Month: October 2014

No longer a gem in the rough: Opal hits their stride and raises $8 million

I’ve been following the Opal crew for quite some time. It’s been an interesting journey to say the least. With any number of hurdles. And any number of changes. But they’ve continued pushing and persevering. And while I’m not touting funding as much as I used to, this seems like one of those times where it’s warranted. Opal just raised $8 million in a round led by Madrona. Read More

PIE five: See the new crop of startups at PIE Demo Day 2014 … and look back at Portland over the five years of PIE

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning. The days are getting shorter. Temperatures are dropping. People are thinking about baked goods and whatnot. It’s the perfect time of year for PIE. Well, and to shove a whole new crop of Portland startups out into the cold cruel world. Which is why PIE Demo Day 2014 is happening on October 24. Read More

New digs for OTBC means better access for startups

One of the most well established coworking and mentoring programs in the Portland area has some shiny new office space. OTBC has moved nearby where they used to exist a few years back. The move increases their accessibility by putting them close to the MAX tracks. Read More

Are you the mutant savior? The Church of Robotron needs you. Because 2084 will be here before you know it.

Startups tend to revel in a world of procrastination. As if they didn’t have enough stress. So it’s always nice to see someone planning for the future. Even if it’s a distant—and likely apocalyptic—future. And that’s just what the Church of Robotron is doing. Read More

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