Month: October 2015

Thinking Techstars? Join Portland's Techstars alums and Techstars Seattle to get your questions answered

While Portland doesn’t have a Techstars program of its own anymore, we do have our fair share of alums from Techstars accelerators. What’s more, we have close friends who run a Techstars program not too terribly far away at Techstars Seattle. And those friends will be in town next week to answer all of your questions about the Techstars program. Read More

Creating cool kids from scratch: Get in on "The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code"

Really, if there’s one thing Portland is good at, it’s DIY. But DIY doesn’t have to be all about homemade leather suspenders or knit bombing telephone poles… When two local women needed a cool kid’s book about code for a gift to their new-to-fatherdom friend, they couldn’t find one. And this being Portland, they decided, "That’s a shame. Let’s make one." And so they have. Read More

Put yourself at Paul Rudd's terminal: Portland developer lets you run the Celery Man sequence

I can’t remember exactly where I first encountered Celery Man. But it was on the Internet. On that, I am clear. It wasn’t on TV. Even though that’s where it originated. On Adult Swim. And as much as I’ve appreciated its appearance and reappearance over the years, nothing tops what Portland developer Alex Meub has built. With the Celery Man Simulator. Read More

Front-end developer? Mozilla wants to help you View Source

Back when I built Web pages on the Internet, we didn’t have all of your fancy newfangled javascripts and style sheets and frameworks and whatnot. We used transparent spacer gifs and we liked it. And tables. Oh my. I could go on and on about tables. And when we wanted to see how something was done, all we had to do was view source and copy it. That’s just how it was. Read More

A whole new crop of startups join the Portland startup scene with Oregon Story Board Demo Day

Fine. I’ll admit it. I love demo days. If only because I know how much awful turmoil, stress, and ad nauseam pitch practice go into the effort. And all of those hours and days and weeks of effort culminate in a few brief moments of glory on stage—where amazing founders get the chance to reveal their startups to the world. It really is amazing. So forgive me, if I spend a few minutes highlighting the startups that took the stage for Story Board Demo Day. Read More

Builders gonna build: PDX Code Community forms to support those in PDX Code School limbo

If you haven’t been following the PDX Code School story, you should jump over to Malia Spencer’s coverage of what’s happening. It’s been a mess but her work has been nothing short of excellent. To summarize, PDX Code School abruptly closed over the weekend—as in locks changed and stuff—leaving students and instructors in a lurch. A few days later? The industrious and motivated community has formed their own group: PDX Code Community. Read More

Put Portland center stage: Portland startup Workfrom vies for a spot at TNW Conference USA 2015

We always like to say that we help one another out here in the Portland startups scene. Well, here’s another chance to prove it. And it’s as simple as clicking a vote button. What will that do? Well it will give Portland startup Workfrom the chance to appear on stage at TNW Conference USA 2015. Read More

Take a break from running around crazily to run in an organized fashion: 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX, October 21, 2015

If there’s one thing startups are good at, it’s running around with their hair on fire, figuratively. Now Portland startups have a chance to run around literally—and its for a good cause. On October 21, 2015, hundreds of your peers will be taking to the streets for the 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX. an effort to raise money and awareness for Rosemary Anderson High School. Read More

If you read one post today, start reading this one so that you can actually read the one you should read

I write stuff. A lot. I write a lot of stuff. Constantly. Blog posts. Tweets. Emails. Slack updates. And while I like to think I do a decent job of highlighting projects, rarely is my writing revelatory. Or brave. So when someone writes something that is difficult and revelatory? I notice. Read More

Experience a different kind of pitch: Oregon Story Board Demo Day is October 22

In the world of startups and accelerators and pitch competitions and whatnot, there are any number of opportunities to see folks ask you for money. Or tell you about their products. But what about hearing stories from folks who are storytellers by profession? What about hearing about why they built their company? That’s a different sort of demo day. And that’s what the Oregon Story Board accelerator is all about. Read More

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