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

Revisiting Black History Month 2021

It’s become an annual tradition for Stephen Green to spend the month of February featuring one amazing Black business every day on Twitter in honor of Black History Month. A few years ago, Built Oregon joined the effort. And then my part of the annual tradition has become capturing all of the tweets in a single post. So let’s take a look at Black History Month 2021.

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Quite the Prospect: Portland startup The Wild acquires product from IrisVR

Seems to be a good week for acquisitions. Autodesk is picking up Portland’s Innovyze for $1 billion. And Portland startup The Wild has acquired a product to add to its repertoire and customer base, Prospect by IrisVR.

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Autodesk to acquire Portland’s Innovyze at a unicorn valuation

Innovyze isn’t exactly a startup anymore. But when local companies get acquired by Autodesk for $1 billion in cash, it seems like news in which people would be interested.

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Missouri legislation calls for Office of Entrepreneurship and startup tax breaks

Given that the Oregon 10 year Innovation Plan is top of my mind, I’ve been poking around to see what other states are doing in support of innovation and entrepreneurship. And this proposed legislation for Missouri was interesting for a number of reasons.

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Logging could be the future of Oregon startups

Okay. Not that kind of logging. The other kind. Dealing with the massive amounts of data trapped in logs in corporate environments, server farms, and the like. And that’s exactly where Portland startup Hydrolix is focused.

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More Glory: Learn more about the Portland startup and the Sephora incubator

As I mentioned earlier this month — or as I like to refer to it, pre-pandemic-power-outage — Portland startup Glory has been selected to participate in the Sephora incubator program. Now, we get to hear from Glory founder Alisia Ford about that whole thing.

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Portland kicks Sidewalk Labs’ Replica to the curb

Turns out that the Rose City is having second thoughts about anonymous — yet somewhat still creepy — tracking stuff. Even if it was a project that spun out of Google. That’s right. Portland’s partnership with Replica and Sidewalk Labs has come to an end.

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Fry’s dies

For a time, if you wanted to geek out on hardware or build your own computer, Fry’s in Wilsonville, Oregon, would have been your first stop. But it appears that — like Wilsonville’s Hollywood Video before it — Fry’s is no more. (Also, it’s sadly ironic that the frys.com Website is throwing a 503 error.) For more, visit Ars Technica.

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Looking to speed up your app development? Portland startup Knapsack wants to help

The promise of object oriented programming was always rooted in the idea of being able to reuse chunks of code, thereby speeding up programming and reducing errors. But as applications get more and more complex, companies are creating their own libraries of objects. And Portland startup Knapsack is interested in helping.

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VamosVentures selects Portland’s Juan Barraza as a part of its inaugural scout program

More and more venture capital funds are embracing the concept of “scouts” to help them with deal flow — and its a win win for folks who are in close contact with startups but aren’t necessarily investing. The funds get access to a wider spectrum of companies. And the scouts get compensated for finding startups that are on thesis for the funds.

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