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

ADT secures Portland IoT startup IOTAS for an undisclosed amount

An early local player in the Internet of Things and smart home industry is now part of the leading companies in home security. Portland startup IOTAS has been acquired by ADT.

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A sign that the Portland tech community is growing… or maybe just has more questions than most

For a town that lives and dies on anecdotal evidence and innumerable and unvalidated “de facto” statuses, it’s always nice to see some quantitative metrics on what going on in Portland — and the Portland tech community. Apparently, we have questions. Because our Stack Overflow pageviews are providing a glimpse of the activity here.

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Women entrepreneur support organization XXcelerate seeks new board members

If you’re interested in supporting women entrepreneurs and you have the bandwidth to serve on a nonprofit board, you might consider submitting your name as a prospective board member for XXcelerate, the leading mentorship organization for women-led businesses in Oregon.

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Portland telehealth startup Boulder Care raises $36 million Series B

With a rich history of healthcare startups in Portland, it’s great see the next generation of digital health companies securing the funding they need to grow. Like today, when Portland telehealth startup Boulder Care announced their $36 million Series B.

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Vancouver startup RealWear acquires Seattle startup and Pioneer Square Labs alum Genba

It’s always nice to see local startups continuing to grow. And sometimes, the best way to efficiently continue that expansion can be picking up companies with complementary technologies. Which is what happened this week as Vancouver, Washington, startup RealWear announced the acquisition of Seattle startup Genba.

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Managing your hectic schedule just got even easier with the Reclaim.ai Google Calendar add-in

Portland startup Reclaim.ai is all about helping you do a better job of managing your time — and retaining your sanity. And the latest step forward for the company ensures that their offering is even easier to access. Directly from within Google Calendar. And it’s free. Forever.

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Black Founders Matter urges venture capital industry to engage BIPOC women

Local venture capital firm Black Founders Matter is encouraging their entire industry to be more intentional about engaging BIPOC women through both investments and employment. And they’ve launched an effort called the 25 by 25 VC Diversity Pledge to formalize it.

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Web traffic looking a little low as of late? International Persuasion Machines is here to help

It happens. Web traffic dips. Through no fault of your own. But that doesn’t change the fact that you committed to those KPIs. And now, there seems to be no way to ensure you’re going to secure that bonus. Fear not, Webmaster. Portland startup International Persuasion Machines is here to help you reach your quota.

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Another startup focused nonprofit joins the ranks of those seeking new leadership

Blame it on the “Great Resignation” or whatever you will. We’ve seen a ton of turnover recently in the world of local foundations — which provide critical financial support for Portland’s nonprofit community. But now we’re also seeing similar behavior in the ranks of the nonprofits themselves. And that could cause yet another ripple in what’s already turning out to be a rocky environment for a Portland startup community struggling to recover from the effects of a multiyear pandemic amidst an economic downturn.

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VertueLab’s David Kenney named to National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

As the US government continues to spin up efforts to help aid recovery from a global pandemic, they’re focusing on more than just financial support. One effort by the US Economic Development Administration includes reestablishing the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE), which had been on hiatus since 2018. And a familiar face is part of the board on this reboot: David Kenney of VertueLab.

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