Category: Portland

Foxbox: It’s the tiniest moments that have biggest impact

It’s the little things. Foxbox — a nonprofit designed to support children and their parents during long hospital stays founded by former startup founder Kat Miller — recognizes this. And they’re hoping to make 2021 a year focused on those small seemingly insignificant yet everlasting moments their primary focus.

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Who’s hiring in Portland or looking for remote workers?

With the recent news of both Simple and Azlo shutting down, companies are going to have access to some amazing Portland talent — in addition to all of the awesome folks who are already looking for a new day job. Here are some of the companies that currently have job openings for that talent according to the Silicon Florist job board.

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Secondary stock sale to Sequoia values Zapier at more than $4 billion

There are any number of startups that aren’t headquartered here, but that have a bunch of employees here, either remote or through a regional office. One of those companies is Zapier, the popular Low Code/No Code service that lets you automate online tasks by tying disparate APIs together. More than 30 Portland area folks currently work there. So when I saw the news about Zapier’s founders selling shares to Sequoia, it piqued my interest.

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Capturing corporate culture in The Silicon Forest: What’s it like to work at Tripgrid?

Even in all of this weirdness, companies are still growing and hiring. And The Silicon Forest is working hard to be the go-to resource for those folks. Ensuring that everyone has easy access to all of the jobs that folks are looking to fill.

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Workfrom founder Darren Buckner recognized with inaugural The Buildies Award

Remote work. You’re currently soaking in it. But it wasn’t always this way. Whether you can remember that or not. Prior to the pandemic, “remote work” in Portland was synonymous with one Portland startup, Workfrom. And this week, the founder of Workfrom, Darren Buckner, was recognized for his efforts to help the remote work community with the inaugural The Buildies Award in the Anywhere category.

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Simplifying React: Divjoy 2.0 is now available

I don’t know about you. But to me, this year is already feeling rough. And building up a head of steam — let alone momentum — has been incredibly challenging thus far. But I’m happy to report, that entrepreneurs are managing to do it. To build things. And to launch stuff. Like Divjoy 2.0, which is trending on Product Hunt today.

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Get your team collaborating virtually with RendezView

For the vast majority of us, continuing to work as virtual teams shows no end in sight. And that’s presented a bunch of opportunities for startups to equip us with new tools for working in this mode. The latest from the Portland startup community is RendezView.

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What happened in the Gumroad creator community in 2020?

Gumroad just released a report on the metrics for its creator community in 2020. While it’s an admitted subset of the broader creator community, it’s an interesting glimpse into dynamics that are likely prevalent throughout the community. Extrapolation being what it is.

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Lewis & Clark opens up their entrepreneurial “Winterim” program to the world

For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a really compelling program hosted at Portland’s Lewis & Clark College over the holiday break. They call it “Winterim.” And it’s designed to expose college students to startups and entrepreneurship through a series of talks, mentorship, and a weeklong sprint to build a concept for a company.

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Not so Simple: Taking on established banking was no small feat

As mentioned previously today, Portland’s Simple is being shuttered by acquirer BBVA ahead of PNC completing the acquisition of BBVA USA properties. Not only did the move adversely impact many of our fellow Portlanders and the Portland fintech community — as did the similar shuttering of Azlo today — but it also marked the end of a banking story of David and Goliath proportions. Where Goliath won.

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