In case you missed it, Portland’s Janrain was acquired by Akamai. Given that it was the first real Monday following the holidays, I can totally appreciate that you might have missed it. So I thought I would round up some content to help get you up to speed on the deal.
Remember how I said that one of the issues with creating a self-sustaining ecosystem in Portland was the irregularity of liquidity events? Well, I don’t want to get my hopes up, but… we just started the third month in a row with a liquidity event. This time, it’s Janrain getting acquired by Akamai.
These days, it’s hard to believe there was a time when the Web wasn’t driven by community. But hasn’t always been like this. And in the early days of the Web, one site in particular—which happens to have Portland ties—stood out as a engaging, nontoxic, supportive community. A role it still plays even today. That site is MetaFilter. And they could use our help.
I know I can be a bit of a broken record, what with my rosy outlook on the Portland startup community and all. So I always like to reference others who recognize the awesome people we have in our midst. Like when the folks behind the Zebra movement are recognized among the 30 women engaged in world changing efforts.
So by now, you’ve all likely heard the news that AutoDesk is moving their Lake Oswego office to the Burnside Bridgehead in the Central Eastside Industrial District. That has prompted any number of folks to say to me, “Wait. AutoDesk has a Lake Oswego office?” But it also has a lot of folks asking for more details about AutoDesk and what they do. And now there’s an event to help answer some of those questions.
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
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
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
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
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