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September 3rd, 2015

Betting it’s for more than 4K: Quintessential Portland startup Elemental acquired by Amazon Web Services


Betting it’s for more than 4K: Quintessential Portland startup Elemental acquired by Amazon Web Services

As long as I’ve been banging on a keyboard about this whole Portland startup scene thing, there’s been one company that has been referenced in any Portland startup conversation: Elemental. And now, it’s a startup no longer. Elemental Technologies is being acquired by Amazon Web Services.

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September 2nd, 2015

Considering the new Portland Inclusive Startup Fund Manager role? Get more details on Thursday


Considering the new Portland Inclusive Startup Fund Manager role? Get more details on Thursday

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) has opened a request for information as part of its search for someone to manage the new Inclusive Startup Fund, a $3 million fund focused on founders from traditionally underserved populations. The RFI remains open until September 18, 2015. But you can get more information on what they’re seeking, this Thursday.

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August 28th, 2015

Making wearables fashionable: Portland’s FashioNXT encourages folks to rethink wearables


Making wearables fashionable: Portland’s FashioNXT encourages folks to rethink wearables

Got an idea for a wearable that’s more fashionable than a piece of neoprene strapped to your wrist? Well, get that idea going. The folks at FashioNXT, the largest fashion gathering in Portland, are holding a contest to identify the next promising wearables designer.

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August 26th, 2015

Looking for a nibble of food and tech? Maybe you should check out Food Bytes


Looking for a nibble of food and tech? Maybe you should check out Food Bytes

One of the things about Portland that can be frustrating is that there are all of these awesome creative people. But they’re kind of stuck in these random constricted silos. That rarely crossover. That’s why I love it when people work to break down those silos. Like tech crossover artists. Like Food Bytes.

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August 25th, 2015

How do you really feel about work? Portland startup Quiply seeks to provide deeper insights into workplaces


How do you really feel about work? Portland startup Quiply seeks to provide deeper insights into workplaces

With talent at a premium and folks having the opportunity to choose from any number of companies, making the right decision takes more than salary numbers and outward facing marketing—especially in a town like Portland where you’re likely to be working there for several years. That’s why Portland startup Quiply is interesting.

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August 21st, 2015

Thumbs up: These Portland speakers hope to be on stage at SXSW. You can help.


Thumbs up: These Portland speakers hope to be on stage at SXSW. You can help.

Yes, we’re in the final hours of TFNW. But it’s not too early to think about SXSW. And one of the best things about SXSW is that it’s one of the few massive technology conferences that allows the crowd to provide input on speakers and panels. They do it through the SXSW PanelPicker. And it’s always nice to see some Portland types in the running for a spot.

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August 19th, 2015

Crop rotation: As previous seed funds move to later stages, more seed funds fill the void


Crop rotation: As previous seed funds move to later stages, more seed funds fill the void

Ask any Portland founder what their biggest challenge is and I will bet you that—nine times out of ten—the response will be “talent.” But if you ask them what else—besides talent—is keeping them up at night, the answer will be the same answer it has been since, well, since startups. “Money.” And that’s why it’s nice to see the funding environment here in Oregon continuing to mature.

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August 19th, 2015

And so it begins: PDX TechCrawl, TechFestNW, Talent Fair, PIGSquad Game Jam, and TFNW Interactive


And so it begins: PDX TechCrawl, TechFestNW, Talent Fair, PIGSquad Game Jam, and TFNW Interactive

It’s going to be a busy week here in the Portland startup scene. What’s that? You didn’t know. Oh. Well this is a bit awkward. I thought I told you. Well, no worries. If you haven’t had a chance to jump onboard, there’s still time. Well, barely. But I have confidence in you. I’m sure you can make it happen. What’s in store? A whole heck of a lot.

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August 18th, 2015

Portland indie video game XO finds fans … and the funding needed to bring it to reality


Portland indie video game XO finds fans … and the funding needed to bring it to reality

One of the most interesting things about running Kickstarter campaigns, in my opinion, is the validation—or lack thereof—of an idea. Obviously, the funding is helpful. But the realization that other folks believe in what you’re doing and believe that you should keep doing it? That’s the real magic. And now, a new Portland indie video game, has gotten both the validation and the funding it needs. Meet XO.

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August 18th, 2015

Memorable research: Consano creates a simple way to fund medical research while honoring your loved ones


Memorable research: Consano creates a simple way to fund medical research while honoring your loved ones

Portland startup Consano has been changing the way that medical research is funded, allowing anyone to establish fundraising campaigns directed at research. But they’re not stopping there. They noticed a trend in donations—donating in the name of a loved one—that inspired them to create a new feature for the service, Honor Funds.

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August 14th, 2015

Did you feel that? It’s been a momentous run for Oregon business as of late


Did you feel that? It’s been a momentous run for Oregon business as of late

I don’t want to jinx anything, but… we just experienced a super interesting series of events in Oregon that felt strangely like momentum. I mean, I can’t be sure because momentum hits so rarely around here. But I’m pretty sure it was momentum.

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August 7th, 2015

Silicon Florist is eight. And eight is great. Or something. And stuff.


Silicon Florist is eight. And eight is great. Or something. And stuff.

Most years—as Silicon Florist’s birthday rolls around—I tend to get a bit sappy. And wrapped up in a bit of nostalgia. But honestly? I’m not really feeling it this year. (If you’re in the mood for one of those types of posts, the sixth birthday post should more than satiate that hunger for gooby and sappy.) This year, I’m in a crappy mood.

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August 5th, 2015

You have to crawl before you can watch: PDX TechCrawl 2015 and TechFestNW 2015 are rapidly approaching


You have to crawl before you can watch: PDX TechCrawl 2015 and TechFestNW 2015 are rapidly approaching

Yep. It’s that time of year again. Time for what has become almost a tradition. That’s right. It’s time for TechFestNW and its accompanying TechCrawl. And there’s no better chance to see what’s happening in the Portland tech and startup scene. You’re going right?

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August 4th, 2015

The rise of the Portland serial entrepreneur


The rise of the Portland serial entrepreneur

Anyone who has chatted with me about “hurdles the Portland startup scene has yet to overcome” has heard me describe one of those problems as the dearth of serial founders in town. You know, the folks who founded companies or were early employees, built something, exited, and then started something else. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Well, a few recent news stories have me thinking that might be starting to happen with a little more consistency, finally.

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July 31st, 2015

Why just work when you can cowork? Portland startup Workfrom spearheads local arm of International Coworking Week


Why just work when you can cowork? Portland startup Workfrom spearheads local arm of International Coworking Week

Portland is no stranger to coworking. It’s been popular as both an office format—and an ad hoc coffeeshop format—here since the turn of the century. But we’re not the only ones who love it anymore. It seems these days every city and town has their own set of awesome coworking spaces. And with this whole Portland coworking renaissance taking place, it’s nice to see Portland startup Workfrom organizing Portland’s own arm of International Coworking Week, next week.

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July 27th, 2015

No matter how shaky your pitch is, it’s still good enough to earn you a beer from Portland Seed Fund


No matter how shaky your pitch is, it’s still good enough to earn you a beer from Portland Seed Fund

Running a startup is a lesson in always defending what you’re doing. Always selling the concept. And always trying to get other people to appreciate the value and potential of your brilliance. You’re just always pitching. And refining that pitch. It’s not easy. And that’s why the Portland Seed Fund thinks your pitch is worth a beer.

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