Month: March 2022

Silicon Florist links arrangement for March 31, 2022 💐

In the Shadow of the Star Wars Kid

Last August, I entered a loft in downtown Portland, walked through a door, and met someone I’ve wanted to talk to for the last 20 years: Ghyslain Raza, the unwilling subject of the “Star Wars Kid” meme, the biggest viral video of the pre-YouTube era.

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Looking to hack on some web3 stuff? Look no further than the ETH Portland hackathon

As folks start to come back together in person, a lot of that activity is being motivated by a desire to collaborate with others, face to face. And there’s no better environment for that sort of in-person collaboration than a good old-fashioned hackathon. Which is why it’s great to see ETH Portland taking place in April.

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How burned out are tech folks? Pretty fried according to The State of Burnout in Tech 2022

We, as a global community, have been under a ton of pressure and stress over the past two years. Global pandemics have a way of doing that. But stress and burnout were issues in the workforce long before that. With the tech and startup communities doing more than their fair share of burning through talent. But most of that, while vaguely understood, has been largely anecdotal. Which is why I’m always happy to see efforts that attempt to quantify the effects. Like The State of Burnout in Tech report.

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for March 29, 2022 💐

Collaborate with kindness: Consider these etiquette tips in Slack

From Oregon-based Matt Haughey. Slack works best as a collaborative workspace when everyone in a company uses it to have transparent, informative discussions in channels, which are organised around projects, teams and disciplines. But let’s be honest, many teams rely far too often on direct messages—mostly for quick questions and answers. This creates two issues…

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for March 25, 2022 💐

Portland founder on his big sale: ‘I want this to be bigger than me’

“This was an early acquisition. I didn’t expect it,” said Paez, who said that selling so soon was definitely not part of his plan. “You can’t time these things. As a founder you can only do so much to plan and predict your future and the rest comes down to opportunity and these moments of potential and you capitalize on them or you don’t.”

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Silicon Florist links arrangement for March 24, 2022 💐

Portland extended reality startup acquired by Bay Area software maker

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Autodesk executives noted the talent and technology developed by The Wild will be the foundation for the larger company’s extended reality strategy.

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Portland startup Knapsack launches Patterns retreat in Santa Fe

More signs of the world beginning to move back to in-person. Portland startup Knapsack which just recently announced a new $5.5 million round of funding has something else new they’ve been working on. Meet Patterns, a retreat focused on engineering, product, and design leaders in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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[UPDATED] Portland XR startup The Wild to be acquired by Autodesk

This morning, Autodesk announced the intention to acquire Portland extended reality (XR) startup The Wild, which has significant applications in collaboration for the architecture and engineering world. This milestone also marks a significant event for the local venture capital community as The Wild counts local firms Elevate Capital, Ideaship, Oregon Venture Fund, Portland Seed Fund, and The R Group among its investors.

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