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Portland’s triumphant return to ridiculous decisions

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being stuck in a room where I’m on a panel talking about Portland as a city and community, you’ve probably heard me mention Portland’s “ridiculous decisions.” And bemoaning the fact that we don’t seem to be making those decisions as often—or as boldly—as we did in the past.

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Rethinking rural in Independence, Oregon

What if you had access to an entire town with high speed fiber? What if it was a rural location that enabled you to work with technology and agriculture in ways that urban companies don’t often explore? Can you imagine what could you do with connected devices or Internet of Things or drones or…? Well, that place exists. Just down the road in Independence, Oregon. Read More

Oldies but goodies: Portland Startup Week to feature Startup Weekend, Lunch 2.0, and Beer and Blog

One of my favorite things about Portland Startup Week is that it gives our whole community the chance to revisit some of the amazing events that helped many of us get connected in the first place—even though some of those events have fallen by the wayside. This year is no different. Read More

Can't make the Women's March on Washington? Your voice — and thousands of others — can still be heard

We hear it all of the time. About technology’s ability to connect. About it being a platform for expression. About how it can bridge distances. Now, a collaboration among Portland based businesses Wildfang, Uncorked Studios, and Ziba is using technology to provide a platform for the voices of women in our nation—and they’re encouraging every woman to participate. Read More

Two slices of PIE: What happened in 2016 and what may happen in 2017

It’s that time of year. In fact, it happens around this time, every year. As we ring in new year, we’re always drawn to look back at what we accomplished in the previous year and what we hope to accomplish in the forthcoming year. And that’s why PIE—the ongoing experiment between Wieden+Kennedy and the Portland startup community—is doing the whole “what we did in 2016” vs “what we’re hoping to do in 2017” thing. Read More

Getting back to the roots of "story" with Google BrandLab and Uncorked Studios

Many folks are lucky to get to work in awe inspiring environments. Here in Portland, there’s no shortage of amazing office spaces—and more are joining the fray every day. But lest we forget, a lot of those amazing environments are the result of hours of creative work by folks behind the scenes. Read More

It's like a Kodak moment, only from within a VR environment

Okay. Bear with me. Because I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. Suffice it to say, it’s cool. Whether I understand it or not. So here it goes… Portland’s dotdotdash—formerly known as Stublisher—has worked with HTC Vive to create a camera that allows you to take photos from within a virtual reality experience. Read More

Attracting growth stage talent: Cozy hires Twitter and Medium alum as VP of Product

One of the consistent complaints among startups in Portland—aside from ever present gripes about capital—is the lack of talent. Often, it’s a lament that while there is a ton of early stage experience in town, we’re lacking in growth stage talent or later stage talent. But that’s starting to change. As is evidenced by the latest hire at Cozy, a veteran of both Twitter and Medium. Read More

Keeping your New Year's visualizations: Reflect allows you to reflect upon your 2016 Github efforts

It stands to reason that a company called Reflect would have something for you this time of year. You know, to reflect. On where you’ve been. And what you did. And for the tech crowd, what better dataset upon which to reflect than your performance on Github over the last year? Introducing your Github Report Card. Read More

What did Silicon Florist 2016 look like?

Every year, as the year draws to a close, I like to go back and thumb through the stories that appeared on Silicon Florist. To take a look at everything from the companies mentions to the number of words I managed to shove into a mangled headline. As always, it’s an opportunity to visualize the year as an old school word cloud. Read More

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