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A hero in our midst: Congrats to Shashi Jain on being recognized for helping young entrepreneurs

Sometimes, even the most startuppy of us has a day job. But when you can combine that day job with the opportunity to teach others about entrepreneurship? Then you’ve got something good going. And no one does a better job of keeping a foot in both camps than our own Shashi Jain. And now, he’s getting the recognition he so richly deserves. Read More

What the Portland startup community needs more of… and less of

Editor’s note: Hanging out in the Portland Startup Slack, Kathryn Brown opined that many of the events and organizations trying to support founders in our community seemed a little misdirected. I asked her to elaborate if she could. What I got was a great list of things we should be doing more of… and things we should be doing less of. With her permission, I’m republishing her Slack posts, here. Read More

Reluctantly crouched at the startup line? Maybe the Jaguar Land Rover Incubator can help

Hey you. Yeah, you! I mean, what does this look like, some platform for rhetorical composition…? Ahem. Sorry. I got a little fired up there. But that happens. When applications are due. And there’s one looming: Jaguar Land Rover Incubator applications close this weekend. Read More

Sonic and Terraria: Two local studios take on two major titles

Sometimes, even I need a reminder of all of the amazing work happening around here. So when I heard about two household name game titles that are being built here locally, I just had to share. So if you happen to like a speedy little blue hedgehog and digging through cavernous blog filled worlds, get ready to be happy—and full of some hometown pride. Read More

Nine years of nonsense: Silicon Florist completes another year of assaulting the English language

Well, will you lookie there? My how time flies. And any number of other platitudes. Silicon Florist has managed to make it another year. Thanks, of course, to all of you and that awesome stuff you’re doing. Day after day. In this amazing town. And this amazing state. Silicon Florist is now nine years old. Read More

Easily the most overlooked and most successful content startup in Portland: Digital Trends turns 10

Every once in a while it comes up in conversation. “What’s the most overlooked company in town? Or the company that no one knows is here?” For a time, a good answer was Survey Monkey. Or MetaFilter. Or maybe deflecting with a regional office, like Pinterest or Yahoo! or Yieldbot. But time and time again, one of my favorite go to answers has been a homegrown startup here in town, Digital Trends. Yes, that Digital Trends. Read More

It's like summer camp for makers: Maker Land

People are always talking about how folks from Oregon love the outdoors. They’re also always talking about how folks around here love to make things, from hobbyist pursuits to full blown businesses. And there was a time when we had more camps per capita than any tech community. Camp camp campy camp. So why not combine all of those things? That’s exactly what Max Ogden is doing with Maker Land. Read More

Reflecting on the importance of Reflect's seed funding announcement

At first blush—and without context—something like today’s news from Portland startup Reflect might seem like a standard run of the mill funding announcement. The stuff the Bay Area sees umpteen times a day. But within the context of what’s happening around here in Portland? I see any number of interesting facets to this announcement. Read More

A sequel that promises to be better than the original: Pitch Black 2016

Some folks love inaugural events. Me? I’m more a fan of watching the growth, maturation, and progression of events as they take place again and again. There’s something to the repetition. And the ongoing improvement over time. That’s why I’m really looking forward to attending the second iteration of Portland’s Pitch Black. Read More

Big shoes to fill: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network announces new executive director

For many of us, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network—and its earlier incarnation as the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum—was an organization that supported us through our formative stages as founders. Helping us build businesses in the state. Connecting us with other peers. Highlighting interesting companies. And bestowing awards upon the under recognized. Read More

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