Category: Portland

Remember pingbacks? They’re back

In the early days of blogging, the concept of pingbacks became popular. At it’s very most basic, a pingback was an indication that someone had mentioned your blog post in their blog post. And it was a way of better understanding the interrelated Web of content that was the world of blogs — and a great way to discover new content. Now, Portland developer Aaron Parecki has made the activity possible again. For any Web page. With Webmention.

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I would love to hear more about your startup. Literally.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to user Twitter Spaces, the audio only Clubhouse competitor. And an idea dawned on my that was basically an audio version of Silicon Florist. What if I held a Spaces event where founders got to pitch their startup or startup concept to an audience?

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Did you know the Portland connection to the “Hover Cat” meme?

With all the talk of NFTs, I’ve been thinking back about classic memes with a Portland angle. And how the creators of the works that inspired those memes might be able to get in on the whole NFT craze, too. Of course, the obvious one is KGW and “I like turtles.” But the classic Hover Cat meme has its connections to Portland, as well.

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A Kids Book About recognized among Fast Company most innovative companies

Portland startup A Kids Book About has been recognized by Fast Company for its innovative work with content for kids as part of FC’s ongoing recognition of innovative companies. It shares the honor with nine other companies on the inaugural 2021 list for North America.

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Portland startup SheerID works to ensure extra COVID-19 vaccines don’t go to waste

One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is the shelf life of some of the vaccines — and that effective doses can go to waste if they’re not used in a timely manner. In an effort to streamline the process and to help ensure that more doses make it to more people, Portland startup SheerID has partnered with Force4Good to create a vaccine notifier.

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Read any good startup books lately…?

For many of you, I’m assuming the answer to that question is no. Not because you don’t want to. Not because you don’t realize the value. But because you simply can’t seem to carve out the time in your busy schedule to get it done. Maybe some accountability and camaraderie would be helpful? Like a book club?

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Student loan forgiveness may unlock — or at least unburden — entrepreneurs

We see stuff talked about in the news all of the time. And on social. And amidst a 24-hour news cycle. And despite our best efforts, it tends to make us less and less receptive to the messages being conveyed. Which is why when one of these topics hits close to home, it seems to make it more tangible. Like student loan relief and Portland startup Nexgarden.

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Portland Seed Fund portfolio company Auth0 to exit for $6.5 billion

While Auth0 is a Seattle company, they do have a distinct Portland tie. You see, the Portland Seed Fund was one of the company’s early investors. And today was a big day for everyone involved, given that it was just announced that Okta is acquiring Auth0 for $6.5 billion.

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That $1 billion acquisition of Portland’s Innovyze? It’s the largest in Autodesk history

Just came across another random tidbit about Autodesk acquiring Portland’s Innovyze for $1 billion. And no I’m not just looking for an excuse to say “wet infrastructure” again. Oh. Well crap. Anyway… It just happens to be the largest acquisition in Autodesk history. And that’s something, considering Autodesk has a significant history of acquiring.

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Two Portland startup founders among latest Founder Gym graduates

In a day and age where every startup program is a virtual program, those programs that have been virtual since day one rise to the top. One of those programs — which counts any number of PIE alums — is Founder Gym, which just graduated two more Portland companies among its latest cohort.

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