Portland startup Sensu hosts user event, August 22-23

Portland has always been a good town for user groups, where folks gather on a monthly basis to discuss languages and frameworks that are of interest to them. But for all of those amazing gatherings, it’s always nice to see larger user groups taking place in town. Like Sensu Summit.

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Hair Nah. Momo Pixel’s Momoland? Yes, please

So remember a few months back… that Portland indie video game that blew up? You know, the one where you play a black woman swatting folks away from uninvitedly touching your hair? No. You got that right. The whitest city in the United States was home to the launch of one of the most viral games of 2017. Which just happened to be one that focused on a common and annoying plight of black women.

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Looking to get more outdoorsy? PackDen may help you find a pack with which to run

In a day and age where so many startups seem to be automating frivolous things or making stuff that only makes us lazier than we already are, it’s always refreshing to find startups that are striving to make us better and healthier. Like Portland startup PackDen.

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Portland design firm Old Friend offers to add startups to the Friend Zone

Startups, while exciting and invigorating, are also completely frustrating. So much to do. And so little help. That’s why I’m always a fan of folks who help startups out of this predicament. Like Old Friend. Who has an offering that could help alleviate at least one of those tasks.

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Assessing our community: PDX Women in Tech report on the state of the Portland technology community

For all of the fanfare and hype, the Portland startup community — and tech community at large — is still full of problems and faults. A lot of them. And those are issues that we’ll never begin to correct without a stark and objective assessment of the current state of the community. And that’s why I’m so thankful for organizations like PDX Women in Tech who take the opportunity to assess our progress as a community.

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When a homegrown Portland startup project hits the bigs: PitchBlack partners with Black & Brown Founders

It’s always bittersweet. Given the way that we Portlanders—in our garage band mentality—think about things. We love the homegrown stuff. And we want it to succeed. But sometimes it’s hard to let go. Still, seeing PitchBlack rocket into the stratosphere can’t help but make me happy.

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Still running, still giving back: 4K 4Charity Run shifts dates to honor the legacy of Sam Blackman

While I don’t run — I played keeper — I recognize that there are a lot of folks out there who do. Sometimes, even for fun. And while grokking that concept is completely beyond me, who am I to prevent you from running, having fun, and giving to a good cause? Because that’s exactly what the 4K 4Charity is designed to do.

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I’ve been mucking with Patreon for a year. Here’s the current status. And, obviously, a passive aggressive plea for you to join in.

A year ago—a decade into writing Silicon Florist—it seemed like an interesting experiment (you know me, I like the experiments) to test drive Patreon, a platform that allows the community to provide financial support for folks who are making things.

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After 11 years, I still so so believe in you, Portland startup community

I know it’s more difficult than it should be. I know you have to hustle harder than most. But you can do it. And I believe in you. So this weekend, I stumbled into a bit of a pep talk. So I wanted to capture it for you here.

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Calling all angels outside of Silicon Valley

Early stage investing has definitely changed. Huge seed rounds. Challenging pre-seed rounds. Organized angel groups that behave more like institutional investors. It can be confusing for the uninitiated. That’s why it’s always good to hear from folks who are in the thick of it. Like Shane Johnson, an early stage investor from Eugene, Oregon.

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