Summer road trips: Two Portland startups accepted to two different Techstars programs

Ah summer. The best time of year to be in Portland. But startups have to be opportunistic. And do whatever they can to succeed. Even if that means leaving the Rose City during the best time to be here. And that’s exactly what Portland startups Brightwork and Chroma are doing.

Brightwork, an early stage company working on helping developers with the plethora of available APIs—and to better understand that use, will be spending the summer in Chicago as part of the Techstars program there.

Chroma will be heading east, as well. But much further east. They’re participating in the Barclays Techstars accelerator in New York. Chroma, you’ll remember, is using Blockchain to rethink the way capital is invested in early stage companies—with a current focus on putting 401k funds to work in local companies.

Even better news? Both companies are planning to return to Portland at the close of the programs. Just in time for the rainy season.

[Full disclosure: I am an advisor for Brightwork. And Chroma is an alum of Oregon Story Board, an accelerator focused on digital storytelling which I helped cofound.]