Month: August 2016

Starting with a diverse portfolio: Elevate Capital reveals investments from Inclusive and Capital funds

If you tend to follow a lot of Portland startup folks on social media, there’s no doubt that, today, your social streams were lit up with images of the governor of Oregon in a Microsoft HoloLens, a jam-packed crowd at Oregon Story Board, and news of Portland’s newest VC, Elevate Capital, and the big reveal of their first six investments—with four technology local startups among them. Read More

Silicon Florist links arrangement for August 31, 2016

Another random assortment of freshly picked links that struck my fancy. Some of them newsworthy. Some of them thought worthy. All of them, hopefully, worth your time. Today includes the Portland’s love of the Thorns, less and less code, more and more ADX, QuackCon, PIE and Built Oregon Community Hour[s], In-Q-Tel, and the Dropbox hack. Read More

Silicon Forest silicon manufacturing: Still the world’s best

Among many interesting developments announced at the Intel Developer Forum (in San Francisco, where the technology discussion was largely about what Intel is doing in Oregon) was the announcement that Intel’s somewhat understated Custom Foundry business would be building processors for ARM and its customers, including LG, servicing the mobile and IoT markets. While this is not as big as a win as having the dominant branded design, it underscores Intel’s continuing leadership in manufacturing technology—led by Intel’s Hillsboro Ronler Acres site. Read More

Silicon Florist links arrangement for August 30, 2016

Here’s another collection of (what I found to be) interesting links. Among them, Skyward, PolySync, the cofounder myth, the next great platform, Chirpify, Nike, SETI, Grimm, and more than a Eugene teen wanted in a senior photo. Read More

Portland is getting even more Cozy

As much as I love to see activity in the Portland startup community, homegrown activity is my favorite. And when a company has relocated its headquarters to the Rose City to make it a hometown company…? Well, then their continued growth and success reflects well on the entire community. That’s why I’m really happy to share that Cozy continues to gain traction. Read More

Silicon Florist links arrangement for August 29, 2016

[Editor’s note: Back in the day—you know, when people used to actually blog—I would try to throw together link roundups to help share some of the stuff that other folks had written. Or maybe that I found super interesting but didn’t seem to fall within the “Portland tech startup” beat. I’m bringing this back for a limited time. Partially for old time’s sake. And partially because it seems needed.] Read More

Two user experience talks. You can only attend one. Which experience will you choose?

The thing I love about Portland is that it’s usually got a little something for everyone. The thing that’s frustrating about Portland is that there are usually a bunch of awesome—and often overlapping—events to attend. Like this Wednesday, for instance. Where you’ll have to choose between hearing from awesome people talking about virtual reality user experience or equally awesome insights on product user experience. Read More

A hero in our midst: Congrats to Shashi Jain on being recognized for helping young entrepreneurs

Sometimes, even the most startuppy of us has a day job. But when you can combine that day job with the opportunity to teach others about entrepreneurship? Then you’ve got something good going. And no one does a better job of keeping a foot in both camps than our own Shashi Jain. And now, he’s getting the recognition he so richly deserves. Read More

Positive spin: RADAR spins out of ID Experts

Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up on a steady diet of Laverne & Shirley and Joanie Loves Chachi. Or maybe it’s that I’m nostalgic for the Portland tech days of yesteryear, when the tech community was littered with successful spin outs born from tech giants like Tektronix and Intel. Read More

REMINDER: Don't miss this opportunity to meet some amazing Portland startups at PitchBlack

If Portland’s Stephen Green has said it once, he’s said it a million times: “If you can’t see it… you can’t be it.” It’s an incredibly succinct way of describing the need for role models with whom you can relate. And that’s why he’s making sure that Portland’s black founders get seen. With PitchBlack, a regular gathering that showcases Portland’s community of black entrepreneurs. Read More

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