Category: News

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

Hitting close to home: Fleck launches Graphic Design topic to inspire even more creatives

Portland has more than its fair share of amazing boutique agencies. And a number of awesome big agencies and big agency outposts, as well. And rumor has it, we love our photo sharing apps. That’s why I was excited to hear that Fleck had released a new topic in their curated photo sharing app that spoke directly to that local contingent, Graphic Design. Read More

Sad news: CPUsage shutters product, tranistions to consulting

I’ve had the pleasure of following the CPUsage story since they began at Portland Startup Weekend. And chatting with the founders throughout their journey. It’s been a roller coaster to say the least. Today, however, CPUsage has announced that they’re retiring their product offering and transitioning the company to a consultancy. They simply ran out of runway. Read More

Something to chirp about: Little Bird announces the addition of seasoned executive leadership

Portland’s Little Bird is rapidly growing up. The company has seen significant traction in the market with its service—one which helps folks find hidden gems of awesomeness on Twitter, be that people or content. And as a result, it’s starting to build out its executive staff. Read More

All together now: Orchestrate opens to the public

Portland startup Orchestrate spent the end of 2013 running a private beta with a number of customers, fine tuning their service—one that takes care of hosting your data thereby replacing the need for companies to deal with the headache of running databases. But in 2014? Well, that beta has come to an end. Orchestrate has opened its doors to the public. Read More

Portland's OpenSesame, ShopIgniter, and VendScreen all land funding

There have been a number of Portland startups that have pulled in new funding, this year. And it’s nice to see the Portland Business Journal’s Malia Spencer reporting the efforts. OpenSesame, ShopIgniter, and VendScreen all announced funding this January, totaling more than $25 million. Read More

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