Month: January 2012

VendScreen reinvents the vending machine using Android — and lands $12 million in funding

One of the biggest stories to come out of PIE Demo Day, yesterday, was VendScreen securing $12 million in Series A financing.

That’s a huge amount of money for a startup coming out of an incubator. And if you watch VendScreen’s pitch, you’ll understand why. Using the Android operating system to revolutionize a massive—yet technologically stagnant—market is a very big deal. Read More

PIE Demo Day livestream, Tuesday at 2:30 PM PT: Meet Athletepath, Cloudability, DailyPath, MoPix, Revisu, spotsi, Stayhound, and VendScreen

September 1, 2011, doesn’t seem terribly long ago. But a whole crop of PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) startups has come into being since then. And now, they’re ready to share their stories with you out there in TV land or livestream land or whatever.

Tune in at 2:30 PM Pacific Time right here to catch the livestream of PIE Demo Day, direct from the sold out Bagdad Theater in Hawthorne. Read More

When one door closes… Geoloqi offers a new tool to help SimpleGeo customers transition

News came this week that Portland’s Urban Airship was simplifying its service offering by incorporating SimpleGeo functionality into its high performance push offerings and shuttering the separate SimpleGeo service. In the interim, they were helping customers transition to new services using Factual as a stop gap.

Well now, another Portland company has stepped up to help in the interim. Geoloqi has released a service to allow folks to import SimpleGeo data into Geoloqi. Read More

Want to see what’s been cooking at PIE? Come to PIE Demo Day, January 17

A little over three months ago, a group of aspiring entrepreneurs joined in an experiment called PIE, the Portland Incubator Experiment. After three months of mucking, mentoring, and molding, these eight startups are prepared to take the stage and launch their companies, on January 17.

And you’re invited join them. Read More

Send me an Angel: Interested in investing? OEN Angel Oregon would love to chat with you

It’s been an amazing run for Portland startups over the last few months. And that activity has raised the visibility for the town, the entrepreneurs, and the investors.

It’s also got a lot of folks asking, “How do I get involved?” and “How can I invest?” Well, if you’re asking those questions, you’re in luck. Because Angel Oregon offers an interesting way to get engaged with the startup scene. Read More