Month: July 2014

A 3D printed titanium bicycle complete with its own app: Portland vies for urban biking technology dominance

Wait what? While it’s perfectly logical—and practically obvious—that if someone were to build a 3D printed titanium bike with a bunch of awesome tech and an accompanying mobile app, then that someone would be in Portland. Because Portland. But what if that bike were up against other cities with equally awesome ideas? Read More

Not so terrible twos: Simple marks two year anniversary of banking service

They grow up so fast. It seems like just a few months ago that we were all patiently waiting to be allowed behind the velvet rope that was a new kind of banking experience. Now Simple has been providing that service for two years—and now they’re letting everyone in. Read More

Chatting with YIX: Cofounder Jenny Diggles on animated gifs, eliminating "dude bros" in tech, and working with Microsoft

Traditionally, Portland hasn’t been the strongest town for consumer facing apps. But one genre—games—has managed to buck that trend. One of the recent newcomers to the Portland gaming scene is YIX, the first game centered around animated gifs. Read More

Can digital storytelling be accelerated? Only if you accelerate your Oregon Story Board application

As we’ve been chatting with all the folks about the Oregon Story Board concept—a startup accelerator borrowing some of the concepts we’ve learned at PIE and apply them to the world of digital storytelling—one of the most interesting parts of the conversation has been how these creatives think about their projects and pursuits. Read More

Hacking on hardware? Beaverton has a startup accelerator for that

The Portland area has no shortage of startup accelerators. But the vast majority of them are focused on products that could be best described as ethereal. What about folks working in the physical world? Well, meet e1ectr0n, a Beaverton based accelerator designed to help folks working on hardware-based technology. Read More

Remembering Nike Chalkbot: Five years ago, a project for Tour de France had a lasting impact on the Portland startup scene

We still talk about Chalkbot a lot. Sort of in a “remember when” kind of way. Not about the technology. Or how hard the project was. Or the incredibly inane logistics. We talk more about its legacy. About the people. And about those it continues to affect and inspire, even today. Read More

Portland startup GraphAlchemist celebrates OSCON week by open sourcing Alchemy.js

While Portland is always an open source focused town, OSCON is the annual reminder that we’re the de facto hub of open source. So what better time, thought local startup GraphAlchemist, to contribute something awesome to the world of open source. Introducing Alchemy.js. Read More

An august August: TechFestNW 2014 draws a respected lineup of tech speakers from — and to — Portland

There have been a number of changes for TechFestNW—the annual tech event run in conjunction with MusicFestNW—this year. The event has moved to August, the ticket price has dropped, and they’ve added a talent fair to help startups find the talent they need. But one thing hasn’t changed: the caliber of TFNW speakers. Read More

It wouldn't be OSCON week without a Ground Kontrol party

Yes, it’s true. OSCON—O’Reilly’s annual open source convention—is back in town next week. So expect the town to be chock full of even more awesome techies than usual. And likely a few more gatherings and hacks and whatnot, too. Portland’s Orchestrate and our friends from Boulder, SendGrid, are hosting a shindig at Ground Kontrol. Read More

Time to give back: Supporting an entrepreneur who has supported many of us, Shelley Gunton

There are so many people in the Portland startup scene who take time to help other folks out. It’s just kind of how we do things around here. Making connections, providing mentorship, and helping people navigate the community. Perhaps no one has been more helpful in this regard than Shelley Gunton. Now, she could use some help from us. Read More

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