Two local startups with $15 million funding rounds in rapid succession? Not so fast

I was just doing some research on the ConductorOne $15 million raise when my DMs and email were bombarded with news of another raise. Which also happened to be $15 million. For a Beaverton company. Which I thought was coincidental. If not strange. And then I realized that it was simply a super common mistake. That’s been occurring for the last 15 years or so.

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Well that was fast: Y Combinator alum Embed acquired by FTX

It’s like it was yesterday. When I first started covering a promising young Y Combinator alum startup out of Vancouver, WA. Then they were raising even more money. And now, Embed has already been acquired.

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ConductorOne closes $15 million Series A

For all the news of economic downturns, founders are still out there, building businesses. And investors are still taking risks on those ventures. Because a downturn is often the best time to build the next great business. So it comes as little surprise that Portland startup ConductorOne announced its $15 million Series A.

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ADT secures Portland IoT startup IOTAS for an undisclosed amount

An early local player in the Internet of Things and smart home industry is now part of the leading companies in home security. Portland startup IOTAS has been acquired by ADT.

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A sign that the Portland tech community is growing… or maybe just has more questions than most

For a town that lives and dies on anecdotal evidence and innumerable and unvalidated “de facto” statuses, it’s always nice to see some quantitative metrics on what going on in Portland — and the Portland tech community. Apparently, we have questions. Because our Stack Overflow pageviews are providing a glimpse of the activity here.

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Women entrepreneur support organization XXcelerate seeks new board members

If you’re interested in supporting women entrepreneurs and you have the bandwidth to serve on a nonprofit board, you might consider submitting your name as a prospective board member for XXcelerate, the leading mentorship organization for women-led businesses in Oregon.

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Portland telehealth startup Boulder Care raises $36 million Series B

With a rich history of healthcare startups in Portland, it’s great see the next generation of digital health companies securing the funding they need to grow. Like today, when Portland telehealth startup Boulder Care announced their $36 million Series B.

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Vancouver startup RealWear acquires Seattle startup and Pioneer Square Labs alum Genba

It’s always nice to see local startups continuing to grow. And sometimes, the best way to efficiently continue that expansion can be picking up companies with complementary technologies. Which is what happened this week as Vancouver, Washington, startup RealWear announced the acquisition of Seattle startup Genba.

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Managing your hectic schedule just got even easier with the Reclaim.ai Google Calendar add-in

Portland startup Reclaim.ai is all about helping you do a better job of managing your time — and retaining your sanity. And the latest step forward for the company ensures that their offering is even easier to access. Directly from within Google Calendar. And it’s free. Forever.

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Black Founders Matter urges venture capital industry to engage BIPOC women

Local venture capital firm Black Founders Matter is encouraging their entire industry to be more intentional about engaging BIPOC women through both investments and employment. And they’ve launched an effort called the 25 by 25 VC Diversity Pledge to formalize it.

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