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July 29th, 2016

I miss you


I miss you

Hey. How have you been? It’s been a while. You’re looking good. And that new thing that you’re working on…? Yeah. It’s awesome. Really. So cool that you’re doing that. But honestly, we’ve all been so busy I feel like we’ve lost touch. And as much as I enjoy being snarky with you on the Twitters, seeing your adventures on Instagram, and sharing Snapchat filters, it would actually be really really good to see you in person. You know, all IRL and shit.

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July 29th, 2016

It’s like summer camp for makers: Maker Land


It’s like summer camp for makers: Maker Land

People are always talking about how folks from Oregon love the outdoors. They’re also always talking about how folks around here love to make things, from hobbyist pursuits to full blown businesses. And there was a time when we had more camps per capita than any tech community. Camp camp campy camp. So why not combine all of those things? That’s exactly what Max Ogden is doing with Maker Land.

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July 29th, 2016

Calling all Python types: PyDX 2016 call for proposals ends this weekend


Calling all Python types: PyDX 2016 call for proposals ends this weekend

While PyDX 2016 is still a ways off, the call for proposals is almost ready to close. So if you’re part of the Python community and want to talk at the event, you better get it on it. Applications close July 31, 2016.

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July 27th, 2016

Videos in the stream, that is what we are: Warner Music Group first major label to partner with Portland’s Vadio


Videos in the stream, that is what we are: Warner Music Group first major label to partner with Portland’s Vadio

Portland’s Amazon outpost, Elemental Technologies, isn’t the only company making waves in the world of streaming video. Vadio, a company that has been quietly helping folks access and stream video content, is making some interesting moves of its own. Like the announcement today that they’ve signed their first major label, Warner Music Group.

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July 26th, 2016

Reflecting on the importance of Reflect’s seed funding announcement


Reflecting on the importance of Reflect’s seed funding announcement

At first blush—and without context—something like today’s news from Portland startup Reflect might seem like a standard run of the mill funding announcement. The stuff the Bay Area sees umpteen times a day. But within the context of what’s happening around here in Portland? I see any number of interesting facets to this announcement.

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July 26th, 2016

Silver lining: Portland post mortems on startup failures provide guidance to would be founders


Silver lining: Portland post mortems on startup failures provide guidance to would be founders

In the world of startups, you always hear about “embracing failure.” That you need to be prepared. That your company may fail. That the vast majority of startup pursuits do. But being prepared—or at least thinking you’re prepared—doesn’t make it any easier. I get that. And that’s why I’m always appreciative when founders take the time to share what they’ve learned.

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July 26th, 2016

A sequel that promises to be better than the original: Pitch Black 2016


A sequel that promises to be better than the original: Pitch Black 2016

Some folks love inaugural events. Me? I’m more a fan of watching the growth, maturation, and progression of events as they take place again and again. There’s something to the repetition. And the ongoing improvement over time. That’s why I’m really looking forward to attending the second iteration of Portland’s Pitch Black.

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July 26th, 2016

Chatting with Output PDX about the Portland startup community


Chatting with Output PDX about the Portland startup community

Remember that new video interview series, I mentioned? Well, I got the chance to sit down with them to record an interview, recently. And now it’s available. If you’ve already eaten lunch, you may want to hold off. I don’t want to be responsible for you dozing off at work.

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July 25th, 2016

Summer school: Notion’s School of Little Data kicks off. (Don’t worry. It’s a happy hour.)


Summer school: Notion’s School of Little Data kicks off. (Don’t worry. It’s a happy hour.)

Sure. It’s summer break. But when it comes to getting more out of your data, there’s no vacation. Just more learning. That’s why Portland startup Notion is inviting you to the kickoff of their School of Little Data.

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July 25th, 2016

Coming out of stealth: StackPath decloaks, revealing a regional office in Portland


Coming out of stealth: StackPath decloaks, revealing a regional office in Portland

Portland is getting so popular for regional offices that we’ve even got regional startup offices in stealth mode. In fact, for months, I’ve been sitting a stone’s throw from the Portland contingent of an impressive company that just revealed what they’re building. Meet StackPath.

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July 25th, 2016

Cookie Shop: One new space for Instrument, one giant VR leap for the community


Cookie Shop: One new space for Instrument, one giant VR leap for the community

In order for communities to prosper and grow, the previous generation needs to take the time to give back to the upcoming generation—and future generations. It’s the only way to ensure that we have a sustainable and collaborative ecosystem. By providing access to resources and knowledge to those without.

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July 24th, 2016

Exploring the intersection of art, experience, and technology: dotdotdash’s New Forms Residency


Exploring the intersection of art, experience, and technology: dotdotdash’s New Forms Residency

There are those few rare times. When many seemingly different pursuits collide. And in so doing, they create an entirely new—and compelling—form of expression. You’ve likely lived through a couple of these times. And they seem to be happening with increasing regularity. The latest I’m tracking is the collision of technology, art, virtual/augmented reality, and physical space.

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July 22nd, 2016

Big shoes to fill: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network announces new executive director


Big shoes to fill: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network announces new executive director

For many of us, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network—and its earlier incarnation as the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum—was an organization that supported us through our formative stages as founders. Helping us build businesses in the state. Connecting us with other peers. Highlighting interesting companies. And bestowing awards upon the under recognized.

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July 22nd, 2016

Looking to do a little hacking this weekend? Looking to do a little hiring this weekend?


Looking to do a little hacking this weekend? Looking to do a little hiring this weekend?

Talent. It’s difficult to find. We get it. And even when you can find it, it can be difficult to ascertain whether the person has the exact skills you’re seeking. That’s why HackerRank is hosting the HackerRank TechHire CodeSprint (CamelCaseFTW!), this weekend, to help developers and employers connect more effectively around skills and needs.

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July 21st, 2016

Worth an integration: Mimic is a bot that learns to impersonate folks in Slack


Worth an integration: Mimic is a bot that learns to impersonate folks in Slack

There’s a whole bunch of experimentation with bots as of late. Some of it serious. Some of it silly. But it’s all pretty darn compelling. And Portland is no stranger to mucking around with these little buckets of artificial intelligence. Take Mimic, a new bot designed by the creative technologist over at Wieden+Kennedy‘s The Lodge.

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July 20th, 2016

Looking for interesting conversations with Portland personalities? Look no further than Output PDX


Looking for interesting conversations with Portland personalities? Look no further than Output PDX

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Portland is filled with tons of interesting people. Interesting people who generally—as luck would have it—seem to hide here because they’re not terribly self-promotional. Honestly, that was my inspiration to start Silicon Florist. And now it’s inspired others to start a new video interview show. Meet Output PDX.

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