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September 26th, 2016

Master of Puppet: Luke Kanies transitions Puppet CEO role to Sanjay Mirchandani


Master of Puppet: Luke Kanies transitions Puppet CEO role to Sanjay Mirchandani

I’ve had the pleasure of covering Puppet ever since they relocated to Portland. Back when they were called Reductive Labs. And throughout that time, founder Luke Kanies has been at the helm. But today, that all changed.

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September 26th, 2016

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 26, 2016

Kicking off this week with links that include Econotechtrics on Portland, Treehouse teaches VR, Little Bird releases new features, an invitation to Consano, building stronger communities from the Latino Network, a new home for Hack Oregon, attending AutomaCon, a new take on employee stock options, and despite a stumble, Portland still gets to participate in Smart Cities.

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September 23rd, 2016

A couple of perfectly wacky Portland projects for your weekend


A couple of perfectly wacky Portland projects for your weekend

One of the things that inspired me to start writing this blog, long long ago, was each interesting little side project that folks would dream up. They weren’t businesses. They weren’t commercialized. They were little experiments. Driven by Portland’s culture of curiosity and a hobbyist like imagination. So I thought I’d share a couple of contemporary experiments that reminded me of those days.

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September 22nd, 2016

Accelerating with our neighbors to the north: Curious about Techstars Seattle?


Accelerating with our neighbors to the north: Curious about Techstars Seattle?

As the early stage accelerator scene in Portland has cooled a bit, many of our companies have been looking to resources outside of the Rose City to help them during their formative stages. It probably comes as no surprise that Y Combinator and Techstars are shouldering the bulk of the load. But, there’s one Techstars program, in particular, that has been incredibly supportive of Portland startups and accelerators since way back in the day: Techstars Seattle.

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September 20th, 2016

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 20, 2016

For links today, rallying Portland founders to help one another, tracking TriMet, understanding the call of entrepreneurship, understanding that it’s not about race, and the entire history of Kickstarter city by city.

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September 20th, 2016

Game on: PIGSquad is officially a 501(c)3 nonprofit


Game on: PIGSquad is officially a 501(c)3 nonprofit

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Portland is a great town for mission driven startups. Maybe that’s why we’re home to more nonprofits per capita that any city in the US. But we can always use more—especially when they’re focused on new industries and startups. That’s why I’m happy to share that PIGSquad, the Portland Indie Game Squad, is officially among the nonprofits around here.

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September 20th, 2016

24 hours of TriMet in three minutes


24 hours of TriMet in three minutes

What if you could watch every single TriMet vehicle at the same time? Seeing the migratory patterns of vehicles as they traverse around town. Well, thanks to Eugene’s Moonshadow and their DB4IoT, you can. But you don’t have to watch in real time. They’ve captured 24 hour of activity and have compressed it to three minutes.

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September 20th, 2016

By founders, for founders: Founders United Network helps Portland founders help one another


By founders, for founders: Founders United Network helps Portland founders help one another

One of my favorite things about founders is that they’re problem solvers. Problem solvers who don’t wait for permission. They just see stuff that’s broken. And they come up with creative ways to fix it. So it should come as no surprise that—given the dearth of early stage startup support in the Portland area as of late—that a founder is looking to solve that problem. Introducing Founders United Network.

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September 19th, 2016

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 19, 2016

Today’s links feature OEN award winner Tyrone Poole, black and latina women founders, Steve Case says Peter Thiel is wrong, and venture capital is one hell of a drug.

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September 16th, 2016

Do or Donut.js. There is no try.


Do or Donut.js. There is no try.

What if there were an awesome new JavaScript gathering? One that had interesting speakers, opportunities to meet other JavaScript types… and donuts? And what if all proceeds from the event went to a deserving charity? What? That sounds way too amazing. Well, get ready to be amazed. By Donut.js.

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September 16th, 2016

Like startups? Want to spend more time on the Oregon coast? RAIN has the gig for you


Like startups? Want to spend more time on the Oregon coast? RAIN has the gig for you

One of my favorite things about the ever increasing popularity of startups is the fact that they’re no longer beholden to any single location. You don’t have to be in the Valley. You don’t have to be in the city. You just have to start. Wherever you are. So it makes sense that organizations designed to support entrepreneurs are extending their resources to help.

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September 15th, 2016

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 15, 2016

Today on the precious linkses, Puppet hires new execs, Semaphoria unveils new Uncorked awesomeness, Miru takes on a white male dominated industry, Brian Michael Bendis provides business guidance from the world of comics, and more.

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September 14th, 2016

Experiencing issues with access to capital? PDC wants to hear about it


Experiencing issues with access to capital? PDC wants to hear about it

Over the past few years, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) has taken an increasingly active role in helping early stage startups through the Startup PDX Challenge. But they do more than that. They’ve helped thousands of small and medium sized business secure capital. Still, they realize that there is always room for improvement.

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September 14th, 2016

Continuing the conversation about early stage investment in the Portland startup community


Continuing the conversation about early stage investment in the Portland startup community

Last week, I shared a post written by a Portland founder, recounting his experience while working to raise early stage capital, here in Portland. The post immediately sparked a conversation among Portland founders. And soon, Portland investors joined the conversation, as well.

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September 14th, 2016

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 14, 2016

Today’s links include a retrospective on the last XOXO, a perspective on being a woman in technology, how Portland and Seattle employ talent differently, rallying Portland startups to help Street Roots, Brazi Bites shares Bootstrapping 101, and semifinalists for the Bend Venture Conference.

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September 13th, 2016

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 13, 2016

In today’s links, questioning if startup accelerators and innovation districts really work, announcing the winner of the Foot Locker and PENSOLE design challenge, IOTAS impresses Oregon BEST, Eugene RAIN, and new directions for Free Geek.

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