Category: Portland

Round up: What folks are saying about the latest round for SheerID

While I’m not one to celebrate fundraising for the sake of fundraising, I’m also one to admit that a growing local company raising a single round of financing that’s north of $50 million is still a bit of a rarity. And therefore, notable, at the very least. So I thought I’d capture the coverage of SheerID’s latest round.

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Could the newest Portland Trail Blazer have startup impact off the court?

Short note. Even if you’re not a basketball fan, you’ve probably heard the news that Carmelo Anthony is signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. If you are a basketball fan, this is probably feeling a bit like the time that the Blazers signed Pippen. Or maybe that’s just me. In any case, I’m admittedly more interested in ‘Melo’s potential impact off the court. Because when he’s not on the hardwood, he’s also an aspiring investorwith a successful exit. So this could potentially be an interesting addition to the Portland startup community, as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Revisiting the Startup Champions Network Portland visit

Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to help you better understand your world. Earlier this year, Portland had the opportunity to host the Startup Champions Network, a group of startup ecosystem builders who mentor one another on what’s working in their respective communities. And as much as it was a pleasure to introduce folks to what was happening in Portland, getting feedback and insights from a variety of viewpoints was the true reward of putting the event together.

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Looking for something awesomely startuppy to do this weekend? How much time have you got?

This is one of the last weekends before the holiday craziness begins. Good craziness. But craziness nonetheless. So why not take these last few waning moments to spend time with the Portland startup community? We’ll all be better for it. And there are a couple of great options to do so, this weekend.

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You’ve procrastinated long enough. SXSW Pitch 2020 applications are due November 15, 2019.

I know. You had the best intentions. You were going to get it done the weekend before last. But then that server crashed. Or there was the family thing. Or whatever. It happens. But now, the deadline is rapidly approaching. So please take a few moments to complete your application for SXSW Pitch 2020.

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Winklevoss crypto play, Gemini, is ramping up hiring in Portland

Like many shiny new tech objects, Portland was drawn into crypto early. From experimentation with the Blockchain to Dogecoin. And then, as is our particular wont, we seemed to grow bored of that exploration before it truly matured into a market. But not everyone moved on so quickly. Gemini, the cryptocurrency exchange backed by the Winklevoss twins, has quietly had an ongoing presence here for years. And now, it looks like they’re ramping up to grow that footprint.

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If you read one story this week, make it one written by a real reporter about the whitest city in America

(NOTE: You’re soaking in it.) Portland, by any count, is one of the least diverse cities in the United States. This is referenced anecdotally, often in hushed tones. But it’s the truth. From our state’s and city’s racist beginnings to our modern day existence, Portland is uncomfortably and homogeneously white.

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Portland startup Streem recognized by Frost & Sullivan, OEN

If things come in threes, then there may be more good news in the future for Portland startup Streem. Because two awards in rapid succession are helping propel the company into more and more conversations.

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A unicorn among us: Vacasa’s latest round makes it a Portland startup rarity

The big news around the Portland startup community today — and likely for some time to follow — surrounded the latest round of funding for Vacasa. Why? Because the size of the round — at $319 million — was unusual. And the valuation for that round catapulted the company into unicorn territory.

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Portland office figures prominently into New Relic’s upgraded commitment to giving back

Portland might not be the corporate headquarters of New Relic. But it is the engineering headquarters. And, as such, is one of the largest tech employers in the region. So it’s always nice to see them stepping up efforts to support the local community and give back. Like they’ve done with a new effort called NewRelic.org.

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