Month: December 2012

Firsthand account: Portland startup TresPlace wants to bring you along on their startup journey

[Editor: What’s it like to go through the ups and downs of startup life here in Portland? Well, you’re going to get a little inside look at exactly that. The folks at TresPlace, a very early stage startup here in Portland, have offered to take us along on their journey through a series of guest posts. This is the first post in that series from cofounder Ryan Wellert.] Read More

Webtrends Streams: Old analytics dog comes forth with some interesting new tricks

Portland company Webtrends took an early lead in the professional Web analytics model back in the dotcom days. And they’ve managed to keep a successful—although sometimes rocky—business going over the years. And remained a fixture in the Portland tech scene. Read More

You got your Vizify in my Twitter. You got Your Year on Twitter in my Vizify.

Like many startups, Portland’s Vizify—an alum of TechStars Seattle and the Portland Seed Fund—has this tendency of launching something awesome, going dark, and then launching something even more awesome. And given that they’ve been quiet for a while, I’ve been expecting something. Read More

Portland Lunch 2.0: CrowdCompass finds a crowd of Portland startup types

Portland Lunch 2.0 is back—and more popular than ever. We saw proof of that last Thursday at CrowdCompass. Over 270 people signed up through the Meetup page and we had 200+ walk through our office. It was a great turnout, and we were happy to host. Read More

Just hack it: Nike launches Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars in Portland. And 7 reasons that's awesome.

So much for the news slowing down as we roll into the holidays. There’s a huge announcement today from Nike that they’re launching a Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars to support startups that are building on top of Nike+ and FuelBand technology. Best of all? It will be housed right here in Portland. Read More

Oregon FIRST Robotics: Nurturing the tech workforce by making geeks cool

In spite of a vibrant startup culture in the northwest that we all love, among a business community that embraces technology and nurtures innovation, Oregon tech employers and the regional economy face a workforce problem. Read More

Unwrapping the presents early: Portland Seed Fund launches six new startups, Winter 2012

Sometimes, you don’t have to wait until the holidays to get a glimpse at the latest and greatest technology. Today, the Portland Seed Fund—the accelerator program that focuses on funding and mentoring early stage Portland (and, apparently, Icelandic) startups—revealed the latest class of startups from their program. Read More

Video encoding just got a heck of a lot easier thanks to CPUsage and GridVid.Me

(Apparently, it’s video day on Silicon Florist today.) Creating raw video content is becoming easier and easier. But that’s only part of the challenge of bringing your vision to the masses in this brave new world of online distribution. Video encoding can often be an equally challenging, costly, and time consuming part of the process. Read More

Portland startups at an "Early Stage": Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, it ain't (and that's awesome)

While covering the lives of tech startups can good fodder for reality television, there are far more interesting story lines to be found. If you actually dig below the surface. Why do entrepreneurs do what they do? How do they get there from here? What’s it like building a startup in Portland? Read More

'Tis the season: Celebrate Portland Seed Fund Demo Day whether you attended Demo Day or not

It’s the holiday season. A time of get togethers and celebrations. And giving gifts. The folks at Portland Seed Fund got in the giving mood a little earlier. No no, you’re not getting an iPad Mini. But they would like to invite you to celebrate a whole new crop of startups. Whether you attend their demo day or not Read More

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