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April 24th, 2014

Portland startup Little Bird continues to secure experienced talent


Portland startup Little Bird continues to secure experienced talent

It’s always a good sign when Portland startups are starting to attract executives with a wealth of experience. We’ve seen the trend growing with companies like Puppet Labs, Cedexis, and Little Bird. But Little Bird isn’t done yet. They have just added Carmen Hill from Babcock & Jenkins as their Director of Marketing.

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April 23rd, 2014

Eugene hosts a bevy of events for startup types, this week


Eugene hosts a bevy of events for startup types, this week

It’s always a good week to be a startup in Eugene. But this week is especially promising. There are three awesome events—well two awesome ones and a get together, at least—taking place this week in the Silicon Shire. So if you’ve got the time trying making it.

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April 22nd, 2014

Soft landing: Portland startup Glider acquired by FPX, product to continue


Soft landing: Portland startup Glider acquired by FPX, product to continue

Startups move quickly these days. Portland startup Glider was no exception. The formation, rapid ascent, and exit of Glider—a startup that worked to help streamline the tangled mess of contracts, signatures, and approvals—took only a couple of years to complete the cycle. And today, with an acquisition by Dallas-based FPX, Glider moves on to its next phase, where it will continue its work as part of a larger entity with access to more resources.

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April 22nd, 2014

Back in the thick of it: Portland startup mentor, advisor, and investor Scott Grout joins Cedexis as CEO


Back in the thick of it: Portland startup mentor, advisor, and investor Scott Grout joins Cedexis as CEO

Sometimes, you can just tell that people are itching to get back in the game. Take Scott Grout. The former CEO of Radisys has become a fixture in the growing Portland startup scene. Mentoring for Portland Seed Fund and PIE. Investing in early stage startups with Oregon Angel Fund. Working on Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. And advising any number of folks. But still, you could tell he was looking for more to do.

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April 16th, 2014

DevOps patterns distilled: New Relic FutureTalk with Gene Kim


DevOps patterns distilled: New Relic FutureTalk with Gene Kim

I’ve been super impressed with the folks New Relic has been rounding up to speak at its FutureTalks series. And this month is no different. Gene Kim, founder of Tripwire and respected author, will be taking the stage, this month. The topic? DevOps.

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April 15th, 2014

Pouring fuel on the fire: Beaverton’s Act-On Software raises $42 million


Pouring fuel on the fire: Beaverton’s Act-On Software raises $42 million

Yeah, yeah. I know I was really working on not hyping funding announcements, this year, but this one seemed to warrant a post. Especially given the amount of the raise and the company raising it. Act-On Software has raised $42 million, led by Technology Crossover Ventures.

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April 14th, 2014

We’re putting the band back together: Urban Airship cofounders reunite in Portland to take on the next phase of the company


We’re putting the band back together: Urban Airship cofounders reunite in Portland to take on the next phase of the company

Sure sure. You’ve heard the stories before. Cofounders reuniting to pursue another venture or found another company. Those are regular occurrences. What’s not so regular is when those cofounders reunite to run the same company. But that’s exactly what’s happening with Portland’s Urban Airship.

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April 11th, 2014

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords controlled by teenagers


I, for one, welcome our robot overlords controlled by teenagers

It’s that time of year again. You know, the annual robot invasion. Students and their robots have once again taken over Memorial Coliseum for today and tomorrow. And you’re invited to join in on the technical carnage that is this entertaining bot vs bot competition.

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April 10th, 2014

Here’s the roadmap to the camp: ProductCamp Portland happens this weekend


Here’s the roadmap to the camp: ProductCamp Portland happens this weekend

You know Portland. It’s all camp camp campity camp. Camp this. Camp that. It’s just how we roll. The more camps, the merrier. That’s what I always say. So it’s nice to see ProductCamp Portland drawing a group of product focused types together. And throwing a little AngularJS is the mix to boot..

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April 9th, 2014

I don’t always get scooped, but when I do, I get scooped by TechCrunch: Moot rebrands as Muut


I don’t always get scooped, but when I do, I get scooped by TechCrunch: Moot rebrands as Muut

Now, let’s be honest here. Silicon Florist? Not exactly a “breaking news blog.” Usually, I’m not chasing exclusives or publishing as embargoes expire. But I tend to be lucky enough to know when Portland news is breaking—whether I actually act on it or not. Except for today. When I got fully scooped as Muut (nee Moot) hit TechCrunch with news of their rebrand and initial funding.

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April 9th, 2014

From one Reedie to another: Switchboard inherits Demolicious Cup from fellow Reed alum at Knock


From one Reedie to another: Switchboard inherits Demolicious Cup from fellow Reed alum at Knock

You just have to love Demolicious. I mean, where else can you get compelling demos of amazing startup technology—sometimes, even before it’s ready for prime time—in a really laid back and truly Portlandy competition? (Hint: You’re supposed to say “Nowhere!”) And last night, didn’t disappoint.

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April 9th, 2014

Looking for more exposure for your startup? There’s still time to apply to SXSW V2V


Looking for more exposure for your startup? There’s still time to apply to SXSW V2V

In today’s market, getting above the noise can be a challenge for any startup. Sometimes, getting on stage can be the best way of getting your message out to the right people. And thanks to the folks at SXSW, there’s a new compelling way to do so. Meet SXSW V2V.

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April 8th, 2014

Smash hit? Geek out on the Marvel universe thanks to Orchestrate and Stand In


Smash hit? Geek out on the Marvel universe thanks to Orchestrate and Stand In

People geek out about a bunch of different things. And sometimes, those geeky endeavors have a great deal of crossover. Like comic books and tech. So imagine my geeky giddiness at the latest Portland side project using the Orchestrate platform: a visual exploration of the Marvel universe called MarvelousDB.

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April 3rd, 2014

Civic data hackathon: Hack Oregon hacks on campaign funding data, April 5


Civic data hackathon: Hack Oregon hacks on campaign funding data, April 5

There was a time—a few years back now—when the City of Portland was actively engaged in hackathons. And open data. And engaging with the tech community. That initial momentum has subsided in recent years, but luckily a group of citizens is continuing the charge—with state level data. Meet Hack Oregon.

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April 3rd, 2014

If WSU Vancouver had posted “Mt Hood” photo two days earlier, they would have seemed like comedic geniuses


If WSU Vancouver had posted “Mt Hood” photo two days earlier, they would have seemed like comedic geniuses

So… mountains. They’re big. They’re often covered with snow. They crop up here and there in the Northwest. And if you squint just right, they can be pretty darn hard to tell apart. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. Because tonight, the local Twitter crowd is getting many a laugh thanks to WSU Vancouver’s Twitter account accidentally mislabeling Washington’s Mt St Helens as Oregon’s Mt Hood.

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April 3rd, 2014

Amid controversy, Brendan Eich resigns Mozilla CEO position


Amid controversy, Brendan Eich resigns Mozilla CEO position

Mozilla has a significant presence here in Portland. And many of their employees have been critical participants in forming and maintaining the community we have here. That’s why I felt it was important to highlight that their recently appointed CEO has stepped down.

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