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April 15th, 2014

Pouring fuel on the fire: Beaverton’s Act-On Software raises $42 million


Pouring fuel on the fire: Beaverton’s Act-On Software raises $42 million

Yeah, yeah. I know I was really working on not hyping funding announcements, this year, but this one seemed to warrant a post. Especially given the amount of the raise and the company raising it. Act-On Software has raised $42 million, led by Technology Crossover Ventures.

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April 14th, 2014

We’re putting the band back together: Urban Airship cofounders reunite in Portland to take on the next phase of the company


We’re putting the band back together: Urban Airship cofounders reunite in Portland to take on the next phase of the company

Sure sure. You’ve heard the stories before. Cofounders reuniting to pursue another venture or found another company. Those are regular occurrences. What’s not so regular is when those cofounders reunite to run the same company. But that’s exactly what’s happening with Portland’s Urban Airship.

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April 11th, 2014

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords controlled by teenagers


I, for one, welcome our robot overlords controlled by teenagers

It’s that time of year again. You know, the annual robot invasion. Students and their robots have once again taken over Memorial Coliseum for today and tomorrow. And you’re invited to join in on the technical carnage that is this entertaining bot vs bot competition.

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April 10th, 2014

Here’s the roadmap to the camp: ProductCamp Portland happens this weekend


Here’s the roadmap to the camp: ProductCamp Portland happens this weekend

You know Portland. It’s all camp camp campity camp. Camp this. Camp that. It’s just how we roll. The more camps, the merrier. That’s what I always say. So it’s nice to see ProductCamp Portland drawing a group of product focused types together. And throwing a little AngularJS is the mix to boot..

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April 9th, 2014

I don’t always get scooped, but when I do, I get scooped by TechCrunch: Moot rebrands as Muut


I don’t always get scooped, but when I do, I get scooped by TechCrunch: Moot rebrands as Muut

Now, let’s be honest here. Silicon Florist? Not exactly a “breaking news blog.” Usually, I’m not chasing exclusives or publishing as embargoes expire. But I tend to be lucky enough to know when Portland news is breaking—whether I actually act on it or not. Except for today. When I got fully scooped as Muut (nee Moot) hit TechCrunch with news of their rebrand and initial funding.

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April 9th, 2014

From one Reedie to another: Switchboard inherits Demolicious Cup from fellow Reed alum at Knock


From one Reedie to another: Switchboard inherits Demolicious Cup from fellow Reed alum at Knock

You just have to love Demolicious. I mean, where else can you get compelling demos of amazing startup technology—sometimes, even before it’s ready for prime time—in a really laid back and truly Portlandy competition? (Hint: You’re supposed to say “Nowhere!”) And last night, didn’t disappoint.

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April 9th, 2014

Looking for more exposure for your startup? There’s still time to apply to SXSW V2V


Looking for more exposure for your startup? There’s still time to apply to SXSW V2V

In today’s market, getting above the noise can be a challenge for any startup. Sometimes, getting on stage can be the best way of getting your message out to the right people. And thanks to the folks at SXSW, there’s a new compelling way to do so. Meet SXSW V2V.

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April 8th, 2014

Smash hit? Geek out on the Marvel universe thanks to Orchestrate and Stand In


Smash hit? Geek out on the Marvel universe thanks to Orchestrate and Stand In

People geek out about a bunch of different things. And sometimes, those geeky endeavors have a great deal of crossover. Like comic books and tech. So imagine my geeky giddiness at the latest Portland side project using the Orchestrate platform: a visual exploration of the Marvel universe called MarvelousDB.

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April 3rd, 2014

Civic data hackathon: Hack Oregon hacks on campaign funding data, April 5


Civic data hackathon: Hack Oregon hacks on campaign funding data, April 5

There was a time—a few years back now—when the City of Portland was actively engaged in hackathons. And open data. And engaging with the tech community. That initial momentum has subsided in recent years, but luckily a group of citizens is continuing the charge—with state level data. Meet Hack Oregon.

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April 3rd, 2014

If WSU Vancouver had posted “Mt Hood” photo two days earlier, they would have seemed like comedic geniuses


If WSU Vancouver had posted “Mt Hood” photo two days earlier, they would have seemed like comedic geniuses

So… mountains. They’re big. They’re often covered with snow. They crop up here and there in the Northwest. And if you squint just right, they can be pretty darn hard to tell apart. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. Because tonight, the local Twitter crowd is getting many a laugh thanks to WSU Vancouver’s Twitter account accidentally mislabeling Washington’s Mt St Helens as Oregon’s Mt Hood.

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April 3rd, 2014

Amid controversy, Brendan Eich resigns Mozilla CEO position


Amid controversy, Brendan Eich resigns Mozilla CEO position

Mozilla has a significant presence here in Portland. And many of their employees have been critical participants in forming and maintaining the community we have here. That’s why I felt it was important to highlight that their recently appointed CEO has stepped down.

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April 2nd, 2014

Within arm’s reach: New SDK from OnTheGo Platforms promises to make gesture recognition accessible to Google Glass apps


Within arm’s reach: New SDK from OnTheGo Platforms promises to make gesture recognition accessible to Google Glass apps

If you’ve ever mucked around with Google Glass, Siri—heck, any voice-command driven interface—you realize that communicating with our intelligent object friends can sometimes be a lesson in futility. But now, the next time these moments of fist-shaking Glass frustration occur, you may find that you can actually put those gestures to good use. Thanks to Ari, the new Augmented Reality Interface SDK from Portland’s OnTheGo Platforms.

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April 2nd, 2014

Let the procrastination begin: PIE opens applications for its next class of startups


Let the procrastination begin: PIE opens applications for its next class of startups

Ah spring! Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming. And the stress levels are about to rise significantly as you start to weigh your options for startup accelerators—and whether that model is even right for your company. Portland Seed Fund is already well underway. And now, local startup accelerator PIE has opened applications for its next class.

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April 1st, 2014

Seeking perfection: TEDxPortland returns April 12 with Perfect


Seeking perfection: TEDxPortland returns April 12 with Perfect

TEDxPortland is back, celebrating its fourth year of bringing interesting folks—a few of whom are interesting tech folks—to stage to share their ideas and inspiration. This year’s theme? Perfect.

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March 26th, 2014

Portland, Oregon, is the inaugural Airbnb Shared City


Portland, Oregon, is the inaugural Airbnb Shared City

Portland is often recognized for its urban planning and livability. And those of us around these parts tend to stick around because of it. Well, now one of the newest startups to call Portland home, is reveling in that exact same thing. Airbnb has named Portland its first “Shared City.”

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March 26th, 2014

What’s the going rate for a junior developer in Portland?


What’s the going rate for a junior developer in Portland?

We’ve all heard about—or directly suffered through—the shortage of development talent that plagues the startup scene. And it’s no different in Portland. Talent is at a premium. But what exactly does that scarcity do to the costs for today’s startups? Ted Timmons spent some time digging into that question.

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