Month: December 2015

Get an early start on 2016 by getting excited for Portland Startup Week, February 1-5, 2016

I know, I know. You’re still stressing about getting everything done for 2015. But guess what? 2016 is a whole bundle of startup stress just waiting to happen. That’s why I’m happy to give you a chance to celebrate, hang out with your peers, and blow off some steam. All you have to do is survive a month. Well and a week. If you want to participate. Read More

Roll out the welcome mat: Portland startup Cozy helps realtor.com and Doorstep streamline processes

Property management platform Cozy is welcoming some new partners to the neighborhood. Today, they announced a deal with Move, Inc—which brings properties like realtor.com and Doorstep into the fold. Read More

Moving beyond the Portland Six: 17 other Portland startups to watch in 2016

If you’ve been monitoring the Portland startup scene for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed this particular quirk. While there seems to be tons of people and a lot of activity, you generally only hear about the same handful of startups. Or former startups. Again and again. Over and over and over. Read More

Interactive television: Portland startup A Fourth Act collaborates with OPB

Sometimes, the hardest part of building a startup is simply getting people to try your product. That’s why it’s always awesome to see Portland startups collaborating with local resources to get the exposure they need. Like A Fourth Act is doing tonight with OPB to get their product Harvis in the hands of users. Read More

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of startups: Founders pitch to win 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland… and you're invited

You know me. I’m always looking for opportunities to showcase what’s happening in Portland and Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. To shine a spotlight on our founders. To put our startups on a bigger stage. So when the folks at 1776 called me up and asked if Portland would be interested in hosting a local leg of the 1776 Challenge Cup, an annual global competition for startups that have significant impact on more civic-minded issues, I jumped at the chance. Read More

Every little bit helps: Built Oregon rallies support for Crowdfund Friday

This time of year, we’ve got any number of activities to warm the cockles of our capitalistic shopping hearts. There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday, to name a few. But the folks at Built Oregon thought there could be room for one more. One that—like Small Business Saturday—would appeal directly to Oregonians. Read More

Come on, Umpqua Bank. I think you're better than that. And I know for damn sure Oregon is better than that.

It was like Christmas morning. I began my public transit commute and started combing through the news for the day. When what to my wandering eyes should appear but this amazing headline in the Portland Business Journal, “New Umpqua division aims to ‘disrupt’ banking industry.” Read More

And with a wave of the hand… Portland's early gesture recognition player ONtheGO Platforms acquired by Atheer

What began with Google Glass has ended in a successful exit for ONtheGO Platforms—and the local investors who took a risk on the company before it was clear where the market was going. Atheer has acquired OTG for its team and technology, who were early players in exploring the potential of gestures within virtual and physical environments. Read More

It's like a podcast, but from a CFO: Earnings Calls app helps you tune in to companies' financials

As more and more startup darlings and unicorns flirt with going public or take the opportunity to IPO, earnings calls are coming back into vogue. During the dotcom days, tuning into these sorts of things took all sorts of effort. Tracking down numbers. Tuning in at the right time. Finding the corresponding Webinar. It was a hassle. Read More

Portland trifecta: Kickstarter, WordPress, and geeking combine for a successful campaign

Portland loves its Kickstarter. And it adores its WordPress. And geeking out? Well that goes without saying. So it makes perfect sense that a Kickstarter project for a geeky project for WordPress would find success here. And that’s exactly what happened. Read More

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