Month: March 2014

Portland, Oregon, is the inaugural Airbnb Shared City

Portland is often recognized for its urban planning and livability. And those of us around these parts tend to stick around because of it. Well, now one of the newest startups to call Portland home, is reveling in that exact same thing. Airbnb has named Portland its first “Shared City.” Read More

What's the going rate for a junior developer in Portland?

We’ve all heard about—or directly suffered through—the shortage of development talent that plagues the startup scene. And it’s no different in Portland. Talent is at a premium. But what exactly does that scarcity do to the costs for today’s startups? Ted Timmons spent some time digging into that question. Read More

Building features faster than that yellow Angry Bird: Rovio adopts Orchestrate to streamline feature development

A number of Portland startups create solutions that attract big name customers: Jama, Janrain, Puppet, and Urban Airship, among others. But it’s always nice to add another Portland startup to the mix. Which we can now that Rovio—of Angry Birds fame—is using Orchestrate for rapid feature development. Read More

Wiki's song of code and content: Ward Cunningham gives New Relic FutureTalk

Portland is filled with hidden gems. Technologists of great aplomb who are quietly working away building awesome things. And it’s always nice when they take a few minutes to share some of their amazing insights. This month, New Relic has managed to wrangle one of those folks to speak—Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki—at their FutureTalks series. Read More

Portland startup PayRange offers up simple mobile payments for vending machines

I was just talking about how Square has changed the way we pay for things around here. It wasn’t that long ago where you’d walk up to a food cart or a coffee shop and have to shell out cash. Now, more often than not, they’ve simply got the ability to swipe your card. Now, a Portland startup is looking to offer that same sort of simplicity for vending machines. Meet PayRange. Read More

What's your biggest dream? Give your elevator pitch in Portland's living room

The elevator pitch. To many, it’s the quintessential story any entrepreneur tells. That moment when—confronted with short window of opportunity—a founder has the potential to succinctly tell his or her story. Or has the potential to fail miserably. But how often, seriously, does one get to give this little pitch in an elevator? Read More

Portland could host a crowdfunded startup pitch competition. Portlandia skit? Nope. Pitchlandia.

Leave it to Portland to do things a little differently. And to combine ingredients in new and interesting ways. Even when it comes to startup competitions. Like Pitchlandia, a crowdsourced, crowd-based, crowd-selected startup event featuring pitches from particularly Portland-themed companies. Read More

START Portland: Pensole hosts digitalundivided, iUrbanTeen, Startup PDX Challenge, and TAO, March 19

The Portland Development Commission—most notably through its Startup PDX: Challenge program—has been focusing more and more effort on helping to increase the diversity of the Portland startup scene. And it’s already beginning to have some very positive effects. START Portland promises to continue the momentum, this Wednesday. Read More

Popcorn time, indeed: Portland startup trakt finds itself in the middle of the open source Popcorn Time

If you’ve been in front of a computer over the past couple of weeks, you’ve likely caught wind of the Popcorn Time drama, a “Netflix for pirated content” that threatens to shake the very foundations of Hollywood entertainment. Read More

As our heroes ride off into the sunset, yodeling: Vizify holds a farewell happy hour before heading south

You probably caught the news that Portland startup Vizify has been acquired by Yahoo! And as part of that, the team is being relocated to the Bay Area to be part of the Yahoo! office down there. While it will be sad to see the team go, it will be nice to have some more Portland friendly types down south. Read More

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