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January 27th, 2015

Given that Portland Startup Week officially starts on February 2, Groundhog Day seemed an appropriate theme


Given that Portland Startup Week officially starts on February 2, Groundhog Day seemed an appropriate theme

When Oregon native Andrew Hyde and I originally started chatting about Portland having its very own Startup Week—the concept that he, the Startup Weekend creator, had dreamed up to help towns celebrate their startup scenes—I was already toying with a few ideas. When he suggested that the launch date should be Groundhog Day, it was settled.

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January 26th, 2015

After nearly a decade of events, Mobile Portland is hanging up


After nearly a decade of events, Mobile Portland is hanging up

It’s no secret that the Portland startup scene boasts a wealth of events. And often, their specificity is as impressive as their programming—from obscure language user groups to hacks that mash together all matter of data and content. But, whenever someone asks what Portland tech event they should plan to attend, the first words out of my mouth—for almost eight years—have been “Mobile Portland.”

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January 22nd, 2015

Who’s the big winner here tonight…? Stand In. Stand In is the big winner. Well and Quick Left.


Who’s the big winner here tonight…? Stand In. Stand In is the big winner. Well and Quick Left.

I’m always happy to see people giving back to startups. Especially when it’s a Portland startup. And that’s why I am especially psyched to hear that Portland startup and PIE and TechStars alum Stand In is the winner of Quick Left’s “Adopt a Startup” contest.

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January 21st, 2015

Techtown Portland II: This time… it’s personal. Um, personal stories, that is.


Techtown Portland II: This time… it’s personal. Um, personal stories, that is.

You know I’m a sucker for a good Portland video. So here, as promised, is the new Techtown Portland video, a collaborative project among Portland’s tech and startup community designed to showcase folks who have relocated to Portland to pursue their careers. And like the previous Techtown Portland video, it does a good job of showing off both the interiors and exteriors of the Rose City.

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January 20th, 2015

There is another, Skywalker…. Well, and another Techtown Portland video featuring Portland startups and tech companies


There is another, Skywalker…. Well, and another Techtown Portland video featuring Portland startups and tech companies

[UPDATE] The new Techtown Portland video has been released. [/UPDATE] Remember 18 months ago when a bunch of Portland startups joined forces to create the Techtown Portland video? You know, the one that highlighted a few of the amazing startups in town? Well, turns out, there are even more awesome startups here than that video could handle. So they’re releasing a sequel. And you’re invited to the premiere.

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January 20th, 2015

REMINDER: Portland Lunch 2.0 travels out to Beaverton to meet OTBC


REMINDER: Portland Lunch 2.0 travels out to Beaverton to meet OTBC

It’s a new year and there’s no better way to kick it off than with a free lunch. And thanks to our friends out at OTBC in Beaverton, that’s exactly what’s happening, as they host the first Portland Lunch 2.0 of the year—and continue to solidify their position as the premier Beaverton Lunch 2.0 host.

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January 20th, 2015

The Patriots and the Seahawks won’t be the only ones busy on Super Bowl weekend: Sports Hack Day Portland


The Patriots and the Seahawks won’t be the only ones busy on Super Bowl weekend: Sports Hack Day Portland

Like many industries, the world of sports is full of awesome data and tons of ways to rethink the way a user experiences the product. That’s why this Super Bowl weekend a bunch of Portland technology types are going to get together to hack around—and maybe tune into the big game.

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January 14th, 2015

Opinion: TAO urges Portland City Council to proceed with caution on short-term rental regulations


Opinion: TAO urges Portland City Council to proceed with caution on short-term rental regulations

[Editor: The following is an opinion from the Technology Association of Oregon. Full disclosure, I am on the board of the TAO.]

This Wednesday, the Portland City Council will consider new proposals to enforce short-term rental regulations. It is critical that Commissioners take the time to carefully weigh and address legitimate individual privacy interests involved with the City’s desire to expand its enforcement authority.

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January 8th, 2015

Mobile Strategy for Today and Tomorrow: New Relic FutureTalk featuring HP, Simple, and Urban Airship


Mobile Strategy for Today and Tomorrow: New Relic FutureTalk featuring HP, Simple, and Urban Airship

Effectively employing mobile technology often involves impeccable timing. Reaching the customer when and where it is most appropriate and relevant. Speaking of timing… boy did we pick a time to talk mobile. Something tells me there are going to be quite a few mobile devices in use during this talk—given its proximity to the NCAA Football Championship game featuring the Oregon Ducks and some other team—but it should be a great discussion.

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January 7th, 2015

It is pitch black. You’re unlikely to be eaten by a grue. Meet Mayday! Deep Space.


It is pitch black. You’re unlikely to be eaten by a grue. Meet Mayday! Deep Space.

Without getting too philosophical. There are times. (NOTE: This is getting too philosophical, already.) There are times when you’re kind of there in a moment. And you realize that your perception has been nudged. Maybe tweaked. Maybe changed. But definitely nudged. And it’s some crazy work of art that has managed to do it. And I’ll be damned if Mayday! Deep Space hasn’t managed to do that to me.

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January 5th, 2015

Was one of your resolutions to be more social? Portland startup event organizers have combined forces to help you [UPDATE 2]


Was one of your resolutions to be more social? Portland startup event organizers have combined forces to help you [UPDATE 2]

[UPDATE] Just got word that this event is being rescheduled. More details after the break. [/UPDATE] What do you get when you mix NewTech PDX, 1 Million Cups Portland, and Portland Startup Happy Hour? Um. Okay. Well, I don’t know either. But how about if you mix all of those at the beginning of the year? Okay then. Now we’re cooking. That’s right. You get the Portland Launch 2015 event, a way for all sorts of startup types to kick off the new year with their peers.

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January 5th, 2015

Start off 2015 with some great (digital) stories: Oregon Story Board Demo Day is January 9


Start off 2015 with some great (digital) stories: Oregon Story Board Demo Day is January 9

In the world of startups and accelerators, Demo Days are always among the most inspiring and rewarding events—for both the audience and the startups. Nothing really does an equal job of providing an opportunity for promising founders to share their stories. And this year, we’re not wasting any time. We start demo-day-ing right away. Oregon Story Board is kicking things off with a Demo Day on January 9, 2015.

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January 5th, 2015

Already dominant in the Northwest, Bend Venture Conference on track to becoming premier angel conference in US


Already dominant in the Northwest, Bend Venture Conference on track to becoming premier angel conference in US

Oregon has this way of quietly building extremely successful organizations with little fanfare so that they suddenly seem to come out of nowhere as an “overnight success.” One such case is the Bend Venture Conference, which continues to set the standard for angel conferences in the Northwest.

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December 30th, 2014

What did Silicon Florist 2014 look like?


What did Silicon Florist 2014 look like?

Every year, as the year draws to a close, I like to go back and thumb through the stories that appeared on Silicon Florist. To take a look at everything from the companies mentions to the number of words I managed to shove into a mangled headline. And while I was mucking around, I thought it might be nice to get all retro and serve you up a year end word cloud.

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December 19th, 2014

Five years ago, Portland’s startup scene was approaching the end of a very long and incredibly rewarding day


Five years ago, Portland’s startup scene was approaching the end of a very long and incredibly rewarding day

Every year, as the holidays roll around, I am reminded of a time when we—as a scrappy startup scene—all pulled together as a group to do something amazing. It was truly a first. And it was a fortifying moment for what the Portland startup scene and its friends could accomplish when we put our minds—and hearts—to it. This year, it’s the five year anniversary of that event. It was called 30 Hour Day.

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December 18th, 2014

Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.


Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.

Portland has seen a quiet resurgence in coworking and shared space activity as of late. Tech, makers, food, clothing… are all finding ways to collaborate in shared spaces. Even Starve Ups—the longest running accelerator in the area—is building out its footprint. But there are some young upstarts too. Like a new hackerspace in North Portland called CTRL-H.

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