Month: July 2013

Whatever the weather, Weathertron has you covered in real time

It’s a well known fact that few people obsess about the weather as much as Portland people. That’s why it makes perfect sense that Portlanders would try to perfect the weather app. And Weathertron is a pretty awesome attempt. Read More

Uber curious? Meet with Uber folks about service in Portland 4PM July 17 at Caffe Umbria

As you may have heard, Uber—the on-demand personal driver service—has high hopes for being a transportation option here in Portland. But there are a few odd regulations holding them back. They’d love to chat with you about it if you’ve got a few minutes to swing by Caffe Umbria, this afternoon. Read More

Heads in the clouds: Portland's Cloudability shares its startup story

Arguably, Cloudability has been one of the most successful Portland startups to emerge in the last couple of years. And they’ve done so by successfully leveraging a number of opportunities that have come their way. Starting out of borrowed space in Puppet Labs, joining PIE, taking funding from Portland Seed Fund and local angels, joining TechStars, and getting investment from 500 startups. Read More

Geppetto joins the other Puppet masters: Puppet Labs acquires Cloudsmith

When tech startups get an infusion of cash, they have a tendency to hire and acquire. Or sometimes combine the two with—get your buzzword bingo card out—acquihiring. So it comes as little surprise that Puppet Labswho took in an additional $30 million, earlier this year—has acquired Cloudsmith, makers of Geppetto. Read More

Picturing Portland properties: A visualization of Rose City structures based on construction dates

Maybe today we’re a little introspective around here. Or maybe today is the day Silicon Florist is focused on Rose City’s age. Or maybe—just maybe—I couldn’t resist posting on this breathtaking visualization of the age of the buildings in Portland created by Justin Palmer. Read More

Portland: A city coming of age

I was having a talk with a few friends who have also grown up in the Portland area, recently. And we started talking about how Portland has changed—and how we have changed with it. We hit an interesting moment when one of them simply stated, “Portland is just like us. It’s a 20-something trying to figure it out.” And in a lot of ways, I think he’s right. Read More

Now granted, Portland is uber hip… but are we hip enough for Uber?

Word around the campfire is that Uber—your on demand driver service and taxi alternative—has set its sights on Portland as one of its next cities. But it seems that some laws around taxi service are preventing it from taking the plunge. Read More

What a difference a year makes: Simple recounts its first year with customers on the platform

Portland-based Simple has a very lofty goal: to build a better banking experience. Or to be more blunt: to build a bank that doesn’t suck. And after a year with customers using the platform, Simple appears well on their way to satisfying that goal. Read More

Donating to a good cause with a tweet: Priceless. Chirpify helps power MasterCard's Stand Up to Cancer campaign

When your social stream becomes a transactional stream, you start to get some pretty interesting applications of commerce. And supporting good causes is no different. That’s why you’ll see Portland’s Chirpify as a key component of the MasterCard Dig In & Do Good: Stand Up to Cancer campaign. Read More

From the producers of Portland Lunch 2.0 comes Portland Beer 2.0

So it dawned on us. Portland Lunch 2.0 is nice, but we could use more networking opportunities. What, we thought, would happen if we combined tech type entrepreneurs with craft brewing entrepreneurs and came up with a happy hour event? Would that be worthwhile? Well, we’re giving it a shot. Introducing Portland Beer 2.0. Read More

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