Category: News

This is the song you're looking for: Shazam partners with Portland's Vadio to show you the song you're seeking

I don’t about you, but I can still remember the first time I used Shazam. At the time—in the days before Siri and Alexa and Cortana—it was one of the first times that I can remember technology effectively replicating something heretofore uniquely human: the ability to listen to—and recognize—a song. Shazam, indeed. And now, Portland startup Vadio is helping make that experience even more magical by not only identifying the song but also showing you the video associated with it. Read More

Portland is getting even more Cozy

As much as I love to see activity in the Portland startup community, homegrown activity is my favorite. And when a company has relocated its headquarters to the Rose City to make it a hometown company…? Well, then their continued growth and success reflects well on the entire community. That’s why I’m really happy to share that Cozy continues to gain traction. Read More

Videos in the stream, that is what we are: Warner Music Group first major label to partner with Portland's Vadio

Portland’s Amazon outpost, Elemental Technologies, isn’t the only company making waves in the world of streaming video. Vadio, a company that has been quietly helping folks access and stream video content, is making some interesting moves of its own. Like the announcement today that they’ve signed their first major label, Warner Music Group. 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

With Meyer Memorial Trust funding, Portland's Elevate Capital further outlines thesis and check sizes

It’s always interesting to watch companies form. And while my vantage point usually has me monitoring startups, I’ve got to say that following along with the founding, formation, and funding of a venture capital firm is equally interesting. And likely has some valuable learnings for everyone. That’s why I was drawn to today’s news from Elevate Capital, our newest homegrown fund. Read More

Oregon's 10 "most miserable" towns

[Editor: Now, you may be wondering why in the world Silicon Florist would be posting a story that besmirches Oregon. That’s right. I said “besmirch.” Well, fact is, I’m not. But it’s that selfsame titling that sparked a response post from Mitch Daugherty. And he and I both thought that this little grenade might elicit a response from you, as well. So without further ado…] Read More

Willamette Week, WaPo, and WordPress: Portland's popular alt weekly picked first for new digital publishing platform

Psst. PSST! Hey you. Yeah you. C’mere. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Traditional media? They still kind of struggle with this whole Web thing. No. I’m serious. Maybe you’ve known about this for a while. Or maybe you’ve encountered it more recently with untold virtual column inches consumed with conversation about ad blockers or whatever. But whatever the case, it’s true. Traditional media still doesn’t really get with Web. Read More

Navigating the high Cs: Puppet Labs, Elemental, and Urban Airship have all recently secured senior CFO talent

It’s always interesting to watch startups attract and secure senior talent. And when three of them secure CFOs in rapid succession, things are even more interesting. Which is exactly what’s happening around Portland these days where financial officers seem to be a hot commodity for startups. Read More

Playing a familiar tune: Adam DuVander joins Orchestrate as director of developer relations

I’m always a fan of Portland startups securing experienced talent—especially when it’s local talent. And that’s why I’m happy to report that local tech booster Adam DuVander has joined Portland startup Orchestrate as director of developer relations. Read More

Doodle me this: Portland elementary student could sketch his way to the next Google Doodle and a scholarship — with your help

The last time I wrote about Google Doodles, it was for ReadWrite. When Google launched the program. There just hasn’t been much cause to cover it from a Portland perspective. Until now. You see, a student from Forest Park Elementary School is in the running to be the next Google Doodle—and a hefty scholarship—thanks to the Doodle 4 Google program. Read More

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