Video games hold a great deal of potential for engaging folks on a variety of different levels. But, to be honest, that potential is often squandered. So that’s why it’s incredibly refreshing to see other uses for the medium—like effectively communicating the emotions and frustrations of others. Take Hair Nah, a online game from Portland’s Momo Pixel that provides insight into a common annoyance for black people: uninvited hair touching.
We’ve been salivating, virtually, at the potential for alternative realities—be they virtual, augmented, or mixed—for years now. But for all of that anticipation, there has been little to show. Part of this is due to the newness of the platforms and hardware and the challenge of creating palpable experiences in those environments. That’s why it’s nice to see things like Prism from Portland’s Object Theory which truly begin to demonstrate the potential of the medium.
Portland is lucky to be home to one of the most impactful and growing events for black entrepreneurs, PitchBlack, a pitch competition that has featured local black founders for the past three years and has now expanded to other cities. But where did the concept get its start? Free Enterprise sat down with founder Stephen Green to get the story.
Portland, Oregon, has long been celebrated for its amazing food, beer, urban environment, and quirkiness, among other things. But more and more, we’re starting to see the Rose City land on lists for its startup community and its tech scene. Now, Forbes has highlighted Portland as one of five cities poised to become tomorrow’s tech meccas.
You’re in Portland. Of course buying local is in your blood. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get rewarded for that behavior. And what about finding new stores or boutiques? Shouldn’t there be some technology that helps you discover those places? That’s exactly why there’s a service like Little Boxes.
Anil Kumar is an Engineer based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked in research and development for past 15 years with over six years in semiconductor manufacturing. Anil worked with Intel on 22nm and 14nm process development with focus on Intel’s Atom and SoC products. Over six years, he helped Intel deliver over 25 new products and reduced the manufacturing time by more than 50%. All this while delivering yield, performance, and other key process indicators under extremely tight timelines.
Liz is a Chief Talent Finder, Headhunter, Coach, and trusted partner to growing technology companies in the Pacific Northwest.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she started her career at a boutique staffing company. In 2004, she joined then-startup Centerstance and helped them grow from 11 to 75 employees. In 2011, she left Centerstance and started her own company, Liz Dooley Recruiting, to focus on providing recruiting and consulting services to professional service organizations and software companies.
When you’re a founder, dealing with your money—or lack thereof—can be yet another added stressor in your already overly stressful existence. And let’s be honest. Most of the issue—again, like many other issues of being a founder—is due to ignorance and naivety. If only there were a way to simplify your understanding of personal finance… and if only it had cats.