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February 27th, 2015

Looking for something fun and geeky for Saturday? Check out competitive robots!


Looking for something fun and geeky for Saturday? Check out competitive robots!

The Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics tournament is an annual competition modeled after varsity sports, pitting high school student teams and their full-size robots—some weighing hundreds of pounds and standing as much as six feet tall—against one-another on a playing field about the size of a basketball court.

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February 25th, 2015

Making the smart home more accessible to the rest of us


Making the smart home more accessible to the rest of us

No matter how much you love technology, getting into the magical world of smart homes can be daunting. Because it’s not immediately obvious how to do it. Or how much effort and money it will take. And if you’re renting, it’s nearly impossible—no matter how much technical acumen you possess. That’s why IOTAS is rethinking the way we engage with smart home technology, by building the infrastructure in at the start.

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February 25th, 2015

Portland’s ChickTech strives to bring its programs to more communities


Portland’s ChickTech strives to bring its programs to more communities

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Portland is a great R&D shop. Especially for ideas that involve community and collaboration. Test it here. Iterate. And then look for opportunities to repeat what you’ve learned. That’s why I’m super happy to hear that Portland’s ChickTech—a tech program designed to encourage high school girls and career level women to pursue technology careers—is looking to take its programming to a much larger stage.

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February 25th, 2015

Have an opinion on Portland taxis and services like Uber and Lyft? Let the Portland Bureau of Transportation know


Have an opinion on Portland taxis and services like Uber and Lyft? Let the Portland Bureau of Transportation know

Portland startup types are known for being fairly mellow about the way the City of Portland manages things. We’re not a terribly politically motivated crew, for whatever reason. But there are a few recent events—which directly impacted the way the City works with startups who are upending status quo—that have the community a little more engaged than usual. Perhaps no flashpoint has been more obvious than that whole Uber thing.

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February 24th, 2015

New resources for Eugene startups


New resources for Eugene startups

In many ways, Eugene is way ahead of the Portland startup scene—especially when it comes to the tightly knit gaming community. In other ways, Portland has taken the lead with some concepts. Whatever the case, it’s always nice to have a comparable community to gauge progress and share ideas. That’s why I’m psyched to share these new resources for the Eugene community.

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February 20th, 2015

Block by block: Help build Portland in Minecraft


Block by block: Help build Portland in Minecraft

Unless you’ve been under a redstone for the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly come across Minecraft, the game that allows multiple players to build, mine, and battle within a blocky 8-bit-esque environment. You can build practically anything there. And now, some folks have decided to recreate Portland on the platform.

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February 18th, 2015

Nike Women’s Hackathon is sold out… but you can still get on the waitlist


Nike Women’s Hackathon is sold out… but you can still get on the waitlist

Portland is home to its fair share of hackathons, but it’s not often that they’re held by major corporations in town. That’s why I’ve been watching the Nike Women’s Hackathon with interest. It’s sold out. But they have a waitlist if you’d like to sign up.

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February 12th, 2015

Long term stay: Airbnb’s Portland office is now officially open


Long term stay: Airbnb’s Portland office is now officially open

While we’ve all known about Airbnb‘s office in Portland for quite some time, it’s never quite official and real until there’s an office warming or something. Or maybe it’s a video. A video makes it really real. So, I guess Airbnb is really officially here here. In Portland.

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February 11th, 2015

Why work at Puppet Labs?


Why work at Puppet Labs?

You know me. I’m a sucker for a good video. Mostly because it means I don’t have to write a lot of copy. Err… I mean, you’ve seen me go all giddy over those Techtown Portland videos. But what’s even better? When you get a single startup showcasing what they’re trying to do. And how they work. And what makes them special. Whether they hype Portland or not. That’s why I was really happy to see this new video from Portland’s Puppet Labs.

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February 11th, 2015

If you love the outdoors so much, then why don’t you spend Valentine’s Day with it? And President’s Day for that matter


If you love the outdoors so much, then why don’t you spend Valentine’s Day with it? And President’s Day for that matter

One of the most popular reasons for relocating to the Northwest centers around “easier access to the outdoors.” Camping, hiking, boating, skiing… yada yada yada. I could go on and on. But sometimes having access and getting out are a little more far apart than they should be. That’s why Outdoor Project wants to help.

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February 11th, 2015

Portland Development Commission wants to hear your feedback on their five year strategic plan


Portland Development Commission wants to hear your feedback on their five year strategic plan

I know, I know. For many of us, a five minute strategic plan can seem like we’re planning too far ahead. But when it comes to economic development for a city the size of Portland, a little long term thinking can reap huge rewards. That’s why the Portland Development Commission is seeking feedback on their strategy for the next five years.

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February 9th, 2015

Indie.vc proposes new approach to funding startups — and it could be an awesome fit for Portland


Indie.vc proposes new approach to funding startups — and it could be an awesome fit for Portland

I don’t exactly remember where I happened upon Bryce Roberts’ post. But it definitely struck a chord. Any number of folks are discussing how venture capital is broken. But it seemed that few solutions were being offered. Indie.vc is a proposed solution that—at first blush—appears to resonate with some of the same thinking I’ve heard from founders in Portland.

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February 9th, 2015

REMINDER: New Relic FutureTalk discusses diversity and education in tech, this evening


REMINDER: New Relic FutureTalk discusses diversity and education in tech, this evening

One of the more positive aspects of the talent crunch—from which practically every company is suffering—is a renewed effort to diversify the talent base from which to hire. We’ve seen both code schools—organizations endeavoring to make education more accessible—and discussions about diversity continuing to flourish. New Relic’s FutureTalks is no different.

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February 3rd, 2015

Nice to have KGW swing by Portland Startup Week at Quick Left


Nice to have KGW swing by Portland Startup Week at Quick Left

I don’t know what it is. It’s probably just that I’m old. But there’s something about seeing something in print or on TV or hearing it on radio that makes it, well, more real. Possibly because you realize that it’s now kind of moved from something niche to something for the general public. So it was really nice to see Quick Left and Portland Startup Week getting a little love from KGW, this evening.

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February 3rd, 2015

New Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 features an appreciable number of startup types


New Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 features an appreciable number of startup types

There was a time in the Portland business world when the Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 provided an impressive list of young and talented service providers—lawyers, accountants, realtors, agencies—in the area. But very few of the folks selected—if any—were from the startup scene. I’m happy to say, that’s been changing. Gradually. But the latest list? Whoa. It’s chock full of tech talent.

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January 29th, 2015

Moving beyond typical tech talks: Portland Startup Week explores a variety of startups and discussions


Moving beyond typical tech talks: Portland Startup Week explores a variety of startups and discussions

It’s getting close now. Just a few days and we’ll soon be basking in Portland Startup Week, more than a week of interesting events focused on startups and entrepreneurs. But it’s designed to be a week for anyone and everyone. That’s why you’ll notice some of the programming and participants stepping beyond typical tech homogeneity.

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