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June 22nd, 2016

Getting personal: Lytics Personalization provides a simple way to customize content for a wide variety of web visitors


Getting personal: Lytics Personalization provides a simple way to customize content for a wide variety of web visitors

Remember back in the old days of the web? You know, back when “the Web” was actually a proper noun? When we all got served up the same silly banner advertisement or message every time we visited a site? With the prevalence of personalization the web now affords, that seems trite and dated. But it’s still not easy. Unless you’re using Portland startup Lytics’ newest offering, Lytics Personalization.

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June 17th, 2016

Rose City (Tetris) ‘Til I Die


Rose City (Tetris) ‘Til I Die

The Portland Timbers are no strangers to the world of video games. I mean, they had that little game where Timber Joey bravely lopped of the heads of encroaching Seattle Flounders. But now, the Timbers Army is getting their own treatment, inspired by something for which the Army is well known—one of its chants.

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June 17th, 2016

Buy low: How Portland got creative with funding for startups amidst an awful recession


Buy low: How Portland got creative with funding for startups amidst an awful recession

To many folks in the startup community, the Portland Seed Fund has always been here. It’s become such a prominent part of the early stage investments in town. But it wasn’t always that way. And it took some foresight from a variety of local leaders to bet on spending when the economy was in the doldrums to make it happen.

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June 17th, 2016

What investors want startups to know: A conversation with Corey Schmid of Seven Peaks Ventures


What investors want startups to know: A conversation with Corey Schmid of Seven Peaks Ventures

It’s no secret that there’s a limited number of investors in Oregon. Which means there’s not a lot of crossover between the startup investment community—unless folks are raising. But there aren’t a lot of conversations, information sharing, or mutual understanding. It’s often just checks—or lack thereof. That’s why it’s always nice to hear from the investors, firsthand, about their world and what sort of things they’re looking for.

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June 15th, 2016

Continuing the momentum: Portland Startup Weekend Latino takes place June 24-26, 2016


Continuing the momentum: Portland Startup Weekend Latino takes place June 24-26, 2016

Much to its credit, Portland is really good at starting things. At trying new stuff. And at leveraging its culture of curiosity and experimentation in ways that result in really interesting concepts. What it’s not often good at is doing something for a second time. And that’s why it’s awesome to see Portland Startup Weekend Latino capitalizing on its momentum from last year to run the for a second year.

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June 14th, 2016

Sounds like a unique product: Audibility approaches the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign


Sounds like a unique product: Audibility approaches the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign

Maybe it’s just me, but my in-ear headphones? They spend more time out-of-ear. As in falling out of my ear. No matter how beautifully designed. They just fall out. A lot. That’s why I’m looking forward to the end of this successful Kickstarter campaign from Portland startup Audibility. So that I can finally have some headphones that stay in.

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June 10th, 2016

A Portland startup just won the People’s Choice Award at the 1776 Challenge Cup Global finals


A Portland startup just won the People’s Choice Award at the 1776 Challenge Cup Global finals

Nothing like ending the week on a good note. Portland startup NoAppFee, an alum of the Startup PDX Challenge incubator, and winner of the 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland and 1776 Challenge Cup Regional: San Francisco competitions has just walked off stage as the winner of the People’s Choice for the 1776 Challenge Cup Global event.

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June 10th, 2016

Geek out like it’s your job


Geek out like it’s your job

When I’m referencing things that point to Portland’s way of doing technology differently, I’ll often talk about the open source community, our culture of curiosity, and our vibrant user group communities. But the capper I’ll usually throw in there is, “Heck. We even have a nonprofit in town that helps people become geeks—or at least geekier.”

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June 9th, 2016

A Tweetstorm about venture capital, racism, technology, money, and love


A Tweetstorm about venture capital, racism, technology, money, and love

Used to be, back in the day, folks would blog. And sometimes, I’d take a snippet of those amazing blog posts and try to raise the volume a little bit. By posting on my own blog. But that doesn’t happen as much these days. Or when it does, it tends to happen on platforms that have their own volume mechanisms. But Portland founder Mara Zepeda just wrote something that I wanted to make sure that you saw. And so I’m trying to raise the volume a bit. Like we used to.

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June 9th, 2016

With Meyer Memorial Trust funding, Portland’s Elevate Capital further outlines thesis and check sizes


With Meyer Memorial Trust funding, Portland’s Elevate Capital further outlines thesis and check sizes

It’s always interesting to watch companies form. And while my vantage point usually has me monitoring startups, I’ve got to say that following along with the founding, formation, and funding of a venture capital firm is equally interesting. And likely has some valuable learnings for everyone. That’s why I was drawn to today’s news from Elevate Capital, our newest homegrown fund.

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June 9th, 2016

It’s hip(ster) to be Square: Portland has more Square Readers than anywhere else


It’s hip(ster) to be Square: Portland has more Square Readers than anywhere else

With Portland’s proclivity for food carts, coffeeshops, and farmers’ markets—among other small retail and craft oriented pursuits—it probably comes as little surprise that we are home to more Square Readers than anywhere else on earth. What may come as a surprise, however, is that Square wants to help the Rose City celebrate that fact.

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June 8th, 2016

Six local tech startups emerge from Portland Seed Fund’s latest class


Six local tech startups emerge from Portland Seed Fund’s latest class

Early stage activity in town has quieted a bit. Not really calmed down. Just quieted down. That’s why it’s always nice to see some folks making some noise. And showing investors what’s going on in town. Which is exactly what the Portland Seed Fund is doing today with their latest class—which includes six local tech companies.

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May 24th, 2016

That escalated quickly: Join the free Portland community job fair on June 1 at the Falcon Building


That escalated quickly: Join the free Portland community job fair on June 1 at the Falcon Building

The Portland startup community—and honestly the Portland community at large—never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, I posted a quickly penned request for the community to consider rallying support for those nearly 800 local folks affected by the Intel layoffs. I expected that a handful of us might be able to throw something useful together. Suffice it to say that I never expected we’d be where we are today. With nearly 200 companies supporting this effort and a free job fair planned for June 1, 2016.

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May 24th, 2016

Founders of AppNexus and WeWork went to high school together… in Eugene


Founders of AppNexus and WeWork went to high school together… in Eugene

Not a day goes by that Oregon doesn’t bemoan its perceived inability to grow the type of talent that builds billion dollar companies. But fact of the matter is we do create that kind of talent. Retention is more of the issue. And sometimes, even if we lose the founders, their impact is still felt locally. Cases in point, AppNexus and WeWork. Whose founders met in high school. In Eugene.

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May 20th, 2016

GeekWire names Portland’s Reflect one of the best pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day


GeekWire names Portland’s Reflect one of the best pitches at Techstars Seattle Demo Day

You know me. I love a good Demo Day. And I love it even more when there are awesome Portland companies on stage. So wouldn’t you know it, when Techstars Seattle holds a Demo Day and there’s a Portland company on stage…? It’s going to be post worthy. And GeekWire calling them out only makes it moreso. Meet Reflect.

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May 20th, 2016

Thinking “Beyond the Valley”


Thinking “Beyond the Valley”

When I first started this blog—way back in the dark ages of this current generation of Portland startups—it seemed that time and time again the prevailing wisdom was “move to the Valley.” And that left a bit of a mark on me. So I can’t help but be lifted every time someone provides a counter argument to that thinking, especially when it has an eye toward the future. Like this TechCrunch piece by Eugene’s Pat McCarthy.

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