Month: June 2011

Wheeling and Dell-ing: Portland startup RNA Networks acquired by Dell

Now granted, I don’t usually cover traditional software and tech hardware… but a startup acquisition is a startup acquisition, no matter what kind of technology. And especially when that acquisition is a liquidity event for Oregon-based capital like the Oregon Angel Fund.

So, I’m happy to let you know that Portland-based RNA Networks has been acquired by Dell. Read More

Things are shaping up around here: ISITE selects location for new Portland headquarters

Okay. So I’m not the Daily Journal of Commerce. But I’m also not one to let an interesting real estate deal go by the wayside.

Portland’s ISITE has just announced that they’re moving into 18,000 sq ft in Northwest Portland—the former LA Fitness building. Read More

Whether you’re interested in Y Combinator or not, startups should watch this Paul Graham interview

Pay attention startups. You should be making something that makes people’s lives better. It’s that easy. Want big valuations? Want venture capital? That’s all it takes.

Don’t believe me? Well don’t believe me. Believe the guy who said it, Paul Graham, the tech entrepreneur behind a little incubator you might have heard about called Y Combinator. Read More

Pitch Club: Skinny guys pitch ’til they’re burger

Oh you thought you got a summer break? Maybe a little time off during the Rose Festival? Wrong. If you’re going to pitch, you’re going to pitch. Day in, day out. No breaks. No tap outs.

So get ready. Because Thursday night you’ve got another opportunity to pitch. And get criticism on your pitch. Yep. That’s right. It’s Pitch Club time again. Read More

Meet the Startup: Hearing from Sheetal Dube of AudioName

There are any number of companies that are classified as “startups.” But this one has to be the youngest, most starting up startup with whom we’ve had the chance to speak. It’s like brand spanking new. And stuff.

Meet Sheetal Dube of AudioName, a company founded during Startup Weekend Portland in April of this year. That’s right. Only a few months old. And going full bore at making a go of it. Read More

Common sense isn’t common: Ryan Carson of Carsonified shares his startup insights

You may remember Ryan Carson from his startup DropSend—which has devolved into something much uglier than when he ran it—or maybe from Carsonified or Think Vitamin. Whatever the case, Ryan has an entrepreneurial bent. And a record for success.

Now, he’s sharing some of the things he’s learned about building and running startups. For free. That’s right. Sixty minutes of free insights on “How to Build a Startup.” Read More

Want to be Bolder? There’s free liquid courage at Beer and Blog tonight

It’s no secret that I’ve got a bit of a crush on Boulder. I mean, it’s an awesome town, with an amazing startup scene, and… What’s that? Oh. BOLDER. Jeez. I’m sorry. I got all excited when I thought you said “Boulder.”

Let me start over. Who don’t like Beer and Blog? And who don’t like a free beer at Beer and Blog? That’s right. Nobody. That’s why I wanted to make sure that you knew that Bolder—from the Bay Area, not Boulder—will be purchasing you a few libations this afternoon at Beer and Blog. Read More

Swinging a big axe: Silicon Lumberjack looks to highlight failures and rot in the Silicon Forest startup scene

Someone way smarter than me once opined that those who don’t learn from history—or their failures—are doomed to repeat them. And equally smart people would say constant cheerleading has its place… but only if it’s balanced with equally compelling criticism.

A new blog hopes to do just that for the Portland startup scene. Meet Silicon Lumberjack. Read More

Portland partnering: Webtrends and ShopIgniter team up to offer social analytics for storefronts

Knowing how much money you make on a sale is great. But what about those more granular points? How did folks get there in the first place? And what effect did social media have on their decision to enter your online store in the first place. I mean, a guy don’t walk onto the lot lest he wants to buy. But what gets him or her there? Your company? Or people who love your company? Read More

Google smiles on Portland again: Get real-time TriMet data on Google Maps

Google likes it some Portland. Apparently we have a test market that they like. And as such, they tend to test drive products here before they try them anywhere else.

Well, and this time, it doesn’t hurt that we’re home to one of the leading resources for open transit data. That’s why Google and TriMet have teamed up to provide real-time updates on transit via Google Maps. Read More

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