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December 19th, 2014

Five years ago, Portland’s startup scene was approaching the end of a very long and incredibly rewarding day


Five years ago, Portland’s startup scene was approaching the end of a very long and incredibly rewarding day

Every year, as the holidays roll around, I am reminded of a time when we—as a scrappy startup scene—all pulled together as a group to do something amazing. It was truly a first. And it was a fortifying moment for what the Portland startup scene and its friends could accomplish when we put our minds—and hearts—to it. This year, it’s the five year anniversary of that event. It was called 30 Hour Day.

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December 18th, 2014

Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.


Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.

Portland has seen a quiet resurgence in coworking and shared space activity as of late. Tech, makers, food, clothing… are all finding ways to collaborate in shared spaces. Even Starve Ups—the longest running accelerator in the area—is building out its footprint. But there are some young upstarts too. Like a new hackerspace in North Portland called CTRL-H.

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December 16th, 2014

Is that a richer profile or are you just happy to see me? Janrain acquires Arktan


Is that a richer profile or are you just happy to see me? Janrain acquires Arktan

Portland has been thinking about users and behavior and profiles for a while. Since Webtrends days. And because of that, we’re seeing a number of companies who are rethinking the ways we effectively use data to create better experiences for customers. Janrain is one of those companies. And today they got even better at it. By acquiring Arktan.

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December 12th, 2014

Celebrating founders and startups around the state with Built Oregon


Celebrating founders and startups around the state with Built Oregon

I’ve spent more than seven years annoying you with bad grammar and third-rate prose on Silicon Florist. And it’s been awesome to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing founders in the Portland startup scene. But for all the awesomeness of Portland, I also realize that Oregon is a big state. With even more amazing founders. That’s what attracted me to Built Oregon.

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December 12th, 2014

Why this has been an insanely—and historically—important week for the Portland startup scene


Why this has been an insanely—and historically—important week for the Portland startup scene

While Portland has been lucky to have a number of notable events in the startup scene—huge rounds of funding, sizable acquisitions, companies going public—it’s still more rare than we’d like. But momentum is gathering. And this week was a perfect example. That’s why I wanted to take a couple of seconds to highlight two important milestones: Tripwire was acquired and New Relic went public.

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December 11th, 2014

More than just a game: Oregon Video Game Association begins to form


More than just a game: Oregon Video Game Association begins to form

There are those rare times. You know, the ones. The ones when you know you’ve been lucky enough to be around at the formative stages. Times were you knew that you were witnessing the beginning of something special. You could feel the momentum building. And that’s just what it felt like tonight at OMSI as video game developers from around Oregon gathered.

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December 11th, 2014

How does Portland fare on the map of 6 billion geotagged tweets?


How does Portland fare on the map of 6 billion geotagged tweets?

Back in the early days of Twitter, Portland was often one of the more prominent towns on the platform. Getting topics to trend was a regular occurrence. And using the service to spread news and weather was commonplace.

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December 9th, 2014

Oregon video game industry says Game On


Oregon video game industry says Game On

Oregon has a long—and unfortunately not as celebrated as it should be—history with video games. For years, Eugene has had a wealth of talent with a series of name brand companies pursuing game development there. And Portland’s amazing indie gaming scene has been growing by leaps and bounds.

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December 4th, 2014

If you subscribe to one newsletter today, Portland Business Journal’s new Portland TechFlash should be the one


If you subscribe to one newsletter today, Portland Business Journal’s new Portland TechFlash should be the one

We’ve all got a lot to do. Surfing around to Web sites or paying attention to social sometimes falls by the wayside. That’s why I always love seeing new newsletters—because I basically live and die by email. If you’re the same, have I got a treat for you. The Portland Business Journal just launched a newsletter focused purely on startup tech.

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December 4th, 2014

Portland startup Supportland gets a surprise cameo in Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”


Portland startup Supportland gets a surprise cameo in Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

As you may have heard, Jerry Seinfeld was around Portland a while back. And now we know why. He was busy chatting with Fred Armisen of Portlandia for his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And there are a few surprises.

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December 3rd, 2014

Chipping away at those silos: Oregon Story Board and Citizen collaborate with PDC to visualize the Portland athletic and apparel industry


Chipping away at those silos: Oregon Story Board and Citizen collaborate with PDC to visualize the Portland athletic and apparel industry

For a small town of insanely creative people, Portland has its fair share of silos. Not intentionally, I don’t think. Just lots of creative folks who don’t venture very far beyond their own thoughtful flocks. And that’s why I’m always happy to see projects that break down some of those walls. For collaboration among groups. And one of those was just revealed.

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December 3rd, 2014

Like the Internet of Things? You might have some new plans this weekend, thanks to the Intel IoT Hackathon: Transportation


Like the Internet of Things? You might have some new plans this weekend, thanks to the Intel IoT Hackathon: Transportation

Portland is known for its hacking and geeking. And it’s also known for its transportation planning. So it only makes sense to combine those two, right? And that’s just what Intel is doing with its Internet of Things Hackathon: Transportation, this weekend.

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December 3rd, 2014

Rolling back to beta: Former Portland startup trades Video Sprint for Betabook


Rolling back to beta: Former Portland startup trades Video Sprint for Betabook

If you were around the Portland startup scene during the summer of 2012, you might remember KS12, a creative agency startup that focused on experimental storytelling. Even if their name does”t ring a bell, you may remember their film, Early Stage, about their experience at PIE. Well, quite a bit has changed since then—including their focus.

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December 2nd, 2014

‘Tis the season: Krumplr offers up an early gift to help you make and share holiday lists


‘Tis the season: Krumplr offers up an early gift to help you make and share holiday lists

While making to-do lists can be a task all year round, the holiday season brings with it a whole new level of frenetic list making activities. From wish lists to shopping lists to New Year’s resolutions, it seems like each and every one of us has more than our fair share of lists this time of year. It’s stressful. And bordering on organized chaos. But Portland’s Krumplr is looking to give you an early Christmas gift that could help.

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December 1st, 2014

Portland based House Special shares an awesome little internal animation project called “A Tale of Motion & Inertia”


Portland based House Special shares an awesome little internal animation project called “A Tale of Motion & Inertia”

If you’ve been to the movies recently, you might have managed to catch a little bit of magic from Portland’s House Special, the animation studio that recently spun out from Portland’s LAIKA—makers of Coraline, Paranorman, and The Boxtrolls. If you haven’t caught it yet, you might want to take a minute to watch what The Atlantic calls “the best 71 second animation you’ll watch today.”

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December 1st, 2014

Continue your holiday season celebrations with the Products and Beers happy hour


Continue your holiday season celebrations with the Products and Beers happy hour

Because they don’t want you to experience any sort of lull in merriment between your Thanksgiving festivities and the first holiday parties you’re attending, the folks at Assembly are throwing a happy hour while they’re in town for the Portland Startup Summit.

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