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Portland should be feeling more Validated lately

Remember the good old days when you used to park in a parking garage, do some shopping at a nearby retailer, and then—as if by magic—get that parking for free by having the merchant validate your parking? Well, now that you’re Ubering or car2going or using mass transit, that freebie system all seems like the distant past right? Not anymore. Thanks to Validated. Read More

Hack away the weekend with Portland Science Hack Day and Hack Oregon

If there’s one thing that Portland’s never short of, it’s hacks. Hack Days, Hackathons, impromptu hacks… hack hack hackity hack. And this weekend is no different with two great ways to get together with other hack minded folks: Portland Science Hack Day and the Hack Oregon Project Season Kick Off. Read More

Open all the sources: Like open source software? Bet you'd love open source hardware

Even though there’s less focus on it than previous years, Portland is—and remains—the de facto hub of open source activity. It’s just something in our blood. So it only stands to reason that—as more things become open—Portland would be a great spot for those open pursuits to congregate. Take for example Open Hardware Summit. Read More

Master of Puppet: Luke Kanies transitions Puppet CEO role to Sanjay Mirchandani

I’ve had the pleasure of covering Puppet ever since they relocated to Portland. Back when they were called Reductive Labs. And throughout that time, founder Luke Kanies has been at the helm. But today, that all changed. Read More

Accelerating with our neighbors to the north: Curious about Techstars Seattle?

As the early stage accelerator scene in Portland has cooled a bit, many of our companies have been looking to resources outside of the Rose City to help them during their formative stages. It probably comes as no surprise that Y Combinator and Techstars are shouldering the bulk of the load. But, there’s one Techstars program, in particular, that has been incredibly supportive of Portland startups and accelerators since way back in the day: Techstars Seattle. Read More

Continuing the conversation about early stage investment in the Portland startup community

Last week, I shared a post written by a Portland founder, recounting his experience while working to raise early stage capital, here in Portland. The post immediately sparked a conversation among Portland founders. And soon, Portland investors joined the conversation, as well. Read More

Starting a conversation about early stage investment in the Portland startup community

As Randy Fernando of Vault closed, “Let’s start a conversation.” No doubt, this is going to be a topic of conversation for weeks to come. From my vantage, it’s not an isolated story. And Randy’s post serves as an eloquent recounting of a personal experience—one that reflects numerous other fundraising stories circulating around Portland for early stage startups—and a plea for all of us to work to change it. Read More

Portland public podcasting posts up in an Airstream: Stream PDX

Portland has long been home to any number of interesting podcasts. With new shows cropping up all of the time. But even today, the intricacies of podcasting can still be cryptic and intimidating. (Sorry Adam Curry, it’s true.) That’s why it’s always nice to see projects that look to eliminate those barriers and get more voices—literally—on the air. Meet Stream PDX. Read More

Toward more diverse speakers, panels, and events in our community

Saying diversity and inclusion is a problem in the tech world is a staggering understatement. And when you live in the most infamously white city in the United States with an incredibly small tech and startup community, that issue is only exacerbated. Exponentially. That’s why I’m always happy to see how other folks are working to change that. Read More

Starting with a diverse portfolio: Elevate Capital reveals investments from Inclusive and Capital funds

If you tend to follow a lot of Portland startup folks on social media, there’s no doubt that, today, your social streams were lit up with images of the governor of Oregon in a Microsoft HoloLens, a jam-packed crowd at Oregon Story Board, and news of Portland’s newest VC, Elevate Capital, and the big reveal of their first six investments—with four technology local startups among them. Read More

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