Month: June 2021

Need more than a DM? Subfund adds full length newsletters to its offering

Portland startup Subfund is helping creators manage direct messages, allowing them to efficiently send DMs to folks in their communities who opt in to receive those messages. But sometimes, those creators have a little more to say than a DM. And that’s why Subfund has expanded their offering to allow for full length newsletters, as well.

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A single startup exit creates two firsts for the Portland Seed Fund

The Portland Seed Fund, one of the most active investors in Seed stage companies in the state, has been working to invest in early stage startups for more than a decade. But they’ve had a couple of meaningful firsts recently. All thanks to ESS, a startup in their portfolio.

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Portland startup Gabbi raises $1 million for AI that assists with early cancer risks

We’re seeing more and more startups leveraging the assumed potential of Artificial Intelligence for truly practical — and potentially life saving — applications. Which is very much inline with Portland startup Gabbi, a startup that uses a unique combination of assessments and AI to help with the early detection of potential health issues.

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Portland startup Sensu to be acquired by Sumo Logic

There’s a generation of Portland startups that I refer to as the “quiet generation.” Not a lot of pomp and circumstance. Not a lot of public appearances. Just a bunch of amazing founders and companies who have quietly been building compelling businesses in our midst. One of those was Sensu, which had attracted capital from name brand VCs like Foundry Group and Battery Ventures. And now, they’ve also gotten those investors an exit.

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A Kids Book About releases a new book to educate kids and parents on the Tulsa Race Massacre

On June 1, 1921, one of the most horrific — and often undiscussed — incidents of racial violence in United States history took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Black Wall Street. One hundred years later, a Portland startup — A Kids Book About — has created a book to help encourage more conversations about this deplorable event.

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Looking to connect with the Portland startup community?

For all the difficulties of the pandemic, finding ways to connect with other humans — especially if you’ve recently relocated — has been among the most difficult. What’s more, for folks who are juggling jobs, family, and other areas of responsibility, evening networking events can be all but inaccessible — whether it’s a pandemic or not. That’s why I’ve been actively working to reboot Portland Lunch 2.0, a simple community networking event that occurs during the lunch hour.

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