Looking for an educational weekend activity? Hit The Oregon Trail

Oh man. It just starts the nostalgia bubbling, doesn’t it? Memories of clackety keyboards. Green screen computers. Carrying too much meat. Not to mention, dying of dysentery. All in the name of education. Of course, it’s The Oregon Trail game. And it’s recently had a refreshing reboot.

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Interested in attracting software developers as customers? Portland’s Adam DuVander could write a book about it. And did.

Writing a book is hard. Getting it published is even harder. And so, in many ways, I always think of the journey of being an author akin to the journey of being a startup founder. So when a long time member of the Portland startup community gets the opportunity to publish a book, it’s a win on any number of fronts. Which is why I was incredibly happy to see Adam DuVander’s new book hit the proverbial shelves, recently.

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Another chance to meet folks in the Portland startup community

Not everyone — even in this all Zoom all of the time world — has the wherewithal to attend happy hours and evening events. Other commitments, family time, just not working… all take precedence. Which is why I’ve always liked Portland Lunch 2.0. Because it’s at a time where a broader group of folks are able to join and meet one another.

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Bringing it all together: BankShift

Remember products like Adium and FriendFeed? What about Google Reader? You know, things that were designed to simplify your life by bringing a bunch of disparate information streams into a single interface? Now a new service from a Portland fintech startup is taking that kind of thinking to banking. Meet BankShift.

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A wish for the Portland startup community

Rumor: Could an Oregon Unicorn be planning an IPO…?

If this rumor proves true, the next IPO in Oregon probably won’t be what you think. It’s not a Portland company. And it’s not a tech company. It’s Grants Pass, Oregon, headquartered Dutch Bros. And, if they follow through, it’s rumored to value the company at $3 billion.

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Fast Company calls Portland startup Goodwell’s toothbrush a “World Changing Idea”

What if you could have the convenience of an electric toothbrush, without filling landfills with tons of batteries and plastic and the like? Patrick Triato took that challenge as inspiration to create Goodwell. And now, Fast Company has named Goodwell’s Be. Brush, the winner of the wellness category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Idea Awards.

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Could Expensify be the company to slake Portland’s IPO drought?

Portland has its fair share of exits. But the vast majority of the time, those liquidity events are through acquisition. What doesn’t happen around these parts that regularly is an Initial Public Offering (IPO). But that may be changing, given that Expensify just filed a draft IPO registration with the SEC.

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Twitter’s acquisition of Scroll has a Portland connection

News has started bubbling about Twitter acquiring Scroll, a service that allowed users to pay a subscription to remove ads from popular content sites. Scroll also owns Nuzzel, a popular news service that shares stories that people in your Twitter timeline are sharing. Cool. But what does that have to do with Portland exactly?

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Portland startup Steamchain takes on payment processing for logistics and shipping

Another day, another interesting fintech company being built in Portland. This time, it’s Steamchain, which has set its sights on simplifying the payment processing systems in transportation and logistics.

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