Month: December 2020

Season of giving: Supporting Business for a Better Portland’s annual Street Roots support campaign

It’s drawing near the end of the year. And it’s holiday season. Which means it’s time for what has become another tradition: Business for a Better Portland‘s annual Street Roots support campaign. And this year — with less foot traffic on the city sidewalks — it’s more important than ever.

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Invent Oregon secures $1 million grant from Lemelson Foundation

Every once in a while, the good folks catch a win. And such is the case this week. Invent Oregon — a program that has inspired college entrepreneurs from around the state and whose annual competition has become a marquee startup event — has garnered a $1,000,000 grant from the Lemelson Foundation.

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If you’re a startup wanting to write a press release for Silicon Florist — or an actual journalist — here’s how



OTBC reveals Beaverton Startup Challenge 2021 companies

For many startups, tracking down early stage funding and mentorship can be critical to their continued growth. So it’s always nice to see organizations like OTBC providing both funding and mentorship for a new crop of Beaverton startups.

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TechfestNW PitchfestNW 2020 winner: HILOS

Another TechfestNW is in the books. And with it, PitchfestNW, which has become a quintessential — and international — part of this annual event, albeit virtual this time around. Once the digital dust settled, one company stood apart from the others and it happened to be a local company: HILOS.

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Perplexed by press releases?

I’ve lost count of how many press releases I’ve written over the last 25 years or so. It’s become such a common occurrence for me — either for my projects or for helping PIE companies — that I sometimes forget that composing them is still a dark mystic art for most folks. But then, inevitably, I get an ill-formed attempt at a press release from a startup and that fact is brought into sharp relief — at the startup’s expense.

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Planning to hire in the new year? Grab your job posts now before prices go up

At the onset of the pandemic, Silicon Florist slashed job board pricing in half to help ensure that companies that had jobs to post had less of a barrier to do so. In 2021, however, the plan is to return those prices to their previous levels.

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Senator Wyden battles Patriot Act access to Web browsing records

I always respect Senator Ron Wyden‘s work to protect both privacy and a free and open Internet. He’s been at the forefront of this work for a long time. And has been one of the critical voices in protecting a platform that has enabled the sites, ecommerce, and social media we enjoy on the Web, today. This time, Senator Wyden is working against the FBI using Patriot Act Section 215 to access Web browsing logs.

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