Month: August 2011

Bloggers helping bloggers over beers… free beer that is

Beer and Blog, the Friday afternoon gathering that has become an institution in the Portland tech scene, started very simply. As bloggers helping bloggers over beers.

Now, those bloggers will be helping other bloggers over FREE beers, thanks to The Oregonian News Network. Read More

BankSimple banks $10 million in additional funding

It’s always nice to report on Portland funding news. This time, it’s BankSimple—whom we count as a Portland company thanks to their CTO and co-founder Alex Payne and their dev shop being located here in Portland. The company just landed an additional $10 million in financing and added Visa, Bancorp, CBW, Allpoint, and Andera to their partner list. Read More

Is the search for capital weighing you down? Maybe you need Lighter Capital

As people try to rework and reimagine startup funding and venture capital, there are any number of interesting ideas coming to light. The latest comes not from the Valley but from our neighbor to the north, Seattle.

It’s called Lighter Capital. And the idea is to make funding more accessible to companies that are demonstrating a successful track record—with fewer strings attached. Read More

Meet the Startup: Spending some time with Sell Simply

What if you could buy and sell with a tweet? That’s the question that Sell Simply is trying to answer. The service—which launched late last year—has gone through some tweaks and rebuilding to make the service even easier to use.

Now, folks can use Twitter as an engine for transactions without even visiting the site. Sound interesting? Well, spend a few minutes listening to Chris Teso describe the project. Read More

Four years and seven hours ago… Silicon Florist is four

Four years ago, Portland had some interesting startups going. Nothing compared to today. But there were interesting side projects and burgeoning companies.

Only no one was really covering them. Or tracking them. Or much paying attention. So I decided to do just that. And to cheerlead a little. To use my experience with marketing and promotion to cast some limelight. To give entrepreneurs that extra push they might need to spend another hour cranking code. Or to simply spend a few more minutes bringing their ideas and dreams to fruition. Read More

Being more critical of the Northwest tech scene: All Things Critical takes off the rose colored glasses

For some, the picture being painted of the Rose City startup and tech scene is a just a little too Utopian. They purport that maybe, just maybe, the Northwest startup scene isn’t so much a world of rainbows and unicorns. And they would like to see some more objective assessment and criticism of what’s happening.

Enter All Things Critical, the latest online effort from Robert Wagner of Portland Sucks and Cascadia FM fame. Read More

The dream of OpenID is alive in Portland: Janrain lands $15.5 million in funding

If you don’t know the story of Janrain, you should. It’s a story of perseverance, constant tweaking, and now a chunk of cash to help it grow and expand. You see, Janrain has just secured $15.5 million, making it one of the biggest startup wins in Portland in quite a while. Read More

Meet the Startup: Chatting about startups and accounting with Perkins & Co.

What’s one of the scariest things about starting a company? Quitting the day job? Nope. Managing to build an awesome product? Not really. Finding customers? Close. For many, the scariest thing happens to be accounting. And managing the books.

Go on. Admit it. It scares you to death having to deal with that stuff. But it doesn’t have to. David Uslan of Perkins & Co. tells you why as he talks about startups and accounting. Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for July 2011

Well, summer didn’t exactly come blazing into Portland. But the startup news around these parts was still pretty hot. And we had OSCON in town. And some very interesting conversations started.

So let’s take a look at Silicon Florist for July 2011. Here are the stories you and your peers were reading according to RSS and Web traffic. Read More

Procrastinators rejoice: Google joins PIE so PIE extends its application deadline and drops the founder math

As you may have heard, PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment) has revised its format and is now accepting applications for new startups to come join the space. [Full disclosure: PIE is my day job.] You may have also heard that part of the new PIE is the fact that startups get mentors from Wieden+Kennedy, awesome tech and startup mentors, and mentors from some well known brands like Target, Coca-Cola, and Nike. Read More

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