Month: January 2014

Inaugural EmberConf to be held in Portland, March 25-26

With Tilde moving its operations to Portland, it should come as no surprise that we’re seeing a lot more Ember.js activity around here. There’s a new Ember Portland meet up. And now there’s EmberConf, a first year conference dedicated to gathering the Ember faithful in Portland, March 25-26. Read More

Think all of the awesome intelligible domain names are all gone? Think again.

While I love covering all of the awesome startups here in town, one of my favorite things to do is to highlight awesome projects that may not draw the attention of the bigger pubs. And today’s is a gem. If you’ve ever spent days sifting through potential domain names for your idea, Portlander Justin Thiele‘s latest project is going to be welcomed. Meet Dictionary Domains. Read More

Portland's OpenSesame, ShopIgniter, and VendScreen all land funding

There have been a number of Portland startups that have pulled in new funding, this year. And it’s nice to see the Portland Business Journal’s Malia Spencer reporting the efforts. OpenSesame, ShopIgniter, and VendScreen all announced funding this January, totaling more than $25 million. Read More

Cutting out the middleman: Everydisk from Avatron Software promises simple, private, secure access to all of your files

As more and more of us have begun to embrace this whole “cloud” thing, we’ve gotten pretty loose with how share files with one another—and how we access our own files. Because right now, more often than not, there’s another entity of some sort serving as the go-between in the whole process. But that may be coming to an end, if Portland’s Avatron has their way. Read More

The more startups, the better: Portland Startup Weekend Access strives to increase diversity of entrepreneurs and projects

I’ve always been impressed with the Portland Startup Weekend crew. They’ve taken a concept and continued to push it in new and different directions. Like their Tech4Change project with Mercy Corps. And like their latest effort, Portland Startup Weekend Access. Read More

Partner with PDC on the Startup PDX Challenge 2014

In 2013, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) launched the first ever Startup PDX Challenge, an early stage competition targeting entrepreneurs in the Portland metro area and across the United States. Selected from an applicant pool of 240 companies, the six winners of the 2013 Challenge received a $10,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space in Portland’s Central Eastside Produce Row, and free professional advice and services. The startups have attracted outside investment, increased clients and sales, and hired new employees in the last six months. Read More

Share and share alike: Droplr releases new Mac OS X version of its ridiculously simple and elegant file sharing software

For an overly connected, always-online society, sharing files can often be way more complicated than it needs to be. It’s no secret. Quite a few people have noticed. And any number of them are trying to solve the problem. (In fact, I’ve got another local company doing something awesome in that regard to reveal later.) But no one does file sharing between people quite as elegantly and simply as Bend-based Droplr. Read More

AppFog founder provides sage advice: How do I cope with startup envy?

If you’re even remotely associated with the startup scene, you know it’s competitive. Even in a community as collaborative as the Portland startup scene. And even if it’s not outward pressure, founders can put a lot of pressure on themselves. And compare their progress to that of their peers—or their perceived peers. Read More

From Puppet curious to true Puppeteer: Join the crew for Puppet Camp Portland, January 14

What did I tell you about Portland being campy? Another day. Another camp. Camp camp campity camp. Now, you’ve got the opportunity to hang out with the Puppet faithful and some of the Puppet Labs crew at Puppet Camp Portland. Read More

Buy local: Portland Development Commission encourages city government to consider homegrown technology

Portland is known for buying local. Almost ridiculously so. Isn’t that right, Colin? So it only stands to reason that our technology purchases should follow similar suit. Which is exactly what the Portland Development Commission is proposing to the City of Portland. Read More

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