Month: October 2016

Branching out: 10 Branch looks to help the next generation of Portland startups

The virtuous cycle. We hear about it all the time. Someone starts a company, successfully exits that company, generates wealth for founders and employees, and then that group uses those new financial resources to reinvest in the community. Which leads to someone starting a company… Read More

Get an early look at a new Virtual Reality experience from VectorSpace VR

It’s no secret that Portland—the de facto hub of de facto hubs—is working its way toward landing another “de facto hub” title. With its pursuits in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. But sometimes, getting the chance to experience exactly what Portland is quietly building can be a challenge. That’s why I’m always happy when folks take time to demo what they’re doing. Read More

Exponentially more small business support: San Francisco based Townsquared ramps up in Portland

Portland is no stranger to regional offices. Or being an expansion market. We’ve had more than our fair share of companies picking the Rose City as one of their locations. And now, we’ve got another one. But it may very well be one of the most Portlandy ones of the bunch. Why? Because it’s a startup that’s designed to help small business be more successful. Meet Townsquared. Read More

This is the song you're looking for: Shazam partners with Portland's Vadio to show you the song you're seeking

I don’t about you, but I can still remember the first time I used Shazam. At the time—in the days before Siri and Alexa and Cortana—it was one of the first times that I can remember technology effectively replicating something heretofore uniquely human: the ability to listen to—and recognize—a song. Shazam, indeed. And now, Portland startup Vadio is helping make that experience even more magical by not only identifying the song but also showing you the video associated with it. Read More

Taking form: The changing face of 3D printing

There was a time—not so long ago—when 3D printing struck many as a gimmick. A pursuit for hobbyists and artists. Something you could do. But not something you needed to do. Times, obviously, have changed. Now, 3D printing promise to revolutionize all manufacturing. Both large and small. Curious as to how? Luckily, there are some folks in Portland who want to tell you. Read More

Casting homelessness in a different light: Can you solve it?

Often, the most effective forms of education come not as rote pedagogy but in forms that allow us to engage with the learning at an emotional level. And sometimes, that can be as simple as allowing us to experience something from a different perspective. And that’s exactly what the Portland-developed online game Can you solve it? does with the issue of homelessness. Read More

Portland should be feeling more Validated lately

Remember the good old days when you used to park in a parking garage, do some shopping at a nearby retailer, and then—as if by magic—get that parking for free by having the merchant validate your parking? Well, now that you’re Ubering or car2going or using mass transit, that freebie system all seems like the distant past right? Not anymore. Thanks to Validated. Read More