Category: News

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

Portland startup Little Bird continues to secure experienced talent

It’s always a good sign when Portland startups are starting to attract executives with a wealth of experience. We’ve seen the trend growing with companies like Puppet Labs, Cedexis, and Little Bird. But Little Bird isn’t done yet. They have just added Carmen Hill from Babcock & Jenkins as their Director of Marketing. Read More

Back in the thick of it: Portland startup mentor, advisor, and investor Scott Grout joins Cedexis as CEO

Sometimes, you can just tell that people are itching to get back in the game. Take Scott Grout. The former CEO of Radisys has become a fixture in the growing Portland startup scene. Mentoring for Portland Seed Fund and PIE. Investing in early stage startups with Oregon Angel Fund. Working on Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. And advising any number of folks. But still, you could tell he was looking for more to do. Read More

Pouring fuel on the fire: Beaverton's Act-On Software raises $42 million

Yeah, yeah. I know I was really working on not hyping funding announcements, this year, but this one seemed to warrant a post. Especially given the amount of the raise and the company raising it. Act-On Software has raised $42 million, led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Read More

Smash hit? Geek out on the Marvel universe thanks to Orchestrate and Stand In

People geek out about a bunch of different things. And sometimes, those geeky endeavors have a great deal of crossover. Like comic books and tech. So imagine my geeky giddiness at the latest Portland side project using the Orchestrate platform: a visual exploration of the Marvel universe called MarvelousDB. Read More

If WSU Vancouver had posted "Mt Hood" photo two days earlier, they would have seemed like comedic geniuses

So… mountains. They’re big. They’re often covered with snow. They crop up here and there in the Northwest. And if you squint just right, they can be pretty darn hard to tell apart. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. Because tonight, the local Twitter crowd is getting many a laugh thanks to WSU Vancouver’s Twitter account accidentally mislabeling Washington’s Mt St Helens as Oregon’s Mt Hood. Read More

Reminiscing and retrospecting: Strands of Simple's acquisition story pre-date the company's Portland existence

When the news of Simple’s acquisition hit this morning, it immediately dawned on me that I have been so incredibly lucky to be around—recording and blogging—the company’s entire Portland existence. Read More

Portland startup Simple acquired by BBVA for $117 million, ramping up hiring

What started with “building a bank that doesn’t suck” has resulted in building a product offering that has gotten sucked up by a bank. Portland startup Simple has been acquired by global banking presence BBVA for a reported $117 million. Read More

Break out the Gigabit IPA: Google Fiber eyes Portland metro region as part of expansion plans

I know, I know. Four years ago, in breathless anticipation, we waited for Google to reveal the city they had selected to be part of their fledgling Google Fiber program. We had wooed them. We had brewed a namesake beer—Gigabit IPA. Surely Portland would be the leading contender for the service. Read More

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