisions, decisions: One Portland Startup Week event. That’s all we ask.

I get it. First off, you’re super busy. Working on your startup. Building stuff. You’re heads down. You don’t have time to be lollygagging around all week, attending events. And even if you were thinking about attending Portland Startup Week, with more than 70 events from which to choose, it’s a bit daunting.

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January 28th, 2016

Don’t let your Slack worthy accomplishments vanish into the ether. Squash them.


Don’t let your Slack worthy accomplishments vanish into the ether. Squash them.

If you’re like me, you’re spending more and more time in Slack. Like, it’s becoming your dashboard for all activity. So the more you can pipe in or accomplish within the chrome of Slack, the happier you are. Which is why I’m really happy to see folks mucking with functionality that improves the Slack experience. Like Portland developer Aaron Parecki‘s Squash Reports.

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January 27th, 2016

Portland’s reinvestment of executive knowledge gains more momentum: Cedexis, Lytics, Rigado, and Vadio all tap experienced executives


Portland’s reinvestment of executive knowledge gains more momentum: Cedexis, Lytics, Rigado, and Vadio all tap experienced executives

Remember a few weeks ago when I was waxing philosophic about Bill Lynch joining Cloudability? And how maybe, just maybe, I had hoped that it was an indicator of things to come? Well, what could very well have been a one-off occurrence has been happening with more regularity in the past few weeks. With a number of local startups recruiting experienced executive talent—who bring with them their knowledge of how to grow successful Portland companies.

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January 26th, 2016

Effecting change entrepreneurially: PSU Elevating Impact Summit


Effecting change entrepreneurially: PSU Elevating Impact Summit

For many startups, “changing the world” has very little to do with “getting rich quick.” But those messages are often lost in our unicorn chasing startup existence. That’s why it’s great to see events like the PSU Elevating Impact Summit highlighting those founders who are using their entrepreneurial drive to champion efforts with social impact.

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January 21st, 2016

Civics as startup: Local startup founders form Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce


Civics as startup: Local startup founders form Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce

I don’t think I’m going to risk blowing anyone’s mind with the following statement: a number of our existing models for civic engagement are in dire need of a refresh. I know. Shocking. But it’s rare for startup minded types to spend time and energy on that sort of thing. Unless you’re in Portland.

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January 21st, 2016

Get your schedule on: Portland Startup Week 2016 releases preliminary schedule


Get your schedule on: Portland Startup Week 2016 releases preliminary schedule

I know. I know. I realize that most of you won’t make decisions about what Portland Startup Week events you’ll be attending until week of—some of you, day of. But just in case you want to do some preplanning, the preliminary Portland Startup Week schedule is available for your planning pleasure.

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January 15th, 2016

One good Week deserves another: If you like Portland Startup Week, you’ll love Design Week Portland


One good Week deserves another: If you like Portland Startup Week, you’ll love Design Week Portland

Portland’s Weeks are starting to become almost as prevalent as Portland’s Camps used to be. And that’s a good thing. Let’s take a second to step away from the most immediate Week—Portland Startup Week—to talk about another awesome upcoming Week that will be valuable to startups, Design Week Portland.

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