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September 23rd, 2014

Former Jive CEO’s new startup, RipFog, hosts inaugural meetup, Thursday, September 25


Former Jive CEO’s new startup, RipFog, hosts inaugural meetup, Thursday, September 25

When Dave Hersh stepped aside as the CEO of Jive, we all hoped—or maybe knew—that it would only be a matter of time before he got back into the startup game. And while we’ve heard rumors here and there about what his latest effort, RipFog, is up to, Thursday marks the first public event in which they’re engaging.

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September 22nd, 2014

How accessible is startup funding in Oregon? University of Oregon releases Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is Drawn


How accessible is startup funding in Oregon? University of Oregon releases Oregon Capital Scan: A Line is Drawn

Over the past few years, the chorus of Portland tech startups bemoaning a lack of access to capital has receded a bit. Because some of the problem that plagued startups of previous generations has been resolved with local funding resources. And a great deal more has been resolved by companies finding capital outside of the state. But what is the availability of capital in Oregon, these days? Is it improving? The Oregon Capital Scan aims to answer that question.

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September 19th, 2014

To and fro: Visualizing car2go migratory patterns in Portland


To and fro: Visualizing car2go migratory patterns in Portland

Because I am fairly sure that any idea I come up with has already been conceived and built, I mused out loud on Twitter that I would really love to see a time lapse of car2go vehicles and how they migrate through Portland on a daily basis. Of course, the Internet delivered.

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September 18th, 2014

Maybe it should be Forage? Forge launches accelerator designed to bolster local food startups


Maybe it should be Forage? Forge launches accelerator designed to bolster local food startups

You have to love Forge. The upstart coworking space is moving quickly, gaining traction, and working really hard to bring compelling programming to the community. And their latest venture opens up a whole new community for them. Forge has launched a food accelerator.

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September 16th, 2014

Blame it on the rain: Leave it to Oregon to have multiple types of startup focused RAIN efforts


Blame it on the rain: Leave it to Oregon to have multiple types of startup focused RAIN efforts

It’s been said that Eskimos have a variety of words for snow. So it would only stand to reason that we Oregonians would be equally drawn to our own favorite form of precipitation. And even use it as means of identification. Potentially even using it to as an acronym. To name startup accelerators. Or investment funds. Or something. Maybe. I’m saying “Maybe.”

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September 15th, 2014

A little help for a big help: Treehouse could use your vote to bolster Code Oregon


A little help for a big help: Treehouse could use your vote to bolster Code Oregon

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times—and you’ve had to listen to it every time I say it: finding development talent is the biggest problem holding back most startups, these days. And Oregon is no different. That’s why Portland’s Treehouse launched Code Oregon, a project designed to create 10,000 new developers. And now, Treehouse could use a little help of their own.

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September 15th, 2014

Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”


Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”

Portland’s affection for Internet of Things continues to grow. And there’s no better place to keep tabs on what’s happening than Thing Tuesday, Portland’s monthly IoT meet up. This month is no different, as September 16, Thing Tuesday brings a number of awesome speakers to the stage.

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September 12th, 2014

Portland culture club: FMYI uses its powers for good


Portland culture club: FMYI uses its powers for good

[Editor: We continue our series, hearing about what makes culture at Portland companies unique---directly from their employees. This time around it's one of Portland's leading B Corps, FMYI.]

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September 11th, 2014

Fast AND free? Instacart offers Portland folks free deliveries for a month


Fast AND free? Instacart offers Portland folks free deliveries for a month

As you may have heard, Instacart has opened up a Portland operation. The service allows you to order from a variety of local stores with delivery in an hour. And folks around here are eating it up. But if you haven’t had a chance to try Instacart yet, today might a good day to do .

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September 9th, 2014

Design Rocks: Ziggy played guitar. You can play a role in bringing him back from Mars


Design Rocks: Ziggy played guitar. You can play a role in bringing him back from Mars

It’s always nice to see people breaking down silos. And crossing over genres. And media. Portland needs more of that. That’s why I’m intrigued by a local Indiegogo project looking for raise funds for a “Rock ’n’ Roll Art & Design Gala from Mars” to be held during Design Week Portland.

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September 8th, 2014

And the award goes to… Startup PDX Challenge and Oregon Story Board both reveal companies


And the award goes to… Startup PDX Challenge and Oregon Story Board both reveal companies

Fall is always an exciting time in the world of Portland startups. Well okay. It’s always an exciting time. But go with me here. The summer vacations are wrapping up. And folks are desperately sprinting to complete efforts before the holiday slowdown hits. So it’s a good time to get a little help from the community, like the Startup PDX Challenge and Oregon Story Board. Both of whom announced new classes, last week.

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September 8th, 2014

REMINDER: Working on a startup? Portland Seed Fund will hear your pitch tonight… and buy you a beer


REMINDER: Working on a startup? Portland Seed Fund will hear your pitch tonight… and buy you a beer

It’s that time of year again. Time for you to stick your neck out and to start telling other folks about that startup you’re building. And there’s no better place to start than Portland Seed Fund. Because they’ll listen politely to your pitch—and then buy you a beer.

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September 4th, 2014

Portland culture club: Switchboard is about community


Portland culture club: Switchboard is about community

[Editor: Part of our ongoing series about company culture, written by employees of the company. AppNexus---who is building a regional office in Portland---kicked it off. Next up is Portland startup Switchboard. Sound like an awesome place to work? Switchboard is hiring.]

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September 2nd, 2014

What I did this summer: Show & Tell with PDX Creative Coders


What I did this summer: Show & Tell with PDX Creative Coders

One of the best things about Portland is its creative energy. And its willingness to experiment. Perhaps nowhere is that more obvious than the intersection of design and tech. Where folks are building all kinds of wacky stuff. To express themselves. And to see what they can do. And if you’re interested in what they can do, you’re in luck. It’s time for another Show & Tell with PDX Creative Coders.

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September 2nd, 2014

The next chapter: Telling the stories of the founders and startups who have Built Oregon


The next chapter: Telling the stories of the founders and startups who have Built Oregon

When I started Silicon Florist a little over seven years ago, it was because I saw a need. I was lucky enough to get to hang out with a bunch of awesome technology folks who were wrestling with interesting problems. And who were taking risks. And starting things. But they weren’t spending a great deal of time telling their stories.

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August 29th, 2014

$13 million man: Coolest Cooler marks a turning point in Kickstarter history


$13 million man: Coolest Cooler marks a turning point in Kickstarter history

It kind of struck me when I heard someone talking about it on the radio, this morning. And the DJ didn’t really even mention Portland. And he had to explain what Kickstarter was. But he was highlighting how a project had just surpassed the all-time funding record for Kickstarter. And that it was a cooler. Not any cooler mind you. The Coolest Cooler.

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