May 29th, 2013

Portland startup cribs: Tech Town Portland video showcases offices, employees, and culture of 11 tech companies


Portland startup cribs: Tech Town Portland video showcases offices, employees, and culture of 11 tech companies

You know me. I’m a sucker for an awesome video montage. And when it’s a video about Portland and its startups, I can’t help but get a little giddy. That’s why I’m super happy to share the Tech Town Portland piece that was just released, this evening.

The short film—based on an original concept by Elemental cofounder and CEO Sam Blackman—takes viewers flying through the impressive tech offices (mostly startups) here in town. And it’s an impressive piece of work by Uncage the Soul Productions.

But even more impressive than the visual effects—which are pretty impressive and include a bit of unmanned drone aerial acrobatics—is the simple fact that this piece showcases the collaborative and collegial nature of the Portland startup and tech scene.

And the willingness to work with groups like Business Oregon, the Portland Development Commission, and the Technology Association of Oregon to pull this off.

All told, 11 Portland area companies participated in the video.

  1. Viewpoint
  2. Jama Software
  3. Simple
  4. Thetus
  5. Urban Airship
  6. Acquia
  7. Elemental Technologies
  8. Act-On
  9. Puppet Labs
  10. The Clymb
  11. Jive

I know, I know. It’s a little early for box office predictions. But I’ve got to say that I, for one, am already looking forward to the sequel.

Interested in getting more involved? You can join a LinkedIn Group dedicated to Tech Town Portland, follow @techtownpdx on Twitter, and tag any job openings in tech companies #pdxtechtownjobs.

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22 Responses to “Portland startup cribs: Tech Town Portland video showcases offices, employees, and culture of 11 tech companies”

  1. Dan Swanson says:

    Great article, Rick. Tech is flourishing in PDX, glad to see it. Thanks for turning the spotlight on to these great companies.

  2. Andy A says:

    Fantastic video and a great initiative. Question: can we use the #pdxtechtownjobs for openings in companies that arent “tech” per se but that rely on it heavily?

  3. Rick Turoczy says:

    Andy – The line between the worlds of agency tech and startup tech is becoming very blurry. And I think that’s a good thing. I would definitely recommend using the hashtag ;)

  4. Love the video, but a little bummed out New Relic didn’t get a shout-out :P

  5. Rick Turoczy says:

    Patrick – Let’s get a list going for the sequel! New Relic, Janrain, Instrument…

  6. Rick – thanks! IMO it would be cool to show off PIE too. Not exactly the same as the companies in terms of recruiting goals, but great for recruiting entrepreneurs.

  7. Rick Turoczy says:

    Patrick – Oooh. Good idea. We could do one with all of the accelerator/early stage groups with Nike+ Accelerator, PSF, PIE, Upstart Labs, the TiE incubators, OTBC, StarveUps…

  8. Christa Culkin says:

    …if Jive and Viewpoint are in the video, the other missing are Tripwire and WebTrends for sure!

  9. Would love to live some place like this where the tech movement is so flourish.

  10. Jmartens says:

    An early stage sequel would be awesome

  11. Bobby Samai says:

    Wonderful video, great companies here in Oregon.

  12. Christa Gaylord says:

    Rick, thanks for the write-up. We (Viewpoint) are proud of the piece and the team did a wonderful job putting it together. This will be an exciting tool to help showcase the already solid and growing tech community in PDX. I vote for a sequel as well – there are many more companies we should feature!

  13. Brad Marluke says:

    OpenSourcery, the largest Drupal shop in the Pacific NW, which is located in Portland, should totally be in the sequel. My two cents!

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  16. Would love to include the video for promotional purposes on the PSU College of Engineering website, should we get approval before doing this? If so, who do we ask?

  17. Rick Turoczy says:

    Frank – That’s awesome! You should be good to go by using the embed code.

  18. Love this video. Great to see Portland on the rise!

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