Month: April 2012

Chirpify lands $1.3 million in funding … and that’s not even the most interesting part of the story

Granted, I’m more than a little slow. But at least this time I have a good reason.

You’ve probably already seen the news that Portland-based startup Chirpify landed $1.3 million in funding. It’s getting great coverage, all over. But I thought I might take a few minutes to dissect it. Because it’s interesting on any number of levels. Read More

Want to found a company? Time to find your cofounder with FounderDating

So you’ve got a great idea. But no idea how to develop it. Or you’ve got awesome development chops. But you’re looking for an idea to spark your creativity.

Well, get ready to be happy. Portland could be getting its own chapter of FounderDating. But in order to do so, you have to throw your hat in the ring. Read More

If a Twitter user could tweet a beer, how many beers would a Twitter user tweet?

Remember Tweet-a-Beer? The app—built by tenfour and Waggener Edstrom on the Chirpify platform—allows Twitter users to send a beer to a friend all through the magic of Twitter and PayPal.

And during SXSW, it took off. Now, the folks who built the app are sharing their initial results. Read More

Angela Jackson of Portland Seed Fund addresses the US House of Representatives

It’s always nice seeing Portland take a national stage. And while more often than not, it’s the startups. It’s also nice to see investors and accelerators getting a bit of the limelight, as well.

I’m happy to share Angela Jackson of the Portland Seed Fund and Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA) addressing the US House of Representatives. Read More