Month: February 2012

Paul deGrandis: 5 tips for navigating startup life

[Editor: Thanks to Paul deGrandis, Vice President of Engineering at Tutorspree, for sharing his wisdom in this guest post. Interested in more insights? He’s speaking on Tuesday night.]

I have been working in tech startups since the age of fifteen and the first “.com” bubble. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest and most influential people in software, building up some of the most successful companies, and helping others move their ideas and dreams forward. Read More

PDX PHP: CASH Music discusses their to-be-funded, open-source Kickstarter project

While we’ve always loved Kickstarter around here, it seems that—more and more—that love is being reciprocated.

Take CASH Music, an open software project which recently crossed the threshold for funding with its music platform project. Read More

Add another successful Reed entrepreneur to the list: Lucky Sort lands $500,000 in funding

I don’t know about you, but I find the number of Reed alums in the Portland startup scene to be a compelling backstory. And the list continues to grow.

This time, it’s Noah Pepper of Lucky Sort, a Portland company focused on “advanced information interfaces” that just landed $500,000 for its efforts. Read More

Data, Culture, Networks, People: Learnings from Etsy, Code for America, and Y Combinator

Portland is lucky to have a bunch of awesome people swinging through all throughout the year. And every once in a while, we’re lucky enough to get one of them to hang out and chat about their experiences.

This time it’s Paul deGrandis, who’s going to share his thoughts on Data, Culture, Networks, People, this Tuesday, February 21, at 6PM. Read More

Entrepreneurs need two things: coffee and power. And now, Portland is getting more of both… with Coffee & Power

If there are two things that are always in short supply, it’s coffee and power. That’s why I was happy to read that—as reported by GeekWire and Willamette Week–the popular San Francisco workspace Coffee & Power is opening up a new branch. In Portland. Read More

Meet the Startup: Chatting with Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales

It’s been a bit of departure from startups, but chatting with Portland’s mayoral candidates has been an interesting sidebar. And hopefully valuable for those entrepreneurs looking to choose a candidate who reflects their ideals.

Rounding out our third interview with the candidates, Meet the Startup sat down with Charlie Hales, to get his views on Portland, his previous experience, and what he sees as the future of our fair town. Read More

Beaverton, Oregon, might be the least romantic city in the United States

Why does Oregon borrow most of its town names—like Portland and Salem? Truth be told, because when left to our own devices to create names for towns, Oregon comes up with names like “Beaverton.” Read More

State of Entrepreneurship: States need to help startups succeed

It’s Monday morning. And I can imagine, like most Monday mornings, you’re sitting there musing, “What, I wonder, is the current state of entrepreneurship?”

Well, you’re in luck, my friend. The Kauffman Foundation recently released their latest State of Entrepreneurship report. Long story short: States need to foster startup activity. Read More

Aptly named: Elevation iPhone dock takes Kickstarter to $1 million heights

Today, the biggest tech story in Portland isn’t a Web site, an iPhone app, or an open source project. In fact, for the first time in a long time, it’s a hardware story.

Meet the Elevation iPhone dock. A project led by Portland’s Casey Hopkins. And the first Kickstarter project to crack the one million dollar ceiling. Read More

Catching air: Avatron Air Display jumps to Android tablets

More and more, we’re seeing iOS development shops here in town embrace the Android platform, porting popular iPhone and iPad apps over to comparable non-Apple hardware. It makes sense. Especially as Android continues to build an impressive market share. Read More

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