Category: Oregon

Twitter’s acquisition of Scroll has a Portland connection

News has started bubbling about Twitter acquiring Scroll, a service that allowed users to pay a subscription to remove ads from popular content sites. Scroll also owns Nuzzel, a popular news service that shares stories that people in your Twitter timeline are sharing. Cool. But what does that have to do with Portland exactly?

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Portland startup Steamchain takes on payment processing for logistics and shipping

Another day, another interesting fintech company being built in Portland. This time, it’s Steamchain, which has set its sights on simplifying the payment processing systems in transportation and logistics.

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The Wild closes $2 million round, led by at.inc/

I don’t spend as much time combing through the Form Ds as I used to. But journalists still do. Why? Because SEC filings are a great way to get the jump on stories about who is raising capital, be it venture capitalists or startups.

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A little Spring cleaning over on the Portland Startups Slack

I’m the first to admit it. I let the Portland Startups Slack get a little messy over the years. Like that drawer. In the kitchen. You know the one. So recently, in a fit of wild inspiration born of Spring cleaning and some other Slack instances I frequent, I decided to do something about it.

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Passing the torch: Portland coworking pioneer NedSpace continues under new ownership

It may seem weird now, but coworking wasn’t always a thing. And it really didn’t get traction in Portland until the mortgage crisis. When a couple of spaces were testing the appetite for shared space environments. Only one of those original trendsetters survived and flourished over the last decade: NedSpace. And now, NedSpace is moving on to its next chapter with new owner Jorge Guzman, founder and CEO of Vive Northwest and Hispanicpros.

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Using Portland startup Subfund to give you more context on Portland startups

I always believe that the best way to understand a startup’s product is to actually use the startup’s product. I know. Call me crazy. So ever since I became aware of Portland’s Subfund, I’ve been scratching my head for ways to put it into practice. And apparently all of that head scratching shook something loose. Because I just came up with a new experiment.

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GeekWire Awards 2021: A Portland CEO, a Portland Seed Fund investment, and a close Portland connection

Every year, when the GeekWire Awards are announced, I scour the nominees to see if there are any Portland folks on the list. Some years, there are none. Some years, there are a few. This year, there’s one. And a couple of tight Portland connections. But one thing is for certain: they would all appreciate your vote.

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Does your startup pitch deck have what it takes to land an investment?

Sure. There are tons of articles, posts, templates, and guidance on how to build the perfect pitch deck for your startup. But until you put that deck in front of an investor, you’re never really sure if it’s actually got what it takes. So every little bit of feedback helps. Like this upcoming event from OEN on “Investor Decks: Content and Design Strategies.”

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TiE XL Boot Camp Hillsboro starts in May 2021

As we start to see signs of recovery, many folks are dusting off both pre-pandemic and pandemic-inspired startup ideas. If you’re one of those folks, there’s no better place to start getting the support you need than TiE XL Boot Camp. And as luck would have it, a new cohort is starting in May.

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It’s not the idea; it’s how you do it: What Sara Batterby taught me about entrepreneurship

[Editor: This week, we are mourning the loss of Sara Batterby, who — in a relatively short time — had an outsized impact on our community, becoming a source of empowerment and energy for both the Portland startup community and the cannabis community. Sara’s presence and guidance touched many of us. Ciara Pressler shares some of her learnings from Sara in this guest post.]

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