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May 27th, 2015

Startup PDX Challenge alum NoAppFee.com launches beta


Startup PDX Challenge alum NoAppFee.com launches beta

It’s been a good week for the Startup PDX Challenge, a program launched by the Portland Development Commission to help incubate and accelerate early stage companies in town—an effort which has been further refined with them focusing on diverse founding teams. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ budget has some money earmarked to enhance the PDC’s efforts. And they have an alum who just launched a beta, NoAppFee.com.

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May 22nd, 2015

Your next meetup could be doing more to build community if it’s at The Oregon Public House


Your next meetup could be doing more to build community if it’s at The Oregon Public House

Portland’s tech startup industry is often closely intertwined with a number of other startups in town. Food carts. Coffeeshops. Bike shops. Restaurants. And of course, brewpubs. But the next time you’re looking for somewhere to host your tech meetup, you might want to consider The Oregon Public House.

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May 21st, 2015

Will I have anywhere to sit? Workfrom provides details on how busy popular Portland workspots are — in real time


Will I have anywhere to sit? Workfrom provides details on how busy popular Portland workspots are — in real time

We’ve all been there. You just need a few minutes of wifi and coffee before your next meeting. Or you’re looking for somewhere to hunker down for a while so you can focus. But you walk into your favorite spot and it’s completely slammed. Line out the door. Nowhere to sit. Don’t we have technology for this?

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May 20th, 2015

As part of the inaugural ThingWeek Portland, you are invited to hack #allthethings


As part of the inaugural ThingWeek Portland, you are invited to hack #allthethings

Portland is no stranger to a hackathons. Hack this. Hack that. Hack the other thing. Portland does it. From cranking code to soldering boards to rethinking civic data. Hacking is part of our collaborative and collegial nature as a community. And it’s a way that we explore technology with others. But usually not with a ton of other folks.

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May 20th, 2015

A new tech publication in the making: The Recompiler


A new tech publication in the making: The Recompiler

We can always use more voices talking about tech, making it more approachable, and helping folks feel welcome and involved. And when those publications are startups in their own right? All the better. That’s why I’m happy to see local community builder and developer Audrey Eschright taking to Indiegogo to underwrite the development of a new tech publication called The Recompiler.

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May 19th, 2015

Finding a focal point: Fleck continues to hone its product and attract a dedicated user base


Finding a focal point: Fleck continues to hone its product and attract a dedicated user base

When looking at the world of apps, many folks would think that the last thing the world needs is another photosharing app. But those folks might be wrong. Take a look at PIE alum Fleck, who is well on its way to proving that there are very real opportunities—by taking on the crowded photosharing app market with a product that focuses on the quality of content.

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May 19th, 2015

Portland startup Bigleaf Networks gets even bigger with nationwide rollout


Portland startup Bigleaf Networks gets even bigger with nationwide rollout

As we become more and more dependent on technology, we have become increasingly worried about single points of failure. That issue where one particular component of your technology stack can hiccup and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. So we have redundancy. And fail over. And load balancing. But there remains one incredibly critical single point for most everyone: our Internet connections.

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May 15th, 2015

If you had the opportunity to rethink a school campus, what would you do? St. Mary’s Academy begins discussions about their expansion


If you had the opportunity to rethink a school campus, what would you do? St. Mary’s Academy begins discussions about their expansion

It’s an interesting time in education. Models are changing. New ways of learning are being developed. And technology is impacting the learning environment as never before. So if you had the opportunity to start from scratch with a new building designed to educate high school girls—and it was smack dab in the core of Portland—what would you do? That’s the very question St. Mary’s Academy is asking. And you’re invited to join in the conversation.

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May 13th, 2015

Video saved the radio star: Portland startup Vadio lands key executive talent and more fuel in the tank


Video saved the radio star: Portland startup Vadio lands key executive talent and more fuel in the tank

While there are any number of things that make scaling a startup difficult, finding executive talent that can help transition the company through changes can be one of the most challenging. And it’s often something for which Portland gets dinged—that lack of seasoned executive talent. That’s why it’s nice to see Portland’s Vadio securing some impressive leadership and some more funding.

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May 8th, 2015

Spend some time with the Smartest Man in the World: Saul Colt swings by Portland


Spend some time with the Smartest Man in the World: Saul Colt swings by Portland

If you haven’t had the chance to hear Saul Colt speak, you’re missing out. I honestly can’t say enough nice things about the guy. And his incredibly creative way of viewing the world enables him to create really interesting ways of engaging with communities—on a shoestring. Which makes his special brand of thinking perfect for startups.

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May 6th, 2015

Plot twist: Your procrastination paid off. Oregon Story Board accelerator applications extended until May 17.


Plot twist: Your procrastination paid off. Oregon Story Board accelerator applications extended until May 17.

Well, would you look at that. You waited. And you waited. And you waited. You thought about it. You almost started it. And then you got sidetracked. Or you got timid. Why should I apply? Is my idea good enough? What if I’m not what they’re looking for? So you put it off. With the hopes that you would—oopie—miss the application period all together. Nice try. Oregon Story Board applications have been extended until May 17, 2015.

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May 6th, 2015

REMINDER: NW Technology Showcase takes place the evening of May 7


REMINDER: NW Technology Showcase takes place the evening of May 7

Portland can always use more opportunities to showcase all of the awesome things happening in town. And so that’s why I’m happy to see Viewpoint and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, bringing together a group of Portland startups for the NW Technology Showcase, tomorrow, May 7.

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May 4th, 2015

After making file sharing easier, Droplr makes it cheaper. As in free.


After making file sharing easier, Droplr makes it cheaper. As in free.

In this day and age, we’re constantly sharing stuff. Files, articles, screenshots, videos. Share share share. All this content to spread around. So it’s nice to have tools like Droplr to help with that sharing. Just drag and drop and you’ve got a link. Or just grab a screenshot and fire it off. And now, Droplr just got better. As in cheaper.

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April 30th, 2015

They grow up so fast: Puppet Labs is 10


They grow up so fast: Puppet Labs is 10

It seems like just yesterday that Reductive Labs was moving to Portland. And now look at them, all grown up. In a big new office. With amazing customers. It’s great to see Puppet Labs hitting the 10 year mark.

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April 30th, 2015

Go for the Gold: Athletepath introduces membership offering for amateur competitive athletes


Go for the Gold: Athletepath introduces membership offering for amateur competitive athletes

Being a competitive individual athlete can often be a lonely existence. Hours of training. Miles and miles on the road. Even the competitions have you stuck in your head as you plan your race. That’s why Athletepath has helped thousands of amateur competitive athletes rally their fans to support their races. And now, they’re doing even more for those athletes. With Athletepath Gold.

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April 29th, 2015

Startups thrive on stress, right? Awesome. Here are four deadlines you’re in danger of missing.


Startups thrive on stress, right? Awesome. Here are four deadlines you’re in danger of missing.

I know, I know. You’ve got a lot on your startup plate. You’re building. You’re hustling. You’re hustling your build. And you’re building your hustle. But you’ve got to pick your head up from time to time and realize that’s a whole wide world out there placing unrealistic demands on you—perhaps even more unrealistic than those you place upon yourself.

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