Month: June 2014

Gif in the game: Portland's YIX makes sharing animated gifs a bit more competitive

Sharing animated gifs is an Internet mainstay. It’s practically why the Internet was created, it seems. And the growing prevalence of chat clients has only caused that use to increase. Just as common is the anecdotal oneupmanship that has always been an unspoken component practice. Now, a new Portland startup is jumping headlong into that aspect of the game. Literally. Read More

Portland State, home to open source rockets and DIY space suits

Sure sure. Elon Musk is rethinking space travel. But what’s he going to wear up there? Maybe he could sport a little Portland fashion? Because you know, we do win Project Runway and we do have someone who has figured out a do-it-yourself space suit here. Read More

Visualize this: Portland Code School adds data visualization track

As we create more and more data, stuff gets more and more interesting. But it also gets pretty convoluted and confusing. That’s why practices like data visualization are gaining more and more traction in the industry. But how do you learn this dark art? Well, Portland Code School is working to help you do just that. Read More

Just like every Startup Weekend, Startup Weekend Access cranked out awesome startups

Last weekend, Portland was home to an atypical Startup Weekend—which could become the model for Startup Weekends going forward. Dubbed Startup Weekend Access, the event was designed to focus on the accessibility issues of organizing and participating in these types of events. And hopefully helping increase the diversity of the Portland startup scene as a whole. Read More

This or that? Pikly will help you pick

So many of the decisions we make tend to be based on visual clues. What to wear, what to eat, where to go. And if you’re indecisive like me, getting a little help from friends can be a great way to skirt the responsibility of actually making a decision. That’s why I’m pretty psyched about Pikly. Read More

So, what's your story? Oregon Story Board accepting applications for digital storytelling accelerator

Portland is home to a number of creative industries: agencies, tech startups, makers, artists, musicians… all of whom have growing and supportive communities of collaborators. One specific group of creatives has continued to gather significant momentum around here, as of late: filmmakers, journalists, video game developers, digital agencies… They’re all digital storytellers. And now they have an accelerator designed to help them succeed. Read More

Waiting until the last minute to apply to the Startup PDX Challenge? Congrats. The last minute is here.

Look. I get it. You need to put things off to heighten your application-completing creativity. It’s all good. I completely understand. But no matter how much need to procrastinate, you’re running out of time to complete your application for the Startup PDX Challenge. Read More

In case you missed it: Puppet Labs raised an additional $40 million, this week

You’ve probably already heard, but just in case you haven’t… Portland’s Puppet Labs has raised another $40 million in venture capital, increasing its total funding to $86 million. More important than the number, though—albeit impressive—is the fact that previous investors have participated in this round. A sign of their confidence in the company and its potential for growth. Read More

Viva la Vevo: Portland startup Vadio unlocks massive licensed music collection with Vevo partnership

Portland startups are known for being a bit humble. But one Portland startup has been taking that to extremes, quietly building up an impressive list of customers and partners. Now, they’re ready to share a little of that progress. Today, Vadio announced their partnership with Vevo, one of the largest licensed collections of music videos on the Web. Read More

Calling all open source citizens: Open Source Bridge is nearly upon us

It’s that time of year again. Portland’s homegrown, volunteer-run open source conference—Open Source Bridge—is almost here. Now in it’s sixth year, the conference continues its by developer, for developers focus, bringing some amazing speakers to town and highlighting some of the incredible talent we have here in our own backyard. Read More

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