All posts by Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Founder and editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy

A pivot, a new name, and a $50 million Series B: Meet Portland startup Torq — formerly known as StackPulse

If you haven’t heard of Torq before, it may be because the name and business are fairly new. The company was formerly known as StackPulse, but a pivot in business also motivated them to pursue a new name. And new infusion of capital — a $50 million Series B led by Insight Partners — will probably make that name pretty memorable around Portland.

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Want to influence policy around the City of Portland surveillance technology?

When it comes to tracking citizens with technology, these days it’s way more than just closed circuit cameras or cell tower tracking. The number of technologies available to the City of Portland include “any software, electronic device, system utilizing an electronic device, or similar used, designed, or primarily intended to collect, retain, analyze, process, or share audio, electronic, visual, location, thermal, olfactory, biometric, or similar information specifically associated with, or capable of being associated with, any individual or group.”

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PDXWIT Kiva Hackathon 2021 winners announced

I miss a good old fashioned hackathon. So imagine my joy when I heard that my favorite professional organization in Portland — PDXWIT — and Kiva — which has a Portland office — were collaborating on a hackathon to explore interesting and creative ways to make use of the data that Kiva has available through its unique microloan platform. And I got even more excited when, like every good hackathon, I heard that folks were getting to show off what they built.

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New unicorn PLACE has a Portland connection and $100 million Series A

It remains to be seen whether our post pandemic world will redefine the concept of corporate headquarters. That is, as a mentor of mine recently asked: in a remote first world, does the concept of a company being “a Portland company” even exist anymore…?

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OTBC Westside Startup Challenge 2022 announces selected startups

Out of 49 applicants, five startups have been selected to engage with OTBC as part of its 2022 Westside Startup Challenge. Each of the winners receives a $25,000 investment in addition to the resources provided by OTBC.

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Portland Hololens agency Object Theory acquired by ARound

It’s another exit via acquisition for serial founder Raven Zachary. His latest company — the Microsoft Hololens agency he helped cofound, Object Theory — has been acquired by ARound. Small Society, the iOS development shop Raven cofounded prior to Object Theory — a preeminent player in the then burgeoning Portland mobile scene — was acquired by Walmart Labs in 2012.

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Portland startup Provenance Chain Network partners with AllClir

Portland lifecycle transparency startup Provenance Chain™ Network (PCN) has established a new partnership with AllClir™, a maker of measurable disinfectant sensors.

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Community kudos: Steve Morris, OTBC

In 2005 Steve Morris assumed the role of Executive Director of Beaverton’s Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC). He assumed it would be a temporary role, but last month, after leading the organization for 16 years, he stepped down to become OTBC’s part-time Entrepreneur In Residence.

Over those 16 years Steve grew OTBC into a statewide highly respected entrepreneurial support organization. He also led OTBC’s investment efforts with the Westside Startup Challenge which after six years has invested over $700,000 in 30 startup’s that have gone on to raise over $60 million in additional funding.

Well done Steve!

— Jim McCreight, Executive Director OTBC

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

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Community kudos: Kari Naone, TiE Oregon

Kudos for running the TiE organization for startups in the Portland metro area. If we had more programs focused on the elements provided in the TiE XL bootcamp we would have a higher potential of startup successes.

Connect with Kari on LinkedIn.

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Meet Skittish, a new online event platform that takes a quirky approach

Any number of online event platforms try varying degrees of approximating an event environment, virtually. But most, at best, create an uncanny valley of “almost but not quite.” So what if you took a completely different approach? Like, I don’t know… riffing on the incredibly popular Animal Crossing as an event environment? That’s about the most accurate description of Skittish.

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