Category: Portland

Portland Hololens agency Object Theory acquired by ARound

It’s another exit via acquisition for serial founder Raven Zachary. His latest company — the Microsoft Hololens agency he helped cofound, Object Theory — has been acquired by ARound. Small Society, the iOS development shop Raven cofounded prior to Object Theory — a preeminent player in the then burgeoning Portland mobile scene — was acquired by Walmart Labs in 2012.

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Portland startup Provenance Chain Network partners with AllClir

Portland lifecycle transparency startup Provenance Chain™ Network (PCN) has established a new partnership with AllClir™, a maker of measurable disinfectant sensors.

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Community kudos: Steve Morris, OTBC

In 2005 Steve Morris assumed the role of Executive Director of Beaverton’s Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC). He assumed it would be a temporary role, but last month, after leading the organization for 16 years, he stepped down to become OTBC’s part-time Entrepreneur In Residence.

Over those 16 years Steve grew OTBC into a statewide highly respected entrepreneurial support organization. He also led OTBC’s investment efforts with the Westside Startup Challenge which after six years has invested over $700,000 in 30 startup’s that have gone on to raise over $60 million in additional funding.

Well done Steve!

— Jim McCreight, Executive Director OTBC

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

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Community kudos: Kari Naone, TiE Oregon

Kudos for running the TiE organization for startups in the Portland metro area. If we had more programs focused on the elements provided in the TiE XL bootcamp we would have a higher potential of startup successes.

Connect with Kari on LinkedIn.

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Meet Skittish, a new online event platform that takes a quirky approach

Any number of online event platforms try varying degrees of approximating an event environment, virtually. But most, at best, create an uncanny valley of “almost but not quite.” So what if you took a completely different approach? Like, I don’t know… riffing on the incredibly popular Animal Crossing as an event environment? That’s about the most accurate description of Skittish.

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Woman founded Portland startup GoCamp acquired by Storyteller Overland

If you’ve ever seen those rentable custom Sprinter vans in your forays into the outdoors, you’ve like encountered GoCamp, the Portland startup that’s like “Airbnb for camper vans.” Well it was a Portland startup at least. Until it got acquired by Storyteller Overland, last week.

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I’m not dead yet! I’m feeling better: Koan finds a new home for its product

Earlier in the week, we got news that Koan, the startup founded by former Jive Software cofounder Matt Tucker, was preparing to wind down. But in the world of startups, apparently it ain’t over til it’s over. Because we just learned today that the Koan product has a new lease on life. Thanks to Gtmhub.

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Community kudos: Danish Aziz

Helped make some intros for a biz dev person!

— Devin Gaffney

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REMINDER: Investing in BIPOC Founders, November 10 at 4:30PM

Oregon Sports Angels hosts a virtual gathering to discuss investing in BIPOC founders, Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 4:30PM via Zoom.

A Crypto focused fund and a Blockchain focused fund of funds are distributing funds

A couple of interesting fund announcements for founders building Crypto and Blockchain solutions. One direct, and one more indirect. But both with local ties to the Oregon startup community.

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