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November 20th, 2014

Portland Code School points to growing number of women among its ranks


Portland Code School points to growing number of women among its ranks

As Executive Director of Portland Code School, I’m getting out and about a lot these days into Portland’s increasingly robust tech community, which is bristling with venture-funded entrepreneurial life. Our graduates are a foundational part of the ecosystem, helping to provide continuity of brain power for all these new enterprises.

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November 18th, 2014

Public comment: Oregon explores equity crowdfunding under the JOBS Act, proposing $250,000 total cap and $2500 per investor


Public comment: Oregon explores equity crowdfunding under the JOBS Act, proposing $250,000 total cap and $2500 per investor

As Oregon startups continue to search for ways to secure capital, the State of Oregon is proposing a rule to cover the concept of “equity crowdfunding,” the idea that small chunks of equity can be sold to potential investors outside of traditional fundraising or venture capital methods. The proposed rule caps the amount of capital raised with this sort of process at $250,000 and caps individual investments at $2500. The State is seeking public comment on the proposed rule.

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November 18th, 2014

Happy holidays make happy retailers: Portland’s Holiday E-Commerce Forum gathers platforms and sellers


Happy holidays make happy retailers: Portland’s Holiday E-Commerce Forum gathers platforms and sellers

While retailers are focused on increasing sales every day of the year, it becomes especially important near the end of the year. So as the holiday shopping season approaches, many retailers—both brick and mortar and online—are looking to get the most of their e-commerce platforms. That’s why Forix and Magento have put together Portland’s Holiday E-Commerce Forum.

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November 14th, 2014

Feeling social? Grab the Portland Startup Summit social pass for free


Feeling social? Grab the Portland Startup Summit social pass for free

I always like when events find ways to meet their bottom line and make their event accessible to as many people as possible. And that’s just what the Portland Startup Summit is doing. They’ve hit their numbers for paid attendees. So now, they’re offering up 100 social passes. For free.

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November 7th, 2014

Next week you could have a new startup: Portland Startup Weekend, November 14-16


Next week you could have a new startup: Portland Startup Weekend, November 14-16

One of the longest running—and arguably most successful—events in the Portland startup scene is Portland Startup Weekend, an event that regularly brings together everyone from people with ideas to the technologists at some of the largest tech companies in town. All in the name of building something awesome over a 54 hour period. And the next one is coming up November 14-16.

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November 6th, 2014

Start the new year off right… err left: Quick Left offers to adopt a seed stage startup for a month of free software development


Start the new year off right… err left: Quick Left offers to adopt a seed stage startup for a month of free software development

You’ve heard me say it a million times: development talent is hard to find. So when you get the chance to get a bunch of highly talented to help? I’m no genius, but I say you should jump at it. That’s why I’m recommending that you take a gander at Quick Left’s offer to adopt your seed stage startup.

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November 5th, 2014

Emergence of the marketing engineer: New Relic FutureTalk with Isaac Wyatt and Baxter Denney


Emergence of the marketing engineer: New Relic FutureTalk with Isaac Wyatt and Baxter Denney

Portland has a lot of tech. And Portland has a lot of marketing. But in the past, the two disciplines crossing over was a rarity. That’s starting to change as a new breed of marketing type becomes more and more prevalent: the marketing engineer. Join New Relic’s next FutureTalk to hear more about the concept.

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November 4th, 2014

Portland beacons: Meridian plays critical role in the release of Aruba Beacons and Levi’s Stadium implementation


Portland beacons: Meridian plays critical role in the release of Aruba Beacons and Levi’s Stadium implementation

Transitioning from a services company can often be a difficult—if not downright impossible—change, even if it’s from services to a virtual product. Let alone a physical product. But Portland’s Meridian—now part of Aruba Networks—has managed to make that change with spectacular results. Transitioning from Spotlight Mobile to Meridian to heading up efforts on Aruba’s new beacon technology. And all right here from Portland.

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October 28th, 2014

Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man


Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man

We like our weird in Portland. It’s true. We’re so weird, in fact, that we stole our “Keep Portland Weird” slogan from Austin, Texas. That’s how weird we are. So when a guy decides to sell shares in himself and allow shareholders to decide his fate, we’re like “Yeah. That happened.” But when Jason Bateman enters the picture, we have to take pause. Because, yeah. Shit just got weird.

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October 28th, 2014

Want to show your startup off at SXSW? It’s not too late to apply for the SXSW Accelerator


Want to show your startup off at SXSW? It’s not too late to apply for the SXSW Accelerator

With the return of typical damp and gloomy Portland weather, I wouldn’t be surprised if your thoughts were turning to more sunny and warm climes. Well, buck up. You’ve got the chance to get out of here in March and head down to Austin. Where it won’t be any drier, but it will be warmer. That’s right. It’s time to apply to the SXSW Accelerator for 2015.

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October 28th, 2014

Miss PIE Demo Day 2014? No worries. Here’s all of the awesomeness without all of the chit chat.


Miss PIE Demo Day 2014? No worries. Here’s all of the awesomeness without all of the chit chat.

While we always try to make PIE Demo Day an event for the community, it’s not always easy to break away from work to watch startup pitches. We get it. That’s why we livestream the whole thing. And one of the benefits of livestreaming is the fact that we can record all of the content at the same time. So if you thought you missed the event this year, you didn’t. Here are all of the pitches from PIE Demo Day 2014.

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October 23rd, 2014

Whatcha doing this weekend? That’s right. Hacking at Product Hunt Hackathon Portland.


Whatcha doing this weekend? That’s right. Hacking at Product Hunt Hackathon Portland.

Portland loves its hackathons. Hack hack hackity hack. So it’s always nice to see new ones springing up to provide a great excuse to get together and get creative with your peers. That’s why I’m happy to share that Portland folks will be hosting a hackathon this weekend to coincide with other Product Hunt—the new hotness for finding interesting new products—hackathons happening all over.

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October 22nd, 2014

Doubling down: Existing Urban Airship investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital participate in $12.1 million Series D


Doubling down: Existing Urban Airship investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital participate in $12.1 million Series D

It was nearly a $20 million day for investments in Portland startups. Earlier in the day, Lytics announced a $7 million Series A led by Comcast Ventures. And soon thereafter, Urban Airship announced that they had closed a $12 million Series D, with participation by existing investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital.

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October 22nd, 2014

Funding is only one of the impressive things about the Lytics announcement today


Funding is only one of the impressive things about the Lytics announcement today

If you haven’t caught the news, Lytics announced that they have raised a $7 million Series A led by Comcast Ventures, bringing their total funding to over $9 million. And while that’s headline worthy, there are a number of other things about this announcement that pique my interest—probably even more so than the cash.

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October 21st, 2014

Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections


Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections

I don’t think it’s any secret that Portland knows its beverages. With a thriving brewing and distilling scene, we’re lucky to have a wealth of knowledge within arms reach. And any number of bartenders and mixologist who are willing to help us with those decisions. But sometimes, you could use a little help. Like Lush, the drink making app.

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October 21st, 2014

PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device


PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device

Like any startup accelerator, PIE likes to make its demo days as accessible as it possibly can. We always host it in a big theater. But that sold out quickly, this year. So we added a simulcast venue thanks to our friends at eBay Portland. But now both of those venues are standing room only. So in order to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience the event, we’re going to be livestreaming PIE Demo Day again.

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