Month: February 2012

Soon, they may call Portland “the big Apple”: New Apple store plans make PDX home to the largest retail space

Now, it’s no secret that Apple has done a heck of a job of dominating the world of tech. Last I checked, they were worth more than Portland. Oh wait. I mean, Poland. Or something. Read More

Coder Society: Getting developers together to build something

Portland has no shortage of user groups. But for the most part, they’re language and technology specific. What about a group for folks who like to code, regardless of their chosen technology?

Enter Coder Society, a new Google Group (and apparently soon-to-be more) for people who think of themselves as “coders.” Read More

Meet the Startup: Picking one of the brains behind Branium Studios

Portland and mobile go quite well together, as has been proven by any number of successful efforts around here. And a small but growing part of that local mobile market is gaming.

Meet Branium Studios, a small startup that takes games you know well and creates compelling mobile gaming experiences. Read More

Are you going to SXSW, this year?

It’s getting close to that time of year. The time of year when a whole a gaggle of geeks makes the journey down to Austin, Texas, for SXSW Interactive.

As such, it’s also the time of year when people start asking “Are you going to SXSW, this year?” Well, are you? Read More

Legislating Oregon’s entrepreneurial future: Oregon Investment Act, House Bill 4040

You might not realize it, but Oregon’s legislature is in the midst of determining the entrepreneurial future of our state, this week. Currently on the floor is Oregon House Bill 4040: The Oregon Investment Act which “Establishes Oregon Growth Fund and Oregon Growth Board to encourage investment in and availability of capital to Oregon businesses and to further economic development in Oregon.”

Problem is that the legislature adjourns on Wednesday. Read More

Cultivating corporate culture: A key ingredient to building a killer startup

Portland is often recognized for its culture. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s bad. But whatever the case, it’s a town driven by culture—no matter how fleeting.

But culture can also be a key ingredient for startups. From hiring to preventing burnout to getting the most of your work, concentrating on culture can help startups reap any number of benefits. But how? Read More

Portland’s SweetSpot Diabetes acquired for $8.5 million [Updated]

Portland’s SweetSpot—a service that aggregates data from blood glucose monitoring devices to make the data more useful—has been acquired by DexCom (DXCM) in an all stock deal valued at $8.5 million. Read More

Looking for all of the hot spots? Well, spotsi’s launch party is the spot to be

If there’s one downside to Portland’s aggressive humility, it’s our reticence to celebrate our victories. Funding, launches, big customer wins.

But some of that is starting to change. And here’s one example: spotsi is opening up their public beta. And to celebrate? They’re throwing a launch party on Thursday. Even better? You’re invited. Read More

“Siri, install Air Dictate 2.” “I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

One of the most nebulous areas in all of mobile application development has to be the Apple App Store approval process. And yet again, that weirdness is hitting a little too close to home.

Portland-based Avatron—makers of awesome mobile apps like Air Sharing and Air Display—have been challenged to get their latest app, Air Dictate, into the App Store. Read More

Meet the Startup: Getting a grasp on Original Baby

While there’s a ton of awesome tech startup activity in Portland, there are also a bunch of other interesting startups in town. At Meet the Startup, we like to take a look at all of them.

One of the physical products is Original Baby, whose first product is a baby bottle holder designed to be used by babies. Read More

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