Month: July 2022

Think digital health startups have potential in Oregon?

I may have mentioned a time or ten that my first experience in Portland startups was with a digital healthcare company that was building some wacky new thing called Electronic Medical Records for physicians near the end of the last century. And while it’s been a couple of decades since I was active in that realm, I still think that digital health startups have potential around here.

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Early play to earn NFT based videogame Alchemon raises $1 million

While the frothiness of the NFT world has subsided a bit due to larger dynamics within the industry, there are still any number of folks who are bullish on the concept and continuing to explore the potential of tokens in rethinking how we’ve done things in the past. One of those companies is Portland based Alchemon, which was an early player in the NFT based videogame space. And they’re not the only ones with optimism. They just raised $1 million from a group of investors, according to Fortune.

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Eugene game studio Pipeworks acquired by Jagex of RuneScape fame

Anyone familiar with Eugene knows that it’s a significant hub in terms of game development. And one of the primary players in that community has been Pipeworks, a studio founded at the turn of the century that boasts titles like Madden NFL and the update to Terraria among their work. Now, they’ve become the first acquisition of Jagex, which is perhaps best known for RuneScape.

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Portland startup Workfrom launches Virtual Cafes on Product Hunt

The pandemic has inspired any number of new features and products — and sometimes whole new companies. One of those pivots hit really close to home as a hometown favorite for finding and researching alternative workspaces, Workfrom, suddenly had an entire user base working from home. But from that pain came inspiration. In the form of Virtual Cafes.

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An exceedingly appropriate time for a Kermit gif: A Kids Company About partners with The Jim Henson Company

Portland media startup A Kids Company About started with books. And then expanded into podcasts and educational content. Heck, they’ve even done stuff with LeVar Burton. Now, they’re partnering with one of the biggest names in youth entertainment to produce TV shows about the same types of tough issues they’ve tackled in other media.

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Looking for low-cost space for your early stage startup…?

Even with the ravaging effects of the pandemic and the sputtering economy, Portland still boasts a number of resources for non-traditional office space, be they coworking spaces like CENTRL Office or on-demand solutions like Radious. But those solutions still require capital — which can always be in short supply for early stage startups. That’s why some community members are considering pursuing a lower-cost offering for founders.

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