Month: May 2021

More coverage of the Reclaim.ai Seed funding announcement

Earlier today, I shared the news that Portland startup Reclaim.ai had raised a $4.8 million Seed round, with some notable investors in tow. So notable, as a matter of fact, that a number of other writers took notice.

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Remember that one time… at summer camp?

Even as we work our way toward recovery, the reality of the pandemic is still very much present. And with it, a logical reticence to rush back to the way things were, willy nilly. And yet, we’re rapidly approaching a summer when everyone — kids and parents, alike — could use a break. Portland startup A Kids Book About is offering up a creative solution in that regard.

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Calendar concerns? Portland’s Reclaim.ai has raised $4.8 million to help you tame your schedule with AI

The promise of Artificial Intelligence has been a pipe dream for some time. Artificial assistants who help us in our day to day lives — and who help us augment our knowledge in new and interesting ways. We’ve only seen a glimmer of the potential of AI. But one Portland company has hit upon a very practical and compelling use of AI: managing your schedule. Meet Reclaim.ai.

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A unique online interview with Portland’s Adam DuVander about his new book

After having had the opportunity to sit through any number of virtual events, interview, panels, and presentations over the last 15 months, I’m always happy to see someone taking a creative bent to delivering content online. Like this recent conversation with Portland’s Adam DuVander, author of Developer Marketing Does Not Exist.

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REMINDER: Portland Lunch 2.0 is Tuesday, May 25

Portland was always a little light on the general networking events. And the pandemic only made that more pronounced. Which is why I’m hoping that a little resurgence of Portland Lunch 2.0 — the long running lunchtime networking event for the Portland startup community — can help make connections as we work toward recovery. And the next one is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

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GeekWire Awards names Portland founder Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Portland tends to be humble. Aggressively humble for the most part. But even if founders are going to be humble, I’m going to celebrate them. Like Stephanie Strong, founder and CEO of Portland startup Boulder Care, who just won the GeekWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2021.

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TechfestNW 2021 AO Tech selects a Portland startup as the winner of the international startup competition

TechfestNW had a pandemically reduced footprint this year. But that doesn’t mean its impact is any smaller. Especially when it comes to startups having a platform to share what they’re building. And after an arduous pitch competition, the winner of the annual event has been named. It’s a Portland company. Called Rewire Neuro.

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Interesting insights on Portland startup Customer.io

There’s a generation of Portland startups that I often refer to as “the Quiet Generation.” They’ve never been terribly flashy. Never sought out the limelight. Never beat their proverbial chests about building a company in the Portland startup community. They just do what they do. Successfully. And quietly. Like Customer.io.

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REMINDER: TechfestNW is short, sweet, and virtual once again, this year

Even as we struggle with the effects of the pandemic, some of our tried and true startup events continue to soldier on. In new and different ways. Like TechfestNW. Which is going through its second year as a virtual event. But this time with a pared down format which crams all of the usual goodness into a single day of activities.

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REMINDER: Founders Live Portland reboots, this Thursday

Even the most well attended events need a refresh every once in a while. Something to shake things up. Be it format or hosts or content. And that’s what’s happening with the Portland chapter of Founders Live, which is now under new management.

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