Month: February 2014

Break out the Gigabit IPA: Google Fiber eyes Portland metro region as part of expansion plans

I know, I know. Four years ago, in breathless anticipation, we waited for Google to reveal the city they had selected to be part of their fledgling Google Fiber program. We had wooed them. We had brewed a namesake beer—Gigabit IPA. Surely Portland would be the leading contender for the service. Read More

Does location matter for fundraising? Looks like Portland startups who secured Series A have a 50% chance of getting Series B

While it’s not nearly as common of a conversation as it once was—thanks in part to the performances of steadfastly Portland companies like Elemental Technologies, Puppet Labs, Urban Airship, Cloudability, and others—many Portland entrepreneurs have concerns—if not unmitigated fear—that remaining headquartered in Portland could curtail their ability to raise capital for their startups. New research from Tomasz Tunguz may provide a little peace of mind. Read More

Hitting close to home: Fleck launches Graphic Design topic to inspire even more creatives

Portland has more than its fair share of amazing boutique agencies. And a number of awesome big agencies and big agency outposts, as well. And rumor has it, we love our photo sharing apps. That’s why I was excited to hear that Fleck had released a new topic in their curated photo sharing app that spoke directly to that local contingent, Graphic Design. Read More

Visit TiE Pearl Incubator to hear founders share their fearless tales of fundraising. Well, okay, maybe with some fear.

For those who haven’t been through it—and sometimes even for those who have—fundraising can be a strange and nebulous concept. That’s why it’s always good to hear from people who have been through it successfully. Because no two stories are the same. And they’re often rife with a series of failures along the way. Read More

In pursuit of a more diverse Portland startup scene: Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND.

I’m a firm believer that, if the Portland startup scene is to truly take its place among other leading startup epicenters, it will only come with increased diversity in our companies. We’re making slight inroads here and there. But there’s much more to be done. That’s why the Portland Development Commission is looking to gather folks to get more going. Introducing Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND. Read More

Mad coding scientist? Join CrowdCompass for Little Oregon Laboratory, February 28 – March 2

It’s always nice when companies who have had a successful exit use their good fortune to continue building the startup community in Portland. And that’s exactly what CrowdCompass is looking to do with Little Oregon Laboratory. Read More

Sad news: CPUsage shutters product, tranistions to consulting

I’ve had the pleasure of following the CPUsage story since they began at Portland Startup Weekend. And chatting with the founders throughout their journey. It’s been a roller coaster to say the least. Today, however, CPUsage has announced that they’re retiring their product offering and transitioning the company to a consultancy. They simply ran out of runway. Read More

Share the love: Switchboard offers early access to next generation of its community management service

Today’s the day for spreading a little love. And Portland startup Switchboard has taken it as a cue to share a little love of their own. By announcing early access to those who are interested in starting their own Switchboards. Read More

Something to chirp about: Little Bird announces the addition of seasoned executive leadership

Portland’s Little Bird is rapidly growing up. The company has seen significant traction in the market with its service—one which helps folks find hidden gems of awesomeness on Twitter, be that people or content. And as a result, it’s starting to build out its executive staff. Read More

This Valentine's Day, show a little more love for all Portland startups

While I tend to hate the overuse of the word, one of the things I most appreciate about the amazing Portland startup scene is that it’s, ahem, an “ecosystem.” I mean, our tech startups aren’t terribly likely to order cough up dough for a Domino’s Pizza or lunch on a Big Mac. They’re far more likely to support local efforts like food carts and brew pubs. And that support keeps dollars here and fuels the, sigh, ecosystem. Read More

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