Month: January 2021

Puppet founder Luke Kanies reveals more about his next venture, Clickety

It’s always nice to see successful Portland founders moving from being one-time entrepreneurs to serial entrepreneurs. And so I’ve been watching with interest as Luke Kanies, the founder of Portland’s Puppet, chase his next pursuit, Clickety.

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Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) names new board of directors

The long running membership organization, OEN, has announced a new board of directors to guide the organization. Six of the board members are returning and nine have been added.

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PDXWIT reboots their podcast, Humanizing Tech

Looking for some podcast content? Well, you’re in luck. I’m happy to report that the PDXWIT podcast, Humanizing Tech, is back after a hiatus.

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A financial solution to help people through times like these: quin

The once flourishing Portland startup fintech community has had some unfortunate setbacks, as of late. Acorns, Simple, and Azlo are no longer here. And while companies like Expensify and Bumped continue to grow, we haven’t seen a great deal of activity of up and comers, lately. Until now. Created by startup fintech veterans with more than 60 years experience as a team, we now have a new Portland fintech startup to watch: quin.

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Housekeeping: Moving the Silicon Florist newsletter over to Substack

Having been online for more than 13 years, Silicon Florist has attracted a wide variety of readers who have an equally wide variety of reading preferences. Some folks read the blog. Some still track the RSS feed. Some follow the Twitter feed. But a whole bunch of you tend to rely on the Silicon Florist newsletter, week after week.

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What makes for a successful Seed deck?

There are any number of ways to tell a startup’s story. But no format sparks more debate than the pitch deck. What topics should it cover? How many slides should it contain? How much time should I spend on design?

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Portland startup SheerID expands European footprint

So much of the activity for Portland tech startups is national. It’s always nice to see companies recognizing business opportunities on the other side of the pond. Which is what’s happening with Portland startup SheerID as it extends support to 13 European countries.

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Elevate Capital hits first close — and cuts first checks — for $40 million Fund II

Another local venture capital fund has leveraged the success of its previous efforts to raise another larger fund. Portland based Elevate Capital has announced hitting the first close on their $40 million fund II. And they’ve already started cutting checks out the fund.

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Community question: Where does someone without tech skills start when it comes to building SaaS products?

As I mentioned last week, as part of an ongoing effort to help the Portland startup community be more helpful to the Portland startup community, I’m test driving a new way for folks to engage, converse, and collaborate called pe•ple. And I’ll plan on highlighting some of those conversations, here.

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The plot thickens with A Kids Book About podcasts… or is it A Kids Podcast About?

As reported by the Portland Business Journal, Portland startup A Kids Book About is going to be more than about books. The company is now branching out to develop a podcast network, as well.

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