Need help becoming a better engineer? Consider Traveling the Technical Trail

Engineering, computer science, and code school programs do a great job of helping folks learn how to write code or develop hardware. But few of them adequately prepare those same people for a career in technology. For that, it takes more than talent alone. It takes the ability to effectively navigate organizations and coworkers, ensuring that you’re on the path to the career you imagined.

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Portland startup Ride Report surpasses $1 million in service fees tracked

I believe in celebrating wins. And milestones. So I’m always happy to see Portland startups recognizing that they’ve done something meaningful. Like Ride Report, which has just surpassed tracking more than $1 million in micromobility fees.

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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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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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